Evelyn Dickey & Maeve Kearney: A Farewell To Our Youth Leaders

By Laila Al Rashid & Sam Kearney, Cohasset Anchor, June, 2022

“Hello Cohasset! Laila and Sam here to say thank you and farewell to two leaders of the Cohasset Youth Ambassadors (CYA) who recently graduated from Cohasset High School,
Evelyn Dickey and Maeve Kearney!”

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Mass. House Joins Senate In Mental Health Push

By Katie Lannan, State House News Service, WGBH, June, 2022

“A mental and behavioral health care access bill cleared the Massachusetts House on unanimous vote Thursday, and representatives will now have a little over six weeks to reconcile their plan with its Senate counterpart if they hope to get a final version to Gov. Charlie Baker’s desk by the July 31 end of formal legislative sessions.”

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Think You’re OK Because You Only Drink On Weekends? Think Again, Study Says

By Sandee LaMotte, CNN June, 2022

“You consider yourself a light-to-moderate drinker, having the occasional cocktail or glass of wine with dinner and only tossing back a few extra glasses of liquid refreshment at social gatherings on weekends. By most standards, you’d be right — because drinking is typically tracked as an average over the week.”

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Laila Al Rashid & Sam Kearney: June Cohasset Youth Ambassadors Of The Month!

By Maeve Kearney & Evelyn Dickey, Cohasset Anchor, June, 2022

“Hello Cohasset! It’s Maeve and Evelyn-back to write to you one last time before we graduate high school, and move on to our next adventures at university! We are pleased to feature not one, but two amazing Cohasset shining stars- Cohasset High School (CHS) students Laila Al Rashid and Sam Kearney, our June Youth Ambassadors of the Month, and the amazing Youth Leaders who plan to take over writing community youth news features in the Cohasset Anchor for the 2022-23 academic year!”

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As Alcohol Home Delivery Persists, Public Health Officials Worry About Substance Abuse

By Kirk Carapezza, WGBH, June, 2022

“Home delivery of alcohol has skyrocketed in Massachusetts since the start of the pandemic, raising concerns about increases in substance abuse and minors’ alcohol consumption.

State alcohol regulators say home deliveries of beer, wine and liquor are up 300% since February 2020.”

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SHARING ABOUT SUBSTANCE MISUSE-A SUCCESS IN COHASSET

By Maeve Kearney & Evelyn Dickey, Cohasset Anchor, May, 2022

“Hello Cohasset! We are back this week to showcase a Cohasset Youth Ambassadors (CYA) sponsored event, “Substance Use: Sharing Our Story”, a substance misuse awareness panel that took place on May 10th. CYA program Youth Leaders Noah McDowall and Laila Al Rashid saw their hard work come to fruition at what was a very successful event with over fifty attendees. Noah and Laila worked closely with their fellow Ambassadors Mateo Reyes, Aydin Tiryaki, and Harrison Babuschak in the planning and execution of the event, including inviting the panelists as well as preparing panel questions. Some of questions included “How has substance use affected your mental health? Your relationships?” and “Are you willing to tell others about your/family members’ addiction?” The group also collaborated with 7th and 8th grade Ambassadors, to provide feedback on how to increase youth event turnout around town.”

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LIFE SKILLS FOR TEENS: 21 THINGS THEY NEED TO KNOW BEFORE THEY FLY THE COOP

By Raising Teens Today

“Whether your child is venturing off to college or starting their career, the following are 21 essential life skills for teens that parents agree teens should know before they fly the coop and take on this world as an independent adult.”

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SOMETHING TO NORMALIZE’: COHASSET EVENT WILL BRING ATTENTION TO MENTAL HEALTH STRUGGLES

By Alyssa Fell, The Patriot Ledger, May, 2022

“COHASSET – Safe Harbor’s Cohasset Youth Ambassadors will spotlight the hidden struggles many people face with the group’s first Cohasset Minds Matter: A Community Wide Day for Mental Health Awareness.

