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WORKING FROM HOME GIVES MOTHERS NO BREAK

By Stephanie Ebbert, Boston Globe Staff, August 2020

“Mothers working from home during April and May reported feeling anxious, depressed, and lonely at significantly higher rates than fathers, who actually experienced less anxiety when working from home. Men, conversely, reported much higher levels of hopelessness when they were unemployed.”

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FDA NOTIFIES COMPANIES TO REMOVE FLAVORED DISPOSABLE E-CIGARETTES AND YOUTH-APPEALING E-LIQUIDS FROM MARKET FOR NOT HAVING REQUIRED AUTHORIZATION

Press Release, US Food & Drug Administration, July 2020

“These new actions are part of the FDA’s ongoing, aggressive effort to act against illegally marketed tobacco products amid the public health crisis of youth e-cigarette use in America. The agency is particularly concerned about the appeal of flavored, disposable e-cigarettes to youth and continues to monitor all available data.”

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CREATE A MENTAL HEALTH SHELF-AND 8 OTHER TIPS TO CALM ANXIOUS KIDS

By Amy Packham, Huffington Post UK, July 2020

“Keep feel-good movies, motivational quote books, treasured photos, stress toys and soft blankets all together somewhere your child can access them whenever they need a boost. If a shelf isn’t practical, you could use a box, drawer or suitcase.”

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29% OF MASS NURSING HOMES REFUSE PATIENTS WHO’VE USED OPIOIDS, STUDY FINDS

By Martha Bebinger, WBUR, July 2020

“Twenty-nine percent of nursing facilities in Massachusetts refused to take patients in 2018 who had a history of drug use and needed post-hospital care. The findings are in a study out of Boston Medical Center’s Grayken Center for Addiction. Researchers said they were surprised to see ‘do not take people who use drugs’ or ‘do not accept methadone patients’ in comments explaining why skilled nursing and rehab centers rejected a referral.”

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I WAS A SCREEN-TIME EXPERT. THEN THE CORONAVIRUS HAPPENED.

By Anya Kamenetz, The New York Times, July 2020

An author reflects on her pre-pandemic pronouncements about children’s technology use and offers new advice, like focus on feelings, not screens.

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NEW PEAK OF 71K OVERDOSE DEATHS IN 2019 DASHES HOPES

By Carla K. Johnson, AP Medical Writer, July 2020

“Preliminary numbers released Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show the trend is driven by fentanyl and similar synthetic opioids, which accounted for 36,500 overdose deaths. Deaths involving cocaine and methamphetamine also are rising.”

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ATTORNEY GENERAL MAURA HEALEY SUING ONLINE VAPE COMPANY ‘PUFF BAR’ ALLEGING IT SOLD FLAVORED TOBACCO PRODUCTS IN MASSACHUSETTS

By Tanner Stening, MassLive, July 2020

“The complaint, filed in Suffolk Superior Court on Wednesday, alleges that Puff Bar and Cool Clouds Distribution, Inc. continued advertising and selling disposable flavored tobacco products after they were banned in Massachusetts in November 2019.”

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RISKY DRINKING CAN PUT A CHILL ON YOUR SUMMER FUN

By National Institute on Alcohol Abuse & Alcoholism, July 2020

“In light of the coronavirus pandemic as well as the negative consequences associated with drinking, it is particularly important this summer to take measures to protect your own health and that of your loved ones.”

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YOU CAN VISIT THESE OUTDOOR ATTRACTIONS IN MASS RIGHT NOW

By Kristi Palma, Boston.com Staff, July 2020

“As restrictions over the coronavirus pandemic ease and folks once again think of travel, many are eyeing road trips and destinations closer to home, according to a recent Tripadvisor report.”

“The following spots near the coast, recommended by tourism experts, are currently open or partially open for an outdoor escape.”

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A REAL RISK: PRESCRIPTION DRUG ADDICTION DURING COVID-19

By Kate Spurdens, Newswire, July 2020

IN THE UK-“To the surprise of many, prescription drug addiction is spiking during this period alongside the use of illegal drugs and alcohol. Looking beyond common misconceptions around drug addiction reveals why.”

