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PANDEMIC DISRUPTS ILLEGAL DRUG TRADE, UPENDING BOTH PRODUCTS & PROFITS

By Brian Mann, All Things Considered, NPR, May 2020

“Amid today’s pandemic, drug traffickers are already adapting. The U.N. found more local women working in Afghanistan’s poppy fields, for example, replacing workers who couldn’t travel. Cartels appear to be shifting from air and land transport to shipments by sea to bring product from Mexico into the U.S.”

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POST-CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC, KEEP METHADONE EASY TO OBTAIN

By The Boston Globe Editorial Board, May 2020

“Before the coronavirus pandemic hit, there was the opioid overdose epidemic to contend with — which has now become a crisis within a crisis. But in a remarkable case of coronavirus silver linings, medications to treat opioid use disorder have never been easier to access, and there are even signs that more patients are seeking treatment.”

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NEW SYNTHETIC OPIOID, MIXED WITH COCAINE, DETECTED IN OVERDOSE CASES

By Partnership News Service Staff, Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, May 2020

“Health officials in Illinois and Indiana say a new synthetic opioid appears to be linked to some overdose cases, USA Today reports. The drug, isotonitazene, was mixed with cocaine.”

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PRESS RELEASE: COHASSET LEARNS TOGETHER

“Cohasset Learns Together,” will cover topics such as, what parents can do to help support their elementary school children during COVID-19, how we can help our teens/tweens navigate home, family, friends and school during this time of quarantine, and tips for self-care and mental wellness of our children, families and friends during COVID-19.

Each session will last approximately 45-minutes, followed by a Q & A session, where attendees will be given the opportunity to ask questions directly to the speaker.

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LEILA OMRAN-YOUTH AMBASSADOR OF THE MONTH!

By Nicole Balaschi for Life on the Rocks Magazine, May 2020

This Month we feature Cohasset Youth Ambassador Leila Omran, an eighth grade student at Cohasset Middle School. With her positive attitude and beautiful smile, Leila aspires to spread positivity throughout the community, while focusing on making a difference and helping others.

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VIRTUAL TRAINING SERIES: STRESS & COPING SKILLS 101

By Plymouth Youth Development Collaborative & Brockton Area Prevention Collaborative, May 2020

his virtual training is brought to you by the Brockton Area Prevention Collaborative and the Plymouth Youth Development Collaborative. The training includes information on stress, coping skills and resiliency.

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TEENS BRAINS ARE TO BLAME FOR LACK OF SOCIAL DISTANCING

By Dr. Judith G. Edersheim, Naples Daily News, May 2020

“The research shows that brain development occurs in stages: The areas of the brain responsible for basic drives and reward-seeking behavior mature first, before the areas controlling more complex actions like impulse control, planning and complex reasoning. The latter area, called the prefrontal cortex, is not yet fully developed in adolescence. In fact, it doesn’t finish developing until around the mid-20s.”


STUDY SHOWS ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION ON THE RISE DURING LOCKDOWN

Video: By CNN, May 2020

“Isolation, boredom and anxiety can lead to more drinking by ‘problem drinkers’ in the UK, a new study shows. CNN’s Nina dos Santos explores how the coronavirus pandemic lockdown is affecting people’s drinking habits.”

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WE’RE ALL DRINKING ALONE NOW

By Jillian Kramer, ELLE, May 2020

“Americans in quarantine are buying literal tons of alcohol: Data from Nielsen showed online sales of alcohol jumped 378 percent the week of April 11 over the same week last year. (Alcohol delivery company Drizly reported its year-over-year customers grew by a whopping 1,600 percent by the end of March.)

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VIRTUAL TRAINING SERIES: HOW TO HELP

By Plymouth Youth Development Collaborative & Brockton Area Prevention Collaborative, May 2020

This at your own pace VIRTUAL training includes information on how to recognize substance use disorders, how to address substance use disorders, and some resources that might be helpful to someone that is trying to help.

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5 THINGS ABOUT STAYING MENTALLY HEALTHY DURING THE COVID-19 OUTBREAK

2 Minute Video-By U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, April 2020

“In the midst of the battle against the novel #coronavirus (#COVID19), it’s understandable that many Americans may experience heightened distress or anxiety, affecting our thoughts and emotions. Dr. Joshua Gordon, Director of the National Institute of Mental Health, offers five steps you can follow to maintain your mental health and well-being during the novel coronavirus outbreak.”

