Just a few years ago in Red Lake, Jeff Weiss committed multiple murders and then killed himself after months on poorly proscribed Prozac & genuinely reaching out to his community for mental health help and not finding any. Jeff’s mother had told him that she wished he’s never been born. Jeff had a website openly discussing homicide/suicide.

In Red Lake and other communities that have suffered such mayhem, much money has been spent after a tragedy to put in place services that should stop the next Virginia Tech, Red Lake, Columbine.

Mental health is the cornerstone of a healthy life. We all have our ups and downs. Some of us start lower than others and sink lower than others. Throw in alcohol or drugs (proscribed or not) & bad things begin to happen.

Programs that help youth understand these issues and how to cope with them are one of the best investments that we can make in our youth and our community.

Not having programs is expensive. Just ask the people that lost family and friends in Red Lake, Columbine, & at Virginia Tech.

The following articles are an expansion on the topic of money and teen substance abuse (thanks Jamie);

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A new report finds that more kids say they are using alcohol and other drugs, but many parents are unable or unwilling to deal with the issue — a bad combination when declining support for prevention and cultural apathy about the issue leave parents as the last and sometimes only line of defense against adolescent drug use.
http://www.jointogether.org/news/features/2010/new-survey-again-raises-alarm.html

Cuts of substance will hurt teen drug, alcohol programs
BY PHILIP FEROLITO
YAKIMA HERALD-REPUBLIC


http://www.yakima-herald.com/stories/2010/03/01/cuts-of-substance-will-hurt-teen-drug-alcohol-programs

Latest Youth Substance Abuse Research Encourages Parents to Take Action Early

Mar 16, 2010 by Kim Manlove | Categories Addiction, Alcohol, Ecstasy, Teenagers, intervene
The recent release of the Partnership/MetLife Foundation Attitude Tracking Study (PATS) of teen drug use, and parent and teen attitudes toward substance use, shows both encouraging and alarming trends. The data point to notable increases in teen use of alcohol, marijuana and Ecstasy, marking an end to a decade of long declines in drug and alcohol use among young people. This coupled with the decline in “perceptions of harm,” among both teens and parents is a strong indication that American society may be in for a perfect storm of increased adolescent drug and alcohol abuse not experienced in the United States since the 1990s.

This storm is fed by a growing climate of parental denial, which sees teens agreeing that “being high feels good” and parents of teens who have drug and alcohol problems either waiting to act or taking no action at all to address the problem…….
http://decoder.drugfree.org/2010/03/16/latest-youth-substance-abuse-research-encourages-parents-to-take-action-early/


Reclaiming lives;


http://blog.reclaimingfutures.org/?q=adolescent-substance-abuse-treatment-SAMHSA-CASPAR


Plain talk on gang intervention;

http://www.washoe.k12.nv.us/schools/safe-and-drug-free-schools/gang-resistance-intervention-program


Many good real world articles;


http://www.addiction-intervention.com/

A new national survey from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration report finds that 12-year-olds are using inhalants more than marijuana, hallucinogens, and cocaine combined.;


http://www.addiction-intervention.com/addiction/inhalant-abuse-increasing-among-12-year-olds/


The Growing Problem of Prescription Drug Abuse;


http://www.addiction-intervention.com/addiction/prescriptiondrugabuse/prescription-drug-abuse-still-a-growing-problem/


Trends of Alcohols and Drugs Abuse 1997 to 2007;


http://www.addiction-intervention.com/addiction/addiction-research/comparing-trends-for-co-abuse-of-alcohol-and-drugs-from-1997-to-2007/


Breaking addiction; feeling the pinch

http://www.coshoctontribune.com/article/20100321/NEWS01/3210304/Drug-addiction-on-the-rise-funding-for-treatment-declining

Safety first: Parents, Teens and Drugs;http://drugpolicy.org/safetyfirst/

Drug policy state by state; http://drugpolicy.org/statebystate/

Drugs, Police & the Law; http://drugpolicy.org/law/
Affected Communities; http://drugpolicy.org/communities/

Reducing Harm; http://drugpolicy.org/reducingharm/


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16 Comments

  1. This is an excellent article to bring awareness to facts surrounding treatment programs and the families involved. In Santa Cruz California, the courts recently cut the only drug court after Prop 36 funding from the State dried up. That court heard over 100 cases per day. Without proper oversight of individuals who need treatment, the families and the community on a whole will get greatly impacted. It is time for society to recognize addiction as a national health care crisis. Incarceration is not treatment.

  2. This is an excellent article to bring awareness to facts surrounding treatment programs and the families involved. In Santa Cruz California, the courts recently cut the only drug court after Prop 36 funding from the State dried up. That court heard over 100 cases per day. Without proper oversight of individuals who need treatment, the families and the community on a whole will get greatly impacted. It is time for society to recognize addiction as a national health care crisis. Incarceration is not treatment.

  3. Aubrey,
    When did the US become a 3rd world country? Unless you are comparing the US to a country like Niger, meaning the US is becoming more like a 3rd world country, the comment is lost on me. Niger is the poorest country in the world. The US is not and the Dept of Health and Human Services is a multi-billion dollar agency overseeing health care for all in the US.

    Until the US recognizes that addiction is a a health care problem, individuals in need of medical treatment are destined to float adrift in a sea of State denial. A State is the recognized way countries stand in the global community.

    Bruce, you echoed my comments. Thanks.

  4. I am a parent of two older teenage boys.
    I agree with you, 100%. Mental health services for teenagers, especially, would save society a lot of grief. Many health care plans do not cover it, and it would be better provided in the community the child is from (some how, some way). Mostly, the kids are sent to alternative schools, but what if there was a peer mentoring system using volunteer older teens who are doing well? What if no one had to worry about discussing these matters openly for fear of being punished? It seems that this should not have to be very expensive.
    Thank you so much to all who volunteer. The ones in my community have literally been lifesavers. I have been fortunate.

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