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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.

Please CLICK HERE to learn more about Sarafina!


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.

Please CLICK HERE for a Free Downloadable PDF.


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).  

Please CLICK HERE to learn more!


SURVEY SHOWS PARENTS AND STUDENTS NOT ON SAME PAGE ABOUT UNDERAGE ALCOHOL USE

By Anastasia E. Lennon, The Patriot Ledger, March 2020

“The survey, issued by Safe Harbor Cohasset Coalition, was created to determine parents’ perceptions about the nature and extent of underage substance use, gauge their attitudes, and determine their knowledge and involvement regarding their children and substance use.”

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NETFLIX ALLOWS FOR WATCH PARTIES WHILE QUARANTINED-HERE’S HOW TO USE IT

By Business Insider, March 2020

“The coronavirus outbreak has led millions to quarantine inside their homes and work remotely in an effort to stop the spread of the pandemic. A browser extension called Netflix Party, which lets multiple users watch a TV show or movie together, has seen a resurgence in interest in recent weeks. Here’s how to install and use Netflix Party, which is only available for use on Google Chrome.”

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‘THE ONLY THING MISSING ARE THE HUGS’: HOW PEOPLE FIGHT ADDICTION AMID CORONAVIRUS SOCIAL DISTANCING

By Jayne O’Donnell, USA TODAY, March 2020

“Congregating in church basements and other often-cramped quarters with people in recovery from addiction has long been key to staying sober for many. But the coronavirus means the meetings, hand-holding and close connection that come with the process present new risks. 

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PROPOSED CUTS TO SUBSTANCE USE PREVENTION FUNDING

The President’s Budget Request (PBR) has proposed large cuts and changes to federally funded substance use prevention programs. It is critical that your members of Congress hear from you to ensure that these proposed cuts do not become a reality.

Please CLICK HERE for more information and to send a letter to your members of the House and Senate.

As always, your support for continued funding of Safe Harbor is appreciated, as our programs are essential to the developing generations, especially here in Cohasset. 


HOW TO KEEP CORONAVIRUS FEARS FROM AFFECTING YOUR MENTAL HEALTH

By AJ Willingham, CNN, March 2020

“Coronavirus! Yes, it’s a serious situation, and yes, it deserves your vigilance and attention. But the constant spring of information, precautions and warnings, whether it’s straight from the CDC or some recirculated, dubiously-sourced post on Facebook, can take a real toll on your mental health.”

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FROM THE FRONT LINES OF EMPATHY

Tech Talk Tuesdays, Screenagers, March 2020

“Tessa’s school shut down for six weeks (or longer), and now my son’s college is off — probably for the rest of the year.  Chase will have classes online, but Tessa has no assigned school work because of equity issues.”

“Meanwhile, I hear daily from parents, whose kids and teens are now off from school,  that they are more stressed than ever about screen time.”

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WHAT OPIOID USE IN RATS CAN TELL US ABOUT ADDICTION IN HUMANS

By Angela Nelson, Tufts Now, March 2020

“A neuroscientist at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine studies opioid use in rats to understand how drugs affect the next generation.”

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THE HIGH TOLL OF ALCOHOL ABUSE

By Joshua Cohen, Forbes Magazine, March 2020

“In the U.S. the leading preventable cause of death is tobacco, and second is poor diet and physical inactivity. Care to guess what comes in third? You can’t be faulted if you guessed opioids, given the media attention. No, it’s something much more accessible, with far fewer regulatory hurdles, advertised directly to the consumer, and having a negative impact across all socioeconomic demographics: Alcohol abuse and misuse.”

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HOW PARENTS CAN HELP YOUTH WITH STRESS

Tech Talk Tuesdays, Screenagers, March 2020

“When people get asked to rank their level of perceived stress, teens on average report higher levels than adults. There are many reasons teens report stress, including academic-related stress and stress from relationships with peers and family.”

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PUFFING AWAY SADNESS

By Sharon Levy, MD, MPH, Harvard Health Publishing, Harvard Medical School, February 2020

“Nicotine, the active ingredient in cigarettes, is a stimulant. Used in low doses like those delivered by combustible cigarettes, stimulants activate the nervous system, resulting in enhanced arousal and alertness. Nicotine binding in the limbic system — the part of the brain that houses the pleasure and reward center — releases dopamine, resulting in feelings of euphoria. These effects combine to give smokers a boost in their mood.”

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THE DEATH TOLL OF THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC IS HIGHER THAN ORIGINALLY THOUGHT, RESEARCHERS SAY

By Meryl Kornfield, The Washington Post, February 2020

“Opioid-related overdoses could be 28 percent higher than reported because of incomplete death records, researchers found in a study published Thursday.”

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HOW CAN I PREVENT MY CHILD FROM OVERDOSING?

By Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, February 2020

“Your first goal is of course to encourage your child to seek treatment for their drug use. But there are things you can do to help prevent them from overdosing in the meantime.”

