Out of all the health issues we face today, perhaps one that the public most misunderstands is mental health. According to the Centers for Disease Control, mental illnesses are “conditions that affect a person’s thinking, feeling, mood or behavior, such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, or schizophrenia....

Many parents believe that it’s safer for kid to drink at home than to drink elsewhere. In fact, two-thirds of minors receive their alcohol from friends and family. Often times, parents or adults will host parties where they serve alcohol to teens. However, hosting underage drinking...

A half-century ago, the U.S. surgeon general released a report on the health impacts of smoking that shaped the public and government’s attitudes toward tobacco for years to come. In November 2016, another surgeon general’s report was issued – on addiction and substance misuse and...

October is National Substance Abuse Prevention Month. In 2011, President Obama issued the first-ever Presidential Proclamation designating this month as National Substance Abuse Prevention Month to pay tribute to all those working to prevent substance abuse in our communities, and to rededicate ourselves to building...

Summer is a time for kids to experience freedom from school and spend time with friends and family. However, extra free time, lenient rules and less oversight also increases underage drinking. A survey by Caron Treatment Centers reveals 61 percent identified summer as the season kids...

Local police departments and the Drug Enforcement Administration will participate in National Drug Take Back Day on April 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. They will give the public the opportunity to prevent prescription drug abuse by properly disposing of potentially dangerous expired, unused...

Many parents wait until their children are in high school to talk about alcohol; however, research shows that parents should be starting these conversations before age 10. Of course, these discussions are better late than never, but the key when it comes to discussing alcohol...