The State of Mental Health in America

March 7th, 2018|

By Jessie Schirrick Mental Health America recently released their State of Mental Health in America 2018, and Nevada ranked dead last behind 49 other states and the

Holiday Stress Coping Methods

December 11th, 2017|

By Jessie Schirrick December is the busiest month of the year for a lot of people. There’s the hustle and bustle of Christmas shopping, spending time with

Holiday Stress Coping Methods

December 11th, 2017|

By Jessie Schirrick December is the busiest month of the year for a lot of people. There’s

Dangerous New College Trend

July 11th, 2017|

By Jessie Schirrick Sometimes it feels like I’m the only student at my college who isn’t

Compassion for Our Community

May 7th, 2016|

Dear Community Member, The nonmedical use and abuse of prescription drugs is a serious public health problem

Addiction in Washoe County

December 30th, 2015|

In recent weeks, numerous articles have discussed the opiate overdose epidemic in the country. The Centers for

Marijuana PSA Winners Announced!

May 28th, 2015|

This year JTNN hosted a marijuana related PSA contest and received 37 submissions from students all over


January 26th, 2015|

In November JTNN executive director, Jennifer Snyder was featured on News Talk 780 KOH with Monica Jaye.

National Drug Facts Week Art Contest

January 8th, 2015|

Join Together Northern Nevada's Prevention Committee presents: The National Drug Facts Week Art Contest.  The JTNN visual

Sixteen Years and Going Strong

December 19th, 2013|

As of next month, JTNN will celebrate our 16th anniversary. Because that seems like so long ago,

Once Should Do It by Kevin Quint

September 2nd, 2013|

How many tries should it take a person with  a chemical (i.e. alcohol and/or other drugs) addiction problem

Talk to Me Now

February 29th, 2012|

Americans and Nevadans are discussing, debating, and struggling with many issues such as the national debt, health care reform, the upcoming presidential election, and more. One of the topics on that list is "what to do about marijuana" At this very moment if you read any number of articles, blogs, op ed, and more you'll find convincing arguments for and against legalizing marijuana for recreational use, for and against marijuana as medicine, and for or against marijuana as a substance that the American citizen should be able to choose to use or not to use.

Let’s Not Legalize Another Addictive Drug

April 24th, 2011|

There is a growing number of people that seem to think that legalizing marijuana for recreational use is a great idea. In fact, it seems to be an idea that many are so ready for that they can't see the forest for the trees. Or should I say they can't see really big problem with marijuana for the pro-legalization rhetoric.

The Worst Drug

March 16th, 2011|

what is the worst drug? In reality, all drugs of abuse hold their own specific dangers. That includes heroin, LSD, cocaine, prescription drugs, alcohol, marijuana, and more. But as a culture, we tend to want to focus on one at a time. We then demonize that drug and then we forget about everything else.

The Heart of a Parent

December 10th, 2010|

When a child, whether grown or not, has an addiction problem, so much goes through the parent's mind. Some of these thoughts include, "I'm a terrible parent," "What did I do wrong?" "What happened to my little one that used to play with toys and watch cartoons and was so excited about birthdays and Christmas?"When a child becomes addicted, a parent's heart breaks. It may look like anger or disappointment or depression or any number of things but it's all about a broken heart.

Much Ado About Nothing?

November 13th, 2010|

There has long been controversy about women who drink alcohol during pregnancy. In fact, the problem of birth defects and other problems caused by maternal drinking has become such an issue that the advice now given (at least officially) is, "No level of alcohol is safe for the unborn baby during pregnancy."

Different Day, Same Story (Sort of)

October 15th, 2010|

was in high school in the late 1960s when the news began to report on soldiers from the war in Vietnam coming home addicted to heroin. Now, most troops didn't take heroin but there was enough to make it something to talk about. This may have been the beginning of America's modern day awareness of heroin addiction.I remember those days and how the drug seemed so awful, especially because it was associated with injection, crime, and a lifestyle that most of us can't relate to in the least. Then Hollywood took over and showed us a sometimes realistic and sometimes exaggerated view of heroin use. I'd say we had a very negative view of heroin and everything related to it. I'd also say that I was afraid of the drug and would never have tried it. My reaction then was kind of like the reaction of many kids today with methamphetamine. I saw it as a "dirty" drug.

Uncle Bob

September 1st, 2010|

Everyone has a story about a person in their life who has a drinking or drug problem but can never seem to get better, despite the best efforts of those around them. Unfortunately, this person's story is often used to prove that treatment for substance use disorders doesn't work and that recovery from said disorders rarely happens.

Responsible Drinking is Safe and Legal

August 2nd, 2010|

We, as a society, have a very ambivalent attitude about alcohol in general, toward abusive drinking, and even toward underage drinking.Even though the science has shown us that underage drinking (under age 21) and heavy drinking over a certain amount at any age is bad for your health and puts you at greater risk for addiction, we still have that attitude of "kids will be kids," "let them sow their wild oats (they'll get over it soon enough)," or "a man's gotta do what a man's gotta do" (or a woman, for that matter).