The free event, aimed to destigmatize mental health issues, will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 21, on the Cohasset Town Common.”

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MUSIC THERAPY HELPS ADDICTS RECOVER THROUGH SONG

Video By CBS Evening News, May, 2022

A Virginia treatment center uses music therapy to help people get sober through song. After nearly losing her life to drugs, Abby Aposporos said the program taught her how to live again. Nikole Killion has more.

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YOUTH AMBASSADOR OF THE MONTH: MAY-SENIOR FEATURE

By Maeve Kearney & Evelyn Dickey, Cohasset Anchor, May, 2022

“Hello Cohasset-happy spring! As we step into the month of May, it is time that we take a moment to recognize  our amazing senior Cohasset Youth Ambassadors (CYA) that are graduating this month. The CYA program  would not be the same without them, and all that they have accomplished over the last four years.”

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COHASSET MINDS MATTER: MENTAL HEALTH DAY

Press Release from Cohasset Youth Ambassadors , Cohasset Anchor, April 2022

“Hello Cohasset! Safe Harbor’s Cohasset Youth Ambassadors program wants YOU to join us on the Cohasset Town Common, Saturday, May 21st, from 1-3:00 pm for our first ever Cohasset Minds Matter event. Cohasset Minds Matter is a free event that welcomes all community members of all ages to participate in activities, including yoga instruction and guided meditation, meant to raise awareness around coping strategies for mental health.”

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TIKTOK’S TEENS WANT TO BE FAMOUS. BUT AT WHAT COST?

By Elaisha Stokes, CBS News , April 2022

“At 16, Turner amassed over 600,000 followers on the social media platform TikTok. And that’s just in the last two years. His sudden popularity on the app has led to lucrative brand deals and opportunities to act on screen. By all counts, Turner is living the dream.”

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STUDY LINKS BAD SLEEP PATTERNS TO POOR MENTAL HEALTH DURING THE PANDEMIC

By Susannah Sudborough, Boston,com , April 2022

“A new study out of Brigham and Women’s Hospital links bad sleep patterns to negative mental health symptoms. The study, which was published in Sleep Health, evaluated adults and their sleep patterns before the pandemic and in June 2020.”

“It found that a lack of sleep and inconsistent sleep timing are associated with negative mental health symptoms such as depression, anxiety, and substance use.”

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SUBSTANCE USE: SHARING OUR STORY

Press Release By Laila Al Rashid, Cohasset Youth Ambassadors, April 2022

Safe Harbor’s Cohasset Youth Ambassadors are excited to announce “Substance Use: Sharing Our Story”, a substance misuse awareness panel led by two of the Youth Ambassador Leaders, Noah McDowall and Laila Al Rashid. The event will take place at the Cohasset High School Auditorium on Tuesday, May 10th at 6:30-8pm.

This is a free event Cohasset youth and their families will not want to miss! Realities of substance misuse will be brought to light when panelists share raw stories that resonate with each and every one of us. Panelists include Michael Duggan, Kristen Esson, Annemarie Whilton, and SRO Greg Taylor, touching on sports injuries, decisions that impact our future careers, the struggles of addiction in the family, and the resources available even at an early age, with time for Q&A at the end.

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APRIL YOUTH AMBASSADOR OF THE MONTH: SARI REYES

By Maeve Kearney & Evelyn Dickey, Cohasset Anchor, April, 2022

Hi Cohasset! Maeve and Evelyn are back writing to you this week with our next installment of Youth  Ambassador Of the Month. This April, we are so excited to highlight Cohasset Middle School student, Sari Reyes. Sari, a seventh grade student, joined the Youth Ambassadors program following in the footsteps of her brother, Cohasset High School student Mateo Reyes-who has participated in the Youth Ambassadors program for several years. Although she did initially hear about the program from her brother, Sari joined the Youth  Ambassadors because she genuinely cares for her community, and wants to be actively involved. Additionally, Sari also that she has grown up understanding that there are dangers surrounding alcohol and drugs, but wanted to learn more about why, and how she can help family members and friends who are potentially struggling.

