“What If? Talking to your kids about sexting”

Research published this month in the Journal of American Medical Association Pediatrics reports that the percentage of pre-teens and teens who have sent a sext has been increasing in recent years–which is not surprising since sexts happen much more over cell phones than other types of screens. The research, which comes from 39 combined studies, shows that […]

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Ogilvie Community Forum – Recap

The Substance Abuse Coalition of Kanabec County (SACK) has been working on prevention strategies dating back to the Meth Lab days in the early 2000’s. Over time the coalition has worked on many different strategies to reduce alcohol, tobacco and other drugs in our county! The Ogilvie Community Forum held on Wednesday, April 25, 2018, […]

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We cannot arrest our way out of this addiction crisis’ — The fight against opioid abuse

Though no criminal charges have been filed in the overdose death of Prince, the number of overdose-related murder prosecutions in Minnesota continues to rise. Carver County Attorney Mark Metz announced Thursday there was no evidence to show that anyone knowingly provided the superstar with fentanyl — a powerful synthetic opiate. Metz said the fentanyl was […]

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Two deaths, 54 other cases of severe bleeding tied to fake weed in Illinois

Synthetic cannabinoids — often called Spice, K2 or fake weed — have been tied to 56 cases of severe bleeding, including two deaths, across Chicago and areas in central Illinois. All of the cases required hospitalization related to coughing up blood, blood in the urine, bloody nose, bleeding gums and other symptoms. Nine of the cases […]

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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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