The September meeting of the Community Health Partnership will be held at Central Valley Health District conference room from 12:00PM – 1:00PM.
As the Community Health Partnership advances it’s efforts to make our community the best place to live, learn, work and play, we also want to be sure that all of the community members understand what the CHP is about. Below is a one page document highlighting the CHP priority areas, and how we are working to achieve them. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to comment below or to call Brittany at (701) 952-4796.
A study of more than 100 video games finds 42% feature characters smoking cigarettes, e-cigarettes, cigars and other products, or make references to those products. Experts tell CNN they are concerned young people who play the games may be influenced to start smoking.
The study by researchers at the University of California San Francisco included 118 games released between 1994 and 2015 that were rated by the Entertainment Software Ratings Board, which makes age recommendations for video games.
The findings were published in the journal Tobacco Control.
Previous studies have found that teens ages 12 to 17 who see the greatest amount of smoking in movies are about twice as likely to begin smoking, compared with their peers with the least exposure to smoking in movies. Much less is known about the effect of tobacco references in video games, the article notes.
Robin Koval, Chief Executive Officer and President of the tobacco-control advocacy organization Truth Initiative, told CNN that video games could be even more influential than movies. “We know video games are much more immersive (than movies) and frequently played by young people… those who play games spend even more time playing them than time spend on social media,” Koval said.
Dr. Brian A. Primack of the University of Pittsburgh, who has researched the effect of smoking in movies on teens, noted, “The influence (of video games) might even be stronger (than movies), both because of large exposures from repeated play and because of the highly personal, active nature of video game play.”
In troubling news out of Tennessee this week, two teenagers died after drinking a combination of soda and racing fuel, a concoction toxicologists refer to as “dewshine.” Two other teens were hospitalized for drinking the mixture, but they recovered.
Here’s what you need to know in case “dewshine” becomes a bigger trend:
- “Dewshine” is created by combining soda (as the name suggests, that soda is often Mountain Dew) and racing fuel.
- Racing fuel is 100 percent methanol, a toxic, colorless, volatile flammable liquid alcohol that’s not meant for human consumption.
- The fuel is easy to obtain and sells for about $8 a gallon. Kids can legally buy it.
- The symptoms of drinking methanol are similar to alcohol at first, but eventually they may become more serious and cause “blurred vision, vomiting, diarrhea, seizures, blindness, coma and even death.”
- The Methanol Institute reports that drinking 25-90 milliliters of methanol can be fatal without proper medical treatment.
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From the North Dakota Department of Health Safety Flier:
If someone slips drugs into your drink, taking drugs isn’t a choice you make. Whether you’re at a party or just hanging out, it’s possible that someone – someone you know or someone you don’t – may slip something into your drink that can hurt you.
There are things you should know – and things you should do – to keep yourself safe.
What drugs are most often used for drug-facilitated sexual assault?
Although there are many substances that can cause you to pass out or lose control, certain drugs are referred to as “sexual assault” (or “date-rape”) drugs because sexual predators often use them to get control over their victims. These drugs include gamma hydroxybutric acid (GHB), Rohypnol, ketamine, and Ecstasy. Drinking a beverage spiked with one or more of these drugs can take away your ability to fight back and your memory of what was done to you.
A person who sexually assaults another person uses these drugs because they’re easy to slip into a drink. They’re tasteless, odorless, and colorless. Also, these drugs act fast and leave your system quickly, so if the assault isn’t reported right away, it may be too late to test for the drugs. And the drugs aren’t part of a routine screening, so unless the doctor knows to test for these specific drugs, they won’t show up in the results. All this makes it difficult to conduct a criminal investigation.
Because these drugs can affect victims’ memory, they may not remember the details or even be able to identify the person who assaulted them. In some cases, victims don’t know what happened until much later.
- Don’t drink from a can or bottle that you didn’t open yourself
- Don’t take a drink from a punch bowl
- Don’t drink from a container that’s being passed around
- If someone offers you a drink from the bar at a club or party, don’t take it. Instead, go to the bar to order your own drink, watch it being poured, and carry the drink yourself.
