Breaking Points Documentary

This short-film documentary will explore the incredible stress and pressure that teens face today, and the sometimes unhealthy ways they cope with that stress. To learn more about how to view the full 30 minute documentary, click here.

Drug Take-Back Day this Saturday!

This Saturday, April 30, from 10am – 2pm is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day! Cumberland, Falmouth, Freeport, Yarmouth and the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office will all participate.

More information can be found here on National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day can be found here: http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/index.html.

Why Teens Are Impulsive, Addiction-Prone And Should Protect Their Brains

Hear this NPR story and read more about why teens can’t always control impulses and make rapid, smart decisions.

Family Checkup: Positive Parenting Prevents Drug Abuse

Developed by the Child and Family Center at the University of Oregon, Family Checkup: Positive Parenting Prevents Drug Abuse highlights parenting skills that are important in preventing the initiation and progression of drug use among youth.

NIDA family checkup

SAMHSA Alcohol’s Effects on the Brain | AlcoholFX: A Reach Out Now Mobile Application

Alcohol’s Effects on the Brain (AlcoholFX), is a free, science-based, Reach Out Now mobile application for tablets that teaches students ages 10–12 how alcohol can harm their brains if they drink. The app is intended to easily integrate into instruction in fifth-and sixth-grade classrooms and at home.

Opioid Abuse Could Be Costing Employers as Much as $8 Billion Annually

The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids writes, “Employees who abuse opioids cost employers almost twice as much in healthcare expenses on average, compared with workers who don’t abuse opioids, the report found. The average healthcare cost for employees who abuse opioids is $19,450, compared with $10,853 for employees who do not abuse opioids.”

Click here to read the full article

420 and Marijuana Myths

April 20th: The most widely accepted theory of “420’s” origination is that in the 1970s, high school-age stoners in Northern California congregated at 4:20 p.m. daily. “420” has evolved into an unofficial marijuana holiday.

Debunking Marijuana Myths, science, prevention, and law enforcement experts will talk about some common myths and provide the facts. During this video learn these key concepts:

–    Learn how marijuana impacts brain development
–    Hear why prevention experts believe marijuana in a smoked form is not medicine
–    Discuss the notion of taxing marijuana much like tobacco and alcohol

 

New Research Finds Laws that Effectively Reduce Underage Drinking Fatalities

CADCA reports that a study published in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs reveals that nine laws designed to reduce underage drinking have been instrumental in saving lives. Read the article and learn more about the study here.