I Don’t Need Help

July 12th, 2010|

What would you say if I told you that 90% of babies with asthma don't get the medical care that they need? What would you say if I told you that 90% of children with cancer don't get treated? What would you say if I told you that 90% of women with breast cancer can't find a doctor to see them until they have progressed to a more serious stage of the disease.OK, take a deep breath. None of that is true. But what would you say if I told you that 90% of the 23 million people with substance use disorders in America don't receive treatment? That statistic is true but it may not upset you or make you feel so uncomfortable as untreated babies with breathing problems.

A Prescription for a Safer Community

April 20th, 2010|

On Saturday, JTNN along with the Reno PD and a number of other partners are hosting the second Prescription Drug Round Up in which we invite people to bring their unused and unwanted prescription and over the counter drugs. A law enforcement officer and volunteers will collect and catalog the items that people bring in. Then the Reno PD will incinerate the drugs. These are drugs that will no longer be in circulation and that will no longer have the ability to be used in a way that they weren't intended.

The Extreme Drinking Games People Play

April 5th, 2010|

Extreme drinking games -- when I was 16 that might have sounded kind of fun. There are games such as Beer Pong, Drink 'Til You Pee, Dicey, Fuzzy Duck and maybe hundreds more. There's even a drinking game related to the family card game Uno. In fact, when I Googled "extreme drinking games," I got hundreds of links and web sites. I'll let you do your own research on extreme drinking games, but basically they are designed for the participants to drink as much as they can in as short of time as possible. What's the goal? Extreme intoxication, of course.

Inhalant and Poison Awareness

March 22nd, 2010|

I remember when I was about 10 years old, I tried to buy some airplane glue from a local hobby shop in Sacramento, where I grew up. "You have to have your mom or dad's permission," said the clerk. I couldn't figure out what that was all about. It wasn't like I was trying to buy cigarettes or beer. But it turns out that even back in 1964 we knew that there were some things that don't seem like drugs that could have dangerous effects when not used as intended.

The Science of Prevention

March 12th, 2010|

What does substance abuse prevention really mean? What are we trying to prevent? The most obvious answer is that we are trying to prevent first use of a chemical substance. In fact, that's a great goal. But then does that mean we forget about the kids that have already tried something? And why do we care about preventing some 14 year old kid from trying beer or marijuana? After all you might say, "I did that and I turned out just fine."

What’s So Funny About That?

January 4th, 2010|

What's so funny about a drunk person in any situation? Is it that we enjoy someone else acting a fool? Is it that we enjoy seeing someone falling down, getting up and then falling down again? Is it we think that if a person is foolish enough to be in that condition they deserve to be the object of laughter and scorn? Or maybe we just chalk it up to a good time and wish we could be doing what that person is doing.

Where’d All Those Drugs Come From?

October 27th, 2009|

On October 17th a number of agencies came together to hold the community's first "Prescription Drug Round Up." The event, in response to a growing prescription drug abuse problem in the community, was held at 5 sites in Reno and Sparks and invited anyone to bring in prescription and over the counter drugs to one of our sites.

You Really Have to Want it to Get Better

September 27th, 2009|

Everyone has been exposed to alcoholism and/or drug addiction through a family member, friend, co-worker, or neighbor. Because of that, everyone has experiences, thoughts, and usually opinions about the issue. Probably the most common response I get is, "Isn't it true that a person has to really want it in order to get better?" Of course, that's not really a question as much as it is a declarative statement. Then the "you-have-to-want-it-to-get-better" comment is followed up with something like, "I have an uncle that's been to treatment six times and he's still drinking and using drugs. He just isn't motivated."These comments and questions are all understandable because each person that has an experience with someone else's addiction has often had a heartbreaking and emotionally painful time with that person.

Methamphetamine – Haven’t we already dealt with that?

September 2nd, 2009|

Methamphetamine or "Meth" as we more affectionately call it has been in our collective consciousness in northern Nevada for at least the last 5 or 6 years. We've been exposed to stories of thin, unkempt young people with scab and pock marked faces, dental issues that defy description (and that are a major gross out), and an insatiable compulsion to use the drug despite the inevitable consequences. We have been shown people who give up spouses, careers, and even their children to use this scourge of a drug.

It’s Just a Pill

August 25th, 2009|

As I look back on my career I think about some of the "drug epidemics" America has gone through. Some of these include heroin in the 1960s and 70s, LSD in the 70s, cocaine in the 80s, and more recently, methamphetamines. These are all drug trends that the media and popular culture have used to send shock waves through our collective consciousness by showing graphic details of illicit drug use, crime, babies affected by mother's drug use while pregnant, and more.Today, we still face challenges with all of the drugs I've named. But as we speak, a "new" trend is coming upon us and it's one that at first glance doesn't look so threatening. That is, the illicit use and abuse of prescription drugs, particularly the Opioids, which include drugs such as Hydrocodone (Vicodin), Oxycontin, Oxycodone, Methadone, and more. These are all powerful painkillers that have great potential use in treating many ailments and controlling pain.

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