Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Study: Half Of Teens Admit Bullying In Last Year

NPR - Associated Press (Los Angeles, CA) October 26, 2010

"Half of high school students say they've bullied someone in the past year, and nearly half say they've been the victim of bullying, according to a national study released Tuesday. The survey by the Los Angeles-based Josephson Institute of Ethics asked more than 43,000 high school students whether they'd been physically abused, teased or taunted in a way that seriously upset them. Forty-three percent said yes, and 50 percent admitted to being the bully." Read more.

Underage drinking forum in Westport: Parents can make a difference

Westport News (Westport, CT) October 27, 2010

"A two-hour discussion Tuesday night on a dozen topics related to underage drinking led to the conclusion that parental communication can help reduce the chance that their children will experiment with alcohol, or at the very least may prevent them from engaging in dangerous binge drinking." Read more.

Purdue honored for youth prevention efforts (Farmington, CT) October 27, 2010

"Honored for its strong commitment to keeping Connecticut’s youth safe, successful and drug-free, Purdue Pharma L.P. received the Leadership Award at the 20th Annual Governor’s Luncheon held by The Governor’s Prevention Partnership Oct. 20 ... The award recognizes Purdue Pharma L.P. for its dedication to making a real difference in keeping Connecticut’s youth off drugs specifically through its funding and support of Regional Action Councils (RACs) across the state." Read more.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Plainfield High School trying to end torment with new anti-bullying group

Norwich Bulletin (Plainfield, CT) October 24, 2010

"Senior student Devin Snow said, in his four years at Plainfield High School, he’s seen bullying increase. 'It’s definitely become a huge issue,' Snow, 17, of Sterling said. 'More and more kids are thinking it’s a joke rather than realizing it’s hurting someone.'" Read more.

Report: 43 percent of teens face cyber-bullying

CBS21News (Newport, PA) October 22, 2010

"Many kids have been the target of cyber-bullying. That's according to a recent report released by the National Crime Prevention Council.

Parents are advised to talk to their kids about it. Parents can ask kids if they've been bullied online or through a cell phone and tell them about the consequences of cyber-bullying. To know what to do about cyber-bullying, you first have to understand what it is." Read more.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Adults Who Initiate Alcohol Use Before Age 21 More Likely to Abuse or Become Dependent on Alcohol

Center for Substance Abuse Research (College Park, MD) October 18, 2010

"Early onset of alcohol use is associated with a greater likelihood of developing alcohol abuse or dependence at a later age, according to data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). Those who first used alcohol at or before the age of 14 were nearly four times more likely to meet the criteria for past year alcohol abuse or dependence than those who started using alcohol between the ages of 18 and 20 and more than six times more likely than those who started using alcohol at or after age 21." Read more.

City, CCSU look to address underage drinking

New Britain Herald (New Britain, CT) October 17, 2010

At the Community-Campus Leadership Summit CCSU President Jack Miller and New Britain Police Chief William Gagliardi spoke about the progress being made, through ongoing, collaborative town and CCSU efforts, in addressing underage drinking in the CCSU-New Britain community. Items addressed by the task force include underage drinking prevention, house parties... Read more.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Fairfield County Schools Renew Bullying Prevention Efforts

WiltonPATCH (Wilton, CT) October 16, 2010

"In the wake of Tyler Clementi's suicide and other instances of bullying in schools and through the Internet, focus has returned to area schools' anti-bullying policies...Their suicides are prompting Fairfield County schools to reinforce their anti-bullying policies." Read more.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Kids Under 6 Account for Two-Thirds of Drug-Related ER Visits

Bloomberg Businessweek, October 15, 2010

"Children aged 5 years or younger accounted for 68.9 percent of the estimated 100,340 U.S. emergency department visits in 2008 that involved accidental ingestion of prescription medicines and other drugs, says a U.S. government report." Read more.

Students to take part in disability mentoring day (New London, CT) October 16, 2010

"As part of National Disability Mentoring Day, college students in the state Wednesday will participate in a three-hour career mentoring workshop designed for students with disabilities." Read more.

Joel Burns' Emotional Speech Urging Bullied Young Gays to Persevere Has Gone Viral; He Assures Them Life Gets Better

CBS - October 16, 2010

"An openly gay Fort Worth, Texas city councilman says a dramatic speech he gave this week -- a video of which has gone viral and been viewed more than a half-million times on YouTube - has kept some gay teens who are being bullied from committing suicide." Read more.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

BULLYING: Middletown BOE Hears Complaints

The Middletown Press (Middletown, CT) October 14, 2010

"She looks as you would expect she would: glossy blonde hair, upturned nose, complexion as perfect as her clothes. She speaks volumes with just a surgical flick of her head and can slice the air with simple phrases like 'shut up.' Tess Tyler is the privileged, beautiful-but-brittle 'mean girl' bully who tortures the doe-eyed protagonist Mitchie Torres in the Disney Channel movie 'Camp Rock.'

But this relationship is more than just cinematic fodder to Middletown resident Alexa McClain — it’s real life." Read more.

ECSU Cracks Down on College Drinking - October 14, 2010

"School only started three weeks ago, but more than 43 Eastern Connecticut State University students have been arrested and dozens of others were ticketed, accused of out-of-control house parties, where there was allegedly underage drinking and disruptive behavior." Read more.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Underage drinking in Westport subject of upcoming meeting

Westport News (Westport, CT) October 12, 2010

"After many students showed up under the influence of alcohol to last year's Staples High School Homecoming events, the town opened up a dialogue within the community to discuss how to better handle the underage drinking situation." Read more.

Friday, October 8, 2010

For Many Gay Youth, Bullying Exacts a Deadly Toll

U.S. News & World Report, October 8, 2010

"A series of suicides involving bullied gay teens has shocked much of America this past month. Cases like these are far from rare, and 'this may be the tip of the iceberg...the tragic outcome in these cases underscores the profound consequences that bullying and harassment can have on a young person,' said Dr. David Reitman." Read more.

Police: Painkiller Becoming Teen Drug Of Choice

WCVB-TV5 Boston (Boston, MA) October 8, 2010

"A drug meant to be used as a pain killer has become the street drug of choice for young people in cities and suburbs. Law enforcement calls abuse of Percocet a growing epidemic...The version sold on the streets often combines several pills to boost the effects." Read more

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Melissa Gilbert a spokeswoman for anti-drug group

Associated Press (Washington D.C.) October 7, 2010

"Melissa Gilbert has ditched her 'Little House' sun bonnet for a virtual megaphone, joining newly re-branded The Partnership at as celebrity spokeswoman.

Formerly The Partnership for a Drug-Free America — and perhaps best known for the "this is your brain on drugs" ads of the 1980s and 1990s — the organization launched its new name and announced Gilbert's role Thursday. Read more.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

CDC: Binge drinking big problem among high school students

Atlanta Journal Constitution (Atlanta, GA) October 6, 2010

"One in four high school students binge drink, according to a new CDC study. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cited a behavior risk survey of 16,000 U.S. students ages 14-18. Binge drinking was defined as having five or more drinks in the span of a few hours. 'Binge drinking increases many health risks, including fatal car crashes, contracting a sexually transmitted disease, dating violence and drug overdoses,' CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden said. " Read more.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Is the 'Bullying Epidemic' a Media Myth?

Newsweek October 1, 2010

"A series of suicides by gay teens have prompted fears of a bullying epidemic, but is any of this new?" Read more.