President declares public health emergency over opioid crisis. Here’s what that means.

It’s been a week since President Donald Trump characterized the U.S. opioid epidemic as a national public health emergency and directed the executive government to “use every appropriate emergency authority” to fight the crisis. “Ending the epidemic will require mobilization of government, local communities, and private organizations. It will require the resolve of our entire country,” Trump […]

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Menthol sales in St. Paul to be restricted to tobacco shops, liquor stores

By this time next year, menthol cigarettes must be off the shelves of St. Paul convenience stores. The St. Paul City Council voted 6-1 on Wednesday to approve new restrictions that limit sales of menthol tobacco products to adults-only tobacco shops and liquor stores. The same restrictions will apply to mint, wintergreen and fruit-flavored tobacco products. […]

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Trump Administration To Declare Opioid Crisis A Public Health Emergency

The Trump administration will declare a public health emergency to deal with the opioid epidemic Thursday, freeing up some resources for treatment. More than 140 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. President Trump is also expected to direct agency and department heads to use […]

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Keep Your Day! Program Sharing Top 20 Training

Last week, I attended the Program Sharing Conference, hosted by Minnesota Prevention Resource Center (MPRC) in St. Cloud, MN. The conference is a great way to connect with other “prevention pros”, (as coined by MPRC), rejuvenate and reassess where the coalition is at, where we need to go and learn about other tools we can […]

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Large declines seen in teen substance abuse, delinquency

It’s nice to be able to share the positive side of what coalitions like SACK have done to change policy, environment and culture over the past ten years. Prevention works! – Patti Miller, SACK Coordinator Surveys over a decade indicate positive behavioral shifts More than a decade of data indicates teens have become far less […]

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