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Category Archives: Drug And Alcohol Abuse

Marijuana Legalization Opponents Worry States Can’t Keep Drug Away from Children | The Partnership at

Opponents of marijuana legalization say they don’t believe states where recreational use of the drug is legal will be able to keep it out of the hands of children, according to the Miami Herald.

“Kids are going to be bombarded with this – they’re already getting the message that it’s acceptable,” said Kevin Sabet, Director of the University of Florida Drug Policy Institute, who served as an adviser on drug issues to President Barack Obama and former Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton.

via Marijuana Legalization Opponents Worry States Can’t Keep Drug Away from Children | The Partnership at

Use of E-Cigarettes Among Middle and High School Students Doubles | The Partnership at

Use of e-cigarettes among middle and high schools students doubled from 2011 to 2012, according to a new government survey. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found 10 percent of high school students had tried an e-cigarette last year, compared with 5 percent the previous year.

via Use of E-Cigarettes Among Middle and High School Students Doubles | The Partnership at

Dr. Ramo on Being Adept’s Youtube Channel


Dr. Danielle Ramo, a member of the Being Adept Team, is featured in Being Adept’s latest video from the Being Adept Youtube Channel: In the video, Dr. Ramo explores the effects of alcohol on the still developing frontal lobes of the adolescent brain. She explains how alcohol abuse during the teen years can ultimately lead to cognitive deficiencies in “higher order thinking”, the ability to prioritize and make complex decisions.

Being Adept’s video channel is owned and sponsored by Being Adept, a Bay Area drug and and alcohol program designed to inform adolescents before they start being exposed to drugs and alcohol.

Hidden America: Heroin Use Has Doubled, Spreading to Suburbs – ABC News

Cory Monteith, the clean-cut star of the hit TV show “Glee,” shocked fans earlier this month when he was found dead in Vancouver of an overdose involving heroin and alcohol – but he has quickly become the new face of the next generation of users of the highly addictive drug…

via Hidden America: Heroin Use Has Doubled, Spreading to Suburbs – ABC News.

Being Adept, a Marin based Drug and Alcohol awareness curriculum, is dedicated to providing up to date information on drug trends in the United States and globally.

California Colleges Drug and Alcohol Policy Rankings

The Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP), an international non-profit based in Washington D.C. has recently released a “grade book” for the top 100 schools’ Drug and Alcohol Policy. SSDP describes its mission as:

Students for Sensible Drug Policy is an international grassroots network of students who are concerned about the impact drug abuse has on our communities, but who also know that the War on Drugs is failing our generation and our society.

SSDP mobilizes and empowers young people to participate in the political process, pushing for sensible policies to achieve a safer and more just future, while fighting back against counterproductive Drug War policies, particularly those that directly harm students and youth”

As part of this mission, the SSDP has released the 2013 Campus Drug and Alcohol Policy Grade Book, which can be found here at this link.

Several California Schools were ranked as a part of the Grade Book.

School Drug/Alcohol Policy Grade
Biola University C
California Institute for Technology B
California Lutheran University C+
California Poly-Tech-San Luis B
Chapman University C
Claremont Mckenna C
Harvey Mudd C
Loyola Marymount A
Mill College C
Mount St. Mary’s College B
Occidental College C
Pepperdine B
Pitzer College C
Pomona College A
Saint Mary’s College of California B
Santa Clara University A
Scripps College B
Stanford C
The Master’s College D
Thomas Aquinas College F
UC Berkeley C
UC Davis C
UC Irvine C
UC Riverside C
UC San Diego C
UC Santa Barbara C
UC Santa Cruz D
University of La Verne C
University of Redlands B
University of San Diego C
University of San Francisco A
Westmont College B
Whittier College A

For more about how the rankings were decided, visit:

Being Adept, a Bay Area Drug and Alcohol Awareness Curriculum, encourages colleges and universities to pursue the most comprehensive and safe drug and alcohol policies.

A whopping 78%…

“As a result, the 78% of people aged 16-59 who took drugs in the past year who admitted to consuming cannabis at least once in their lifetime did not need to fear prosecution for their crime – and nor did the 41% of those who took cannabis in the past year who admitted to using it regularly.”

via How many Britons have taken illegal drugs and who are they? | News |

Being Adept, a drug and alcohol awareness campaign based in Marin County, finds this trend disturbing, especially given the long-terms effects of frequent marijuana use.