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MA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTION TO PROVIDE MEDICATION FOR ADDICTION TREATMENT, IN ACLU VICTORY

By ACLU Massachusetts, February 2020

“Three people currently incarcerated in Massachusetts prisons will be provided their prescribed medication for addiction treatment (MAT) for the duration of their time in Department of Correction (DOC) custody. A final resolution filed today in an ACLU of Massachusetts lawsuit marks a first-of-its-kind victory.”

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MIND-BODY THERAPIES CAN REDUCE PAIN AND OPIOID USE

By Subramaniam Balachundhar, MD, MPH, FASA & Preeti Upadhyay, MBBS, MPH, Harvard Health Publishing, Harvard Medical School, February 2020

Mind-body therapies (MBTs) are integrative practices, and they include breathing exercises and/or body movements aimed at achieving relaxation of mind and body.

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ISABELLA & SAMANTHA KEARNEY, YOUTH AMBASSADORS OF THE MONTH!

Life on The Rocks Magazine, Cohasset, February, 2020

This month, Life on the Rocks Magazine features Cohasset Middle School twin sisters, Isabella & Samantha Kearney.

Please CLICK HERE to learn more about this dynamic duo!


PHARMACEUTICALS AND FELONIES: STUDY DRUGS AT USD

By Miles Amende, The Volante, University of South Dakota, February 2020

“The term ‘study drugs’ may evoke images of Adderall and all-night study sessions, but for one time users and repeat users alike, there may be consequences for using these substances to cram for the next big test.”

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MASSACHUSETTS HANDS-FREE DRIVING LAW HAS STARTED

By Tanner Stenning, MassLive, February 2020

“The first offense is a $100 fine; the second is $250 fine, plus mandatory completion of a distracted driving educational program; and the third — and for every subsequent offense — is a $500 fine, plus an insurance surcharge and mandatory completion of distracted driving educational program.”

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HOW TO TALK TO TEENS ABOUT ALCOHOL & DRUGS

By Parent Toolkit

“If you haven’t had a talk about substance use with your teen before, now is the time to start. Check out these tips.”

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PROGRESS SLOWS IN MASSACHUSETTS: DEATH RATES FLAT IN OPIOID CRISIS

By Martha Bebinger, WBUR, February 2020

“The state Department of Public Health says preliminary data shows virtually no change from 2018 to 2019 in the number of residents who overdosed and could not be revived. Examiners found fentanyl in 93% of these men and women, a new high.”

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REASONS TEENS NOW REPORT HIGHER DEPRESSION RATES

By Delaney Ruston, MD, Screenagers, February 2020

“Headlines often tell us the unfortunate news that there is a higher percentage of tweens and teens reporting depression symptoms than in the past — and the question is why?Depression symptoms started going down for teen boys and girls throughout the ‘90s, and then leveled off, and then around 2011 started going up again.”


MASS. ATTORNEY GENERAL SUES JUUL FOR CREATING YOUTH VAPING EPIDEMIC

By WCVB Boston, February 2020

“This is the second lawsuit filed against JUUL by a state attorney general this week. The Pennsylvania attorney general’s office sued the company Monday over how its products are marketed and sold to teenagers.”

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DO YOUNG ADULTS REALLY ‘AGE OUT’ OF HEAVY DRINKING?

By Rich Holmes, Health Day, February 2020

“A new study study confirms that drinking rates do tend to decrease after college age. But on an individual level, it all depends on various factors such as the drinker’s social networks and personality.”

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COHASSET RESIDENT TO RUN IN BOSTON MARATHON

By Cohasset Mariner, February 2020

“Cohasset resident Molly Crane, registered nurse, will be running with Team South Shore Health in the 2020 Boston Marathon and fundraising to support behavioral health services on the South Shore.”

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HRiA’S CARLY CAMINITI WINS 2019 BLAKE CADY AWARD FOR TOBACCO CONTROL

By Kira Jamieson for Health Resources in Action, February 2020

“In late 2019, HRiA’s Carly Caminiti received a prestigious award in honor of her youth advocacy work for tobacco control. We asked Kira Jamieson, one of the many talented young people that Carly has worked with over the years, to interview her for this blog. Kira joined The 84 in 2019 and has been a leader of her local coalition, Safe Harbor Cohasset, for several years.”

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TEENS FIND LOOPHOLE IN FLAVORED VAPING BAN

By Shelia Kaplan, The New York Times, February 2020

“When the Trump administration decided to prohibit fruit, mint, and dessert flavors in refillable cartridge-based e-cigarettes like Juul, it carved out a few exceptions to mollify the vape shop owners and adult consumers who complained. The much-publicized exemption allows menthol and tobacco flavors.”

“But a footnote on Page 9 of the new policy permits all flavors to continue to be sold in devices that cannot be refilled and are designed to be disposed of after the flavored nicotine has run dry.”

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