The Idaho RADAR Center provides free information about alcohol, tobacco and other drugs to Idaho residents only. It includes a Video Lending Library of over 900 titles and functions as a statewide information clearinghouse and resource referral center.
Holiday Hours: The RADAR Center will be closed beginning at noon on Wednesday 11/25/15 and will remain closed through the Thanksgiving break. Normal hours will resume on 11/30/15. Happy Thanksgiving!
Lock Your Meds Idaho
Idaho has experienced a 250% increase in drug induced deaths since 2000. In Idaho in 2011, over 20% of high school students reported taking a prescription drug without a doctors prescription. These youth overwhelmingly reported that they obtained these drugs from family members or friends. Your medicine cabinet, nightstand, purse could be their drug supplier. Be Aware. Don’t Share.
Administered by the Institute for the Study of Addiction
The Center, a Boise State University program, is administered by the Institute for the Study of Addiction in conjunction with the College of Education & the College of Health Sciences.
We are located in the Chrisway Annex Building
The Chrisway Annex, formerly known as the Health and Wellness Center, is located on the corner of University and Chrisway Drive.
Marijuana Talk Kit
Between marijuana legalization, the normalization in pop culture and new ways of using (edibles, vaporizers, concentrates), it’s becoming more complicated for parents to talk to their teens.
CollegeAIM—the College Alcohol Intervention Matrix—is a new resource to help schools address harmful and underage student drinking. Developed with leading college alcohol researchers and staff, it is an easy-to-use andcomprehensive tool to identify effective alcohol interventions.
Use of a dangerous synthetic cathinone[link to drug facts] drug called alpha-pyrrolidinopentiophenone (alpha-PVP), popularly known as “Flakka,” is surging in Florida and is also being reported in other parts of the country, according to news reports. Alpha-PVP is chemically similar to other synthetic cathinone drugs popularly called “bath salts,” and takes the form of a white or pink, foul-smelling crystal that can be eaten, snorted, injected, or vaporized in an e-cigarette or similar device. The drug has been linked to deaths by suicide as well as heart attack. It can also dangerously raise body temperature and lead to kidney damage or kidney failure.
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has issued a nationwide alert in response to a surge in overdose deaths from heroin laced with the narcotic drug fentanyl, the most potent opioid available for medical use. “Drug incidents and overdoses related to fentanyl are occurring at an alarming rate throughout the United States and represent a significant threat to public health and safety.”
Emerging Trend: Caffeine Powder
The FDA is warning about powdered pure caffeine being marketed directly to consumers, and recommends avoiding these products. In particular, FDA is concerned about powdered pure caffeine sold in bulk bags over the internet. Follow these links from the NIH and FDA to learn more about the dangers of caffeine powder.
“Talk. They Hear You” Online Simulation
New online simulation gives parents an opportunity to practice having the talk about alcohol with kids. TRY IT!