Pinterest Drug, alcohol use high among middle schoolers TAGS Pinterest WhatsApp There is a lot of drinking and misuse of prescription drugs among minors among middle school students in Odessa. In many cases, use is higher than the state average, a report presented at the Student Health Advisory Council meeting detailed. Mellessa Brenem, director of prevention programs at the Permian Basin Regional Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, presented results from the 2018 Texas School Survey. The Texas School Survey of Alcohol and Drug Abuse is conducted every other year among students in grades seven through 12 by the Public Policy Research Institute at Texas A&M University. This year, it included 30 schools in Public Health Region 9, which includes Odessa and Midland. Among minors in the public health region, prescription drug abuse is 21.1 percent. Statewide it is 18.5 percent and the national average is 15.5 percent. Some 7.3 percent of students here reported using a prescription drug within the past 30 days. Data from two Odessa middle schools was presented, identified as School A and School B. Information was from 2018. Among eighth-graders at School B, 41.8 percent of eighth-graders said they had used alcohol in the past 30 days. Tobacco use among seventh graders at School A was 6.7 percent and 7.1 percent at School B. In Texas, it was 5.6 percent. Alcohol use among seventh graders at School A was 18.1 percent and School B, 28.2 percent. Statewide, it was 14.7 percent among seventh graders and 20.4 percent for eighth graders. Marijuana use among seventh graders at School A was 5.9 percent and 8.4 percent at School B. For eighth-graders, marijuana use was at 11.8 percent at School A and 13.8 percent for School B. In Texas, 4 percent of seventh-graders reported using marijuana and 7.7 percent of eighth graders reported using the drug. For prescription drugs, 6.5 percent of seventh-graders reported use in the past 30 days at School A and 7.7 percent at School B. Some 13.5 percent of eighth-graders at School A had reported prescription drug use in the past month and 9.8 percent at School B. Statewide for seventh-graders it was 6.1 percent for seventh graders and 7.1 percent for eighth graders. Prescription drugs include not only opiates, but any prescription drug that is misused, or taken when it was not prescribed to be taken, the presentation said. School A was generally lower than the state rate for opioid abuse while School B was higher than the state rate for opioid abuse. Opiods included Oxycontin, Percodan, Percocet, Oxycodone, Vicodin, Lortab and Hydrocodone. Nearly 3 percent of seventh and eighth graders at School B reported they’ve abused opioids already, the presentation said. Ector County ISD Police Lt. Scott McKown said on the west side there is a lot of marijuana and cocaine found in the schools and on the east side it’s Xanax and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder medication. McKown said police are catching “tons of” codeine. He added that students are dealing it. He said the tablets are easier to identify than syrup form. Brenem said there is a Drug Free Texas Media Campaign for parents and people who work with parents and youth. You can subscribe and receive tips on encouraging youth every two weeks by texting DRUGFREETX in English to 468-311. For Spanish, text LIBREDEDROGAS to 468-311. For more information, call PBRCADA at 333-4100. On another item, Michael Neiman, the liaison between the ECISD school board and the Student Health Advisory Council, said he and a parent on the SHAC committee visited Travis Elementary, a campus in Midland that is using mindfulness. Neiman said he’d never seen a more clam, relaxed campus where students were following the rules. “It was amazing,” Neiman said. San Jacinto Junior High School in Midland also is piloting mindfulness. Neiman said he has three elementary school teachers in Odessa who are trying it out, but it will be up to district leadership and the school board to make a decision. Twitter Local News Facebook WhatsApp Facebook By Digital AIM Web Support – February 24, 2021 Twitter Previous article020719_Bookworms_09Next articleOHS-MHS Digital AIM Web Support
Researchers have identified a potential molecular mechanism through which lead, a pervasive environmental toxin, may harm neural stem cells and neurodevelopment in children. The study, from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, suggests that lead exposure can lead to oxidative stress—a process that can change cell behavior and has been linked with health problems—among certain proteins within neural stem cells.The study—one of the first to integrate genetic analysis in the lab with genomic data from participants in an epidemiological study—was published online Aug. 26, 2016 in Environmental Health Perspectives.“It is known that lead particularly affects the early stages of neurodevelopment, but the underlying molecular mechanisms remain poorly understood. Our study identified one such key mechanism and has potential implications for therapeutics to treat the neurotoxicity associated with lead exposure,” said Quan Lu, associate professor of environmental genetics and pathophysiology and senior author of the study.Numerous studies have suggested that lead exposure can be particularly dangerous for children, with the potential to harm their cognitive, language, and psychomotor development and to increase antisocial and delinquent behavior. Although limits on the use of the lead have helped reduce blood lead levels in U.S. children, there are still half a million children aged 1 to 5 with blood lead levels twice as high as those deemed safe by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. Recent incidences of lead contamination in drinking water in Flint, Mich., and several U.S. cities highlight the continued threat. Read Full Story
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The skeletal remains of an unidentified person were found on the side of a hiking trail in Setauket on Sunday afternoon, Suffolk County police said.Investigators responded to a report of the discovery along the trail near Gnarled Hollow Road at 4 p.m., police said.The remains were taken to the Suffolk County Medical Examiner’s office, where coroners are working to determine the person’s identity and cause of death.Homicide Squad detectives are continuing the investigation.
