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

New Research Finds Laws that Effectively Reduce Underage Drinking Fatalities

The Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs reveals that nine laws designed to reduce underage drinking have been instrumental in saving more than 1,100 lives each year in the states that have adopted them, and that an additional 210 lives could be saved annually if they were adopted in every state. Read the CADCA article here.

Growing Number of Marijuana Shops in Denver Close to Schools

As legal marijuana has proliferated in Denver, city officials concerned about exposure to children long have tried to keep pot shops at least 1,000 feet from schools.

Yet more than two dozen schools in the city now are located closer than that to stores selling medical or recreational marijuana, according to a Denver Post analysis of city data. The Post identified 25 shops closer than 1,000 feet to at least one nearby school, out of 215 medical, recreational or dual shops. Reads the full article here.