Marijuana and Driving

Parents—tell your teen not to drive after using marijuana or other drugs, and don’t get in a car with a driver who has used marijuana or other drugs!

FACT: More teens are driving after smoking marijuana than after heavy drinking. A national study showed that from 2009-2011, the percentage of high school seniors who drove after using marijuana was almost three times as high as those who drove after drinking heavily. (American Journal of Public Health 103:2027-2034)

Remember: Marijuana and many medications act on parts of the brain that can impair driving ability. Many prescription drugs have warning labels against the operation of machinery and driving motor vehicles, for a certain period of time after use. You are more likely to be injured or in an accident while driving while under the influence of marijuana or prescription drugs.

Mentally Strong Kids Have Parents Who Refuse to Do These 13 Things

Raising a mentally strong kid doesn’t mean he won’t cry when he’s sad or that he won’t fail sometimes. Mental strength won’t make your child immune to hardship – but it also won’t cause him to suppress his emotions.

In fact, it’s quite the opposite. Mental strength is what helps kids bounce back from setbacks. It gives them the strength to keep going, even when they’re plagued with self-doubt. A strong mental muscle is the key to helping kids reach their greatest potential in life.

But raising a mentally strong kid requires parents to avoid the common yet unhealthy parenting practices that rob kids of mental strength. In my book, “13 Things Mentally Strong Parents Don’t Do“, I identify 13 things to avoid if you want to raise a mentally strong kid equipped to tackle life’s toughest challenges: Read the list here

How can prescription drug misuse be prevented?

From the National Institute on Drug Abuse:

Patients. Patients can take steps to ensure that they use prescription medications appropriately by:

  • following the directions as explained on the label or by the pharmacist
  • being aware of potential interactions with other drugs as well as alcohol
  • never stopping or changing a dosing regimen without first discussing it with the doctor
  • never using another person’s prescription, and never giving their prescription medications to others
  • storing prescription stimulants, sedatives, and opioids safely

Additionally, patients should properly discard unused or expired medications by following U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) guidelines or visiting U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration collection sites.57 In addition to describing their medical problem, patients should always inform their health care professionals about all the prescriptions, over-the-counter medicines, and dietary and herbal supplements they are taking before they obtain any other medications.

Read full article here

Fun Things to Enjoy Indoors in Maine

Family activities to enjoy together during this February school vacation week! As stated by, seasonal Maine often provides the perfect excuse to bundle up inside and, for a state bustling with outdoor recreation, Maine has an expansive variety of indoor activities to keep you occupied all year round.

Family entertainment: Children’s Museum and Theater in Maine, Maine Discovery Museum, Portland Science Center, Maine Indoor Karting, Playland Adventures, Maine’s Salt Pump Climbing, Evo Rock & Fitness, Family Ice Center, Happy Wheels Skate Center and more! To view the full list of indoor activities in Maine please visit the website here.



Test Your Marijuana Knowledge

FCD Prevention Works- Part of the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation created a marijuana “quiz” to test your knowledge and youth/students knowledge about the drug.

Take the quiz here.


Life of a Student Athlete: Tip of the Week

Tip: Give your body a break. Always take one or two days off per week to let your muscles heal and your body repair

Rest can be just as important to fitness as working out. Your body gets stronger during the rest period as it rebuilds itself from exercising, giving your muscles time to heal and also reducing the risk of injury. You can practice resting during your routine by being diligent with off days, alternating between hard and easy workouts, involving cross-training and valuing your personal time.

3 Steps to Cultivate Kindness on Valentine’s Day and Beyond

Children and teens respond to our positive regard. When we notice their kindness and thank them, we’re fostering a culture based on their behavior, not our exhortations. – Betsy Hanger, Mindful Schools

Full article here

Life of a Student Athlete: Tip of the Week

Tip: Being challenged in life is inevitable. Being defeated is optional.

Every time you fail, you move one step closer to succeeding. Embrace failure as part of success and get going. Perseverance will help to overcome challenges; it is easy to become overwhelmed so take it one step at a time.