Vaping: Expert Panel Presentation

Thank you to our Coalition member, Jill Frame, from Yarmouth High School for participating in this MaineHealth Vaping Prevention panel. She was joined by experts, Tina Pettengill (moderator) from MaineHealth, Kristen McAuley, Center for Tobacco Independence and Nikki Jarvais of Rinck Advertising. View their presentation below which highlights: What your teens likely already know about vaping and what young Mainers are telling our panelists about how they are using these products. You will also see some of the most common devices, receive tips from a local high school substance abuse counselor on how to talk to teens about vaping and get the latest information on Maine law regarding electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) and usage among Maine teens. Get your questions answered so you can be better prepared to talk to the teens in your life.



Inside the 8th Grader’s Brain

“Inside the eighth grade brain, the frontal lobe is growing and interconnecting. This is fantastic news, but patience is required: your child’s frontal lobe won’t reach full maturity and re-structuring until your child is 25 to 30 years old. So for the next 12 to 18 years, they’ll be lured toward risky acts they’re cognitively challenged to resist because they’re still heavily swayed by their limbic system, which is the emotional center of the brain.”

Inside the eighth grader’s brain

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Freeport Middle School and Red Ribbon Week

Freeport Middle School participated in The Red Ribbon Campaign with the theme, “Life is Your Journey. Travel Drug Free.” Phyllis Latham, Mike McManus from the Freeport Maine Police Department and FMS coordinated a number of activities including showing prevention education videos during advisory, Freeport High School (Maine) students speaking to middle school students, student created infomercials and an aerial photo (thank you David Clock! and Freeport Fire Rescue) of all students dressed in red shirts standing in the shape of a Red Ribbon out on the ball field.

Responsible Beverage Server Training

Join Mike McManus from the Freeport Police Department and Mike Mack from the Maine Department of Corrections for a State Certified Responsible Beverage Server training at Tailgate Bar & Grill. The training will be from 12-4pm on Thursday, November 8th. Contact us to register!

Life of a Student Athlete: Tip of the Week

Life of a Student Athlete Tip of the Week: During playoff season it is the healthy teams that have a better chance for success
Be a leader and make your own choices. Set an example to your peers and choose to surround yourself with those making healthy choices. Show your leadership by choosing not to use drugs or alcohol.

Drug Take Back Day 10/27 10a-2p

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is this Saturday! Please drop off your unwanted or expired medications (including pet medications!) to your local law enforcement agency from 10a-2p.

Local Principals Collaborate to Prevent and Reduce Substance Use

Casco Bay CAN Service area principals collaborate for National Substance Use Prevention Month.
Local high school and middle school principals from Freeport, Yarmouth, Falmouth, Cumberland and Gray- New Gloucester are working to help prevent and reduce substance use in their schools by sending a letter to parents/caregivers, encouraging them to talk with their children about the risks of drug or alcohol use. The letter also provides tips to help students recognize anxiety and how to find healthy coping skills.