The Moment the Bell Rings

“If I had known then what I know now.”
That was the driving thought behind the original publication of The Moment the Bell Rings – a collection of personal stories and advice collected from high school students throughout the Casco Bay region.
Ninth grade is a year of so many first experiences. Some are positive, but others – like encountering substance use – are not. It can be hard to know what is the right thing to do in some situations. Thankfully, having some firsthand advice can make a huge difference.
Here you’ll hear personal stories shared by nineteen student writers. These are moments of real loss, frustration, personal connection, exhilaration, and encouragement. It’s here for you, and it’s what happens the moment the bell rings.

Talk. They Hear You.

Keeping kids safe from underage use of alcohol and misuse of prescription pain medications is a concern for parents. Parents and children are encouraged to communicate with each other early on and frequently in this public service announcement from SAMHSA’s “Talk. They Hear You.”

September is National Recovery Month

September is National Recovery Month. National Recovery Month – now in its 31st year – recognizes the millions of Americans in treatment for substance misuse, as well as recovery service providers. It also encourages those struggling with substance misuse to seek professional help. This year, Faces & Voices of Recovery, a non-profit group dedicated to supporting people recovering from drug addiction and their families, is hosting the observance.

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The theme for 2020’s Recovery Month is Join the Voices for Recovery: Celebrating Connections.
Don’t miss SAMHSA’s Recovery Month webinar series!
Learn more here

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.

Show Your Support: https://www.overdoseday.com/

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Anonymous Tip Line

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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

TALK EARLY, TALK OFTEN…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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Dr. Matt Bellace Presentation

In collaboration with New England Prevention Technology Transfer Center, Casco Bay CAN hosted national speaker, Dr. Matt Bellace. Dr. Bellace focused his training on communicating effectively with teenagers about sensitive topics such as substance use and mental health during his Using Endorphins Wisely: The Science Behind Laughing, Meditating, Reducing Stress and Managing Your Emotions. He further provided insight into best-practice for empowering youth to find their “natural highs” such as theater, yoga, journaling, skiing, etc. in lieu of using alcohol or drugs.

The event was held outside in the tent at Pineland Farms and followed all CDC guidelines. Coalition members and others working in youth substance use prevention attended. We had 8 of our coalition members attend – a total of 22 attendees overall.

Keep Youth Safe This Summer!

Thank you ADAPT Essex County for this message! Please lock up your alcoholic beverages to prevent underage drinking and keep youth safe!