Legal drugs harm poor countries

My friend, George Ochieng Odalo, serves as director of the Slum Child Foundation, a nonprofit organization assisting children living on the streets and in the most unstable households of Nairobi, Kenya. Today, on his first visit to the United States, he will address the United Nations in New York City about how legal drugs harm...

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In Hines’ sight: suicide prevention

It was his tenth wedding anniversary, but Kevin Hines insisted on making just one more stop before heading home to San Francisco to celebrate with his wife. “We’ve got to keep working to get the messages of suicide prevention out there,” he said Oct. 22 in Loveland, Colo., just after addressing about 250 people...

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The better high is the natural one

For every natural high, like running, there’s a drug out there being abused to achieve the same feelings. Join the movement showing young people how and why to choose natural highs over chemical ones.

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‘Your country has an impact on mine’

George Ochieng Odalo directs the Slum Child Foundation, a Kenyan nonprofit organization working with children and youth in the slums and streets of Nairobi. Within hours of news stories first reporting President Obama’s remarks about marijuana to The New Yorker, Mr. Odalo contacted DrThurstone.com to ask these questions: 1....

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More funds for Colorado youth substance treatment

Even before Colorado formally opens recreational pot shops at the start of next year, people recognize the toll marijuana already has taken on young people in this state and the need to expand access to addiction treatment for them. I am pleased to announce — especially during Red Ribbon Week 2013 — that I am part of a...

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Make it a Red Ribbon Week!

It’s exciting to see the red ribbons unfurling nationwide! Red Ribbon Week, sponsored by the National Family Partnership since 1988, aims to educate youth about the perils of drug use — and to encourage their participation in drug-use-prevention activities. But make no mistake: this national, week-long observance, held this...

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Denver teens face greater pressure to use

There’s always one slide in the presentations I give about marijuana’s effects on the teen brain that makes my young audiences scoff — and a talk I gave earlier this week at Denver’s East High School was no exception. The slide illustrates what science has confirmed many times: young people have a tendency...

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‘You need to hear his message’

Please watch — and consider sharing — this newly released video of my husband, Dr. Chris Thurstone, discussing the harms of marijuana legalization. A Denver women’s group called Inspiring Minds produced this video in response to a presentation Chris delivered earlier this year as part of its 2012 lecture series....

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Art so true it’ll make you cringe

Meet Swedish artist Marcus Mårtenson, who relentlessly challenges what he calls today’s “Gospel of Success.”

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Cheer for Jay Rich!

No matter which NBA team he’s on, I’ll always cheer for shooting guard Jason Richardson, now of the Orlando Magic. He’s on his way home to Denver after a tough season and a disappointing loss in overtime this week, but in so many ways, “Jay Rich” is about to roll up his sleeves and really get down to...

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