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RITUALS KEEP THESE ATHLETES GROUNDED. THEY CAN HELP PARENTS, TOO

By Neha Chaudhary, M.D., The New York Times, July 2020

“I see rituals as anchors, not only for athletes but for all of us, to help us remember who we are and how to navigate life. By adopting our own rituals, we can bring calm, meaning and connectedness to our lives and families.”

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FACTORS TO CONSIDER BEFORE DRINKING ALCOHOL

VIDEO by The Prevention Connection, July 2020

“When talking about alcohol, we understand there is a lot of misinformation about substances, particularly alcohol – So in this week’s video, we’d like to take the time to talk about some of those misconceptions concerning alcohol.”

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FAKE ID: HOW TEENS GET THEM AND HOW THEY CAN GET CAUGHT

By Marybeth Bock, Grown & Flown, June 2020

“One underage method of accessing alcohol has changed quite a bit in the past decade. Obtaining a fake ID in the digital age is a whole new ballgame, and in our post 9/11 world, the consequences of being caught using one can come with some serious, criminal consequences.”

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SUMMER BUCKET LIST 2020

By Dallas Ernst, AAA

“With crowd-less sporting events, cancelled concerts and places like parks and beaches allowing less visitors, the summer of 2020 will certainly look different, but there’s still plenty you can do to make the most of the season. From ways to cool down to classic summer games, foods and outings, our summer bucket list is filled with activities you can enjoy from home, in your own backyard and locally.”

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AG SETTLES WITH ANDOVER PHARMACY OVER ILLEGAL OPIOID PRESCRIBING

By Deborah Becker, WBUR, June 2020

“Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey has reached an $11 million settlement with an Andover mail-order pharmacy over allegations the company had a role in shipping thousands of illegitimate opioid painkiller prescriptions around the country.”

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A GUIDE FOR COMPANIES THAT WANT TO END THE STIGMA AROUND OPIOID ADDICTION

By Christopher J. Swift, Fortune Magazine, July 2020

“I personally have seen, as CEO, how I can change the perception of addiction by leading a companywide dialogue. I encourage all business leaders to drive cultural change within their companies and change the way we think and talk about addiction so that we can remove the hurdle of stigma for those who might otherwise seek timely help.”

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COHASSET LEADERS SUPPORT
MENTAL HEALTH REFERRAL SERVICE 

Check out this PSA from Cohasset Town Leaders about the William James College Interface Referral Service, a free & confidential helpline available Monday-Friday, 9a-5p. This service is available to residents of Braintree, Canton, Cohasset, Duxbury, Hingham, Marshfield, Pembroke, Plymouth & Scituate to help find a Mental Health provider that welcomes new patients, accepts your insurance, and specializes in your needs.

Thank you to Cohasset community leaders for taking the time to highlight this essential service! 


10 ACTIVITIES TO DO WITH GRANDPARENTS ON ZOOM

By Jody Mercier, Mommy Poppins

“For families like mine, with grandparents spread across the country, a Zoom date is an easy, satisfying way to foster face-to-face connections between generations. While a casual chat is fun in itself, sometimes we like to up the ante and incorporate some fun activities into the video session. Here are our 10 favorite activities and games that kids can do with grandparents over Zoom.”

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DRINKING TOO MUCH? KNOW THE SIGNS & HOW TO GET HELP

By Alex Smith, NPR, June 2020

“Retail alcohol sales jumped by 55% nationally during the third week of March, when many stay-at-home orders were put in place, according to Nielsen data, and online sales skyrocketed.”

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SOCIAL MEDIA EFFECTS ON TEENS

By Rachel Ehmke, Child Mind Institute, June 2020

“If kids aren’t getting enough practice relating to people and getting their needs met in person and in real time, many of them will grow up to be adults who are anxious about our species’ primary means of communication—talking.”

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REFUSAL SKILLS

3min Video By The Prevention Connection, June 2020

“Lack of refusal skills are considered a risk factor for substance use. Refusal skills provide individuals, particularly youth, with the ability to effectively say no to risky behavior like the consumption of alcohol and other drugs. In this video we go over why refusal skills are important, some examples of why individuals use drugs, and finally provide examples of refusal skills that you can use.”