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HERE’S HOW THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC IS SHAPING THE NEXT GENERATION

By Maria Abenes, EdD, Psychiatric Times, April, 2022

“The full picture of teenagers’ experience of COVID-19 is just beginning to emerge. The school closures, canceled proms, and separation from friends seemed a small price to pay to save the lives of thousands—but in exchange, the adolescents who represent the younger side of Generation Z were robbed of the capstone of their formative years. It created an atmosphere of uncertainty and anxiety among some teens, about both the future and their place in it.”

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SOME TEENS HAVING TROUBLE QUITTING E-CIGARETTES

By Jim Morelli, Boston 25 News, March 2022

“BOSTON, Mass. — It should come as no surprise — but that doesn’t make the problem any less distressing: teens using e-cigarettes are sometimes struggling to stop using them.”

“A recent study finds the percentage of teens making an attempt to quit e-cigarettes, but failing, is more than double the proportion trying and failing to quit regular cigarettes. The research appears in the Journal of the American Medical Association.”

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HOW YA TAKE CARE OF YA-SELF!

By Maeve Kearney and Evelyn Dickey, Cohasset Anchor, March 2022

“Hello Cohasset, how are YA? Evelyn & Maeve are back this week, writing to you about how our Youth Ambassadors (YA) are on a mission to promote positive self-care for themselves, and for others! While mental health is still somewhat of a stigmatized topic that can be hard to hold conversations around, Cohasset Youth Ambassadors are dedicated to breaking down this barrier.”

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MENTAL HEALTH ALTERNATIVES TO POLICING GATHER STEAM IN WESTERN MA

By Karen Brown, New England Public Media, March 2022

“Amherst, Massachusetts’ new town department – Community Responders for Equity, Safety and Service (CRESS) – has a new director this week. The department joins several other initiatives in western Massachusetts that offer alternatives to police when a call involves a mental health crisis.”

“CRESS will send responders trained in mental health to many 911 calls currently handled by the police. Director Earl Miller said they will work directly with emergency dispatchers, and not under the police.”

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PROGRAM AIMS TO REDUCE LONG WAIT TIMES FOR PEDIATRIC PSYCH BEDS

By Karen Anderson, WCVB5, March 2022

“A crisis in mental health care has created a new program aimed at reducing the number of kids stuck in emergency rooms for days, even weeks, waiting for a psychiatric bed to become available.”

“To Patrick, a father who asked to be called only by his first name, the program has given them hope they didn’t have before.”

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ALCOHOL-RELATED DEATHS SPIKED DURING THE PANDEMIC, A STUDY SHOWS

By Roni Caryn Rabin, The New York Times, March 2022

“Numerous reports have suggested that Americans drank more to cope with the stress of the pandemic. Binge drinking increased, as did emergency room visits for alcohol withdrawal. But the new report found that the number of alcohol-related deaths, including from liver disease and accidents, soared, rising to 99,017 in 2020, up from 78,927 the previous year — an increase of 25 percent in the number of deaths in one year.”

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ON STAGE AT DEER HILL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

By Sari Reyes, Cohasset Youth Ambassadors Middle School Reporter, Cohasset Anchor, March, 2022

“Among the dangers we face as youth, is vaping and smoking. To be effective, prevention needs to start at a  young age. Cohasset Youth Ambassadors came to the rescue with a plan to teach current 3rd graders about  the dangers related to smoking and vaping with a presentation from the Samantha Skunk Program.”

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SCHOOL MENTAL HEALTH PROGRAM EASES TRANSITION FROM HOSPITAL TO CLASSROOM

By Ben James, New England Public Media, WBUR March, 2022

“Psychiatric hospitalizations have increased across the U.S. for teens struggling with suicidal ideation and other mental health challenges. But after they leave the hospital, teens face what’s often a daunting prospect: going back to school.”

