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.”

Check out their helpful resources and tools here!



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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Positive Tickets in Cumberland

Thank you to Emma and Dan Renyi, the Cumberland, Maine Police Department and the Cumberland Foodstop for helping with our Positive Ticket program!

Here’s your Thursday afternoon cuteness overload! Good citizens Emma and Dan Renyi (pictured here with their equally helpful mom Hanna) assisted ACO Bobby Silcott in the apprehension of a local pooch who had taken itself on a Cumberland Walkabout. The dog’s owner was very appreciative of the help, and the young do-gooders were happy to receive Positive Tickets! Positive Tickets are the result of a collaboration with our community partners Casco Bay CAN and the Cumberland Foodstop.


Freeport Middle School and Red Ribbon Week

Freeport Middle School participated in The Red Ribbon Campaign with the theme, “Life is Your Journey. Travel Drug Free.” Phyllis Latham, Mike McManus from the Freeport Maine Police Department and FMS coordinated a number of activities including showing prevention education videos during advisory, Freeport High School (Maine) students speaking to middle school students, student created infomercials and an aerial photo (thank you David Clock! and Freeport Fire Rescue) of all students dressed in red shirts standing in the shape of a Red Ribbon out on the ball field.

Life of a Student Athlete: Tip of the Week

Life of a Student Athlete Tip of the Week: During playoff season it is the healthy teams that have a better chance for success
Be a leader and make your own choices. Set an example to your peers and choose to surround yourself with those making healthy choices. Show your leadership by choosing not to use drugs or alcohol.

Drug Take Back Day 10/27 10a-2p

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is this Saturday! Please drop off your unwanted or expired medications (including pet medications!) to your local law enforcement agency from 10a-2p.

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.

Life of a Student Athlete: Tip of the Week

Tip: 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.


Teens and Substance Use

This helpful article describes:

  • Why is alcohol use riskier for teenagers?
  • Why teenagers get addicted sooner
  • Why substance use makes depression and anxiety worse
  • Psychosis and substance use

Mental Health Disorders and Teen Substance Use