Why Teens Are Impulsive, Addiction-Prone And Should Protect Their Brains

Hear this NPR story and read more about why teens can’t always control impulses and make rapid, smart decisions.

Family Checkup: Positive Parenting Prevents Drug Abuse

Developed by the Child and Family Center at the University of Oregon, Family Checkup: Positive Parenting Prevents Drug Abuse highlights parenting skills that are important in preventing the initiation and progression of drug use among youth.

NIDA family checkup

SAMHSA Alcohol’s Effects on the Brain | AlcoholFX: A Reach Out Now Mobile Application

Alcohol’s Effects on the Brain (AlcoholFX), is a free, science-based, Reach Out Now mobile application for tablets that teaches students ages 10–12 how alcohol can harm their brains if they drink. The app is intended to easily integrate into instruction in fifth-and sixth-grade classrooms and at home.

Opioid Abuse Could Be Costing Employers as Much as $8 Billion Annually

The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids writes, “Employees who abuse opioids cost employers almost twice as much in healthcare expenses on average, compared with workers who don’t abuse opioids, the report found. The average healthcare cost for employees who abuse opioids is $19,450, compared with $10,853 for employees who do not abuse opioids.”

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420 and Marijuana Myths

April 20th: The most widely accepted theory of “420’s” origination is that in the 1970s, high school-age stoners in Northern California congregated at 4:20 p.m. daily. “420” has evolved into an unofficial marijuana holiday.

Debunking Marijuana Myths, science, prevention, and law enforcement experts will talk about some common myths and provide the facts. During this video learn these key concepts:

–    Learn how marijuana impacts brain development
–    Hear why prevention experts believe marijuana in a smoked form is not medicine
–    Discuss the notion of taxing marijuana much like tobacco and alcohol


New Research Finds Laws that Effectively Reduce Underage Drinking Fatalities

CADCA reports that a study published in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs reveals that nine laws designed to reduce underage drinking have been instrumental in saving lives. Read the article and learn more about the study here.

Life of a Student Athlete: Tip of the Week

Tip: Every game is an opportunity to measure yourself against your own potential

Focus on your game and not competitors by putting effort into your own strengths and abilities. Take every opportunity to put your personal greatness to work. The more you see what you can do, the more confidence you will gain and the more opportunities will come your way.825646

What Parents Need to know about Underage Drinking during Alcohol Awareness Month

An excerpt from Constance Scharff, PhD, Director of Addiction Research Cliffside Malibu and a recognized speaker/book author on addiction recovery, women’s health, and overcoming trauma:

“Here are tips for parents to consider when talking to their kids about alcohol.

  1. Drinking early is not a normal ‘rite of passage.’ While Harvard University reports that the average age for first alcohol use for girls is 13 and for boys, 11, drinking is not a necessary or normal activity for children. These averages indicate that a large number of children begin drinking alcohol at a very young age. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism states that nearly a third of eighth graders reported drinking in the last year. Rather than write this drinking off as normal experimentation, adults should be aware that children who begin drinking very young are at a higher likelihood of developing substance abuse disorders later in life and are giving a clear indication that there is probably something wrong in their lives with which they do not have the tools to cope.
  2. Kids listen more than parents think they do. The eye rolls and exasperated expressions are hard to deal with. But studies show that kids really do listen when adults talk to them about alcohol and alcohol abuse. What’s important is that parents not make these conversations one off “talks” in which everyone is on edge, waiting for the conversation to end. Instead, frequently discuss with your children your expectations of them. Talk to them about the consequences of their actions, about how they can’t always see around the corner, but you can. For example, young people who drink are more likely to be the victims of violent crime than those who don’t. A night of drinking that ends in rape and an unintended pregnancy are not the types of scenarios young people are thinking about when they grab a bottle out of someone’s liquor cabinet. Don’t scare your kids, but be real with them about what drinking can do.
  3. Listen as much as you talk. Conversation is a two way street. Give your children ample opportunity to talk with you about the stresses and pressures they face. Have family time often, during which all the electronic devices (even yours!) are put away and you can really engage with one another. What your kids share may surprise you. If you are willing and able to listen to your children, they are much more likely to come to you in times of need and confusion as they wrestle with their growing independence.”


Senior Citizens: Prescription Drug Safety Events

Please join us for one of our upcoming Senior Citizens: Prescription Drug Safety events! Casco Bay CAN and Law Enforcement representatives will present information on how to track, lock and dispose of drugs properly. Shown below and pictured left: Random attendee’s will win a free prescription drug lock bottle. Pictured right: Seniors attend the Yarmouth Prescription Drug Safety event and hear from Lieutenant Dean Perry and Casco Bay CAN Director Beth Blakeman-Pohl.

Upcoming presentations:

Gray/New Gloucester: April 13th at 11am Gray Library, 5 Hancock Street
Falmouth: April 13th at 2pm OceanView at Falmouth, 3 Marion Way
Freeport: April 14th at 11am Freeport Community Center, 53 Depot Street
Pownal: April 28th at 12noon First Parish Church, 461 Elmwood Rd
Cumberland/North Yarmouth: May 12th at 9:30am Val Halla Golf Course, 60 Val Halla Rd

Rx Drug Safety Bottle Beth and Dean Yarmouth 2016