This week marks the beginning of National Prevention Week!
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) hosts National Prevention Week each year during the third week of May, near the start of summer. Summer is a season filled with celebrations and recreational activities where substance use and abuse can happen, such as graduation parties, proms, weddings, sporting events, and outdoor activities. National Prevention Week is timed to allow schools to take part in a prevention-themed event before the school year ends, raising awareness in students of all ages. According to SAMHSA’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health (2004), percentages of marijuana, cigarette, and alcohol initiates among youth increase between spring (April and May) and summer (June and July), and the timing of National Prevention Week helps to educate young people and their families at this crucial time of year.

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Thank you Val Halla Golf Course for hosting our Senior Citizen Prescription Drug Safety event this morning! Cumberland Police Department Lieutenant Milton Calder and Casco Bay CAN Director Beth Blakeman-Pohl present information on how to track, lock and dispose of drugs properly at the Tea & Talk.

Washington Marijuana-Related Fatal Crashes Double After Legalization

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has issued a study showing that 10 percent of drivers involved in fatal crashes in Washington State had detectable amounts of THC in their systems. Between 2010 and 2014, 3,031 drivers in the state were killed in crashes and 303 of them turned out to be THC positive.
Access the traffic safety report here

Life of a Student Athlete: Tip of the Week

Tip: The psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, THC, can influence timing, movement and coordination.

Marijuana can have significant harmful effects on athletic performance. It can negatively impact your coordination and movements and decrease reaction time. Using marijuana not only is detrimental to you but to your team as well.