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Suicide—And A Reflection On Our Changing American Society

By: Elinore F. McCance-Katz, MD, PhD, Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released data on the ten leading causes of death in the United States recently. Tragically, suicide—too often a consequence …
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Gov. Kemp, State Leaders Announce Smartphone App for Youth in Crisis

Gov. Kemp, State Leaders Announce Smartphone App for Youth in Crisis   https://gov.georgia.gov/press-releases/2019-02-15/gov-kemp-state-leaders-announce-smartphone-app-youth-crisis   Atlanta, Georgia – Today, Governor Brian P. Kemp, First Lady Marty Kemp, and state officials announced a new mobile application to support the Georgia Crisis and …
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This smartphone app can detect an opioid overdose and save your life

At least 130 people die every day in the U.S. from an opioid overdose, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Most times death can be prevented if the opiate antidote naloxone, or Narcan, is administered in time. …
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Netflix to ‘Bird Box’ Fans: Please Open Your Eyes

By Sopan Deb Jan. 2, 2019 If you’re going to meme at home, Netflix would like you to be careful. You might have heard about the horror movie the streaming service released last month called “Bird Box,” an adaptation of a Josh Malerman …
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New Pathways for Implementing Universal Suicide Risk Screening in Healthcare Settings

Model could help hospitals better identify and aid youth at risk for suicide December 20, 2018 • Press Release A new report, authored in part by researchers at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), part of the National Institutes of Health, …
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Make a MyMobility Plan Today. Stay Mobile and Independent Tomorrow.

With aging might come changes in older adults’ ability to get around and do the things they want and need to do. These mobility changes may affect older adults’ health and independence and are related to an increased risk of …
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Participants Needed for Youth Birding Competition T-Shirt Art Contest

OCIAL CIRCLE, GA Tuesday, January 8, 2019 – 04:00 Hey kids! Do you enjoy nature as well as creating artwork? Georgia’s 14th annual Youth Birding Competition invites resident children and teens to celebrate birds through a T-shirt Art Contest. Many …
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FREE Webinars

Bipolar Disorder:  An Overview– Description:  This training focuses on providing a general overview of the disorder. It will review bipolar spectrum disorders, information needed for an evaluation and evidence-based treatment options. Jan 14, 2019 10:30 AM– https://amerigroup-ga.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_7g4ttr8QRPaX0sL4uAQx0g   Diabetes: An …
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Fix My Pain: Non-Opioid Options for Pain Management

The Adolescent Brain – What All Teens Need to Know

by Karen Young Adolescents have dynamic, open, hungry minds. They are creative, brave and curious. It has to be this way. The only way to learn many of the skills they will need to be strong, healthy adults will be to stretch beyond what …
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Medical Association of Atlanta to host town hall on opioid abuse at Emory on 2/9  

The Medical Association of Atlanta (MAA) will host a ‘New hope for the opioid epidemic’ town hall symposium for physicians and the community at large at the Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta at 10 a.m. on Saturday, February …
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Women’s Recovery Group Enrollment Open

If you are a young adult female ages 18-25 struggling with problematic substance use, we are offering the Women’s Recovery Group. This is a weekly single-gender CBT-based group therapy designed for young adult women. Group members have the option to …
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Emory University School of Medicine Research Participants Needed!

If you are a young adult ages 18-25 (male and female) who may have an opioid use disorder, we are currently enrolling participants for the A-CRA study. This study assesses whether adding a behavioral intervention to the treatment of individuals …
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Medical Mission will be providing FREE medical services on January 26, 2019

Here is a link to a news article about the at St. Vincent Medical Mission at Home in Jacksonville that will be very similar what is offered here on January 26th http://www.news4jax.com/health/st-vincents-medical-mission-at-home

DEA National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day April 28, 2018 Results!!!

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On April 28th DEA National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day in Georgia netted 9,633 lbs. There were 55 registered law enforcement agencies and 66 sites. The next DEA National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day will be in October. Check out the following …
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Start the Conversation—Underage Drinking: Myths Versus Facts

Did you know that alcohol is the most widely misused substance among America’s youth? To help increase awareness about this serious issue, SAMHSA’s Center for Substance Abuse Prevention offers an updated fact sheet, Underage Drinking: Myths Versus Facts, specifically written …
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Surgeon General Advisory on Naloxone and Opioid Overdose

“For the first time in over a decade, the U.S. Surgeon General Jerome M. Adams, MD, MPH, has issued a public health advisory in response to the alarming escalation of opioid overdose deaths across the country. Despite evidence of the effectiveness of naloxone …
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U.S. Drug Overdoses Soar Past 60,000

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Cigarettes and pot linked to teen psychosis

(CNN, January 17) According to a recent study, the use of weed or tobacco cigarettes is connected to the increased risk of psychotic-like experiences, which could include hallucinations or delusions. The study, published by JAMA Psychiatry, is entitled “Association of Combined Patterns …
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Teens and Vaping

Researchers behind the 2017 Monitoring the Future study surveyed almost 44,000 8th, 10th, and 12th graders across the country about drug use. When it came to “vaping,” (the use of an e-cigarette to inhale vapors from nicotine, marijuana or flavorings) 12th graders …
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Violence Against Young Women and Girls

Each year, 1 in 10 American teenagers suffers physical violence at the hands of a boyfriend or girlfriend, and many others are sexually or emotionally abused. Dating violence can inflict long‑lasting pain, putting survivors at increased risk of substance abuse, depression, …
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Helping Strangers May Help Teens’ Self-Esteem

At the start of the new year, parents may encourage their teens to detox from social media, increase exercise, or begin a volunteer project. While kids may bristle at the thought of posting fewer selfies, surveys indicate 55 percent of adolescents enjoy …
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Bullying in childhood heightens risk for mental health problems in adolescence

Data from a longitudinal, 18-year follow-up study shows that peer victimization in childhood increased the risk for experiencing suicidal thoughts, anxiety problems and depressive symptoms in adolescence. “There is a gap in scientific knowledge, because no study has captured the …
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New treatment guidance issued for pregnant and parenting mothers with opioid use disorder and their infants

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 Today, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) released new Clinical Guidance for Treating Pregnant and Parenting Women with Opioid Use Disorder and Their Infants. SAMHSA’s Clinical Guidance comes at a time of great need for effective …
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Getting the Right Help for Opioid Dependence or Withdrawal

Do you know someone seeking treatment for opioid dependence or withdrawal? If so, it’s important to know this: products that promise miracle cures or fast results can cost precious time and money, lead to relapse, and even be dangerous. Dietary …
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Misuse of prescription drugs may be linked to teen dating violence.

https://consumer.healthday.com/kids-health-information-23/adolescents-and-teen-health-news-719/teens-painkiller-misuse-linked-to-dating-violence-728649.html

25 Things You should Know about Region 11

Georgia Family Connection turned 25 in 2016, so we’re taking you on a journey—region by region—throughout our anniversary year to show you the landscape for children and families across our state. Read more

Tougher Alcohol Laws Mean Fewer Young People Killed on the Road

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Care of the Adolescent After an Acute Sexual Assault

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James E. Crawford-Jakubiak, Elizabeth M. Alderman, John M. Leventhal, COMMITTEE ON CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT, COMMITTEE ON ADOLESCENCE Abstract Sexual violence is a broad term that encompasses a wide range of sexual victimizations. Since the American Academy of Pediatrics published …
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