Thursday, May 27, 2010

Alarming Teen Trend: Vodka Eye Shots

WCBS TV (New York, NY), May 27  

"The term ‘a shot to the eye’ is taking on a new and more dangerous meaning among young people. The shots they're taking aren't punches, but alcohol. And doctors say their search for ‘fun’ could cost them their vision. Head back, ready for vodka, but not in the mouth. Instead, try it poured directly in to the unprotected eye. You'll get some painful results...What she calls a dangerously dumb stunt can be seen in more than 800 videos on YouTube…The people who do this, mostly college students judging by the videos, call it ‘vodka eyeballing.’ They said the pain gives way to an instant high and then a deeper state of drunkenness.”
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Drug-sniffing dogs show students they’re ‘ruff’ and ready

CT Post (Seymour, CT) May 26 

“A crowd of police officers with drug-sniffing dogs descended upon Seymour High School Wednesday morning, not because they suspected trouble, but to make sure there wasn't any. The drill was part of the school system's proactive approach to keeping the school drug-free, police and school officials said…According to the policy, the dogs can search the school grounds and the hallways where the lockers are located. If the dog indicates there may be drugs in a locker, the officer has the authority to open and search the locker. The policy does prohibit the searching of individual students.”
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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Successful anti-bullying program hasn’t been tried in the Poconos

Pocono Record (Stroudsburg, PA), May 23  

"In the fight against bullying and cyberbullying, scores of schools across Pennsylvania have seized on a highly regarded program — but it's been absent from the Poconos. The Olweus Bullying Prevention Program aims to reduce and prevent bullying problems in schools by changing the culture within them. Local school districts have anti-bullying policies in place that declare zero tolerance, and some have adopted anti-cyberbullying curricula. But Olweus systematically applies its anti-bullying strategy and measures its impact. Schools using Olweus might administer anonymous questionnaires to gauge the nature and prevalence of bullying; host discussions about bullying in school; form a bullying prevention coordinating committee; and supervise students at 'hot spots' for bullying in the school.'
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Heroin Use On Rise Among Teens In Delco

My Fox Philly (Philadelphia, PA) May 25  

"Heroin was a problem once limited to the worst neighborhoods of Philadelphia. Now, a cheaper and more addictive form of heroin has now moved into suburbia – and cops are fighting to keep teens off of the deadly drug…Claudia reports heroin is more affordable than oxycontin or vicodin – and easier to find. Ridley Police tell Fox 29 that the Philadelphia area is getting flooded with heroin. The price? Fifteen bags for $100. One oxycontin pill costs approximately $50…Police worry that, with the summer approaching, kids will have more time on their hands to go into the parks, attend parties and get into trouble.”
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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Talk show host brings attention to need for mentor

ABC News 12 (Saginaw, MI), May 20  

”A national radio talk show host is in Saginaw to bring attention to the need for mentors. It's called the ‘One Million Mentors Campaign to Save Our Kids Tour’…Michael Baisden's national radio show is heard on dozens of radio stations across the country and he's been traveling the country in this bus, promoting the importance of mentoring. ‘We need people to get involved. Now we have a lot of people sitting on the sofa watching your news show probably and they're shaking their heads when they hear about violence that kids are doing, but what they don't realize is that if they are not getting off their behinds and doing something about it, then this thing just continues,’ he said.”
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Boredom and stress are the biggest drug threats for kids

The Redding Pilot (Redding, CT) May 20  

"Heroin and prescription drug abuse fueled by boredom and stress are the biggest drug threats facing teens statewide — a fact hammered home to John Read Middle School eighth graders at a drug awareness program Tuesday. The program began with a slide show presentation to the tune of Paul Revere & The Raiders’ 1966 hit ‘Kicks.’ Much of the two-hour program incorporated music, celebrity references and graphic photos to keep the 13- and 14-year-olds engaged in the program’s central message — as a teen, you’re going to have fun, but there are rules…”
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