This past week, several young adults were arrested by the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office on a multitude of drug related offenses, all within one drug-sting operation. If this comes as a shock to some, it shouldn’t.
According to a report posted on www.gov.state.la.us, in 2007, 9 percent of adults in Louisiana used illicit drugs, excluding marijuana, in any given 30 day period. The national average that year was 8.5 percent. Youth ages 12-17 were .08 percent above the national average in the same year. These statistics did not include prescription pill abuse, which is soaring in illegal use nationwide.
It is the season of Thanksgiving, and in the past week, Domestic Abuse Resistance Team has experienced so many thoughtful and generous acts of kindness that I thought a Thanksgiving column might be appropriate.
Early last week, we received a phone call from a nice young man named Dustin, a student at Louisiana Tech University. He was finishing up with exams and heading back to Kilgore, Texas, for Thanksgiving and quarter break.
October is Health Literacy Month. Health literacy is not just the ability of patients to read, but the ability to understand instructions on prescription bottles, medical education brochures, evaluating information for credibility and quality, analyzing relative risks and benefits, interpreting test results and locating health information.