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The Words We Use Matter: Reducing Stigma through Language

By on October 12, 2016 in Substance Abuse Related Articles with 0 Comments
The Words We Use Matter: Reducing Stigma through Language

The stigma of addiction.  People who struggle with addiction face a wide range of stigmas.  A stigma is a mark of disgrace that sets a person or a group apart.  When people are labeled primarily because of their addiction, they are being negatively stereotyped. Biased, hurtful words, attitudes and behavior represent prejudices against peo;e with […]

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Alcohol Abuse: A Major Public Health Issue – Know More Before You Pour

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Alcohol Abuse: A Major Public Health Issue – Know More Before You Pour

Messages for CADCA and NIAAA Awareness Project – Know More Before You Pour Visit the Know More Before You Pour webpage. ALCOHOL ABUSE: A MAJOR PUBLIC HEALTH ISSUE Learn More: Alcohol Facts and Statistics Fact Sheet Consequences: Nearly 88,000 people (approximately 62,000 men and 26,000 women) die from alcohol-related causes annually, making alcohol the fourth leading […]

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Preventing Prescription Opioid Misuse Among Student Athletes

Preventing Prescription Opioid Misuse Among Student Athletes

Massachusetts is in the midst of an opioid epidemic. Athletes in particular, due to their risk of injury and the resulting pain, may be at risk for misusing prescription opioids.  The following article explains prevention:  preventing-prescription-opioid-misuse-among-student-athletes_0 Source: Bureau of Substance Abuse Services, Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association.

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National Wellness Week, Sept. 11th – 17th

By on September 7, 2016 in Substance Abuse Related Articles with 0 Comments
National Wellness Week, Sept. 11th – 17th

Want to Live a Longer, Healthier, Happier Life? National Wellness Week – celebrated annually during the third week of September as part of SAMHSA’s National Recovery Month-was launched to inspire individuals and communities to incorporate the Eight Dimensions of Wellness into their lives. Why is Wellness Important for Individuals in Recovery? Wellness is especially important […]

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Cape Wags for Tags, helping Veterans on Cape Cod

Cape Wags for Tags, helping Veterans on Cape Cod

The MSPCA-Cape Cod, in collaboration with the United States Marine Corporal Nicholas G. Xiarhos Memorial Fund, has launched a pet visitation program called Cape Wags for Tags, helping veterans on Cape Cod suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, substance abuse, depression, and thoughts of suicide.  The MSPCA-Cape Cod is deeply grateful to the TGC Fund of the […]

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The Children’s Study Home at Penikese: A Transformational Island Treatment Experience for Substance Using Young Men

The Children’s Study Home at Penikese: A Transformational Island Treatment Experience for Substance Using Young Men

The Children’s Study Home and the Penikese Island Board of Directors have partnered together to open up a unique residential program for young men ages 18-24 addressing their substance use disorders and co-occurring mental health issues.  They are committed to working with other community-based agencies and state/federal authorities to provide collaborative case management and timely […]

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The Opioid Epidemic

The Opioid Epidemic

Over the past 10 years, a growing epidemic is affecting millions of Americans regardless of age, education, sex, or wealth. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, in 2014, 1.9 million Americans had a substance use disorder involving prescription pain relievers and 586,000 had a substance use disorder involving heroin.  The opioid […]

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MA Ballot Initiative: The Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act

MA Ballot Initiative: The Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act

The Barnstable County Department of Human Services is producing a series of issue briefs for the Regional Substance Abuse Council that presents information on topics related to substance use.  Issue Brief 3 explores the ballot initiative process in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and will examine some of the specific issues presented by The Regulation and […]

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First RSAC Issue Brief Published

First RSAC Issue Brief Published

Barnstable County Human Services is producing a series of issue briefs that will present factual information on an array of topics related to substance use.  “Issue Brief 1: Use of Scare Tactics in Prevention Messaging” explores the effectiveness of a “Scare Tactics” strategy in messages targeted at substance use prevention among youth.  “Research has shown […]

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Addressing Substance Use on Cape Cod: Action Plan 2015-2020

Addressing Substance Use on Cape Cod: Action Plan 2015-2020

Local and State Context Scope of the Problem Barnstable County (interchangeably referred to as Cape Cod) retains a unique social cohesion due to its semi-rural character and geographical remoteness from urban resources. However its age-adjusted rates (per 100,000 residents) of alcohol addiction, drug addiction, accidental overdose, and deaths among adults (18 +) do not differ […]

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