Wednesday, June 22, 2016

University of Denver unique, inspiring alumni - Sarah Brummett

Sarah Brummet is being recognized by the Denver University Graduate School of Professional Psychology as a unique and inspiring alumni as they lead up to their 40th anniversary.

After GSPP, Sarah obtained her law degree at DU and practiced family law for 5 years before transitioning back to psychology to work in suicide prevention.

She serves as the Suicide Prevention Commission Coordinator within the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment. Making the transition to work in the suicide prevention arena was as much personal and professional.

The Colorado Office of Suicide Prevention is the lead agency for coordinating suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention efforts statewide. As one of the unspoken and taboo topics that continues to touch Coloradans in profound and devastating ways, suicide prevention is aimed at not only keeping individuals safe, but also in supporting and enriching communities.

Learn more about Sarah's accomplishments and experiences on the University of Denver webpage.

Congratulations Sarah!

Monday, June 13, 2016

CDPHE lauched educational campaign for marijuana use while pregnant and breastfeeding

A 2014 health department report concludes there is no safe level of marijuana use for pregnant and breastfeeding women or their babies.

“Women have a lot of choices to make when they become pregnant,” said Dr. Tista Ghosh, deputy chief medical officer. “We encourage them to talk to their health care providers and use our new resources to make the healthiest choices for themselves and their babies.”

The campaign for pregnant and breastfeeding women is part of the state’s Good To Know Colorado campaign, which was launched in 2014 to educate Coloradans about the safe and responsible use of retail marijuana. The campaign continues the Good to Know approach of using direct messages and images to engage Coloradans in the state’s ongoing conversation about marijuana. The new campaign uses social media, online resources, health care providers and community groups to reach pregnant and breastfeeding women.

Campaign information is based on “Monitoring the Health Concerns Related to Marijuana in Colorado: 2014,” a report developed by Colorado’s Retail Marijuana Public Health Advisory Committee. According to the report:

There is no known safe amount of marijuana use while pregnant or breastfeeding.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Infographic: Injury and Violence in the U.S. by the Numbers

Today the CDC Injury Center released a new infographic: Injury and Violence in the U.S. by the Numbers. The infographic provides a snapshot of injury and violence and conveys the magnitude of the problem in terms of morbidity, mortality and cost to society. It highlights key data and proven prevention strategies for Motor Vehicle Injury, Prescription Drug Overdose, Child Abuse and Neglect, Older Adult Falls, Sexual Violence and Youth Sports Concussions.

Every year 199,800 people die from injuries and violence. For every person that dies, 13 are hospitalized and 135 are treated in an emergency room.

Learn more about injuries and violence and what can be done to prevent them:

Infographic: Injury and Violence in the U.S. by the Numbers

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Guide youth to discover something worth protecting

Encourage youth to find, set and accomplish goals that matter to them, big or small. It's about finding something that makes them feel amazing and doesn't get in the way of their happiness. The Goal Getter helps youth direct their energy in a positive direction. To them it might seem like using marijuana before they're 21 might not ruin their life, but they shouldn't let it get in the way of getting what they really want.

Please share the Goal Getter with all youth and youth serving organizations and help to Protect What's Next!

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Medication Abuse Prevention: 2016 Resource Guide

The amount of prescription painkillers prescribed and sold in the U.S. increased nearly four times from 1999 to 2010 (CDC), yet there has not been an overall change in the amount of pain that Americans report. (Chang, H., American Journal of Emergency Medicine, 2014). Prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) medications are the most commonly abused substances after marijuana and alcohol for Americans over the age of 13 (National Institute on Drug Abuse). In 2013, the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) found that nearly 18 percent of U.S. high school students had taken prescription medications without a prescription at least once. Teens and young adults are especially at risk of abusing prescription medications because they are widely available, free or inexpensive, and falsely believed to be safer than illicit drugs.

This resource guide provides links to organizations, programs, publications, and resources focused on prescription drug overdose prevention among youth and young adults. It is divided into six sections: (1) Organizations, (2) Policy and Legislation, (3) Current Prevention Programs and Resources, (4) Publications, (5) Children’s Safety Network (CSN) Webinars, and (6) Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Publications. Each item in this resource guide includes a short description and a link to the resource itself. Descriptions of organizations, reports, guides, toolkits, campaigns, websites, and initiatives are, in most cases, excerpted from the resources themselves, while descriptions of research studies are excerpted from the study abstracts.

 Preventing Medication Abuse: 2016 Resource Guide