“Eliza’s outgoing personality belies what for her and many high school students has been a rough couple of years. She’s among a cohort of students who struggled with anxiety and depression before 2020, and whose challenges have only grown in the context of the pandemic. This winter, Eliza was hospitalized following a suicide attempt.”

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MUST-KNOW BRAIN SCIENCE OF BOREDOM

By Delaney Ruston, MD, Screenagers, March, 2022

“Boredom is not a mild ho-hum type feeling — it is a very unpleasant sensation, particularly if you are a young person. Kids feel very validated when I tell them this.”

“It is the brain’s way of saying that it wants something to ponder, something to sort out or to create, and so on. This is why when feeling bored, eventually, we humans will move into thinking about something that has a tiny challenge embedded. For example, consider a tween sitting at home feeling bored. Her brain might start to contemplate a social conflict she is experiencing. “

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SLEEPING WITH EVEN A SMALL AMOUNT OF LIGHT MAY HARM YOUR HEALTH STUDY SAYS

By Sandee LaMotte, CNN, March, 2022

“Sleeping for only one night with a dim light, such as a TV set with the sound off, raised the blood sugar and heart rate of healthy young people participating in a sleep lab experiment, a new study found.”

“The dim light entered the eyelids and disrupted sleep despite the fact that participants slept with their eyes closed, said study author Dr. Phyllis Zee, director of the Center for Circadian and Sleep Medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.”

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10 REASONS WHY PARENTS SHOULD TREAT THEIR KIDS AS ADULTS

By Thuy Yau, CNN, Lifehack, 2022

“I have three young children and I believe that children are a lot more capable than we all realize. If we set low expectations for children, we get low results. But when we see them as little people who can be taught how to be kind and considerate, then their future prospects will be so very different.”

“Here are 10 reasons why parents should sometimes treat their kids as adults.”

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MARCH YOUTH AMBASSADOR OF THE MONTH: QUINN KEARNEY

By Maeve Kearney & Evelyn Dickey, Cohasset Anchor, March, 2022

“Hello Cohasset, Evelyn and Maeve here! We are thrilled to feature a 3rd Youth Ambassador of the Month, someone special to both of us, Cohasset Middle School (CMS) student Quinn Kearney! Being the youngest of four siblings, Quinn joined the Youth Ambassadors last fall after seeing the community and peer impact his older sister Maeve is making. When asked what his main reason was for joining, Quinn noted how the Youth Ambassadors program gives youths a voice. Quinn really wants to show his peers and younger generations that you can make an impact and be heard at any age.”

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US MENTAL HEALTH CARE NEEDS AN OVERHAUL, ARGUES FORMER NIMH DIRECTOR TOM INSEL

By Rhitu Chatterjee, NPR, March, 2022

“For over a decade, psychiatrist and neuroscientist Dr. Thomas Insel headed the National Institute of Mental Health and directed billions of dollars into research on neuroscience and the genetic underpinnings of mental illnesses.”

“But in the very first pages of his new book, Healing: Our Path from Mental Illness to Mental Health, he admits that the results of that research have largely failed to help Americans struggling with mental illnesses.”

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YOUR BRAIN ON DRUGS: SEEING ADDICTION AS A DISEASE

By Robert Ewing, Arizona State University News, Department of Psychology, February, 2022

“We’re in what is now becoming known as the fourth wave of the opioid epidemic. The first wave was the over-prescription of analgesics like oxycodone, morphine and hydromorphone, which led to  dependence and a false sense of security in terms of using them,” Olive said. ”This dependence led  people to turn to street heroin. From there, it’s evolved into problems with fentanyl, which is a synthetic opioid drug that is so potent that it’s life-threatening at even very small doses.”

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BEING A YOUTH AMBASSADOR HAS GREAT PERKS!

