Thursday, January 21, 2016

National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week 2016


January 26 -31, 2016 is National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week.  This event, which is co-sponsored by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), teaches teens the effects of drug use on the brain and body through local events and online chats. The information provided has been thoroughly researched by National Institute of Health (NIH) scientists.

Chat Day is January 26th.  On this day, high school students and scientists from the National Institute on Drug Abuse hook up online to discuss the dangers of drug use. Students can get answers to all of their questions from actual scientific researchers.

This is an important event because researchers have found that teens who use drugs on a regular basis are at high risk for developing cognitive disorders and learning disabilities since the teenage brain is still maturing. And some drugs are so dangerous, they can cause permanent psychiatric disorders.

For more information, check out these websites:    (NIDA for Teens)      (NIAAA)   (National Institute on Drug Abuse)


Dawn Pisturino, RN

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Saturday, January 2, 2016

Live for Today

Today is the first day of the rest of your life. And, no matter what happened yesterday, the past is over. No matter what will happen in the future, that day has not yet arrived.
Moment by moment, hour by hour, day by day, month by month, season by season, year by year, decade by decade . . .
Life is happening right now -- this second -- and there it goes, it's gone! So precious, so fleeting, so finite.
I am writing this essay right now, word by word. Once I sign my name at the end, this small block of time is forever gone. But, look what I accomplished in that small block!
Make every second, minute, day, month, year count to its fullest. Start right now.
Dawn Pisturino, RN
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