Unhooking from video games, including Fortnite

  Blog | Delaney Ruston, MD | Screenagers   Fortnite is the latest video game grabbing youth’s attention. My 18-year-old loves playing it with his friends. Meanwhile, we are getting lots of questions about it at screenings and in other settings with parents and kids. The game has been attracting millions of players with its survivor-style […]

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The Spice of Death: The Science behind Tainted “Synthetic Marijuana”

Experts describe how rat poison linked to a recent bleeding outbreak does its damage. Three people died and more than 100 have been sickened in the past few weeks after taking synthetic cannabinoids, human-made compounds that target the same brain receptors as marijuana. Symptoms documented by poison centers—first mostly in the Midwest, and now in […]

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Youth e-Cigarette use is an emerging public health threat.

Among Minnesota high school students, e-cigarette use is now double conventional cigarette use. E-cigarettes are battery-powered devices that allow users to inhale, or vape, aerosolized liquid (e-juice). E-cigarettes, “vapes”, vape or hookah pens, e-pipes, and other vaping products recently surpassed conventional cigarettes as the most commonly used tobacco product among youth so it is critical […]

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Community Conversation – Please Join Us!

The Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition (SACK) is hosting a community forum in Ogilvie High School on Wednesday, April 25th, 6:30 pm. The topic is Opioids but will also be expanded to include other drugs as well. There program outline will include law enforcement, judicial, pharmaceutical, prevention, treatment and recovery professionals that will give information about […]

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What, exactly, is the Legislature doing to address the opioid crisis in Minnesota?

Around the Minnesota Capitol, Chris Eaton has been repeating a gruesome line she once heard: “The toe tag on the body doesn’t say Republican or Democrat.” It’s a sentiment meant to convey to her 200 colleagues in the Minnesota Legislature that the opioid epidemic doesn’t discriminate by political party. It also carries extra meaning for […]

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