Marijuana Has Proven to Be a Gateway Drug

first_imgNew York Times 26 April 2016Writer: Robert L. DuPont is the president of the Institute for Behavior and Health and the first director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse.Family First Comment: Who do you believe? The Greens and the Drug Foundation OR this expert. We say the expert! ” Like nearly all people with substance abuse problems, most heroin users initiated their drug use early in their teens, usually beginning with alcohol and marijuana. There is ample evidence that early initiation of drug use primes the brain for enhanced later responses to other drugs. These facts underscore the need for effective prevention to reduce adolescent use of alcohol, tobacco and marijuana in order to turn back the heroin and opioid epidemic and to reduce burdens addiction in this country.”It should come as no surprise that the vast majority of heroin users have used marijuana (and many other drugs) not only long before they used heroin but while they are using heroin. Like nearly all people with substance abuse problems, most heroin users initiated their drug use early in their teens, usually beginning with alcohol and marijuana. There is ample evidence that early initiation of drug use primes the brain for enhanced later responses to other drugs. These facts underscore the need for effective prevention to reduce adolescent use of alcohol, tobacco and marijuana in order to turn back the heroin and opioid epidemic and to reduce burdens addiction in this country.Marijuana use is positively correlated with alcohol use and cigarette use, as well as illegal drugs like cocaine and methamphetamine. This does not mean that everyone who uses marijuana will transition to using heroin or other drugs, but it does mean that people who use marijuana also consume more, not less, legal and illegal drugs than do people who do not use marijuana.People who are addicted to marijuana are three times more likely to be addicted to heroin.The legalization of marijuana increases availability of the drug and acceptability of its use. This is bad for public health and safety not only because marijuana use increases the risk of heroin use.A better drug policy is one that actively discourages marijuana use as well as other recreational drug use, especially for youth. The aggressive commercialization of marijuana that is now rampant and still growing is particularly damaging to the public health because it markets marijuana and an array of increasingly potent products in ever more attractive ways that encourage marijuana use and frequent high-dose THC use.We are at a crossroads. Legalizing marijuana will have lasting negative effects on future generations. The currently legal drugs, alcohol and tobacco, are two of the leading causes of preventable illness and death in the country. Establishing marijuana as a third legal drug will increase the national drug abuse problem, including expanding the opioid epidemic. read more

World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day 2020: #KeepClapping for Dominica Red Cross Society Volunteers

first_img 87 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Tweet Share InternationalLifestyleLocalNews World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day 2020: #KeepClapping for Dominica Red Cross Society Volunteers by: – May 8, 2020 On this World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day, Dominica Red Cross Society is especially proud to recognize the work of its volunteers and staff who are doing everything they can to support communities affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.“We always say that the Red Cross is everywhere for everyone, every day,” says Mrs. Sandra Charter-Rolle“In 2020, this is more important than ever. Our volunteers are hard at work helping vulnerable individuals and communities to protect themselves from COVID-19, and we’re still providing many other services that people need to keep themselves safe and healthy.“Each and every volunteer in Dominica deserves applause, and we encourage everyone to #KeepClapping on 8 May.”Dominica Red Cross Society volunteers have been active in communities since the novel coronavirus was first detected: helping people to prepare, sharing life-saving health information to stop the spread of the disease, and working to limit its impact on the most vulnerable members of society.These programmes carried by the Dominica Red Cross is well known for in Dominica. Every year, we reach more than 500 people with a diverse range of services tailored to local needs, such as First Aid Training, Medical Services and Welfare Programs.Mrs. Sandra Charter-Rolle says: “We may not be physically close during this time of social distancing, but we will always be here for you.“This is a difficult time for everyone, but I see so much hope in the bravery and dedication of not only Dominica Red Cross volunteers, but also that of the millions of volunteers and staff members in 191 other countries around the world. This global solidarity will help the world not only survive this pandemic, but also help it to thrive afterwards.” Share (Dominica Red Cross 767) Sharelast_img read more

