Monday, October 22, 2012

Prescription Drug Abuse by Youths the ‘Next Big Epidemic’

American News Report, October 18, 2012

"Adolescents are abusing prescription painkillers like vicodin, valium and oxycontin at a rate 40 percent higher than previous generations, according to a new study.
'Prescription drug use is the next big epidemic,' said Richard Miech, PhD, lead author of the study and professor of sociology at the University of Colorado Denver. 'Everyone in this field has recognized that there is a big increase in the abuse of nonmedical analgesics but our study shows that it is accelerating among today’s generation of adolescents.'" Read More

Talk Tuesday on alcohol trends

News Times (Brookfield, CT) October 18, 2012

"The Brookfield Substance Abuse Coalition is sponsoring the workshop 'Current Alcohol and Other Drug Trends' on Tuesday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Whisconier Middle School, 17 W. Whisconier Road.
The program will be presented by Rachel Bruno and Stephanie Moran of the Governor's Prevention Partnership. It is intended for adults only and will provide a snapshot of emerging patterns of product marketing and usage." Read More

Thursday, October 18, 2012

In Honor of National Bullying Prevention Month

The New York Times, October 17, 2012

"October is National Bullying Prevention Month, and we have just updated our full list of resources on bullying and cyberbullying for the occasion.
We’re also asking a Student Opinion question this week that is inspired by an antibullying campaign called Mix It Up at Lunch Day:
Do You Ever ‘Mix It Up’ and Socialize With Different People at School?" Read More

Binge Drinking Destroys the Brain Within Months and Turns Social Drinkers Into Alcoholics

Medical Daily, October 16, 2012

"Fraternity brothers and sorority sisters pay close attention: researchers warn that just a few months of binge drinking can damage the brain and turn social drinkers into alcoholics.
Researchers found that consuming a small amount of alcohol every day is significantly safer than to intermittent binge drinking.
The latest study, published Oct. 15 in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, wanted to understand how the brain adapts to drinking patters." Read More

Stop bullying campaign asks kids to stand up for other kids

The Washington Post, October 17, 2012 

"Let’s hear it for peer pressure.
You read that right. I am in full support of the power of kids to coerce, wheedle and in other ways influence others in their cohort to change behavior. What’s more, the federal government agrees.
That’s why Thursday the Department of Health and Human Services’ is kicking off a new campaign called 'Be More Than a Bystander.' It calls on kids to put an end to the age-old problem that’s still pernicious in this age of social media.
You’ll be seeing lots of public service announcements put together by the king of the PSA, the Ad Council." Read More

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Bullying prevention series: High school students learns from Columbine

Plainville Citizen (Plainville, CT) October 16, 2012

"Rachel Joy Scott, a high school girl described by her sister Dana Scott as a 'normal teenager' who loved photography, theater and journaling, was the first victim of the school shootings at Columbine High School on April 20, 1999.
Weeks after the massacre, Scott’s father, Darrell, spoke to a Congressional House Judiciary Community regarding school violence and, shortly after, founded 'Rachel’s Challenge', a bullying and violence abatement program in honor of his daughter." Read More

Young People Driving Epidemic of Prescription Drug Abuse, Study Finds; Abuse of Nonmedical Analgesics Up 40 Percent

Science Daily, October 15, 2012

"A new study by the University of Colorado Denver reveals that today's adolescents are abusing prescription pain medications like vicodin, valium and oxycontin at a rate 40 percent higher than previous generations. That makes it the second most common form of illegal drug use in the U.S. after marijuana, according to Richard Miech, Ph.D., lead author of the study and professor of sociology at CU Denver.
'Prescription drug use is the next big epidemic,' Miech said. 'Everyone in this field has recognized that there is a big increase in the abuse of nonmedical analgesics but our study shows that it is accelerating among today's generation of adolescents.'" Read More

