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Understanding the Effects of Trauma

Contributed by Anna Blount Imagine you’re hiking in the woods. Suddenly, a huge shape lumbers across the trail – a black bear has crossed your path! Your breathing becomes short, your heartbeat skyrockets, and every muscle tenses as cortisol rushes through your...

Evolving Teen Groups into Communities

Contributed by Kim Aycock, MST “Coming together is the beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.” ~ Henry Ford Your teen group will most likely consist of kids of who decide to give this adventure a try or whose parents encourage them to...

Opioids: Hippocrates, Healthcare Providers and Youth

Contributed by Veronica Mahathre, MPH Greek philosopher, Hippocrates widely known as the father of medicine, recognized the benefits of opium as a narcotic. Thousands of years later, opium has been medicalized into opiates- think hydrocodone, fentanyl, and methadone....

Making Prom a Night to Remember

Contributed by Haley G. It is often said that prom should be one of the most memorable nights in life. For most people, prom only happens once, and the decisions made will be remembered for a lifetime. So why drink on prom night? If prom is supposed to be a night to...

What is Alcohol?

Contributed by Ines Beltran Alcohol is a legal, sedative drug that does not contain any nutrients for the body. We consume alcohol as part of many social occasions. In excess, alcohol can disrupt body function causing nutrient deficiencies and problems metabolizing...

Marijuana and Teens

Contributed by DaShe’ Frieson-McMillian, MPH, CTTS After many years of public health education concerning the dangers of cigarette use, teenagers’ cigarette smoking is declining, but their marijuana usage has not changed much. Marijuana is one of the most common...