Tag Archives: Wellness

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.

NEWS: Mentions of “Adderall” on Twitter help to identify use patterns among college students

A group of BYU health science and computer science researchers tracked public-facing twitter mentions of the ADHD medication Adderall between November 2011 and May 2012. The results showed that there was an average of 930 mentions per day. The analysis did not sort out “legal” versus “illegal” use, but Adderall tweets spiked during finals periods on December 13 and April 30. The research also supported previous research that shows that college student abuse of ADHD medications do so during times of academic stress and are not used as  a party drug.

The Adderall tweets are also most common amongst college and university clusters in the northeast and south regions of the United States. 9 percent of Adderall tweets mentioned another substance, usually alcohol and stimulants like coffee or Red Bull. Other substances included cocaine, marijuana, methamphetamines, and depressants such as Xanax. These tweets are concerning because of the increased risk of morbidity and mortality when substances are combined.

Although there is evidence of widespread abuse of Adderall and other “study drugs”, only one in 100 parents of teens 13-17 years old believes that their teen has used a study drug. There is a clear disparity between what parents believe and what their children are reporting.

Sometimes students without ADHD take someone else’s medication in order to stay awake and alert to try to improve their grades. However, taking study drugs has not been proven to improve students’ grades. There are also many dangerous side effects of taking these medications when they are not prescribed such as acute exhaustion, abnormal heart rhythms, and even confusion and psychosis. Misuse of stimulant medicines has also been associated with risky behaviors such as unsafe sexual activity and gambling.

There is widespread need and desire to crack down on students’ use of prescription stimulants to achieve academic excellence. Click here for an article from USA Today about proposed policy changes.

Articles referenced are from ScienceDaily (May 1, 2013), ScienceDaily (May 20, 2013), and University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital.

 

NEWS: “Targeting Impulsive Adolescents May Reduce Drinking Problem” and information about addiction

In a recent research study at the University of Liverpool, scientists have shown that young people who show impulsive tendencies are more prone to drinking heavily at an early age. The research team tested inhibitory control, the ability to delay gratification, and risk-taking in more than 280 youth aged 12 to 13 for two years. Those who were more impulsive in the tests went on to drink more heavily or have problems with alcohol later on. Although there is a link between impulsive behavior and adolescent drinking, there is insufficient evidence to support how alcohol could lead to increased impulsive behavior in the short run.  Because of this research, they believe that targeting impulsive personality traits could possibly be a successful approach to preventing alcohol problems in adolescents later in life.

According to the American Psychiatric Association, “addiction is a chronic brain disease that causes compulsive substance use despite harmful consequences”. Drug and alcohol use is the leading cause of preventable disease and premature death in the United States and is also associated with high-risk sexual behaviors and injection drug use.

Alcohol, a legal drug, can produce dangerous effects such as reckless behavior (a leading cause of serious injury and accidental death) when consumed in large quantities.  Besides recklessness, excessive drinking may lead to alcoholism, an illness that is often associated with depression. Although alcoholism can cause serious damage to our bodies, abruptly ending alcohol use in a person who is alcohol dependent can be dangerous. A person who is dependent on alcohol should consult a physician when he or she wants to stop the use of alcohol.

 

COMMUNITY: Daly City Community Events in July 2013

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Click the images above to access the PDF file for the July 2013 calendar in English and Spanish, the Summer 2013 “Kinder Camp” registration form, the Mandated Reporter Training flier, the Bilingual Music and Story Time flier (English/Spanish) the Project Read and San Mateo Credit Union flier (English/Spanish), the Bilingual Play Group English and Spanish flier (English), and the FREE English as a Second Language Classes for Adults flier.

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