MAPPING THE ADDICTION MAZE E-BULLETIN – MARCH 2007 WHAT’S IN THIS ISSUE? March 14, Informational Forum on Methamphetamine in Lebanon March 15 to 18 – HBO’s Premiere of “ADDICTION” March 16, MAZE Meeting Keynote Speaker’s Presentation will be Taped March 26, Premiere of the Film – “The Party Never Stops” April 6, 13, 20 & 27 – Sexual Violence Awareness Month Film Series April 26, Endowment for Health Listening Session in Canaan What’s Happening at the Junction in White River Junction? New Position at DHMC’s Inpatient Tobacco Treatment Program Dartmouth-Hitchcock Psychiatric Associates Looking for IOP Director Help Wanted: Friends of Recovery VT Support Staff Position Opening Summer 2007 New England Institute of Addiction Studies A Look at the Tobacco Tax and Cross Border Shopping between Maine & NH Report on Binge Drinking for College Students Age 18 to 20. MARCH 14, 7 PM, LEBANON INFORMATIONAL FORUM ON METHAMPHETAMINE The Lebanon Police Department and Lebanon City Councilor James Dean are organizing informational meetings regarding methamphetamine use in our area. The first event will be held at the Mt. Lebanon Elementary School on White Avenue at 7 PM this Wednesday. Meth use is in the early growth stages in Grafton County with 18 lab incidents or attempts to manufacture the substance and 16 arrests since 2004, according to police. Organizers invite all interested parents, residents, students and visitors to attend this educational forum to learn about the negative effects of methamphetamine on users and residents. By being proactive and educating the community about this dangerous drug, officials hope to deter further expansion of meth production. MARCH 15 TO 18 – THE ADDICTION PROJECT – AN HBO and ROBERT WOOD JOHNSON FOUNDATION PROJECT This much-publicized series will debut on HBO Thursday, March 15, with the centerpiece documentary film “Addiction.” The series hopes to “de-stigmatize" addiction by showing that addiction is a brain disease and not a moral failure, as well as how drugs "hijack" the brain's natural pleasure pathways. Because many people in the Upper Valley don’t have access to HBO, MAPPING THE MAZE will hold a public viewing in April. DHMC addiction experts will facilitate discussion following the presentation. Stay tuned for further details. Background: The "Addiction" project has six themes viewers can use to broaden their understanding of addiction. First is the "trauma" of addiction, as seen in the nation's emergency rooms. The second concerns adolescent addiction, treatment and recovery. Third is the science of addiction and recovery. The fourth involves new treatments for addiction. The fifth theme concerns employee assistance programs, and the last theme covers insurance discrimination. Any parent who is concerned about a child becoming addicted to drugs or alcohol would benefit by watching this series. More than 80 percent of people with substance use disorders started using before age 18. MARCH 16, MAPPING THE MAZE MEETING – KEYNOTE SPEAKER WILL BE TAPED We are thrilled to have Dr. Douglas Marlowe, a nationally-known expert on drug courts, join us to share his knowledge about this important topic – especially in light of the progress of our own Grafton County Drug Court team. Special thanks to Allison Colker, JD, the National Council of State Legislators, and Lebanon State Representative Laurie Harding for bringing Dr. Marlowe to Lebanon. Some of you had scheduling conflicts for this Friday’s Maze Meeting, and because of the interest shown in this topic, we will be taping the Dr. Marlowe’s presentation titled “Effective Policies for Drug Offenders.” If you are unable to attend and would like a copy of the talk, email Marcia.Masland@Hitchcock.org. MARCH 26, 9 PM – PREMIERE OF THE FILM “THE PARTY NEVER STOPS” Movie Synopsis: In this Lifetime TV Channel original movie, “The Party Never Stops,” a bright studious college freshman, Jesse, plans to spend her first year away from home making friends, running on the track team, and of course, studying. But those ambitious plans dissolve when she gets caught up in a whirlwind of partying and binge drinking – with frightening consequences. Together new friends embrace the college life of freedom – and temptations and find themselves sucked into a binge-drinking lifestyle that includes cutting class, flunking courses and lying to cover it up. Before she knows it, Jesse’s wild- child behavior ends up getting the best of her, and she’s forced to learn her lesson – the hard way. More than seven million teens and young adults, ages 12 to 20, report that they binge drink. Use this film as a springboard for discussion about risky behaviors and their eventual consequences. APRIL 6, 13, 20 & 27, 6 PM, SEXUAL VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH FILM SERIES In observance of Sexual Violence Awareness Month and the fact that there’s a direct correlation between alcohol and violence, DHMC is hosting a free Friday evening film series in DHMC’s Auditorium G (upstairs over the Main Entrance). Free snacks. Facilitated discussion following each film. --April 6, The Color Purple: Based on Alice Walker’s critically acclaimed novel. Film by Steven Spielberg. Featuring Whoopi Goldberg, Danny Glover and Oprah Winfrey. --April 13, Capturing the Friedmans: A seemingly typical, upper-middle class family whose world is instantly transformed when the father and his youngest son are arrested and charged with shocking and horrible crimes. --April 20, Things Behind the Sun: A young music journalist’s dark memories are awakened when he goes to interview a female rock singer and both are forced to confront the painful and destructive consequences of rape years after the event. --April 27, North Country: The bitter battle over workplace sexual harassment in a Minnesota mining town. Starring Academy