CCC News

The Power of Unplugging

Imagine a day without distractions. In our society, such a day is hard to imagine and for those with addiction, it's a day even harder to actualize. March 10, 2018 is #NationalDayofUnplugging. The project of Reboot, this day is meant to be a 24 hour global disconnect from technology and a re-connection with ourselves and loved ones in real time with a genuine opportunity for meditation and...

First National Pharmacy Chain to Offer Free Opioid Disposal Solution

Walmart is launching a first-of-its kind opioid disposal solution – available at no cost – in all company pharmacies. Known as DisposeRx, the small packet contains ingredients that, according to the manufacturer, when emptied into a pill bottle with warm water ultimately enable patients to responsibly dispose of leftover medications in their trash. The innovative disposal solution will now be provided in addition to ongoing counseling available to Walmart patients on...

Is There a Link Between Social Media and Teen Depression?

According to data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there was a 33% increase in the number of teens experiencing depression, a 23% rise in teen suicide attempts, and a 31% surge in the number of teens who died by suicide in the five years between 2010 to 2015. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Foundation says suicide is now the second leading cause of death for young...

This is Your (Teen’s) Brain on Drugs

The Coalition is proud to once again host an evening with Stephen Dewey, PhD. Dr. Dewey, a renowned Neuroscientist and Research Professor at New York University School of Medicine, has examined virtually every drug of abuse (from marijuana to heroin) and its impact on the brain function of a teen.  Dr. Dewey will share his findings and what he sees as current trends in use and abuse by our teens. Please...

Kratom-Emerging Drug of Abuse

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) currently includes kratom on its "Drugs of Concern" list and the National Institute  Drug Abuse (NIDA) has identified kratom as an emerging drug of abuse. Kratom is a tree, native to tropical regions in Southeast Asia. It is known for its stimulant effects and as an opioid substitute. Its street names include Herbal Speedball, Ketum, Biak-biak, Kahuam, Ithang and Thom.

Kratom can be sold as a green powder, an extract or a gum. It is processed in a similar fashion to cannabis, whereby the leaves are dried and then made into a powder or oily resin. The leaves can be chewed, used as a tea, smoked or consumed in food.

Kratom has been used as an herbal alternative to treat or reduce withdrawal...

Upcoming Events

Although there will not be a Coalition meeting in December, that doesn't mean our members aren't hard at work planning informative and topical presentations. See the list below and remember to check back here for additional information. Jan. 9, 2018, 7pm in Commack High School Little Theater - "Decoding What's Behind The Vapor", The Real Facts on Vaping and E-Cigarettes - Stephanie Sloan, MS, CASAC, a senior drug abuse educator at the Suffolk...