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NEEDING ATTENTION & CRYING FOR HELP ON SOCIAL MEDIA

By Delaney Ruston, MD, Screenagersmovie.com, May 2020

“I will never forget when Tessa was in seventh grade, and she had an iPod at the time. One night she came into my room and showed me a close-up photo of a girl’s mouth open with many pills on her tongue. Tessa told me this was someone she was friendly with at school, and this girl had just posted this for a small group of people to see.”

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THE HEALTH 202: CORONAVIRUS COULD WORSEN THE OPIOID ABUSE EPIDEMIC

By Paige Winfield Cunningham, with Paulina Firozi, The Washington Post, May 2020

“Before the virus struck, politicians and policymakers were wringing their hands over how to stem an opioid abuse crisis that has killed more than 400,000 people in the United States since 2000.”

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5 SIGNS YOUR CORONAVIRUS ANXIETY HAS TURNED SERIOUS, THREATENING YOUR MENTAL HEALTH, & WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT

By Sandee LaMotte, CNN, May 2020

“Such is the anxiety-ridden reality of living in the age of coronavirus for many people around the world. While some of us may be coping well right now, experts worry our emotional resilience will begin to fray as the threat of Covid-19 drags on.”

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SAFE HARBOR SAYS TEEN SUBSTANCE ABUSE ON THE INCREASE DURING PANDEMIC

By Quinn Kelly, Cohasset Mariner, May 2020

“Safe Harbor is partnering with Curtis Liquors while it continues to fight to keep kids safe as they navigate through a period of increased anxiety and free time.”

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CORONAVIRUS IS CAUSING A HISTORIC RISE IN MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS, EXPERTS WARN

By William Wan, The Washington Post, May 2020

“Federal agencies and experts warn that a historic wave of mental health problems is approaching: depression, substance abuse, post-traumatic stress disorder and suicide.”

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CORONAVIRUS CRISIS COULD INCREASE USERS’ DRUG HABITS-REPORT

By The Guardian, May 2020

“For some casual users of cannabis or cocaine, the lockdown will probably prove to be a mental health crisis point that leads them to take drugs more frequently.”

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CASEY NICHOLS, YOUTH AMBASSADOR OF THE MONTH!

Life on The Rocks Magazine, Cohasset, April, 2020

This month, Life on the Rocks Magazine features eighth grade Cohasset Middle School student, Casey Nichols.

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QUARANTINIS ARE A MEME OF THIS CRISIS. BUT RELYING ON ALCOHOL COULD LEAD TO SERIOUS PROBLEMS.

By Melinda Fulmer, The Washington Post, April 2020

“For many Americans, the days of the coronavirus quarantine have been bracketed by coffee at one end and happy hour at the other…But weeks or even months of using alcohol to escape difficult emotions could leave those who indulge with a problem that’s hard to shake once the lockdown is over.”

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IS ALCOHOL USE SPIKING IN YOUR HOME?

By Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, April 2020

“If your answer is yes, you’re not alone. With many states considering liquor stores essential businesses, allowing home deliveries and take-out cocktails, alcohol use is on the rise. We’ve been conducting on-going research on alcohol consumption with respect to COVID-19. “

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CORONAVIRUS ANXIETY IS SERIOUSLY AFFECTING TEENS. HERE’S HOW TO HELP

By Catherine Pearson, MSN Lifestyle, April 2020

“There is a lot of advice on the internet right now about how to help young kids cope with the many changes in their lives thanks to COVID-19. There’s also a lot to be found on how adults can take care of their own mental health. Tweens and teens? Not so much.”

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PARENTS IN THIS MASS. TOWN COULD FACE A $300 FINE IF THEIR KIDS GATHER IN GROUPS

By WCVB 5 News Boston, April 2020

“In a letter to Cohasset residents, the town’s public health agent said failure to comply with Gov. Charlie Baker’s COVID-19 state of emergency order could result in a $300 per day fine.”

