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Archive for December, 2009

A press release from the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services discusses Leandra’s law, that was the focus of my last post. I pulled out some quotes from the release to share with you but take a closer look if you have the time.

“A DUI death occurs nearly every 40 minutes and an injury every 60 seconds in our state.”

“Law enforcement reported 9,202 alcohol-related crashes in 2008.”

“127 of those injured or killed were under the age of 10… 199 were under the age of 14… and 488 were 17 or younger.”

You don’t need to drink to have a good time, let alone drink and drive.

Spend New Year’s Eve how you want to spend the New Year… clean.

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In mid-December, a new law went into effect aimed at punishing adults who drive with children in their car. Leandra’s Law is named after a child who died when a driver flipped their vehicle over in Manhattan. Just this summer, eight people died when a mother drove under the influence on the Taconic Parkway and crossed into incoming traffic.

Apparently this wasn’t enough to stop some people… (more…)

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The end of the year can bring many temptations for those recovering from substance abuse with the many holidays that are celebrated–Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, and New Years–and the stressors that are typically associated with this time of year–money, family, and travel to name a few.

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This video from Columbia University’s CASA has an interesting suggestions for parents on how to keep kids away from alcohol and other substances. From what I can tell this idea has been around for a long time but has never been strongly supported because it is difficult to prove how big of a role having family dinners has in discouraging drug and alcohol use. There has been some criticism of the survey that CASA did. Based on what I have seen in life I’m inclined to agree with CASA, but I also see that there are some issues with the way they did their survey.

What do others think about this? Who do you agree with?

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Prevention and Education in all health arenas should become increasingly important in the United States as we work towards health reform.  It makes a lot of sense to focus on preventing people from becoming ill instead of focusing on how to care for them once they’re ill, although clearly that is a significant need too.

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