# Substance abuse
70 percent in Denver program reduce substance use, report says
(Denver, Colo.) Caring for Denver has made great strides in combatting substance abuse and mental health problems for Denverites, according to its 2021 annual report. Created by a city ordinance, Caring for Denver launched in 2019. Sales tax dollars fund the foundation.
The Science of Addiction: Dispelling the myth
We often hear people discussing their addictions to food, exercise, and the internet. Addiction affects millions of people in the United States. Addiction can be defined as a chronic brain disorder marked by obsessive alcohol/drug-seeking behaviors and prolonged use in the face of adverse effects. It is not a decision, and it has nothing to do with a person’s character flaws or the amount of love a person has for someone. It is a complex disease influenced by genetics, brain chemistry, family history of alcoholism, substance misuse, trauma, and a person’s surroundings. Addiction is comparable to other chronic illnesses in that it impairs healthy functioning, has major effects, is avoidable or treatable, and, if left untreated, progresses to death.
Denver considers spending $250,000 to assess city's mental health
Denver's Safety, Housing, Education and Homelessness Committee decided Wednesday to spend $250,000 to take the pulse of the city's mental health. The full City Council still must approve the expenditure. The contract with Insights Matter LLC will run through the end of this year.
$100 Million to Benefit New Health Crisis Stabilization Centers
Apartments in Buffalo, New York.Photo by J.M. Lesinski. New York State Governor Kathy Hochul recently announced the allocation of more than $100 million in funding for 12 brand-new New York state Intensive Crisis Stabilization Centers that will offer immediate care to individuals undergoing a behavioral health crisis, while also off-setting behavioral crises being treated in overcrowded local emergency rooms. The New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) and the Office of Addiction Services and Supports (OASAS), both aim to be directly involved in the development of the centers.
Nonprofit Using 'Beer Goggles' and Golf Carts to Inform Youth about Drunk Driving
Officers from Porter County police departments teach young people about the dangers of drunk driving.PCSAC. What might seem like a silly game on the surface can actually make a strong impression among young people about the dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol. The Porter County Substance Abuse Council (PCSAC) has been providing an eye-opening experience in the form of “beer goggles” that distort the vision of a person as they drive a golf cart on a prepared course.