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December

With the holiday season right around the corner, many families affected by substance abuse are dealing with a big question: Should I serve alcohol when one of my guests has a drinking problem?

The month of December is often packed with parties coupled with bad winter weather, which can be a fatal combination for those who decide to get behind the wheel and head home high or intoxicated. It also happens to be National Impaired Driving Prevention Month, a perfect opportunity to raise awareness about the risks of impaired driving and what can be done to prevent it.

In honor of National Impaired Driving Prevention Month, The Buzz invited David Friedman, Deputy Administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), to write a guest blog for us.

Recent research has shined a light on the potential adverse cognitive and health effects of disrupting the natural sleep cycle of teens, including an increased risk of obesity, depression, automobile accidents, and poor academic performance. Now, an emerging body of research is providing yet another reason to ensure that teens get enough sleep: the significant link between sleep patterns during middle and high school and the risk of substance use.

On October 1, 2014, CVS Health went tobacco free. This is a huge step forward when it comes to tobacco prevention. But it also brings to light the reality that the majority of tobacco sales take place at convenience stores, supermarkets, tobacco stores and beer, wine and liquor stores, not at drugstores. So while this change is monumental, we still have a lot of work to do when it comes to combating the tobacco epidemic at the point-of-sale.

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