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NEWS: CSUs Peer-to-Peer Alcohol Poisoning Awareness Campaign/Signs of Alcohol Poisoning

An alcohol poisoning awareness program started in memory of Cal Poly freshman, Carson Starkey, will be expanded to all 23 California State Universities. This nonprofit program will teach students how to recognize and respond to alcohol poisoning when they see it. The Aware Awake Alive program was introduced to Cal Poly in 2011 by the Starkey family. The Starkeys support a peer-to-peer method to give students information about alcohol poisoning prevention because they “didn’t want to preach to students”. Although little data exists about how effective the program has been at Cal Poly, the University of Michigan’s Healthy Minds Study found that Cal Poly students intervene in binge drinking incidents at a rate of more than 43 percent, 9 percent above the national average.

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Click the image below to visit the Aware Awake Alive website and to learn more about Carson’s story.

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The website provides people with many informational resources such as signs of alcohol poisoning, blood alcohol concentration, resources for parents, Good Samaritan information, and more.

To read more about the CSU program, click here.

ANNOUNCEMENT: HIP Home Sharing Program and Half Moon Bay Coastside Housing for Seniors August 2013

The deadline to apply for Coastside Senior Housing  is August 5th, 2013. Contact HIP Housing at 650-348-6660 to schedule an appointment to discuss home sharing opportunities or other available affordable housing.

Click the images below to download the PDF flier.

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NEWS: Penn Medicine Study Finds that Topiramate May Help Curb Cocaine Addictions

 

Researchers in the department of Psychiatry at Penn Medicine conducted a double-blind, placebo-controlled trial and found that the drug topiramate may help people addicted to both cocaine and alcohol. Because cocaine and alcohol addictions often go hand in hand, therapies that target both may be the best method for treatment. 170 alcohol and cocaine dependent people were tested in the 13-week clinical trial. The results showed that people with more severe cocaine withdrawal symptoms seemed to benefit the most from the drug. The drug also reduced alcohol cravings, but did not reduce drinking.

Topiramate is believed to reduce the dopamine release associated with cocaine and alcohol use, reducing the drugs’ euphoric effects.

“This study further supports topiramate as a promising medication for people who are both alcohol and cocaine dependent,” said Dr. Kampman. “Future studies are planned in which topiramate will be combined with other promising medications for the treatment of cocaine dependence in the hope of achieving even higher levels of cocaine abstinence than were achieved with topiramate alone.”

Topiramate is commonly used alone or with other medications to prevent and control seizures, prevent migraine headaches and decrease how often you get them, and aid in weight loss. Some side effects of topiramate include tiredness, drowsiness, dizziness, loss of coordination, tingling of the hand/feet, loss of appetite, bad taste in mouth, diarrhea, and weight loss. Topiramate may also decrease your ability to sweat, making you more likely to get heatstroke. Those who use topiramate are advised to avoid activities that may cause them to overheat.

For more information about the Penn Medicine Study, click here for the Penn Medicine News Release.

Information about topiramate is from WebMD.

JOBS: Asian & Pacific Islander Wellness Center Now Hiring

Asian & Pacific Islander Wellness Center, located in San Francisco, CA 94109 (730 Polk Street), is now hiring. Click on the links below to access the PDF containing the position description, qualifications, and other information.

Click here to become a volunteer or a peer leader at Asian & Pacific Islander Wellness Center!

Click here if you are interested in a Clinical Internship Position.

ANNOUNCEMENT: Pacifica Resource Center Events July 22-26, 2013

  • Wednesday, July 24th, 2013, 3:15 PM
    • Family Harvest – 100-120 pounds of free groceries once per month for Pacifica families with children under the age of 18. Food includes fresh fruit and vegetables, poultry, eggs, bread, pasta, and an assortment of canned, packaged, and frozen items. Families must pre-register for Family Harvest and meet income guidelines.
  • Wednesday, July 24th, 2013, 4:45 PM
    • “Singles” Harvest – Free groceries once per month for Pacifica households without children under the age of 18. Individuals must pre-register for “singles” Harvest, live in Pacifica, and meet income guidelines.
  • Wednesday, July 24th, 2013, 6 PM
    • LifeRing meeting at the PRC: Empowering Your Sober Self – For more information, email liferingscott@gmail.com.