The Straight Dope on Fake Dope

In Jordan Cox’s view, it was a waste of money. The high, he said, was more like the head rush he got taking his first drag off a cigarette in middle school; not at all like smoking weed. Cox was smoking something his friends called “spice,” a mixture of dried herbs sprayed with a synthetic cannabinoid that mimicked the effects of THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. At least, it was supposed to feel like smoking pot. “It was fake and you could tell,” said Cox, a 22-year-old Georgia college student.

Holiday Season Offers Opportunity for Families to Communicate About Drinking

December 14, 2010, Marietta, GA – The holiday season offers an excellent opportunity for parents to communicate with their children about drinking says the Cobb Alcohol Taskforce.”Children who live in homes where alcohol is not the focus of holiday celebrations and get togethers may be less likely to grow up thinking that drinking is the key ingredient to having a good time,” says Cathy Finck, Taskforce Coordinator. “Parents should keep in mind that children are very observant and may be more influenced by adult behavior than what parents actually tell them about drinking.” Recent research even suggests that holidays may be one environmental factor that can increase risk or confer protection from alcoholism within families. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, alcoholism may become more harmful to family functioning and more likely to be passed to the next generation if drinking interferes with such activities as dinner times, holidays, vacations and other family rituals. Conversely, researchers believe that maintenance of family rituals, even through years characterized by heavy drinking, may prevent alcoholism from being passed between generations.

Child mentoring grant

This from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service:
HHS Announces Mentoring Children of Prisoners Program

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS’) Administration for Children and Families is accepting applications for its Mentoring Children of Prisoners Program. The program supports the creation and maintenance of one-on-one mentoring relationships between children of incarcerated parents and caring, supportive adults, through a network of public and private community entities, in areas with substantial numbers of children of incarcerated parents. The application deadline is July 30, 2010. See grant RFP here.