Tag Archives: Wellness

Announcement: LGBT Americans and the Affordable Care Act

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The Affordable Care Act helps LGBT Americans by

  • preventing insurers from denying coverage or charging a higher premium because of a pre-existing condition or because someone is LGBT.
  • removing lifetime dollar limits as well as annual limits on coverage.
  • allowing LGBT adults and teens to get screened for HIV and depression without paying co-pays or deductibles. Other preventive services (i.e. cervical cancer screening, obesity counseling, and well-woman visits) are covered at no extra cost.
  • helping more LGBT Americans find affordable health insurance.

NEWS: $100,000 grant awarded from California Alcoholic Beverage Control to battle alcohol-related crime

On July 8, 2013, The Pacifica Police Department announced that the California Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) awarded the <21 Consumption of Alcohol Suppression Team (COAST) Task Force with a $100,000 grant. The grant will fund enforcement activities that will improve the quality of life in neighborhoods by putting bad operators out of business, keeping alcohol away from minors, and penalizing businesses that violate the law. Some police agencies that are involved are Brisbane PD, Broadmoor PD, Daly City PD, South San Francisco PD, and San Mateo PD.

To read the full article, click here.

10 Facts About Marijuana and News About Its Current Status in the US

  1. Most marijuana users never use any other illegal drug.
  2. Fewer than 10 percent of people who try marijuana ever become dependent on it.
  3. Marijuana has not been shown to cause mental illness, but some side effects include feelings of panic, anxiety, and paranoia.
  4. Use of marijuana can cause dry mouth, nausea, vomiting, dry or red eyes, heart and blood pressure problems, lung problems, numbness, and hallucinations.
  5. Marijuana may be used to control seizures in some people, but could make seizure disorders worse for others.
  6. Stop use of marijuana at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery to avoid slowing down the central nervous system too much when combined with anesthesia and other medications.
  7. Marijuana may be effective for improving appetite in people with aids.
  8. More than 800,000 people are arrested for marijuana violations each year.
  9. Dutch citizens over 18 are permitted to buy and use cannabis. Marijuana use rates in the Netherlands are similar to those in the US, while for young adults, rates of marijuana use are even lower than in the US.
  10. Although marijuana’s effects are less harmful than those of most other drugs, it is the most common drug that people are arrested for possessing.

Adapted from the Drug Policy Alliance and Web MD . 

With the legalization of marijuana in several states, many concerns have risen over how to deal with drug policy in the US. Some issues that policymakers have to deal with include how to best regulate the production, distribution, sale and use of marijuana for recreational purposes when it is illegal to do so under federal law, how to tax marijuana use, what kinds of quality control standards should be set, what should be done to protect children, who should be allowed to grow marijuana, and many more.

President Obama has said, “it does not make sense, from a prioritization point of view, for us to focus on recreational drug users in a state that has already said that under state law that’s legal.”

The federal government’s approach does not go after those who use the drug for medical purposes, such as cancer patients, but focuses on individuals who are in the marijuana growing, selling, and distribution business.

Of course, there are differing stances on whether the US should legalize marijuana or not. Younger people and people in the West are more supportive of legalization. Many people think that government efforts to enforce marijuana laws are more costly than beneficial. Despite some support, some  politicians are wary of legalizing another addictive substance.

For more information on marijuana legalization and marijuana policy, read this article from the Huffington Post!

NCPP Getting Involved with Daly City

Attended the Daly City Partnership General Membership meeting on Friday, May 3, 2013

DCPartnership Meeting 05.03.13

Seton Medical Center Outreach 05.04.13Thanks to Seton Medical Center for hosting its “Caring for Our Community” event today! We had a great time tabling with Asian American Recovery Services and the North County Outreach Collaborative.

 

Prevention Research Center Survey 11-29-2012

Our friends at the Prevention Research Center have a survey on Environmental Strategies and Resources.  While anyone is free to complete the survey, it is highly encouraged for those actively engaged in environmental strategy implementation in their communities, and those who have utilized PRC resources in the past or currently.  Please help PRC to make valuable and relevant research data more accessible to our communities.

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