Prize giving ceremony to bring Children’s Fishing Clinic to an end

first_img Share LocalNews Prize giving ceremony to bring Children’s Fishing Clinic to an end by: – July 20, 2011 Sharing is caring! 24 Views   no discussions Marine life. Photo credit; topnews.inA Prize Giving Ceremony will bring to a close, a Children Fishing Clinic Program for primary school children from St Joseph to Clifton and Penville to Portsmouth, spearheaded by the Fisheries Division.The program which targeted students between the ages of 9 and 12, was held from July 12th to 21st with over thirty students within the catchment area participating.The primary goal for the programme was to allow children to learn the basics in marine environmental stewardship, fishing ethics, angling skills, marine biology and fishing safety.In addition,  the programme intended to provide trainees with a unique chance to experience Dominica’s marine life and biodiversity.Fisheries Officer, Mr Harold Guiste said that “it has been observed that preteens who have early sustainable fishing experience are more likely to become good fishers and demonstrate a higher level of environmental stewardship and hence the division strives to teach children at an early age the vulnerability of some of our resources if not properly managed.”The total cost of the program was approximately $20,000, half of which was funded by Miss Reneta Siegenthler, a Swiss national residing in Dominica.Other sponsors included the National Drug Prevention Unit, University of Florida, Rodney Smith Anglers Association of Florida, Al Dive, Portsmouth Beach Hotel, Youth Division, Garraway Enterprises, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and Dive Dominica.Dominica Vibes Newscenter_img Share Tweet Sharelast_img read more

Grace Everage, 91

first_imgGrace Everage, 91,of Milan passed away at 11:05pm Sunday, October 16, 2016 at the Manderley Health Care Center in Osgood. She was born near Napoleon on June 29, 1925 the daughter of Orville and Edna Weeks Waters. She was married to Carter Everage on October 5, 1946 and he preceded her in death on March 12, 2015. Survivors include one son Jack (Robbie) Everage of Milan; three daughters Sandy Mills and Sherry Kendall both of The Villages, Florida, and Joyce Bailey of Martinsville; 11 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandson. She was also preceded in death by her parents. Mrs. Everage was a 1944 graduate of Delaware-Jackson High School at Napoleon and attended Indiana University. Grace was known as an excellent seamstress and she had served as a dress review judge at various county fairs and had also taught sewing at the Southeastern Career Center in Versailles. Her hobbies included tending to her garden and doing a wide variety of crafts. Grace was a member of the Versailles Baptist Church, the Home Arts club in Versailles, and was a former Farm Bureau member. Funeral services will be held on Friday, October 21st at 10:30am at the Versailles Baptist Church with Rev. Mike Cantrell officiating. Burial will be in the Cliff Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday from 5pm to 8pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles and from 9:30am until time of services Friday at the church. Memorials may be given to the Versailles Lions Club or the Cliff Hill Cemetery in care of the funeral home.last_img read more