Award Nominee, Charlize Theron, Frances McDormand, Sissey Spacek and Woody Harrelson. The film series is sponsored by the DHMC Domestic & Sexual Violence Task Force and WISE. APRIL 26, 1 TO 3 PM, ENDOWMENT FOR HEALTH LISTENING SESSION IN CANAAN Everyone is invited to join Endowment for Health staff in a dialogue about the health issues facing you, your community and the State of New Hampshire. The Endowment is hosting a series of eight Community Listening sessions throughout the State this spring. Please encourage colleagues to participate in this lively community discussion. The Upper Valley meeting will be held at the Mascoma Valley Senior Center on Church Street in Canaan. WHAT’S HAPPENING AT THE JUNCTION????? The Junction is the newest initiative of Listen Community Services. It’s a drop-in Life-Skills Center, located on North Main Street in WRJ, serving youth and young adults between the ages of 15 and 20. The Junction provides a safe, substance-free and non-judgmental environment where youth can access information, guidance and support toward meeting immediate needs or achieving life goals. Hours are from 3 PM to 9 PM five days a week, with a family-style dinner prepared on site and served at 5:30 PM. It is closed on Monday and Saturday. Regular offerings include a GED/Adult Diploma class on Tuesdays from 12 noon to 1 PM This class includes lunch and is available to students up through the age of 25. They also host bi-monthly job-search help sessions with Carrie Ballou of the Vermont Department of Labor. In the spirit of collaboration, they are open to serving as a contact site for organizations who can be of help to youth, whether an organization would like to post information here, join them for dinner one evening, or host a discussion. They could also use volunteers for meal preparation, tutoring, music lessons and more. Please call (802)295-2612 if you would like more information or if you would like to help! NEW APPOINTMENT Ellen Prior, RN,BSN, MS, CCM, has recently been selected to serve as DHMC’s Tobacco Treatment Team Nurse Coordinator. In this role, Ellen will be the contact person for current tobacco treatment efforts for inpatient, outpatients and community. She will work collaboratively with DHMC administration, the tobacco treatment team, clinical teams and systems to promote tobacco cessation efforts as a "seamless health promotion system" for patients, visitors and employees. SEEKING INTENSIVE OUTPATIENT PROGRAM DIRECTOR AT DHPA The Department of Psychiatry at Dartmouth Medical School seeks a Program Director for the Intensive Outpatient Program for adults with substance use disorders. The program is based at DHMC in Lebanon, NH. This innovative successful program has been created using current evidence based practices. Responsibilities include overall program administration, management of staff and direct patient care. Candidates must be license eligible in New Hampshire as an LICSW or Clinical Psychologist, additional LADC is preferred. Candidates must practice CBT, MET and have a thorough knowledge and skill base in current treatment models. Please send letter of interest and CV to William C. Torrey, MD, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. HELP WANTED: FRIENDS OF RECOVERY VT SUPPORT STAFF Part-time Office Assistant- approximately 10 hours per week to begin ASAP. Duties include: preparing newsletters, flyers, membership mailings; updating website; managing database and list serve; and other office-related activities. Knowledge of Microsoft Excel, Publisher, and Word required. Office located in Montpelier. Work in a friendly, flexible environment supporting recovery advocacy and educational activities! To apply: Send letter of interest via mail or email to Patty McCarthy, Executive Director, FOR-VT, PO Box 1202, Montpelier VT 05601 or email@example.com_ NEW ENGLAND INSTITUTE OF ADDICTION STUDIES - 2007 SUMMER TRAININGS June 11 to 15 – 38th Annual NE School of Addiction Studies, Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine. Go to http://www.neias.org/SS/nesas07.html for details. June 11 to 13 – 7th Annual NE School of Prevention Studies, Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine. Go to http://www.neias.org/PSS/pss07.html for details. August 20 to 23 – 15th Annual NE School of Best Practices in Addiction Treatment (advanced clinical coursework & opioid treatment coursework), Waterville Valley Resort and Conference Center, NH. More information and catalogs will be available in early summer at http://www.neias.org/BP/SATBPCATcover07xSTD.html SMOKE AND BORDERS: HOW TOBACCO TAX INCREASES PROMOTE CROSS-BORDER SHOPPING (PDF) A quick comparison between New Hampshire and Maine gives an especially compelling example of cross-boarder shopping to avoid paying cigarette taxes. Despite New Hampshire having a much lower cigarette tax rate (80 cents versus $2 per pack), and both states having nearly the same size population, New Hampshire raised almost the same revenue as Maine did from cigarette taxes in FY 2006 ($138 million versus $153 million).This March 6, report was written by J. Scott Moody, MA, Maine Heritage Policy Center Go to: http://www.mainepolicy.org/Portals/0/Issue%20Brief,%20No.%209%20(final).pdf REPORT ON BINGE DRINKING In spite of education and prevention programs, the rates for binge drinking and heavy drinking among full-time college students has remained steady from 2002 through 2005, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health by the Federal Office of Applied Studies. Go to: http://www.faceproject.org/FreshStory/Stories/Mar07/FreshStory-Story-3.html for the details. To send an item to be included in the MAZE E-BULLETIN, or to be removed from the listserve, email Sherry.Calkins@Hitchcock.org, or call 603-653-1912.
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