Steven Milo Ward Jr., born on July 19, 1976 went to be with the Lord on April 13, 2020. Steven was raised in Batesville, Indiana and lived at Muscatatuck State Development Center for many years. He most recently resided at Arbor Grove Nursing Home in Greensburg, Indiana before his death.If you ever were lucky enough to meet Steven, you had a friend for life. He always had a smile on his face and a hug to offer anyone. Steven found joy in anything he did, and he loved to make people laugh and smile. He participated in several Special Olympics, even winning 1st place a few years in a row! Steven loved country music, watching western movies, motorcycles, playing Bingo and spending time with his family. He overcame great adversities in his life, and always kept a positive and happy attitude. To those he leaves behind, may they will always remember his fighting spirit, his jokes and laughter and his wonderful ability to find the best in any situation.He is survived by his mothers, Vickie Ward and Cindy Garcia; three sisters, Micki Ward, Brandi (Ward) Stewart and Kristy (Ward) Hirt; ten nieces and nephews, two great nieces and one great nephew. Steven was proceeded in death by his father, Steven Milo Ward Sr., his sister Michelle Ward, his brother Michael Ward and also several grandparents.Private graveside services will be held at St. John United Church of Christ Cemetery (Huntersville). Meyers Funeral Home is assisting the family.In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to the Arbor Grove Activity Fund, 1021 East Central Ave., Greensburg, In 47240.We also encourage you to leave a message at www.meyersfuneralhomes.com on Steven’s obituary page for the family in the online guestbook or send a card to the family using the link on his page.
Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 19, 2016 at 12:04 am Contact Matt: [email protected] | @matt_schneidman Twice when Duke’s help came on Tyler Roberson ball screens, Gbinije couldn’t do what was designed. Boeheim said the go-to play was supposed to get Gbinije in the lane, but he had to improvise. Both times, the senior threaded a bounce pass to Roberson, who converted on each to push Syracuse further ahead.Gbinije said he put his ego aside for what was admittedly a heavily anticipated visit to his former home stadium. A third straight win to further right the ship that is Syracuse’s season was more important. He had plenty reason to relieve his former roommate, Duke center Marshall Plumlee, of worrying about him in the lane.But the Gbinije Syracuse has seen all season wasn’t about to change.“He was able to hang in there and play that kind of game and play that hard the entire game,” Boeheim said. “… I mean I can’t tell you how good he was tonight.” Comments DURHAM, N.C. – A frustrated Michael Gbinije put both hands over his mouth and ran down the court past everyone. Jim Boeheim stood on the sideline with a look of disgust on his face. An arm slightly extended is all they thought it was.But Brandon Ingram tumbled backward too far for the referee’s liking, giving Gbinije his third personal foul with 2:21 left in the first half. Boeheim has said that his point guard wouldn’t come out even if he had a heart attack, but in this case, the SU head coach didn’t have an option.The Orange’s starting point guard sat and watched as Duke took a lead into halftime, but a renewed Gbinije emerged in the second half, attacking with abandon and no regard for his foul trouble. What resulted was 10 second-half points (14 total), a career-high nine assists and seamless execution of Syracuse’s go-to pick and roll as he provided the motor in SU’s (13-7, 3-4 Atlantic Coast) 64-62 win over No. 20 Duke (14-5, 4-3) at Cameron Indoor Stadium on Monday night.MORE COVERAGEWhat we learned from Syracuse basketball’s 64-62 win against DukeTyler Roberson has historic rebounding night at Cameron Indoor StadiumBlum: Syracuse hits the reset button on season with upset win over No. 20 Duke “It was a tremendous testament to what he can do,” Boeheim said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWhat Gbinije can do is something he’s been doing: playing almost 40 minutes, scoring in a variety of ways and being the maestro of an offense while feeding shooters. But against the Blue Devils, first-half foul trouble could’ve forced him to resort elsewhere.Instead, he pounded the inside to complement two made 3s, diversifying a Syracuse offense that did just enough.“Mike was our leader,” freshman Malalchi Richardson said.On the Orange’s first possession of the second half, Gbinije coasted right to the rim for a layup. There was no hesitation heading to dangerous territory in the paint, the same area where he picked up the fouls that sent himself to the bench.For him, there wasn’t a better alternative.“I just felt like that would’ve gave us the best chance of winning,” Gbinije said. “I just wanted to try to use my size and try to get in the paint and open up things for others.”Katherine Sotelo | Web Designer Related Stories Tyler Roberson has historic rebounding night at Cameron Indoor StadiumWhat we learned from Syracuse basketball’s 64-62 win against DukeBlum: Syracuse hits the reset button on season with upset win over No. 20 Duke
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