Education | The drug and alcohol scene: what a parent can do | Seattle Times Newspaper

“It’s time to get the ‘high’ out of higher education …. In this world of fierce global competition, we are losing thousands of our nation’s best and brightest to alcohol and drugs, and in the process robbing them and our nation of their promising futures.” — Joseph Califano, Jr., chairman, National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse

via Education | The drug and alcohol scene: what a parent can do | Seattle Times Newspaper.

Being Adept endorses this story by the Seattle Times.

What Role Does Alcohol Play in College Culture?

According to the British newspaper, The Guardian, college culture is now inextricably tied to alcohol, a point summed up by their headline “College culture? An alcohol-fueled frenzy of sexual harassment.”

Its a theme all to familiar now, that alcohol has become the gateway to “hook-up” culture, which has created disturbing sexual harassment trends. One statistic now cites that 1 in 4 college women will be raped or escape an attempted rape.

It is a culture that has been explored by the New York Times as well, in their article “Sex on Campus”.

Dancing like that felt good but dirty, and like a number of girls, Haley said she had to be drunk in order to enjoy it. Women said universally that hookups could not exist without alcohol, because they were for the most part too uncomfortable to pair off with men they did not know well without being drunk. One girl, explaining why her encounters freshman and sophomore year often ended with fellatio, said that usually by the time she got back to a guy’s room, she was starting to sober up and didn’t want to be there anymore, and giving the guy oral sex was an easy way to wrap things up and leave…

via Sex on Campus – She Can Play That Game, Too –

Being Adept, a California based Drug and Alcohol Curriculum, encourages teens and college students be mindful of their consumption of alcohol and its effects on the frontal lobes-portions of our brains that are responsible for judgement and decision making. Alcohol can also have severe effects on brain development in adolescents and teens, remember our brain’s don’t stop developing until our mid-20’s!

A Heroin Resurgence?

“The United States has seen a spike in new initiates of heroin abuse,” Michele Leonhart, head of the Drug Enforcement Administration, told Congress in April…

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Cory Monteith’s death underscores heroin’s resurgence.

The Evolution of Anti-Drug

The Evolution of Anti-Drug

Since the 20th Century, the United States has grappled with drug use. In 1906, President Theodore Roosevelt signed the Food and Drugs Act, which mandated sweeping regulation of all food and drugs, and required all dangerous substances be listed. Such dangerous substances included alcohol, heroin and cocaine. (1)

However, it wasn’t until June of 1971 that the U.S. government, headed by Richard Nixon, officially “declared war on drugs”. Since then, the government has invested billions of dollars annually into enforcement, treatment, and awareness campaigns surrounding drug abuse. (2)

Supposedly, the War on Drugs is a three-pronged attack; with both enforcement of anti-drug laws against perpetrators, treatment for users, and awareness campaigns aimed at preventing people from ever starting. Interestingly, between 1980 and 2001, drug expenditures for enforcement skyrocketed by 10-fold, while prevention and treatment funding remained stagnant; meaning that of the $19 billion per year spent on the “War on Drugs”, only $7 billion is dedicated to prevention and treatment, while $12 is spent on enforcement. (3)

Despite being given a much smaller budget, prevention efforts still employed a diverse array of tactics to dissuade adolescents from using, ranging from Cowboys to Ninja Turtles….


Cowboys Smoking Dope…


The Groovy 70’s…


1980’s smoking surgeon…


“Drug Dealers are Dorks!”


Pee-Wee Herman’s Public Service Announcement…


Following the efforts of the 1990’s, Drug and Alcohol campaigns shifted tactics, and toned down the scare tactics. Rather than forcing an anti-drug message on adolescents, the campaigns present stronger role models who make the decision to buck the trend and not do drugs or alcohol.

Being Adept, a Marin based drug and alcohol awareness campaign epitomizes this shift away from scare tactics, and is trying something new—science based curriculums designed to explain the effects of drugs and alcohol on the developing brain. Backed by evidence that displays a strong correlation between the program and increased knowledge of drugs and alcohol—Being Adept is already serving 3,000 middle school students in the San Francisco area, and is expanding into 5 more schools in the coming school year.



Based on the latest research, it appears that Being Adept’s honest, scientific approach is making strides that Pee-Wee Herman and the Ninja Turtles were never able to. It is because of this fact that Being Adept is at the forefront of drug prevention in Marin.





3) “Informing America’s Policy on Drugs: What We Don’t Know Keeps Hurting Us.”. Committee on Data and Research for Policy on Illegal Drugs