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BEST NEW KIDS’ BOOKS FOR SUMMER READING: AGE-BY-AGE LIST FOR PRESCHOOLERS TO TEENS

By Kelley Hayworth, Mommy Poppins

“We polled librarians, parents, and publishers for their top summer reading picks, and came up with 30 exciting new books published in 2020 to suit various age groups, including preschoolers, early readers, middle schoolers, and high schoolers.”

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MASSACHUSETTS EASES REGULATIONS ON CHILD CARE CENTERS AND SUMMER CAMPS

By Diane Cho, NBC10 Boston, June 2020

“The Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care is adjusting its guidelines for reopening child care amid the coronavirus crisis.”

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CRISIS HOTLINE CALL VOLUME SPIKES, STRAINING SOCIAL WORKERS

By Suzanne Hirt, USA Today, June 2020

“Thousands of anxious, stressed, isolated and uncertain callers are flooding helplines nationwide. They are teenagers and senior citizens. They have lost jobs, homes and relatives. Some express suicidal thoughts or fears that their positive COVID-19 test is a death sentence. Others reach out in the throes of a panic attack.”

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A NEW ADDICTION CRISIS: TREATMENT CENTERS FACE FINANCIAL COLLAPSE

By Yuki Noguchi, NPR, June 2020

“Consumption of drugs and alcohol has increased in the U.S. during the pandemic, creating an anticipated need for treatment in coming months and years. But, at the same time, there are now a host of financial challenges that threaten the existence of most addiction treatment centers in the country.”

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COVID DEEPENS THE OTHER OPIOID CRISIS-A SHORTAGE OF HOSPITAL PAINKILLERS

By Lisa Girion, Dan Levine & Robin Respaut, Reuters, June 2020

“As opioid pills and patches fueled a two-decade epidemic of overdoses in the United States, hospitals faced chronic shortages of the same painkillers in injectable form – narcotics vital to patients on breathing machines.”

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100 FUN SUMMER IDEAS FOR KIDS & PARENTS

By Laureen Miles Brunelli, Verywell Family, 2020

“Check out this list of 100 things you and your kids can do to fight off summertime boredom. Don’t let your kids have all the fun—many of these activities are fun for the whole family to share. So join in!”

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26 AT HOME ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS DURING THE COVID-19 OUTBREAK

By Megan Johnson, Family Vacation Critic, 2020

This List of various activities from the Family Vacation Critic can help spark new ideas on how to keep busy this summer!

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SUMMER ACTIVITIES FOR TEENS (THAT DON’T INVOLVE A SCREEN)

By Joyce Mabe, ADDitute magazine, June 2020

“Summer has officially started, but if you’re like most parents of teens with ADHD, you already wish that school is back in session. Although school days have their own stress and worries, at least the kids are occupied during the day instead of laying around, being lazy, making messes, fighting with each other, and eating you out of house and home.”

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DAVID GREANEY-YOUTH AMBASSADOR OF THE MONTH!

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

This Month we feature Cohasset Youth Ambassador David Greaney, an eighth grade student at Derby Academy in Hingham. David is wise beyond his years, demonstrating a professional attitude towards leadership, spending most of his free time volunteering for various organizations throughout the South Shore, all while being a positive role model to his younger sisters and brother. Cohasset, Meet David!

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PANDEMIC DRINKING RESULT OF ACCESS, ANXIETY AS AGENCIES SEE ALCOHOL USE SOAR

By Jim Morelli, Boston 25 News, June 2020

“Social service providers knew this would be a busy spring. Isolation, anxiety, and economic uncertainty over the pandemic have led, especially, to an unprecedented demand for psychological counseling and help with substance abuse issues.”

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JOB LOSS, SUICIDE & SUBSTANCE ABUSE: A WATERSHED MOMENT

By Karen Staglin, Forbes, June 2020

“While it is difficult to underestimate the financial stress of unemployment, there are a number of serious mental health externalities that can manifest when an employee is left, unexpectedly and involuntarily, without work.”

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TALKING TO KIDS ABOUT RACISM, EARLY AND OFTEN

By Jessica Grose, New York Times Parenting, June 2020

“Many parents are wondering how to talk about the deaths and unrest with their children. But just as important in the long run, especially for nonblack parents, is how to keep the conversation about race and racism going when we’re not in a moment of national outrage, and to make sure all children see black people as heroes in a wide range of their own stories, and not just as victims of oppression.”

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