Ryan gets best of Deery challengers at Dubuque

first_imgMatt Ryan led all but the first lap in winning Tuesday’s Deery Brothers Summer Series feature at Dubuque Speedway. The IMCA Late Model tour victory paid $2,400. (Photo by Ryan Broderson)DUBUQUE, Iowa (Aug. 16) – If he’d had a rear view mirror, Matt Ryan would have been able to watch the race that played out behind him in Tuesday’s Deery Brothers Summer Series main event at Dubuque Speedway.Ryan led all but the first of 50 laps in winning the IMCA Late Model tour feature and $2,400. The Deery checkers were his career second.“Normally when I go to Dubuque I’m a guardrail guy but the car was good on the top side in my heat race,” said Ryan, who’d won the Slocum Memorial Deery in April of 2011. “I thought if I’m starting second that I’d stay there. My goal was to stay on the cushion but keep it out of the fence.”He left the top side just long enough to pass pole starter Dan Shelliam, then stayed in front to the checkers.Point leader Tyler Bruening ended a couple car lengths off the pace in second to add a little more breathing room in his battle for the series championship with fifth-finishing Jeff Aikey. Luke Goedert was third and Scott Fitzpatrick ran fourth.Once he got to the front, Ryan found himself pursued by a host of challengers that at one point was running five wide close behind.“Every restart we’d go into (turn) one and there’d be somebody on the bottom,” he said. “I was pretty happy to be able to stay out in front of them.”While Bruening ran second much of the night, he gave way near midway to last-starting Joel Callahan.Callahan stayed close before breaking and bringing out one of the six yellows that punctuated the main event. Joe Zrostlik worked his way up from outside row 10 to finish sixth.Ryan’s father Terry won his first Late Model feature at Dubuque in 1991 and he got the best of Terry Neal in an epic feature a couple years ago.“I’ve been in position to win races this season but things didn’t work out. It’s been kind of a long year for us,” he said. “I was excited to start up front with this Gheer’d Up car.”Winner of the $250 Sunoco Race Fuels feature qualifier drawing was Chad Holladay.Ryan’s share of the purse included a $400 bonus for his perfect series attendance.“They made the announcement about the bonus during the drivers’ meeting,” he noted. “I thought ‘sweet!’. I was pretty excited about it. Thank you, Sunoco.”Mark Schulte was the Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified winner at Dubuque.Up next on the Deery Series schedule are Friday, Sept. 2 and Saturday, Sept. 3 features during Farley Speedway’s Yankee Dirt Track Classic.Top prize on opening night is $2,000 with $7,500 paid to win on night two. Saturday’s winner will go home with the biggest check of the 30th annual tour.The Deery Series then returns to the Thursday night program during the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s at Boone Speedway on Sept. 8. That feature pays $2,000 plus as much as $1,500 in bonus money to win.Feature results – 1. Matt Ryan, Davenport; 2. Tyler Bruening, Decorah; 3. Luke Goedert, Guttenberg; 4. Scott Fitzpatrick, Wheatland; 5. Jeff Aikey, Cedar Falls; 6. Joe Zrostlik, Long Grove; 7. Dan Shelliam, Hazel Green, Wis.; 8. Ray Guss Jr., Milan, Ill.; 9. Darrel DeFrance, Marshalltown; 10. Chad Holladay, Muscatine; 11. Chuck Hanna, Port Byron, Ill.; 12. Ryan Dolan, Lisbon; 13. Lee Kinsella, Peosta; 14. Bobby Hansen, Center Point; 15. Curt Schroeder, Newton; 16. Luke Merfeld, Dubuque; 17. Joel Callahan, Dubuque; 18. Eric Pollard, Peosta; 19. Andy Nezworski, Buffalo; 20. Cayden Carter, Oskaloosa; 21. Tyler Droste, Waterloo; 22. Justin Kay, Wheatland.1st heat – 1. Kay; 2. Carter; 3. Hanna; 4. Aikey; 5. Dolan; 6. DeFrance; 7. Hansen; 8. Callahan.2nd heat – 1. Nezworski; 2. Ryan; 3. Shelliam; 4. Pollard; 5. Kinsella; 6. Schroeder; 7. Zrostlik.3rd heat – 1. Bruening; 2. Goedert; 3. Droste; 4. Fitzpatrick; 5. Merfeld; 6. Guss; 7. Holladay.last_img read more

