What You Need to Know Before Your Child Has Surgery

This overview from the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids is intended to help you know what questions to ask when a healthcare provider recommends or prescribes a pain reliever for your child, and how to be sure that your child takes the medication as prescribed without misusing the medication or sharing it with others.

When Opioid Pain Relievers Are Prescribed For Your Child: What You Should Know


Fear of Missing Out and Teen Stress

What is FOMO and how might it be causing stress in your teens life? What can adults do to help teens with FOMO?

“Teens text, tweet, snap, and post all the time. In fact, about half of teens use social media every day, and for some, this means checking Instagram or Snapchat dozens (or hundreds!) of times a day. While many teens find connecting with friends online a positive experience, some just feel stressed out. This social media-specific anxiety has a name: FOMO, also known as “fear of missing out.” this can lead to poor sleep quality, anxiety, and even depression.”

Practical Tips for Easing Kids' Social Media Anxiety

How adults can help stressed youth:
1) Listen
2) Don’t judge
3) Encourage their offline lives
4) Set limits
5) Shift the focus
6) Ask open-ended questions

Am I Enabling My Child By Helping Them?


Reusable Grocery Bags Donated to Local Food Pantries

Casco Bay CAN donates reusable grocery bags to local service area food pantries twice per year. This winter they were distributed in Cumberland, Falmouth, Freeport Gray and Pownal. Shown below is Nancy Lightbody of the Falmouth Food Pantry and Kim Gillies, Casco Bay CAN Program Coordinator along with Donna Rand from the Gray Community Food Pantry at First Congregational Church of Gray.

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