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COALITIONS IN ACTION-SAFE HARBOR COHASSET COALITION SEES SPIKE IN YOUTH INVOLVEMENT

Safe Harbor Cohasset Coalition is featured in the April 23, 2020 edition of CADCA’s online newsletter. Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America, (CADCA) is a nonprofit organization that is committed to creating safe, healthy and drug-free communities globally.

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BIG PANDEMIC FEELINGS

By Emily Flake, New York Times Parenting, April 2020

“I have always maintained that the ability to find humor in a situation is crucial to my ability to get through it. I’ve managed to pull a few jokes out of all this, but I do not feel especially funny minute by minute. I am not cheerfully rallying my family into fun games of charades. Mostly what I’m doing is snapping at my kid and zoning out on my phone while trying to produce at least the minimum amount of content necessary to keep a roof over our heads.”

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THE SCARY RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN VAPING AND CORONAVIRUS

By Julia Ries, The Huffington Post, April 2020

“Research on vaping’s long-term health effects is still limited. But given what we know about smoking, COVID-19 and other respiratory infections, health experts confidently say that vaping will not only increase your risk of developing complications from the coronavirus, but will boost your chances of spreading it to others as well.”

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DARE TO CARE: ENHANCING EMOTIONAL & PHYSICAL WELL-BEING

Youth Health Connection Newsletter, April 2020

The April edition of the Youth Health Connection Newsletter is geared towards enhancing emotional and physical well-being-featuring articles on individual empowerment and helping our teens throughout the current pandemic.

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THE DANGERS OF TIKTOK’S NUTMEG CHALLENGE EXPLAINED: WHY ARE TEENS INHALING A SPICE?

By Ella Kipling, HITC, April 2020

 “Teens have taken to TikTok to film themselves getting high off of nutmeg. Yes, you heard me right, nutmeg.” 

“The videos show users how to join in, but the comments warn of dangerous side effects and health problems caused by this challenge. “

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ALL THE VIRTUAL CONCERTS, PLAYS, MUSEUMS AND OTHER CULTURE YOU CAN ENJOY FROM HOME

By AJ Willingham & Hena Sharma, CNN, April 2020

“Countless cultural experiences have been brought to our small screens as we spend more time at home. And while nothing can replicate the swell of a live orchestra or the quiet murmur of an art gallery, there are numerous cultural experiences at your fingertips to help make your time indoors more artful and imaginative.”

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HEALEY AND MGH WARN ON VAPING

By Felice J. Freyer, Boston Globe, April 2020

“Attorney General Maura Healey and Massachusetts General Hospital warned that smoking and vaping may increase the risk of severe illness from COVID-19, in an advisory sent Thursday to medical professionals, educators, and parent and advocacy groups.”

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RECIPE FOR A HEALTHY FAMILY

By Safe Harbor Cohasset Coalition, April 2020

Safe Harbor Cohasset Coalition is pleased to share this recipe series with your family that combines ways to communicate and engage heathy with each other, while creating healthy recipes in the kitchen.

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IN A TIME OF DISRUPTION, PROTECTING YOUR CHILD FROM THE RISKS OF SUBSTANCE USE

By Linda Richter PH. D, Director of Prevention Research and Analysis, Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, March 2020

“Be kind to yourself. Give yourself a break. While effective parenting should not be put on hold, neither does it need to be put in overdrive. We do not need to feel obliged to create the perfect homeschooling environment for our children, schedule their every waking moment and make the most of their wide-open time.”

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THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC HASN’T GONE AWAY WITH COVID-19. IT’S JUST HARDER TO ADDRESS

By Karen Brown, Connecticut Public Radio, April 2020

“In the best of circumstances, addiction is incredibly challenging to treat. Add in the anxiety of a global pandemic, and the distance it’s putting between people, and drug abuse becomes an even greater risk.”

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11 MASS. POLICE DEPARTMENTS TO PARTICIPATE IN FENTANYL

By Associated Press (AP) on Boston.com, April 2020

“Advocates for the program said the kits are meant to inform and protect the health of people who use drugs, with the hope of leading them to change their use and behavior.”

