The Role of Community in Prevention

The Addiction Policy Forum​ has great video shorts to help understand substance use disorder along with prevention tips!

“Your environment plays an important role in prevention. Communities play a key role in protecting adolescents from early substance use. Prevention efforts can be implemented by building coalitions and comprehensive strategies to reduce risk factors for substance use and addiction.”

 

Life of a Student Athlete: Tip of the Week

Tip: Using alcohol and marijuana shuts down 10-11 of the 13 geographic regions of the brain, reaction diminishes significantly.

Using alcohol and marijuana can cause significant negative effects on an individual. Marijuana impacts your coordination, resulting in decreased ability to move, react and stay balanced. The use of alcohol controls the brain in many ways and can result in difficulty walking, blurred vision, slurred speech, slowed reaction times and impaired memory. Think about these facts before using alcohol or marijuana.

10 Things Parents Can Do To Keep Their Kids Safe From Addiction

When prevention works, it is the only treatment that is 100% safe and effective. Families are front-and-center in successful prevention efforts.”
-Dr. Mark Gold, Addiction Psychiatrist and Professor, Washington University School of Medicine
Short video below featuring 10 Things Parents Can Do To Keep Keeps Safe!

 

 

Life of a Student Athlete: Tip of the Week

Tip: Overcoming barriers to performance is how groups become teams

Every team is made up of a set of diverse individuals who bring a variety of strengths to their sport. When a group of athletes are faced with a difficult opponent, they share a purpose to be part of something larger – to score that one goal or even to defeat the team who has been undefeated all season. Make it a priority to understand your group’s common goal and use the benefits of working as a team to accomplish that goal.

Life of a Student Athlete: Tip of the Week

Tip: Vaping isn’t considered safe for teens because their brain is still developing and can expose them to toxic substances and nicotine.

Exposure to nicotine and toxic substances in vaping devices can cause your breathing to become rapid and shallow, as well as increase heart rate and blood pressure.  The vapor can contain volatile organic compounds, flavoring such as diacetyl which is a chemical linked to a serious lung disease and heavy metals such as nickel, tin and lead. Nicotine use can also rewire the brain, which can impact your concentration, learning and impulse control.

Talk Early, Talk Often and Keep Talking!

TALK EARLY, TALK OFTEN…KEEP TALKING!
Parents are the #1 influence in a child’s life.
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.”

Thank You Casco Bay Region Teens!

Members of the community express their thanks to Casco Bay region teens, who are doing their part to keep their community safe and healthy. These times have been particularly difficult for kids as they haven’t been able to attend school, participate in events with their friends, or explore their world in new and exciting ways – all of the things that teens love. Casco Bay CAN Coalition members recognize how strong/resilient youth are and we thank them!

Wishing everyone a safe and healthy 2021!

Vaping & Cannabis Trends Among Young Adults (19-22)

  • Past month nicotine vaping rose dramatically over 3 years
  • Past month cannabis vaping increased among non-college young adults in 2019
  • Past year cannabis remained at historic highs
  • Daily cannabis use was more common among non-college young adults in 2019

View the infographic here.

 

 

Angst Screening in Community

Last week Casco Bay CAN and other area community Coalitions hosted a virtual screening of the documentary, Angst. The documentary is designed to raise awareness around anxiety. The film includes interviews with kids, teens, educators, experts, parents and a very special interview with Michael Phelps.
 
Shown below are students from RSU 5 and Freeport Middle School watching the film.