Region 10 High School assembly aims to stop underage drinking

The Register Citizen (Burlington, CT) October 16, 2012

"The effort to stop underage drinking continued with a presentation, “How To Get High Naturally,” by Matt Bellace to Region 10 students on Monday morning.
Bellace, a nationally renowned speaker and motivator with a Ph.D. in clinical neuropsychology from Dexter University, has traveled to 43 states and presented 200 times where he ultimately encourages students to pursue natural highs and make healthy choices.
With a crowd of students from seventh grade to twelfth grade in three separate assemblies, Bellace used humor and education as a way to empower them to be leaders in their lives and make change in their environment." Read More

A Tale of Two Drug Stories

Southington Patch (Southington, CT) October 17, 2012

"Over 400 people packed the auditorium at Derynoski Elementary School this week, coming together to celebrate a drug-free lifestyle and encourage others to take part in helping promote a drug free community as part of the town’s annual Red Ribbon Rally.
It was little consolation, however, to the smaller group of 38 residents from across the state sitting less than 100 yards away dealing with the pain that drug addiction can afflict on a family during the monthly Parents-4-A-Change meeting.
The 22nd Annual Red Ribbon Rally, hosted by the Southington Drug Task Force in partnership with Southington schools and organizations from throughout the community, proved to once again be a draw for local parents and students. The goal of the program is to encourage the community to come together and help create a drug-free atmosphere and support smart decision making." Read More

Friday, October 12, 2012

Welcome breakfasts reunite mentors with mentees

Norwalk Citizen (Norwalk, CT) October 9, 2012

"The Norwalk Mentor Program, a program of the Human Services Council in partnership with the Norwalk Public Schools, started another school year by hosting a welcome breakfast Oct. 3 at each of Norwalk's 19 public schools. More than 400 mentors and students attended with the support of FactSet Research Systems Inc.
The first school-based mentor program in the country, the NMP has a long standing in the community. It serves 270 Norwalk public school students. The program matches adult who provide positive role models in one-on-one relationships with students in all 19 of Norwalk's public schools." Read More

American Medicine Chest Challenge Returns To Raise Awareness of Prescription Drug Abuse

NJ Today (New York, NY) October 10, 2012

"On Saturday, Nov. 10, the American Medicine Chest Challenge (AMCC) will be held in communities throughout the nation to raise awareness about the dangers of prescription drug abuse.
This initiative will challenge families across the United States to take the Five-Step American Medicine Chest Challenge:
 - Take inventory of your prescription and over-the-counter medicine.
 - Lock your medicine chest.
 - Dispose of your unused, unwanted, and expired medicine in your home or at an American Medicine Chest Challenge Disposal site.
 - Take your medicine(s) exactly as prescribed.
 - Talk to your children about the dangers of prescription drug abuse." Read More

Teens influenced not only by friends, but by their friends' parents

Daily News, October 10, 2012

"A new study finds that when it comes to drinking and smoking, teens are influenced not only by their parents and friends, but by their friends' parents as well.
In a new study published October 8, teens who had friends whose mothers were authoritative -- strict but still warm -- were much less likely to drink alcohol, smoke cigarettes, or use marijuana than those teens whose friends' parents were lacking in warmth and control. In numbers, the teens were 40 percent less likely to drink, 38 percent less likely to binge drink, 39 percent less likely to smoke cigarettes, and 43 percent less likely to use pot." Read More

Survey Finds Bullying to Be the Most Important Issue Facing Teens Today

PR Newswire (New York, NY) October 11, 2012

"A new survey by Harlequin TEEN, a leading publisher of novels for teens and young adults, and the Jed Foundation's Love is Louder movement, finds that 70 percent of young women between 16 and 21 have been bullied, with many young women admitting the issue is more serious than adults think.
The release of the survey coincides with National Anti-Bullying Awareness Month and the availability of Speechless, a Harlequin TEEN novel that examines the impact of words and the devastating consequences that result from gossiping. In Speechless, the book's main character, Chelsea Knot, stumbles upon a classmate in a private situation and proceeds to tell her discovery to friends. The consequences are severe and lead Chelsea to take a vow of silence, during which she embarks on a journey of self-discovery that leads her to better understand the power of her words and actions."  Read More

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Youth struggle with alcohol, drugs after detention

