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2014 Legislative Teleconference Series
Fridays at noon starting January 24, 2014
Call 907-465-8920 for locations, information
Winter Board Meeting
March 24-26, 2014 in Juneau
Agenda will be posted in February
Spring Board Meeting
May 12-14, 2014 in Kotzebue
Agenda will be posted in April
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Promising Trend in Huffing by Alaska's Youth
The Alaska Epidemiology Section
reports that youth reporting inhalant abuse (“huffing”) has decreased
among traditional high school students since 1995, due in part to focused prevention efforts. However, reports of huffing by alternative school and correctional school students are much higher than among traditional high school students.
Alaskan Identify Alcohol As Top Health Issue
A survey of Alaskans for the Healthy Alaskans 2020 Initiative identified
alcohol use and abuse and other substance abuse as two of the top ten
health issues facing our state. This is an example of how the people of
Alaska can have a voice in policymaking.
Healthy Alaskans 2020 is part of a national initiative that supports health
promotion and prevention. Learn more about Healthy Alaskans 2020.
FAMILY CHECKUP – A new resource from the National Institute on Drug Abuse
Parents are often concerned about whether their children will start or are already using drugs and alcohol. These five questions, developed by the Child and Family Center at the University of Oregon, highlight parenting skills that are important in preventing drug use among youth. Get your CHECKUP and learn how positive parenting prevents drug and alcohol abuse. Tools and Tips for Parents and Mentors are also available.
The Economic Costs of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse in Alaska, 2012 update
Alcohol and drug abuse cost Alaska’s economy $1.2 billion in 2010.The Centers for Disease Prevention and Control reports that, although substantial progress has been made over the past 20 years to reduce drinking and driving among teens, in 2011, one in 10 students age 16 years and older reported driving after drinking during the past 30 days. Most students who drove after drinking alcohol also binge drank. Read the report.
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