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WELCOMING AN ADULT CHILD BACK HOME BECAUSE OF COVID-19

By Kevin Collins, Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, March 2020

“You’re likely experiencing a variety of emotions — happy and thankful that your child is healthy, safe and back at home, or perhaps, concerned about how your family will manage with everyone under one roof. How long this will last and what will the academic, financial or health outcomes be?”

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VIRTUAL SOCIAL SERVICES AVAILABLE

Update from Cohasset Police Department, April 2020

Cohasset Police Department has compiled a list of virtual social services available to help with social wellbeing.

CLICK HERE for a virtual social services list with links.


SARAFINA MADDEN, YOUTH AMBASSADOR OF THE MONTH!

Life on The Rocks Magazine, Cohasset, March, 2020

This month, Life on the Rocks Magazine features Boston University Academy sophomore student Sarafina Madden.

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OPIOID ADDICTION IS ‘A DISEASE OF ISOLATION,’ SO PANDEMIC PUTS RECOVERY AT RISK

By Martha Bebinger , NPR, March 2020

“Before the spreading coronavirus became a pandemic, Emma went to an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting every week in the Boston area and to another support group at her methadone clinic. She says she felt safe, secure and never judged.”

“Now, with AA and other groups moving online, and the methadone clinic shifting to phone meetings and appointments, Emma is feeling more isolated.”

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WALSH’S COUNSEL FOR ADDICTS — AND THE REST OF US: ONE DAY AT A TIME

By Adrian Walker, The Boston Globe, March 2020

“With the coronavirus continuing to shut down public life as we’ve known it, Mayor Martin J. Walsh has been gradually testing out a new message.”

“It’s directed at those who — like Walsh, and for that matter, me — are in recovery, and it comes up in every one of his public briefings: one day at a time.”

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HELPING CHILDREN COPE WITH EMERGENCIES

By The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

“Regardless of your child’s age, he or she may feel upset or have other strong emotions after an emergency. Some children react right away, while others may show signs of difficulty much later. How a child reacts and the common signs of distress can vary according to the child’s age, previous experiences, and how the child typically copes with stress.”

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COPING AFER A DISASTER CHILDREN’S ACTIVITY BOOKLET

By The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention created an activity booklet to help parents and educators talk to kids about how to cope after a disaster. This booklet provides strategies for families and educators to help children talk about their feelings after a disaster and learn positive ways to express their emotions in uncertain times.

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SELF CARE WORKBOOK

By Work of Care

This Self-Care workbook has sections for self-assessment, planning, and considering how an individual’s well-being is integral to the well-being of a community. The aim is to improve our personal well-being, so in turn we can support others. 

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YALE’S MASSIVELY POPULAR ‘HAPPINESS’ COURSE IS AVAILABLE FREE ONLINE

By Ryan Prior, CNN, March 2020

“The course went online for free about two years ago under the name ‘The Science of Well Being,’ according to the Yale Daily News. Anyone can audit the course for free, and $49 lets you complete assignments, submit them for a grade and earn a certificate of completion.”

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18 & UNDER VIRTUAL OPEN MIC NITE!

Hosted by Safe Harbor & Lenny’s Hideaway, April 3, 2020 from 4-6pm

Safe Harbor and Lenny’s Hideaway are thrilled to present our Second 18 & Under Open Mic Nite! This time it’s Virtual!!! 

Performers and guests are welcome to visit us on Zoom on April 3rd from 4-6pm from the comfort of their own home. Each perfomer is alloted a total of 15 minutes for their performance One time-slot available per performance. Space is limited. Please REGISTER NOW to secure your performance slot!

HOW TO WATCH:  Follow The following link to Zoom on April 3rd at 4pm. The link will only work starting at 4pm.  https://zoom.us/j/902034250.

Read Official Press Release HERE!


HANDLING YOUR KIDS’ CHALLENGING BEHAVIOR…DURING THE COVID-19 SHUTDOWN & BEYOND

On April 1, 2020, 7pm, with Dr. Alisha Pollastri, On Zoom: https://partners.zoom.us/j/542445790

Join us for an online parent information session with child psychologist and Cohasset parent, Alisha Pollastri. You will learn practical strategies that you can put into practice immediately to reduce some of the struggles you are having with your kids while you are all home during the COVID crisis (and beyond).  

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