“It’s now Golden Opportunity for Assam’s shuttlers”: Krishna Hazarika

first_imgOur Sports ReporterGUWAHATI: Former international shuttler from Assam Krishna Hazarika feels 90’s was the ‘Golden Period’ for Assam Badminton. During an interaction she also feels that present time is the ‘Golden Opportunity’ for Assam shuttlers and they should take advantage of it. Here is the excerpt. Q. Why did you give first preference to badminton instead of other games? Krishna: It’s decision perhaps surprised many. My cousins Madalasa Hazarika, Gautam Hazarika, Ghritachi or Mitali or Latu were all in Table Tennis and were already a National name when I decided to take up Badminton. In fact my father too thought that I would play Table Tennis. But when I used to visit the stadium with him I was more attracted to the green courts and the shuttle. Finally I decided to become a shuttler. Q. Share your playing experience in national circuit. Krishna: I was comfortable with all the opponents except Manjusha Kanwar. Her game never suited mine. The match that got me into the senior league was against Seema Bhandari. She was ranked India no 1 in seniors at that point of time and I was a wild card entry. The tournament was in Bareilly. No one had beaten Seema Bhandari till then. I reached the finals beating Nancy, Lakshmi and a host of top ranked players. None expected me to win against Seema Bhandari. She was extremely fast and lots of energy. But from the word go I just had it and defeated her in straight games. The performance helped me to get selected for India for the first time and it was in the World Juniors in Jakarta, Indonesia. Only I and Gopichand were selected for the tournament. Unfortunately Gopi couldn’t go due to an injury whereas I flew alone to Indonesia. Q. Your comment on the current scenario of badminton in Assam. Krishna: I always say the 90’s was the ‘Golden Period’ for Assam Badminton when Assam had a host of International players, There were national champions and highly ranked national players wherever you looked at. Present times are the ‘Golden Opportunity’ for Assam Badminton because now the entire Indian Badminton circuit is managed by Assam. If our players are not able to perform and take advantage from the authority of the State Badminton then I will really think it’s a pity, a great loss of the opportunity. Q.You watched closely the stalwarts of Assam badminton like Dipankar, Madhurya,Susanta, Mallika…How would you rate them? Krishna: Mallika ba was a very good doubles player whereas the 3 men were really awesome. You cannot like one more than the other. All 3 had very distinct awesome qualities as Badminton player, Dipankar, a very hard worker, hard hitter, lots of energy and punch; Sushantada, extremely deceptive. His matches are unique, and the strokes were amazing. On the other hand Madhurjyada was very natural on the court with beautiful strokes. Q. Asmita Chaliha is now the new badminton sensation from the State. What is your expectation from her? Krishna: I saw Ashmita play against PV Sindhu during the National championship in Guwahati; of course Ashmita has the steam in her. But I should say that we need to produce a base of good players so that a pyramid can be formed with many Assam players at the top Indian rung. It will help the state to become a dominant force in national badminton. Also watch: The Mores: Let’s Talk Lifestyle & Fashionlast_img read more

Syracuse men show promise, women make major stride

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ In 2012, the Syracuse men finished 15th in the NCAA national championship. The women didn’t even qualify.One year later, each team is reveling in the benefits of an extra year of experience from its sophomore runners. The men, led by redshirt sophomore Martin Hehir, finished the regular season at No. 14 in the country. Resurrected from the depths of collegiate cross-country, the women, led by sophomore Margo Malone, closed out the regular season at No. 19.In their first season in the Atlantic Coast Conference, the men captured the conference title, the Northeast Regional Championship and finished 10th at the NCAA national championship. The Orange women finished third in both the ACC championship and regionals, and 22nd at nationals. And both teams can thank the performance of its sophomores for leading them to postseason success. AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“The first year is about learning the ropes,” Hehir said of the current sophomores. “Now is the year everything comes together, and our class came into its own.”Behind All-ACC performances from Hehir, Robert Molke, Griff Graves, Max Straneva and M.J. Erb, SU captured its second consecutive conference title, last season as members of the Big East. Hehir led the team with a third-place finish.Two weeks later, the men secured their second postseason victory, this time at regionals. Hehir, Molke, Graves, Ryan Urie, Reed Kamyszek and Joseph Whelan were named to the All-Region team for their performances. Hehir once again led the charge, duplicating his third-place finish.Going into the NCAA championships, the optimism for the men was as high as ever. The Orange achieved a Top 10 finish, but coming into the race at No. 7 in the country, head coach Chris Fox knew the group didn’t maximize its potential.“We were on the edge of being pleased. We’ll take it because it’s our first Top 10,” Fox said of his tenure. “But we know we left something out there.”The women have made a turnaround in the past 12 months. After turning in disappointing results last year, both the coaches and runners came into this season with one common goal: qualify for the big race.“This year, Margo, Brianna (Nerud), and I all knew what we had to do to go to nationals,” sophomore Meredith Speakman said.These three, plus junior Jesse Petersen, successfully accomplished the team’s postseason goal, starting with a third-place finish in its ACC championship debut. Malone led the charge with a ninth-place finish, while Speakman also garnered All-ACC honors, finishing 15th.Facing stiff competition in then-No. 2 Providence and then-No. 12 Dartmouth at regionals, the women finished an expected third. Malone once again led the team with an 11th-place finish, while Speakman finished 19th to place on the All-Region team.The race they’d all been waiting for, nationals, saw the women slightly underachieve, finishing 22nd after coming in ranked at No. 19. Nonetheless, the season was a triumphant success. “I can’t tell you how important it was to get back on the national scene,” Fox said. “The girls on the team did a tremendous job to right the ship.”Looking ahead to next season, the outlook couldn’t be brighter. After exceptional performances from returning runners, Fox said he expects the women to potentially be in the Top 10 and the men possibly in the top three.“Obviously we’re excited. It’s nice to have those younger guys be up front for us,” assistant coach Adam Smith said. “It’s nice to count on younger guys in big-time races, and hopefully that bodes well for the future of the program.” Comments Published on December 3, 2013 at 12:30 am Contact Matt: | @matt_schneidmanlast_img read more

