What is SIRP? How Does it Benefit 13-18 Year Olds?

SIRP- Student Intervention and Reintegration Program empowers youth to make healthy decisions and reduce risk. It provides evidence-based information to youth about the risks of use, and helps them weigh—for themselves—the advantages and disadvantages of continuing to use. Most important, it helps participants plan for and commit to changes in their behavior. The program is a conversation, not a lecture and is offered in small groups (2-12 people).

If you would like to refer a youth between the ages of 13-18 years old, visit the Casco Bay CAN website here to find out about this free drug & alcohol education class. The first session is being held this Saturday and Sunday March 4 & 5 at Pineland Farms in New Gloucester!  You can also call (207) 522-1414 for more information.

Lock up, Track and Dispose Prescription Drugs- Watch Video!

Lock up and track your prescription medications at home. If you have expired or unwanted prescriptions you can bring them to any drug take back box located at the Cumberland, Falmouth, Freeport and Yarmouth Police Departments. If you live in Gray or New Gloucester you may drop them off at the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office. Please do not dispose of any liquids or needles.

Family Fun Event in Wiscasset 2/25/17

Fun, family friendly event in Wiscasset this weekend, the Indoor Winter Carnival

Portland Press Herald Article Features Casco Bay CAN Coalition Member

Joanne Grant, Casco Bay CAN Coalition member, speaks out and shares her concerns with recreational marijuana legalization in Maine. Read the February 19, 2017 Portland Press article here

National Prevention Week 5/14-5/20

Mark your calendars! SAMHSA’s National Prevention Week will be from May 14-20 2017. Want more info about National Prevention Week’s 3 main goals? Make sure to visit: https://www.samhsa.gov/prevention-week/about

New Prevention Resource for Service Members and Family

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the Department of Health and Human Services has created a brochure intended for service members, veterans and their families to help learn ways to:

  • prevent substance abuse
  • identify risky substance use behavior
  • find resources to take action

You can find the brochure here

Life of a Student Athlete: Tip of the Week

Tip: Stay motivated and healthy during winter break

Find a workout buddy to keep you on track during vacation. Drink plenty of water, eat healthy with greens, fruits and vegetables and build muscle with fish, eggs and brown rice. Enjoy outdoor activities with friends and family and also take time to rest and relax.

Apps Can Reduce Depression and Anxiety by 50%

Hey SIGMUND’s Karen Young, Psychologist, writes, “Technology is often criticised for its bulging intrusion into our lives, but researchers from Northwestern University have developed a collection of 13 clinical apps for depression and anxiety. Collectively, the apps are known as IntelliCare, and research has found that they can reduce anxiety and depression by up to 50%.”

Read the full article here