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We are No. 1!

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Florida is No. 1 in Marijuana grow houses.

According to the Federal Drug Enforcement Administration, more marijuana grow houses were seized in Florida than in any other state last year.

Nationwide demand for high-potency marijuana has turned Florida into a top producer of hydroponic weed, and hundreds of South Floridians are turning their homes into lucrative grow houses, according to local law enforcement.

The illegal drug nurseries are hidden everywhere from million-dollar homes to run-down apartments, putting unsuspecting neighbors in serious danger, police said. Some grow houses are discovered only after explosions or fires.

“The bad guys are getting smarter, and we’re not finding them all,” said Capt. Joe Mendez, who oversees HIDTA’s marijuana task force in South Florida.

The huge profits made from hydroponic marijuana create a never-ending battle for police, said Mendez, of the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area. Each pound has a street value of about $4,000 in South Florida, and each plant produces about three pounds a year, according to the task force.

Read more at The sun Sentinel.

Binge Drinking: Effects last a lifetime.

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University of North Carolina study report that adolescents who drink heavily may be more likely to have deficits in adapting to life situations as adults. Teen drinking affects long-term structural changes in the brain’s frontal cortex, the part of the brain that allows us to predict consequences, control our impulse and refine reasoning.

Experts agree: Alcohol is the most dangerous drug of all.

“There’s not even a comparison. This is by far the number one health problem that young people face in our society”

Find out more by watching the news story online.

Florida Governor Scott creates ‘strike force’ to go after pills mills, drug pushers

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Gov. Rick Scott on Monday unveiled a new plan to attack crooked pain clinics, committing $800,000 to beef up criminal investigations into shady operators and rogue doctors as well as drug manufacturers, wholesalers and street dealers. This comes shortly after reports that Florida has become the largest U.S. producer of drugs like Oxycodone.

The plan calls for launching a “Drug Strike Force” made up of dedicated squads in each of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s seven regions across the state. The teams will incorporate state and local criminal investigators and also regulators from the health department and other state agencies.

Read more at the Palm Beach Post.

85% of Oxycodone in US comes from Florida

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Dave Aronberg (special prosecutor with the attorney general’s office) revealed shocking statistics to a gathering at the health professions division of Nova Southeastern University: “Florida peddles 10 times more oxycodone pills than all the other states together.”

These statistics come to light as newly appointed Gov. Rick Scott promises to repeal the state law authorizing a prescription drug monitoring database.

Aronberg also noted that “[seven] Floridians die each day from overdosing on oxycodone.”

Via The Miami Herald. Read More.

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Parents, ask your school to get Red Ribbon Certified

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Kids in a Red Ribbon Certified school have better academic performance and are less likely to use drugs or alcohol.  More Info

Why Red Ribbon Certification is important:

  • It emphasizes the importance of families involved in the education and healthy development of their children
  • It emphasizes the importance of reducing social problems to increase student resilience and academic achievement
  • It sustains pride and growing commitment through the ownership of good results
  • It assists in teacher retention because teachers want to work in a school and in a community dedicated to improving the lives of everyone
  • It reaches out to parents to learn more about the importance of prevention