Pair of Trojans receives awards for standout play

first_imgAfter intercepting Arizona quarterback Nick Foles twice, junior safety T.J. McDonald was named the Lott IMPACT Player of the Week.McDonald also had six tackles and recovered an onside kick to preserve USC’s 48-41 victory over Arizona on Saturday.Good hands · T.J. McDonald recovered an onside kick Saturday. – Kelvin Kuo | Daily TrojanMcDonald, who was named a team captain this season, has earned a reputation as a hard-hitting, physically imposing defensive presence.One area of concern for the USC defense heading into its matchup with Arizona was its inability to force turnovers. The Trojans defense ranked last in the Pac-12 with a turnover margin of minus-six.Coming into the game, Foles had attempted 210 passes without throwing an interception.The Lott IMPACT Trophy, named after Pro Football Hall of Fame member Ronnie Lott, is awarded to college football’s Defensive IMPACT Player of the Year. The award is given to the player who exhibits the same characteristics Lott personified during his career:  integrity, maturity, performance, academics, community and tenacity.Lott, who played for USC and was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 2002, is largely considered one of the best defensive college football players of all time.McDonald also has family ties to Trojan football.His father, Tim McDonald, was a two-time All-American at USC in 1985 and 1986 and a team captain.He was named MVP of the 1985 team, which won the Rose Bowl. After USC, McDonald went on to have a successful 13-year career in the NFL.—On Monday, junior quarterback Matt Barkley received yet another accolade when he was named the Pac-12 Conference’s Offensive Player of the Week.This is Barkley’s second Pac-12 Offense Player of the Week honor for Barkley this season.After throwing for 324 yards and five touchdowns, with no interceptions, against Syracuse on Sept. 17, he received the honor as well.It comes just days after his record-breaking 468 passing yards and five touchdowns (four passing and one rushing) helped pace the Trojans (4-1, 2-1) to a win over the Wildcats heading in to the bye week.On the afternoon, Barkley also completed 32-of-39 passes and connected with sophomore wide receiver Robert Woods for a career-long 82-yard touchdown pass, the longest completion by USC since 2001.USC has now won the Pac-12 Offense Player of the Week Award three times through the first five weeks, as Woods received the top honor following his 17-catch afternoon in week one against Minnesota.In 2005, Reggie Bush, Matt Leinart and LenDale White combined to win the award a school-record five times.Bush also remains the last Trojan to be named conference player of the week three times in a season.Heading into the bye week, Barkley is fifth in the country in both passing yards (1,587) and touchdowns (15).last_img read more

Reactions to Syracuse head coach-designate Mike Hopkins’ move to Washington

first_img Published on March 19, 2017 at 12:34 pm [<a href=”//” target=”_blank”>View the story “Reactions to Syracuse head coach-designate Mike Hopkins’ move to Washington” on Storify</a>] Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img