National Impaired Driving Prevention Month focuses on both drunk driving and the growing problem of drugged driving. Drugged driving has been overlooked for a number of years, but research shows it may be responsible for more than 20 percent of car crashes. For more information: http://sadd.org/national3d.htm
You may or may not know about “Krokodil”. Krokodil is by no means a new drug but it is rising in popularity, especially within the US due to cost and ease of access and manufacturing. The drug is a mixture of Codeine and household items such as lighter fluid and paint thinner because of this the drug literally eats away the flesh of the user. *Most pictures of Krokodil usage are VERY Graphic* For more information on Krokodil: http://www.drugfree.org/join-together/community-related/krokodil-flesh-eating-drug-makes-appearance-in-chicago-suburbs
You’ve probably never heard of it: Kratom. It is gaining wide-spread popularity in drug culture but has been available in Southeast Asia as an alternative medicine for centuries. Kratom is essentially an opiate-like plant. At low doses, it is a stimulant but at higher doses, a sedative. Kratom is currently legal and unregulated in the United States.
To read a current article from NBC regarding Kratom: http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/03/19/10760892-asian-leaf-kratom-making-presence-felt-in-us-emergency-rooms
While Thanksgiving may have just ended, Christmas will be here before you know it. Don’t let substance abuse into the holiday season. We have a great list of tips for keeping the holiday season substance abuse free! http://www.bengordoncenter.org/2013/11/25/tips-substance-abuse-ruining-holidays/
MISSION: The Ben Gordon Center Prevention and Education Program’s purpose is to facilitate the promotion of community based prevention, wellness and healthy lifestyles for youth, adults and the community as a whole within DeKalb County, using researched based, best practiced, and outcome driven prevention strategies that includes input and collaboration with the DeKalb County Partnership for a Substance Abuse Free Environment (DCP/SAFE) Coalition. VISION: Our vision is to create greater DeKalb County where there is optimal mental health resilience and minimal mental health inequity and stigma among all county residents.