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Understanding Stress and Substance Abuse

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Researchers have long recognized the strong correlation between stress and substance abuse, particularly in prompting relapse. Although exposure to stress is a common occurrence for many of us,it is also one of the most powerful triggers for relapse to substance abuse in addicted individuals - even after long periods of abstinence. People can experience post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) - a diagnosable psychiatric disorder and a known risk factor for substance abuse and addiction - following direct or indirect exposure to severe traumatic events, such as war or natural disasters.

Hurricane Sandy Relief Information

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In our efforts to assist local communities affected by Hurricane Sandy, we have compiled a listing of available resources throughout the five boroughs.

Rutgers Professor Counteracts Toxic Alcohol Advertising (4.11.14)

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In New York City, a professor of Human Ecology from Rutgers University is taking a giant step from documenting the urban advertising landscape toward changing it. In the process, she hopes to improve the health of neighborhoods impacted by blight such as outdoor alcohol advertising.

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Bay Ridge politicians seek legislative action to curb drug abuse (4.11.14)

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Two Bay Ridge lawmakers, each taking a separate tack, are seeking legislative ways to combat heroin and prescription drug problems among the community’s young people. State Senator Marty Golden and Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis both said recent tragedies involving drug overdoses need to be addressed.

READ MORE: Brooklyn Eagle

 

 

Controversial Rock and Roll Playhouse Could Receive Green Light (4.10.14)

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GOWANUS — A controversial bar and children’s music center still has a chance to open despite opposition from local residents, according to a representative from the Department of Buildings.

Seventh-Grade Girls Hospitalized After Drinking Booze in Class, DOE Says (4.10.14)

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NEW BRIGHTON — Eight middle school students were hospitalized after they were caught drinking booze out of a water bottle and an AriZona ice tea bottle inside a classroom, a parent and the Department of Education said.

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Youth substance abuse problem tackled by Staten Island teens at all-day summit (3.31.14)

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STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Dreary, damp and raining — by all accounts a perfect morning to sleep late — but not for this group of young people.

Instead of sleeping in they chose to spend a full day Saturday trying to wrap their heads around one of Staten Island’s biggest problems — substance abuse — prescription drug abuse in particular — among their peers — during the Tackling Youth Substance Abuse Youth Connect Summit at the Greenbelt Recreation Center in Sea View.

Kids' Piano Recital Space's Plan for Liquor License Opposed (3.28.14)

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INWOOD — A business' plan to host children's piano recitals by day and serve liquor by night is on the rocks.

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Many Teens Still Don't Understand That Drinking and Driving Don't Mix (3.27.14)

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(NEW YORK) -- A driving-behavior survey of teens suggests that kids don't fully grasp the consequences of getting behind the wheel of a car after consuming alcohol.

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READ ON: 2012 Liberty Mutual & SADD Survey

 

 

New York, other states in Four Loko settlement (3.27.14)

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The makers of Four Loko, Phusion Projects LLC, and 20 other states reached an agreement on new advertising limits intended to de-emphasize binge drinking and under-age consumption of the alcoholic energy drink, Reuters reported. The settlement dates back to a court case from 2010, when the group of states first alleged improper marketing of Four Loko.

READ MORE: Wall Street Journal

 

 

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