Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Substance Abuse 411-#48-Ineffective School Discipline Policies-Jeanette Moll

Substance Abuse 411-#48-Ineffective School Discipline Policies-Jeanette Moll

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Substance Abuse 411 goes off-topic a little bit to discuss how Zero Tolerance policy in schools could actually increase substance abuse problems and other troublemaking or criminal behavior.

While Zero Tolerance policies were enacted with good intentions, they sadly have left any room for the use of common sense in non-threatening situations.

Jeanette Moll is a juvenile justice police analyst in the Center for Effective Justice at the Texas Public Policy Foundation. She talks with Substance Abuse 411 about findings in a recent study in Texas on Zero Tolerance and how it really has hurt and not helped the problem.

Website:  www.TexasPolicy.com

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Substance Abuse 411-#47—SBIRT-Dr. John Agley-Indiana Prevention Research Center

Substance Abuse 411-#47--SBIRT-Dr. John Agley-Indiana Prevention Research Center

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jagleyThere's a "new" approach to substance abuse screening and intervention called SBIRT or Service,Brief Intervention, Referral and Treatment. The beauty of SBIRT is that it is implemented at the grassroots level, your medical provider's office.

The SBIRT screening process is done verbally with a nurse or medical assistant. The patient is "pre-screened by asking 3 to 4 questions about drug/alcohol abuse that can point to a potential problem. If a problem is indicated, a full verbal screening then takes place.

According to the risk level, the nurse, medical assistant or doctor could have a small educational/motivational discussion with the patient.

This brief "intervention" has the potential to influence a person enough to decrease moderate risk behaviors.

Substance Abuse 411 learns more about the SBIRT program from Dr. John Agley, Evaluation Direction of the Indiana SBIRT Program under the auspices of the Indiana Prevention Research Center at Indiana University.

Website:  www.drugs.indiana.edu

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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Substance Abuse 411-#46-2012 Back-to-School Teen Survey-Emily Feinstein-Senior Policy Analyst-CASA Columbia

Substance Abuse 411-#46-2012 Back-to-School Teen Survey--Emily Feinstein-Senior Policy Analyst-The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University

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Emily Feinstein PhotoThe 17th annual back-to-school survey conducted by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University has some very chilling data that may shock parents and others into action.

Just the opening piece of date that almost 9 of 10 high school students say that some classmates are using drugs, drinking or smoking during the school day.

That is just the tip of the iceberg in the study.

Substance Abuse 411 gets an in-depth summation of the survey and what can be done to counteract the growing problem from Emily Feinstein. Feinstein is a Senior Policy Analyst at the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University.

Listen, learn and share.

Website:  www.CASAColumbia.org

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