International Overdose Awareness Day

International Overdose Awareness Day is a global event held on 31 August each year that aims to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of drug-related death.

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Anonymous Tip Line


Hear about an underage party? Not sure what to do? Send an anonymous, encrypted tip using our tip line for underage drinking or illegal drug use. The law enforcement agencies serving the towns of Cumberland, Falmouth, Freeport, Gray, New Gloucester, North Yarmouth, Pownal and Yarmouth are proud to work hand in hand with the community to address underage drinking or illegal drug use.

How to Send Anonymous Tip:

  • Online- submit your encrypted and anonymous tip here
  • Text Message- text your encrypted and anonymous tip with the keyword UCANTIP to 847411

Talk Early, Talk Often and Keep Talking

It’s not too early to talk with your child to prevent youth substance use.
When to Talk
– In a car, you have a captive audience to provide short bits of information.
– When watching TV, address any illegal drug or alcohol use shown.
– During mealtimes, take time to speak with your child – research shows that children who have dinner with their families are less likely to drink alcohol or use illegal drugs.
What to say
Preschool: “Vitamins are to keep us healthy, but only take what I give you.”
Elementary School: “You should only take medicines that your doctor chooses for you – it’s dangerous to take someone else’s medicine and it could make you sick.”
Middle School: “Alcohol and drugs can damage your brain and may stop you from being your best in school and in sports.”
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Youth, Vaping and COVID-19

The Drug Free America Foundation reports, “While youth are presumably at a lower risk of contracting COVID-19 and experiencing complications from the virus, these findings suggest that this presumption is not true among youth and young adults who vape. These findings are especially concerning as youth return to school, as sharing vaping devices is a common practice. Because the virus can be transmitted through touching the hands to the mouth and face, vaping could contribute to youth falling ill or spreading COVID-19.”

To view a resource related to vaping and COVID-19, visit:…/2…/05/Vaping-Smoking-and-COVID-19.pdf

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How to Help Your Child After the Death of a Sibling From Substance Use

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network released a very helpful tool that offers information to help support their surviving children after a the death of a sibling due to substance use or overdose. This fact sheets includes information on helping children cope with stigma and shame, understanding the wide range of reactions that different family members may experience, coping with how substance use influences the family over time, adapting to loss, and prioritizing self-care and support for the parents or caregivers.

Teenagers: Risk-Taking During Reopening

From the Child Mind Institute, MSNBC anchor Stephanie Ruhle hosts a discussion between Dr. Harold Koplewicz and Social Worker Kathryn Lige.

Monday, August 10, 2020 at 4:30pm

The panelists outline the adolescent brain’s propensity for risk-taking and impulsivity and how those behaviors converge with the coronavirus, social isolation, and the gradual reopening of society, and how parents can empathize with their children while promoting safety.

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COVID-19 Resources

As we all deal with implications of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important to remember the additional stress it places on our youth. We have compiled and are sharing a list of resources for families, counselors, educators, and other community members, to help address the additional pressures, stresses, and changes our youth are encountering during this challenging time.

Research shows that youth turn to substances for a number of reasons — stress, loneliness, and periods of transitions are some of the leading causes that can trigger unhealthy choices. We know you are concerned about keeping children safe and healthy, we will continue to add to these tools and resources, so please check back often.

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Vaping Among Teens

Vaping devices are popular among teens and are now the most commonly used form of nicotine among youth in the U.S. Some research shows that many teens do not even realize that vaping cartridges contain nicotine, and assume the pods contain only flavoring. Learn more here!

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