By Maeve Kearney & Evelyn Dickey, Cohasset Anchor, February, 2022

“Besides the skills learned, participating in the Cohasset Youth Ambassadors program has some amazing incentives, including a free month membership at South Shore Athletic Club, a free bagel and cream cheese at Atlantic Bagel, 20% off at Seabird Coffee, and more. But this time of year, program participants who are in  their Senior year of High School have the opportunity of applying for a much bigger perk, the 3rd Christine Murphy Scholarship!”

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COLLEGE ADMISSIONS. PANDEMIC. SCHOOL SAFETY. STUDENTS SAY THEY ARE STRESSED OUT.

By Alexandra Weliever, The Patriot Ledger, February, 2022

“Barbara Green, a licensed psychologist who co-founded the Center for Integrative Counseling and Wellness in Hingham nearly a decade ago, said there is a clear link between adolescent use of social media and increasing reports of anxiety, depression and other mental health issues. Reports of eating disorders, body image issues, suicidal thoughts and other problems have increased, Green said. When children use social media, posts spread quickly, often without supervision.”

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MEMOIR DETAILS ADDICTION, LOSS & RECOVERY

Video by CBS Mornings, February, 2022

“Author David Magee has written numerous books about business leaders and sports figures, but he has now turned the focus inward for his latest book, “Dear William.” It’s an unflinching look at his life struggles, which he says was his way of coming to grips with the death of his son from opioid addiction. Jim Axelrod shows us how it is more than a story of sorrow, but one of resilience and hope. Air Date: Feb 7, 2022″

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RETHINKING SUBSTANCE USE PREVENTION: AN EARLIER & BROADER APPROACH

By Partnership to End Addiction, January, 2022

“Many of the risk factors commonly targeted in substance use prevention programs have roots in early childhood, sometimes as early as infancy. While some of these – such as poverty, trauma, or illness – may seem too difficult for a prevention program to address or reverse, research shows that even small interventions can successfully shift the course of risk for a young child. By intervening earlier and more broadly, we can better prevent substance use in adolescence and the countless unhealthy and damaging consequences associated with it.”

“This report calls for a broader and earlier approach to protecting youth from substance use and addiction. It presents a compelling, research-based case for integrating what is known from the fields of early childhood development and healthy youth development into substance use prevention. It offers a historical perspective on prevention and describes who is and who should be responsible for being involved in prevention efforts. It argues for shifting prevention efforts earlier and for broadening its scope by breaking down silos to enhance collaboration between related fields. It describes barriers to change and offers concrete recommendations for policymakers, caregivers, educators, health care providers, and researchers to enact an earlier, broader, and more effective approach to substance use prevention and youth health promotion.”

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FEBRUARY YOUTH AMBASSADOR OF THE MONTH: TESS WILCOX

By Maeve Kearney & Evelyn Dickey, Cohasset Anchor, January, 2022

“Hey Cohasset… Evelyn and Maeve here. Happy February! This month, we are honored to have the opportunity to highlight and discuss Tess Wilcox, a Junior at Cohasset High School (CHS). Tess has been such a valuable Youth Ambassador for Safe Harbor, and you can truly see how passionate about her work she is!”

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FEWER WOMEN ARE SEEKING ADDICTION TREATMENT IN MASS. AS USE & OVERDOSES INCREASE

By Deborah, Becker, WBUR, January, 2022

“Despite the latest statistics showing an increase in opioid use and overdoses among women in Massachusetts, the number of women seeking addiction treatment has dropped dramatically.”

“While the pandemic presented challenges to accessing treatment because of staffing and concerns about congregate settings, state officials are looking at other factors that may be behind the drop. Meanwhile, there are signs that lower demand is changing some programs, especially those specifically for women.”

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TEACHING THE 7 PRINCIPLES OF CONFLICT RESOLUTION

By Natural High, January, 2022

“A crucial piece for the overall wellbeing of any kid is the quality of their peer relationships. But, what happens when a kid experiences conflict or disagreement between friends? Helping them build the critical skills of conflict resolution will enable them to build strong bonds. Without strong relationships, research shows that kids are more likely to engage in dangerous, risky behaviors in order to find the acceptance they crave.”
 
