CADCA: Get Candidates on Record During Election Season

Several political forums are scheduled in Kanabec County before elections this year, and the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) suggests getting candidates on record. According to CADCA, members of substance abuse prevention coalitions should ask candidates’ about their positions on substance abuse prevention, treatment, recovery and research as well as underage drinking, drug legalization […]

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More Money Awarded to the Kanabec County Sheriff’s Office, Partners

The Kanabec County Sheriff’s Office will continue to participate in the Minnesota Toward Zero Deaths (TZD) partnership this year with another grant from the TZD Enforcement Grant Program. A total of $36,000 was awarded to five local agencies for the fiscal year beginning October 1st, 2012. Participating agencies include the sheriff’s offices in Kanabec, Isanti […]

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New Study Finds AA Promotes Long-Term Recovery

A recent study has found that participation in Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) promotes long-term recovery. The study was conducted by Case Western Reserve and published in a special issue of Substance Abuse. Researchers found two factors to be especially important for lasting behavior change: 1) attending meetings and 2) helping others. They stated that helping others […]

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Alcopops 101: What Are They?

“Alcopops” are flavored alcoholic drinks that contain juices and other flavors. Even if you haven’t heard the term before, you might recognize some alcopops by name. For example, Mike’s Hard Lemonade, Sparks, Tilt, Blast, Four Loko, Smirnoff Ice and Bacardi Breezer are all considered alcopops. Here’s what you need to know about these products: Alcopops […]

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Tobacco Cessation in Kanabec County

Kanabec County residents are using the QUITPLAN Helpline.  15 individuals enrolled in the QUITPLAN Helpline between July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012 (FY12). In the previous fiscal year, 11 individuals enrolled. The MN QUITPLAN program offers service to those who do not have health insurance coverage for tobacco cessation.   In addition, a new program called Freedom from Smoking […]

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Study Finds Alcohol and Drug Abuse Common in Fatal Crashes

Reuter reports that more than half of U.S. drivers killed in car crashes had alcohol or drugs in their system at the time of the crash.  Researchers also found that men and people driving at night were the most likely to have alcohol, marijuana or other illicit or prescription drugs show up on a toxicology […]

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