National Observances, Prevention, Resources, Suicide

No Boundaries – Suicide Prevention Day

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in our nation, the 9th leading cause of death in the State of Florida.  Suicide not only rocks a family, but entire schools, work places and the community.    The word “suicide” evokes uncomfortable feelings and it’s not a desired conversation over a business lunch, meeting, or the… Continue reading No Boundaries – Suicide Prevention Day

Addiction, Marijuana, Science-Research

Myth Or Science? Pt. 1 – Marijuana and Addiction

  Over the next few months, we will be exploring what science tells us about some ideas related marijuana. One of the more frequently shared ideas is that marijuana, unlike other drugs, is not addictive, and it is easy to just stop using it.  Another is, that if addiction is possible, it is rare and… Continue reading Myth Or Science? Pt. 1 – Marijuana and Addiction

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Alcohol, Environmental Strategies, Prevention, Safe Socializing, Social Norms

Advocating for safe socializing

(This guest blog post was reprinted, by permission of the author, Pamela S. Erickson. Ms. Erickson is a leader in the field of alcohol regulation, policy and education. Visit her website: http://www.healthyalcoholmarket.com ) There has been great news on the underage drinking front.Young people are not so interested in getting drunk. In both the US… Continue reading Advocating for safe socializing

Addiction, Prevention, Resources

Prevention is for all of us

In the field of substance abuse, we talk about prevention frequently. What does prevention truly mean? Educating the public? Yes. By educating the public, do we bring awareness to the community? Absolutely! That education may lead some of us to have an “Aha! moment.” But what do we know about substance abuse prevention? We can… Continue reading Prevention is for all of us

National Observances, Parents, Social Norms, Special Events, Underage Alcohol Use

The Power’s in You!

What’s the real story behind teen drinking? With Alcohol Awareness month approaching, MADD SWFL wants to answer this question for Charlotte County. In April, MADD celebrates its national Campaign Power Talk 21, which encourages parents to have conversations with their teens about alcohol. Teens do say that it is their parents that have the biggest… Continue reading The Power’s in You!

Environmental Strategies, Healthy Environment, National Observances, Poison Control, Prescription Drug Misuse

National Poison Prevention Week

In one year 576 poisoning accidents in Charlotte County helped by Poison Control Staff! Did your child chew on a detergent pod? Did your husband swallow the dog’s heartworm pill? Did you get stung by a caterpillar while gardening? Did your neighbor give himself too much insulin? These are typical calls received by the Poison… Continue reading National Poison Prevention Week

Environmental Strategies, Healthy Environment, Medication Take-Back, Prescription Drug Misuse, Prevention

Spring Cleaning Time!

Spring is here! Time to get rid of all those unwanted items. As you do your spring cleaning, don’t forget the medicine cabinet! Did you know that "flushed" medicines can get into our watershed and even our harbor and gulf? This can harm our local estuary, wildlife - and even our own drinking water. So, what… Continue reading Spring Cleaning Time!

Community Coalition, Marijuana, Prescription Drug Misuse, Tobacco, Underage Alcohol Use

Here we go!

We are relaunching our blog page!  All us - staff, partners and stakeholders - at Drug Free Charlotte County are dedicated to doing the work to prevent substance abuse.  To accomplish this, we know we need to keep broadening awareness and knowledge of local substance use issues. We also know how very important it is… Continue reading Here we go!