National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Visit your local law enforcement agency on Saturday, October 26th for National Prescription Drug Take Back Day to drop off your unused or expired and over the counter medications (including pet medications) Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office Cumberland, Maine Police Department Falmouth Maine Police Department Freeport Maine Police Department Yarmouth, Maine Police Department.

 

 

Life of a Student Athlete: Tip of the Week

Tip of the Week: Celebrate safely during the end of the fall sports season

Make healthy choices and stay alcohol and drug-free to celebrate the end of your sports season. Plan a dinner out with friends and family, host a game or movie night or take an overnight trip to somewhere new. Take time to reflect on the season and prepare for your next sport or enjoy the off-season.

Mindfulness Summit

The Awake Network and mindful.org have partnered to create a FREE online event – the Mindful Education Summit – to serve as a resource for teachers, parents, administrators, therapists, and anyone interested in bringing mindfulness to children and youth.

This free event features 25+ of the leading neuroscience researchers, mindfulness experts, and dedicated educators who are making a difference in their communities – including Peace in Schools Founder Caverly Morgan! You will learn the cutting edge research on mindfulness for children, youth, and adults, discover the best practices and most common pitfalls to avoid when bringing mindfulness into the classroom, hear case studies and interviews with the educators and administrators who are bringing mindfulness into schools across the US, and gain resources to create presence in your own life and teach the next generation.

Sign up for this free online event now!

 

Preventing Prescription Drug Misuse among High School Student-Athletes

“What is prescription pain reliever misuse? As defined by the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, it’s “use without a prescription of one’s own or use at a higher dosage or more often than prescribed.

Unfortunately, high school student-athletes can be especially vulnerable to prescription painkiller misuse. The pain relief, an eagerness to return to the field after injury, and the belief that such medication is “safe” because they’re prescribed by a doctor, are just a few reasons why.

Here are five tips – along with online resources – for parents and educators to help keep your student-athlete from misusing painkillers.”

Click here to read the tips and see the online resources.

 

Life of a Student Athlete: Tip of the Week

Tip: Choose not to use marijuana as it impacts your health, safety and potential for academic and athletic success.

THC (the chemical in marijuana) builds up in the brain and affects the skill recall area of the brain and delays reaction time. Marijuana compromises judgment and affects many other skills necessary to be a proficient athlete. These skills include alertness, concentration, coordination and reaction time.

Nurturing the Teen Brain

“During adolescence, the brain is highly flexible. Teenagers are constantly taking in new information and forming ideas, opinions and connections.”

Nurturing the Amazing Teen Brain

 

Why Teens Push Away

From the Center for Parent and Teen Communication:

That teen who is subtly pushing you away or actively avoiding you isn’t rejecting you because it’s not about you at all. In fact, if you help them navigate this time period instead of tugging closer or pushing back, you’ll return to solid ground. This is what is really happening: Your teenage baby bird needs to believe that they don’t need you in order to gather the courage to leave the security of your nest and head into the unknown. Your teen needs a boost of courage. Point out moments that prove they have the ability to fly.

 

Life of a Student Athlete: Tip of the Week

Tip: Nicotine in one vaping pod is equivalent to the nicotine in one pack of cigarettes


Vaping marijuana or nicotine can cause respiratory problems and decrease aerobic capacity- it reduces athletic ability by interfering with lung function. It also causes shortness of breath 3 times more often than nonsmokers- nicotine narrows blood vessels and makes your heart work harder than it should.

Free Webinar Series: An Online Q&A for Parents

Join FCD Prevention Works for a free webinar! There’s no manual for raising a healthy kid. Parents receive plenty of conflicting information from a variety of sources. As a result, you or the parents around you may have a lot of questions about how to help teens live safe, healthy, rewarding lives, without unhealthy alcohol and other drug risks. And of course, parents are busy and short on time!

Please join FCD Prevention Works for one (or both!) of two quick parent Q&A webinars. You can log-in from the comfort of your home, office, or other favorite internet hotspot. An FCD Prevention Specialist will answer your questions about substance use prevention from a health perspective.

Some topics we may cover during these live, online sessions include:
• Where do the main pressures on kids to use drugs come from?
• What is vaping and JUULing? How can I keep my kids away from it?
• How much impact do parent attitudes and modeling have on teen use?
• What dangers does marijuana pose to my child?

Click here to learn more or to register!