“We want every kid to have every opportunity to thrive in life and live a life that’s rich, deep, and filled with love. So, we have to teach kids how to resolve conflict. It’s not something that you just pick up. It has to be deliberately modeled, taught, and affirmed. By us, the adults in their lives. Here are 7 principles for conflict resolution we think you’ll find useful. Practice them yourself and share with your kids and students.”

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UNDIAGNOSED AUTISTIC TRAITS COMMON AMONG YOUTHS WITH SUBSTANCE USE DISORDERS

PRESS RELEASE: Massachusetts General Hospital, January, 2022

BOSTON – One in five teens and young adults who seek treatment for alcohol or drug use may have traits characteristic of a previously unrecognized autism spectrum disorder (ASD), researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) report.”

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A LOOK AHEAD: COHASSET YOUTH AMBASSADORS

By Maeve Kearney & Evelyn Dickey, Cohasset Anchor, January, 2022

“Hello Cohasset- Maeve & Evelyn here. We feel the love! Thank you for sharing your support with us about our features in the Cohasset Anchor! We feel so grateful to have the Anchor’s support, so we can showcase the amazing community work from Youth Ambassadors. Here is a sneak peek at some of our upcoming plans and projects!”

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3 WAYS TO HELP STEER KIDS TO POSITIVE INFLUENCES

By Natural High, January, 2022

“During their social interactions, students will likely be faced with invitations to violate their own value system and engage in risky behaviors like experimenting with harmful substances. Research has shown that it’s rare for adolescents to drink or do drugs on their own — it’s by and large a social activity. It’s the classic, ‘here, try this’ moments that have been happening throughout time.”

“So, understanding that dynamic, what can parents and educators do to help steer kids to building and investing in positive influences in their lives?”

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THERE IS LIFE AFTER ADDICTION. MOST PEOPLE RECOVER

By Brian Mann, NPR, January, 2022

“The U.S. faces an unprecedented surge of drug deaths, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reporting another grim milestone this week. In a single 12-month period, fatal overdoses claimed 101,623 lives. But researchers and drug policy experts say the grim toll obscures an important and hopeful fact: Most Americans who experience alcohol and drug addiction survive. They recover and go on to live full and healthy lives.”

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THAT CLOUD OF SMOKE IS NOT A MIRAGE

By John Ortved, The New York Times, January, 2022

Are we actually seeing more smokers?

“Kat Frey, a 25-year-old copywriter who lives in Brooklyn, picked up the habit last year. ‘We’re having a very sexy and ethereal 1980s revival, and smoking is part of that,’ she said. ‘A lot of people I know are posting pictures doing it. I’m doing it. It’s having its moment for sure.

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BROKEN PROMISES TO OUR CHILDREN: A State-by-State Look at the 1998 Tobacco Settlement 23 Years Later

This report is issued by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, American Heart Association, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, American Lung Association, Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights and Truth Initiative, January, 2022

“Despite receiving huge sums from the settlement and collecting billions more in tobacco taxes, the states continue to shortchange tobacco prevention and cessation programs that are proven to save lives and reduce health care costs. As the nation continues to face dual health threats from an unprecedented respiratory pandemic and a youth e-cigarette epidemic that threatens millions of young people with a lifetime of addiction, most states continue to shortchange programs designed to prevent kids from using tobacco products and help tobacco users quit.”

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SAFE HARBOR YOUTH AMBASSADOR OF THE MONTH: AYDIN TIRYAKI

By Evelyn Dickey & Maeve Kearney, The Cohasset Anchor, January, 2022

“Hello Cohasset! We are honored to spotlight Aydin Tiryaki for our first ever edition of Youth Ambassador of the Month! Aydin, a current Freshman at Cohasset High School, joined Safe Harbor’s Cohasset Youth Ambassadors program in September, 2021 to follow his passion-promoting a healthy Cohasset!”

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