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Category Archives: Substance Abuse Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery

Fun Ideas for Alcohol-Free Parties Posted on Aug 9

Summer is here and with it comes celebrations of all kinds such as beach days, barbeques and picnics with family and friends. In addition to good food and company, many of these festivities may include alcohol, so it’s important to remember that anyone who provides   …Continue Reading Fun Ideas for Alcohol-Free Parties

Innovations in Addictions Conference Posted on Jul 19

Innovations in Addictions Conference

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health Bureau of Substance Abuse Services (BSAS) recently held their bi-annual Innovations in Addictions Conference, an event focused on groundbreaking approaches to treatment and prevention of substance abuse. The conference drew more than 350 attendees from a variety of disciplines and was a great opportunity for DPH to promote exciting innovations in how we prevent and treat substance use disorders, and support people in recovery.

Substance Abuse Higher Among Teens Not in School Posted on May 9

Substance Abuse Higher Among Teens Not in School

  Posted by Adrienne Deeble, an intern with the Bureau of Substance Abuse Services    All parents know how important it is to encourage their kids to stay in school. In addition to helping them receive an education, attending school can help them lead healthy   …Continue Reading Substance Abuse Higher Among Teens Not in School

Tips for Keeping Track of Your Medication Posted on Apr 25

Tips for Keeping Track of Your Medication

    Posted by Casey Cokkinias and Andrew Vidikan, student interns in the Bureau of Substance Abuse Services Have you ever left the doctor’s office only to realize you forgot to ask the important questions you had about your medication? Keeping track of various medications and their   …Continue Reading Tips for Keeping Track of Your Medication

Is Alcohol Keeping Me From Being Healthier? Posted on Jan 15

Is Alcohol Keeping Me From Being Healthier?

Posted by: Adam Stoler of the Bureau of Substance Abuse Services  Now that we’re two weeks into the New Year, how are you doing on your Resolutions?  Maybe you intended to drink more water, get more exercise, or be healthier? Sometimes we can have a   …Continue Reading Is Alcohol Keeping Me From Being Healthier?

How to Enjoy A Safe Holiday Season Posted on Dec 13

How to Enjoy A Safe Holiday Season

 Posted by: Kathleen Whelton who works in the Bureau of Substance Abuse Services The winter holidays are a great time to get together and celebrate with family and friends. Whether you are hosting a holiday party for a crowd or an intimate dinner party for a   …Continue Reading How to Enjoy A Safe Holiday Season

Take Time Out For a Veteran on Veteran’s Day Posted on Nov 9

Take Time Out For a Veteran on Veteran’s Day

 Posted by: Ben Cluff (pictured) and Joe Burch of the Bureau of Substance Abuse Services. With Veteran’s Day coming up, it is a great opportunity to take a minute to reflect on our freedom and the people who have fought, and continue to fight, to protect   …Continue Reading Take Time Out For a Veteran on Veteran’s Day

Thinking or Drinking? Alcohol Use Can Damage Teens’ Brains Posted on Nov 8

Thinking or Drinking? Alcohol Use Can Damage Teens’ Brains

Posted by Andrew Vidikan, a student intern in the Bureau of Substance Abuse Services   Did you know that the human brain continues to develop up to the age of 25? That means that, just like their bodies, teens’ brains are still growing, and using alcohol   …Continue Reading Thinking or Drinking? Alcohol Use Can Damage Teens’ Brains

Talking to Your Kids About Marijuana Posted on Oct 19

Talking to Your Kids About Marijuana

   Posted by: Kathleen Whelton and Avi Pinals who both work in the Bureau of Substance Abuse Services  Marijuana is the most used illegal drug among youth. Almost half of U.S. teens will have tried marijuana at least once by the time they graduate high school. As a   …Continue Reading Talking to Your Kids About Marijuana

Bath Salts are Now Illegal Posted on Sep 18

Bath Salts are Now Illegal

    Posted by: Kathleen Whelton and Avi Pinals who both work in the Bureau of Substance Abuse Services  Bath Salts have been in the news a lot lately, but what are they? Bath Salts are a group of chemical compounds that when taken orally, inhaled,   …Continue Reading Bath Salts are Now Illegal