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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THINKING OF TRYING DRY JANUARY? STEPS FOR SUCCESS

By Matthew Solan, Harvard Medical School, January, 2022

“Let’s file this under unsurprising news: many American adults report drinking more since the pandemic began in March 2020, according to a survey on alcohol use in the time of COVID-19. If you’re among them, you might want to start 2022 on a healthy note by joining the millions who abstain from alcohol during Dry January. Your heart, liver, memory, and more could be the better for it.”

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WHAT IF CARS COULD STOP YOU FROM DRIVING DRUNK? A PEEK AT THE LATEST TECH

By Camila Domonske, NPR, January, 2022

“There are a few approaches that been explored in recent years. They fall in two main categories: systems that measure your blood alcohol level while you do normal driving tasks, and cameras that watch for tell-tale signs of drunkenness. Here’s what to know about each of them, and how soon they might become reality.”

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MONITORING THE FUTURE 2021 SURVEY RESULTS

By National Institute On Drug Abuse (NIDA), December , 2021

Monitoring the Future is an annual drug use survey of eighth, 10th and 12th grade students conducted by researchers at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

From February through June 2021, the Monitoring the Future investigators collected 32,260 surveys from students enrolled across 319 public and private schools in the United States.

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CATCHING UP WITH COHASSET YOUTH AMBASSADORS

By Evelyn Dickey & Maeve Kearney, The Cohasset Anchor, December 2021

“Hey Cohasset! Maeve Kearney and Evelyn Dickey here. We are thrilled to announce that beginning in January, we are going to be highlighting a Youth Ambassador every month! Throughout the duration of the year, we have been able to work along with passionate youth who truly strive to make a difference in our community. In recognition of this dedication, we plan to feature a member of the Cohasset Youth Ambassadors (CYA) program that has exemplified what we strive to be as Youth Ambassadors.”

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COHASSET POLICE DEPARTMENT TO SEEK SUMMONS FOR HOMEOWNER UNDER SOCIAL HOST LAW

Press Release, Tom Zuppa, Cohasset Police Department, December 2021

“Police Chief William Quigley reports the Cohasset Police Department will seek a summons for a local woman following a party in her home where underage drinking occurred.”

“During a subsequent investigation, Cohasset Police received information that the homeowner was aware of the party and that alcohol was present, and that attendees were under the legal drinking age.”

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HOW COMPANIES LIKE PUFF BAR HAVE AVOIDED FDA REGULATION: “THE INDUSTRY CAN INNOVATE AROUND IT”

By CBS News, December 2021

“Nearly two years ago, the Food and Drug Administration banned flavored e-cigarettes, like Juul, citing their popularity among teens.  But some vaping products have managed to avoid regulation by the FDA even as they grow increasingly popular among kids.”

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TAKE THE FIRST STEP TOWARD A NICOTINE-FREE LIFE

December 2021

If you or a loved one of ANY AGE want to quit smoking, vaping, or using tobacco or nicotine products, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health can help. Its campaign, Take the First Step, gives information about 1-800-QUIT-NOW, Massachusetts’ Quitline for tobacco/nicotine, encouraging you to call for support or to connect online at www.mass.gov/quitting 

You can take the first step toward a nicotine-free life by speaking with a FREE trained quit coach on the phone or online. No lectures. No judgments at 1-800-QUIT-NOW. 

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14 TIPS TO REDUCE HOLIDAY STRESS

By Tanya Edwards, CNN Underscored, December 2021

“The holidays are here, whether you like it or not, and for a lot of people that means a lot of stress from family obligations, financial concerns and much more.”

“Fortunately, there are some ways to mitigate holiday stress, and we spoke with wellness and organization experts about ways to keep it all together even when you’d like to run away from it all.”

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INSTAGRAM PUSHES DRUG CONTENT TO TEENS

By By Olivia Solon and Zoe Schiffer, NBC News, December 2021

“Instagram is pushing drug-related content to teen accounts, according to research by the watchdog group Tech Transparency Project (TTP). While the company has pledged to crack down on drug sales, it continues to suggest hashtags related to buying illegal substances to children as young as 13, the research shows.”

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COHASSET RECREATION CENTER CUTS THE RIBBON FOR RE-OPENING

By William Wassersug, The Cohasset Anchor, November 2021

“At one time a brick building on 55R South Main Street was a town owned garage used by the Cohasset Highway Department. Over the years, things have changed, and starting with the beginning of the 2021-2022 school year, the building has become a Recreation Center geared toward middle school and young high schoolers.”

“Thursday Nov. 18, town officials and staff got together to cut the symbolic ribbon to celebrate the official re-opening. Getting this project running was in the works for a long time and started with support from Cohasset Safe Harbor Coalition.”

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ARE YOU HAPPY [HONEY/BUDDY]?

By a local mother, November 2021

Growing up, how many times did a parent or relative ask you this?

“I can honestly say — no one in my family did. And that’s ok. Because my parents provided a stable, loving home and the support/security to pursue a balanced life that was elevated by an appreciation of the little things, compassion, independence, kindness. I mention this, because as I’ve parented and lived at the front of the current teen mental health crisis myself, I’ve wondered if this is part of the problem.”

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COMING SOON: AMBASSADORS BI-WEEKLY

Bi-weekly articles highlighting current topics affecting Cohasset youth & the Cohasset Youth Ambassadors 

Hello Cohasset! This is Evelyn Dickey and Maeve Kearney coming to you with an exciting announcement! Going forward, we will have a featured article in Safe Harbor’s bi-weekly newsletters! This provides us an opportunity to highlight the incredible work the members of the Youth Ambassadors program are doing! Once a month, we will also highlight a Youth Ambassador who has shown extraordinary leadership and commitment to our community. Please stay tuned!

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