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