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In today's world, there are so many uncertainties. Today's youth are faced with more peer pressure than before to be "cool" or "with it". Following are links to different sites that can offer additional help and information.

Always feel free to contact D-FY-IT of Midland with any questions or concerns. We are here to help Midland's youth lead healthy substance-free lives.

Use of Jimson Weed Peaks in Fall
November 6, 2006


News Summary

Jimson weed, a common roadside plant that can be used as a hallucinogen, is now in bloom across the U.S., and local emergency rooms and poison-control centers are reaping an unwanted harvest, USA Today reported Nov. 2.

More than a thousand incidents involving jimson weed were reported to poison centers nationwide in 2004, and almost as many were logged in 2005. This year, hospitals and police have reported cases of jimson-weed poisoning in states from California to Pennsylvania.

Dodge County, Wis., sheriff Todd Nehls described a group of jimson-weed users he recently picked up as "lunatic, crazy kids."

"I can't imagine what would possess them to start eating strange seeds from the pod of some plant that they read about on the Internet," he said.

"Hot as a hare, blind as a bat, dry as a bone, red as a beet, mad as a hatter," is how some doctors describe jimson-weed users. Also known as stinkweed, locoweed, or moonflower, jimson weed is very common; the plant's pods contain seeds that can be chewed or boiled to make a tea that produces hallucinations. Overdoses -- not uncommon, since the effects of jimson weed can take up to four hours to occur after consumption -- can lead to coma or death.

The one positive note is that the effects of using jimson weed are so profound and disturbing that few users ever try it more than once. 





Dear Parents,

Did you know that over 5,000 young people die every year in alcohol-related accidents? Thousands more are injured in fights, sexual assaults, and accidents. Our elected leaders, influenced by alcohol-industry lobbyists who resist real efforts to solve the problem, have done little to prevent this tragedy.

It's time to Get Serious about alcohol policies that save kids' lives.

Sign the Get Serious petition and send a message to your governor and state representatives that you want them to get serious about reducing underage drinking.

The Institute of Medicine recommends science-based public policies that will work, including:

bullet Increasing alcohol prices through taxes, particularly on beer;
bullet Limiting alcohol advertising and marketing targeted at young people;
bullet Implementing a national media campaign that counters alcohol industry messages and uses social marketing to affect attitudes and behavior;
bullet Adopting and enforcing laws to prevent alcohol-related deaths and injuries among young people;
bullet Promoting alcohol free events for kids;
bullet Expanding counseling and support for kids, especially those with addicted parents.

By signing the Get Serious petition, you will be sending an email to your governor and state representatives urging them to support these policies at the state level, where they can be most effective.

The alcohol industry reaps big profits from underage drinking. Up to 20 percent of all the alcohol consumed in the U.S. is consumed by people who are legally too young to drink at all. The consequences are real, harmful, and preventable.

We know the answers. Now let's raise our voices. Sign the Get Serious petition at www.getserious.org to tell your elected leaders that you support getting serious about alcohol policies that save lives.

Once you've signed, please pass the message on to family and friends.


David Rosenbloom
Join Together

Other sources to seek information

bulletwww.madd.org        - Mothers Against Drunk Drivers
bulletwww.nida.nih.gov    - National Institute on Drug Abuse
bulletwww.clubdrugs.org   - National Institute on Drug Abuse - Club Drug information
bulletwww.childabuse.org - National Committee to Prevent Child Abuse


Alcohol Facts: click here

What is your Drug I.Q.?: click here





Referral Sources

Centers for Children and Families    1004 N. Big Spring            432-570-1084

Heritage Counseling                        3000 N. Garfield              432-685-3787

Samaritan Counseling                      10008 WCR 116                432-563-4144 

Kerry Faudree, LCDC                       2108 W. Tennessee          432-682-3179

James May, PhD, LMFT                    4410 Midkiff, Ste D211     432-520-0737

Kathryn Wortz, PhD                        4410 Midkiff, Ste D211     432-689-8280   


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