Strategies to Prevent Alcohol and Drug Use

Information from the Search Institute: “Many factors influence why kids do and don’t use alcohol and tobacco. As parents, we can’t control all of them.However, there are many things we do that can make a major difference. These ideas and activities focus on tapping into—and building on—your family’s strengths in order to prevent alcohol and tobacco use in teenagers and young people. Keep Connected focuses on building relationships and strengths to prevent alcohol or tobacco use among young people.”

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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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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.