- Don’t leave your drink unattended while talking, dancing, using the restroom, or making a phone call
- If you realize that your drink has been left unattended, throw it out and get a new one
- Don’t drink anything that has an unusual taste or appearance, like a salty taste or unexplained residue
- Don’t mix drugs and alcohol. Even over-the-counter drugs like cold medicine can react with alcohol and other substances in negative ways.
- Watch out for your friends and ask them to watch out for you. Have a plan to periodically check up on each other.
- If your friend appears very intoxicated, gets sick after drinking a beverage, passes out and is difficult to wake up, seems to have trouble breathing, or behaves in unusual ways, do what you need to do to make sure your friend is safe. Call 911 if necessary.
Signs That You May Have Been Drugged:
- You feel drunk even though you haven’t had alcohol
- You wake up very hung over and have a memory lapse or can’t account for a period of time
- Your clothes are a mess or not on right
- You are nauseous, sleepy, and have a loss of reflexes
- You feel like someone had sex with you but you can’t remember it
What to Do if Your Drink was Drugged and You Think You’ve Been Sexually Assaulted
- Go to a safe place. Ask a trusted friend to stay with you.
- Call the police. Tell the police everything. Be honest about your activities. Remember that nothing justifies sexual assault.
- Go to a hospital as soon as possible. Ask for an exam and evidence collection. Request that the hospital take a urine sample for drug toxicology testing. Have them test for GHB, Rohypnol, Ecstasy, and ketamine.
- Preserve as much physical evidence as possible. Don’t bathe, shower, or throw away clothing you were wearing during the incident until you’ve talked to the police and been examined by a doctor. Save any other potential evidence, like the glass that held your drink.
- Call a sexual assault crisis center for support and information.
The ND Brain Injury Network and ND DHS are pleased to offer a brain injury training series this spring. Social Work CEUs will be available for attendees. General certificates will be available for other disciplines.
- January 21st 11am-12:30pm
- New Developments in Brain Injury in North Dakota
- Overview of brain injury services in ND
- The Center for Persons with Disabilities at Minot State University will discuss the upcoming ND BI Needs Assessment
- February 18th 11am-12:30pm
- Is Brain Injury Screening Important?
- Overview of screening instruments for brain injury
- Review of the TBI screening done at intake at DHS HSC
- Discussion regarding the benefits of screening beyond just getting numbers
- March 17th 11am-12:30pm
- Brain Injury as a Co-Occurring Condition
- Review of the overlap with brain injury and other behavioral health conditions
- April 21st 11am-12:30pm
- Impact of Brain Injury on Treatment Approaches
- Discussion on how brain injury impacts a client’s ability to access services and how services can be adapted to accommodate individuals with brain injury
To sign up for sessions and a full list of available sites please go to:
Available Polycom Rooms:
- Bismarck: West Central Human Service Center. 1237 W. Divide Ave. Oliver Conference Room
- Devils Lake: Lake Region Human Service Center, 200 Hwy 2 W., East Conference Room
- Dickinson: Dickinson State University, TBD & Dickinson VR Polycom
- Fargo: Southeast Human Services, 2624 Ninth Ave. S., Red River Room
- Grand Forks: Northeast Human Services, 151 Fourth St., Room 5E
- Jamestown: South Central Human Service Center, 520 Third St. N.W., Room 124
- Minot: North Central Human Services, 1015 S. Broadway, Ste. 18, Room 411, and
- Williston: Northwest Human Service Center, 316 Second Ave. W., Conference Room B200
For more information contact Rebecca Quinn at email@example.com or 701-777-5200.
Be sure to clear your calendar for Thursday, January 14th at noon. Kevin C. Iverson of the Census Office will be coming to speak at Central Valley Health about local and state census data. If you are interested in coming, call Brittany at 701-952-4796.