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Progress in Alaska promising, experts say

Fairbanks Daily News-Miner

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Alaska has come a long way in reducing underage drinking in the past two decades by introducing restorative justice and other programs. Self-reported numbers have declined, as have referrals into the juvenile justice system.

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An Antidote to Overdose, in Time to Save Lives

The New York Times

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Naloxone could be the secret to curing New England's heroin consumption. Trying to expand access to the life-saving overdose antidote is the real obstacle.

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Intervention with a purpose combats underage drinking

Fairbanks Daily News-Miner

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To combat high rates of teen alcohol use, Alaskan schools are introducing positive interventions, trying to help students rather than simply punish them.

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The revival of Foster High: A school filled with refugees makes a comeback

The Seattle Times

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Just four years ago, Foster High’s test scores were low and morale lower. But in a dramatic turnaround, achievement now is way up, especially in math, in part due to the new, higher degree of teacher involvement.

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Poverty's Price: Child exposure to ‘toxic stress' a key link to behavior, learning problems

Fayetteville Observer

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A program in eastern North Carolina takes a proven, two-generation approach to lift struggling families out of dire circumstances.

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Crisis Text Line has counseled teens through nearly 2 million problems. Here's how this idea got its start.

TED Blog

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Crisis Text Line is a counseling system via text—a comfortable medium for teens. It allows counselors to ask for backup and collects data for research.

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Fewer dropouts, more degrees: How Walla Walla Community College does it

The Seattle Times

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Individualized advice and counseling, boosted by software tools, is helping hundreds more students earn degrees and certificates each year at Walla Walla Community College in Washington.

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Unequal Treatment: In healthcare, what makes Maine different?

Los Angeles Times

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Northern Maine is home to some of America's poorest - but it ranks high on national measures of health. Hospital programs visit more patients in their homes where they can be more comfortable and receive everything they need, which in turn reduces medical costs.

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For Teenage Smokers, Removing the Allure of the Pack

The New York Times

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Adolescent smoking remains a challenging health problem because of the allure of cigarette branding. Australia is piloting the transformation of cigarette packaging with a generic look that reduces the appeal of smoking. In Florida, the Truth campaign has exposed that cigarette companies targete...

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Only 1 in 5 NYC students graduates from college. This nonprofit is going to change that

NationSwell

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OneGoal has a model proven to help provide low-income students in Chicago and Houston with the tools needed to pursue a college degree. Now, the nonprofit hopes to improve the college graduation rate in New York City by assisting high school students in understand the basic techniques to achieve ...

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