Talk Early, Talk Often and Keep Talking

TALK EARLY, TALK OFTEN…KEEP TALKING!
Parents are the #1 influence in a child’s life. It’s not too early to talk with your child to prevent youth substance use.
When to Talk:
– In a car, you have a captive audience to provide short bits of information.
– When watching TV, address any illegal drug or alcohol use shown.
– During mealtimes, take time to speak with your child – research shows that children who have dinner with their families are less likely to drink alcohol or use illegal drugs.
 
What to Say:
– Preschool: “Vitamins are to keep us healthy, but only take what I give you.”
– Elementary School: “You should only take medicines that your doctor chooses for you – it’s dangerous to take someone else’s medicine and it could make you sick.”
– Middle School: “Alcohol and drugs can damage your brain and may stop you from being your best in school and in sports.

What is neuroplasticity?

The Center for Healthy Minds developed these slides that describe why the brain changes throughout life, but specifically outline the sensitive periods of development when the brain is more pliable including around puberty.

https://centerhealthyminds.org/feature/neuroplasticity

Study: States That Legalized Marijuana Saw Uptick In Kids Ingesting Drugs

Researchers at Nationwide Children’s Hospital are warning about an increase in accidental ingestion of marijuana by children.

The study relies on National Poison Data System figures from 2000-2017. Up until 2008, the number of incidents involving kids was mostly flat at about 80 cases a year.

Since then, however, it increased by slightly more than 25% a year on average. According to the study, “during this period of increase, more than 70% of these ingestions occurred in states with legislation legalizing marijuana.”

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Life of a Student Athlete: Tip of the Week

Tip of the Week: Nicotine is addictive – 3 out of 4 teens who start using in high school will continue to use as adults

Vaping nicotine rewires the brain, which can impact your concentration, learning and impulse control. It reduces athletic ability to focus completely, slowing your reaction time. Nicotine also interferes with lung function – narrowing blood vessels and making your heart work harder than it should.

2019 National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit

Cole Chandler, MSAD 15 School Resource Officer Gray-New Gloucester High School, Beth Blakeman-Pohl, Casco Bay CAN Program Director and Kim Gillies, Casco Bay CAN Program Coordinator attended the 2019 Rx Drug Abuse Summit in Atlanta this week. It is the annual gathering for stakeholders to discuss what’s working in prevention, treatment and law enforcement.

Thank you to SRO Chandler for attending on behalf of our Law Enforcement Subcommittee!

Life of a Student Athlete: Tip of the Week

Tip of the Week: Complex carbohydrates for pre-game fuel equals better performance.

Your body needs energy to perform at its best, and you get that energy from glycogen. Glycogen acts as your body’s fuel source and is found in complex carbohydrates. Eat foods that are rich in starch—potatoes, pasta and rice. It’s extremely important that your body has time to digest the food so eat three hours before you compete to avoid cramping and fatigue during the competition.

How Cannabis Can Harm the Teen Brain

1. Increases the risk of depression and suicidal behavior
2. Impairs cognitive function
3. Disrupts the brain’s maturation process
4. Reduces blood flow to the brain

4 Ways Cannabis Harms the Teenage Brain