Friday, April 18, 2014

Seven Workshops to Enrich Your Professional Skills or Personal Healing Process

On Tuesday, May 6, The Suicide Prevention Coalition of Colorado is offering seven (half-day or full-day) preconference workshops for the 2014 Bridging the Divide Summit at Regis University Lowell Campus in Denver.

Workshop topics range from gatekeeper training for suicide prevention to healing and recovery for survivors to evaluating suicide prevention programs. There's something for everyone.

Please click the links below to read the full workshop descriptions and then click here to register for the workshops.

REMEMBER: Early registration rates ends today so register now before they increase.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

State Officials Caution the Public About Responsible Marijuana Use During 4/20 Celebrations

April 20 is the unofficial holiday of marijuana enthusiasts. If Coloradans and tourists choose to attend any of the events throughout the state, patrons are strongly encouraged to be informed about the laws and partake responsibly.

“State agencies, local governments, the marijuana industry and others have worked hard since the passage of Amendment 64 to ensure that Colorado remains a safe, healthy place to live,” said Andrew Freedman, Director of Marijuana Coordination for the State of Colorado. “It’s also important that all Coloradans and visitors to our state know what’s legal and what’s not. We encourage everyone to be safe this weekend and act responsibly.”

The Colorado departments of Transportation (CDOT), Public Health and the Environment (CDPHE), Revenue (DOR), Human Services (DHS), Public Safety (DPS) and the Governor’s office are reminding people that while marijuana may be legal, there are certain restrictions that must be followed for safety reasons.
  • 21+, No Exceptions. You must be age 21 or older to buy, possess or use retail marijuana. And it’s a felony to give or sell recreational marijuana to minors.
  • Drive High, Get a DUI. It is illegal to consume marijuana on public roadways, and any amount of marijuana use can put you at risk for a DUI. There is an open container law for marijuana. It must be sealed and not in the passenger area of a vehicle.
  • Keep it in Colorado. It is illegal to take marijuana across Colorado state lines. And Denver International Airport prohibits possession, use, display and transfer of marijuana on its property.
  • Not in Public, Please. Marijuana cannot be consumed in public. This includes indoor and outdoor restaurants and bars, concert venues, sidewalks, parks, schools, playgrounds and sporting venues.
  • Keep Kids Safe. Avoid use of marijuana, in any form, around children. To avoid accidents, all marijuana-containing products should be clearly labeled, stored in a child-resistant container and locked in a cabinet.

Firearm Violence is a Public Health Threat, Experts Call for Stricter Gun Laws

From: Headlines and Global News


A new policy paper written by the American College of Physicians (ACP) identified nine strategies to help the government address health, societal care, and regulatory barriers to reduce the cases of firearm-related violence. 

Experts recommend including firearm safety when discussing public health and doing background checks to ensure that criminals and mentally-disabled people are not issued with guns.

"Patients have long trusted their physicians to advise them on issues that affect their health," president of ACP, Molly Cooke, MD, FACP, said in a press release. "Physicians can play a critical role in educating the public on the risks of firearm ownership and the need for firearm safety through their encounters with their patients. ACP strongly believes the patient-physician relationship should be protected from laws that prevent physicians from initiating a discussion about guns."

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Dangers of Mixing Alcohol & Marijuana Highlights Speak Now Efforts





The Colorado Department of Human Services continues to provide new information and materials for communities throughout Colorado through the Speak Now campaign.

Mixing Alcohol and Marijuana
The campaign's latest push is focused on mixed use of alcohol and marijuana. More than 70% of Colorado high schools students reported drinking alcohol at some point in their lives, and more than 40% reported using marijuana making these the two most commonly used substances by teens. Roughly one in eight Colorado high school students reported both binge drinking and using marijuana in the same month.
Through qualitative research conducted in multiple Colorado communities, teens indicated marijuana was almost always present at parties where alcohol was also available. Co-use, or mixing these drugs can lead to dangerous levels of intoxication.
new page on mixing has been added to the Speak Now website to provide additional facts and information on alcohol and marijuana.

‘Yes’ And ‘No’ Might Seem Pretty Simple, But That Doesn’t Mean This Chart Isn’t Very Necessary

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From:  Upworthy

"No means no" is a very important lesson, but it's far from the end of the story, get clear what consent looks on this Consent Chart.  It provides a few key questions to ask when considering consent.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Sports aggression may ‘spillover' in teen relationships

From: Reuters

Teenage boys who played football, basketball or both were about twice as likely as other boys to have recently abused their girlfriends in a new study from California.

Researchers say the "hypermasculine" attitudes encouraged in some sports may foster aggression off the field, but the locker room can also be a place to teach boys about healthy relationships and avoiding violence.

"We need to create a safe place for our youth to discuss healthy masculinity, healthy relationships and the idea that violence never equals strength," said Heather McCauley, a researcher at University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, who led the study.

In the U.S., women experience 2 million injuries from intimate partner violence each year, and nearly one quarter of women experience violence by a current or former spouse or boyfriend at some point in their lives, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Recent research suggests that one in three youth experience physical, psychological or sexual violence in romantic relationships, McCauley and her coauthors note in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

Violent sports and dating abuse have been linked among college athletes, but McCauley's team wanted to know if the association could be seen in even younger athletes.

Monday, April 14, 2014

National Prescription Take-Back Day

The Drug Enforcement Administration will hold its next  National Prescription Take-Back Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 26. The seven previous take-back days have removed more than 1,733 tons of unwanted prescription medications from circulation. You can search for collection locations on the DEA website or view the Dropbox Location Map.

Please display the Got Drugs? or Tienes Medicamentos? flyer to promote the event and help make it another successful take-back day!