Futurity, October 8, 2012

"Five years after leaving juvenile detention more than 45 percent of males and nearly 30 percent of females have one or more psychiatric disorders, a recent study shows.
'Although prevalence rates dropped over time, some disorders were three times more prevalent than in the general population,' says Linda A. Teplin, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine." Read More

Bullying prevention series: Presentation teaches parents how to tackle bullying

Plainville Citizen (Plainville, CT) October 5, 2012

"'Bullying happens to everyone,' said Sarah E. Brzozowy, a consultant for State Education Resource Center. 'You may have been bullied. I know I was.'
While it may not be possible for parents to shield their children from some type of bullying, Brzozowy led a seminar at Grace Lutheran Church Sept. 25 to equip parents with the tools to handle most bullying-related situations.
To an intimate group of concerned parents and guardians, Brzozowy broached topics such as cyberbullying, Connecticut bullying laws and tips for concerned parents of bully victims and bullies." Read More

Marijuana Workshop in Durham This Month

Durham-Middlefield Patch (Durham, CT) October 9, 2012

"Later this month, Durham Middlefield Youth and Family Services will sponsor a workshop entitled 'Unraveling the Truth About Marijuana and Its Impact On Our Kids.'
The free, interactive multimedia presentation is for parents, teachers, coaches, mentors and community members and will be held from 6:30-8 p.m. at Strong School on Tuesday, Oct. 23.
The workshop will address questions and concerns like:" Read More

Monday, October 8, 2012

Join Us to Celebrate National Substance Abuse Prevention Month

Office of National Drug Control Policy, October 2, 2012

"This October marks the second annual National Substance Abuse Prevention Month – an observance to highlight the vital role of substance abuse prevention in individual and community health and to pay tribute to the lives lost to substance abuse. The Office of National Drug Control Policy joins President Obama in celebrating National Substance Abuse Prevention Month and encourages prevention efforts this month and all year long to ensure the health of teens and young adults.
Millions of Americans suffer from substance abuse, which includes underage drinking, alcohol dependency, non-medical use of prescription drugs, abuse of over-the-counter medications, and illicit drug use. Approximately 23 million people aged 12 or older used illicit drugs in 2010. This abuse touches all aspects of our communities and contributes to an estimated $193 billion in crime, health, and lost productivity costs." Read More

Parents' Conversation Continues on Amity Anti-Drug Policy (POLL)

Orange Patch (Orange, CT) October 8, 2012

"The next Amity Board of Education meeting (October 15) will be the first in the shadow of two closely coinciding events: last month's meeting, which narrowly held back expanded drug dog presence, and a Woodbridge Police Department arrest of a student accused of carrying marijuana 'packaged for sale.'
And since then, parents and community members have kept the conversation alive in Patch comments sections.
So while the school board vote may be resolved, it's clear pressure for increased anti-drug measures at Amity won't be going away any time soon." Read More

Southington Schools to Participate in 'Bullying Prevention Month'

Southington Patch (Southington, CT) October, 8, 2012

"October is National Bullying Prevention Month.
In support of Bullying Prevention Month, students and staff at Kennedy, DePaolo, ALTA, and Southington High School are encouraged to take part in 'Unity Day', on Wednesday, Oct. 10.
Announcements offering students suggestions and advice about what to do if they see bullying are also being read all week at DePaolo Middle School. This is part of an ongoing initiative in the Southington Public Schools to be proactive in preventing bullying." Read More

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Bullying common on children’s shows (Boston, MA) October 1, 2012

"Bullying incidents are commonly seen on popular children’s television programs, Indiana University researchers found. They analyzed three episodes each for 50 of the most popular television shows for children ages 2 to 11 between December 2006 and March 2007.
Some form of aggression was portrayed on 92 percent of the programs, most commonly verbal types such as insulting and teasing, but also nonverbal types such as eye rolling, finger pointing, and ignoring." Read More

Miss Teen USA to co-host No Bully Tour (Video)

The Examiner, October 3, 2012

"The Miss Universe Organization released the news that Logan West, Miss Teen USA and advocate of anti-bullying, will stand up for those who have been bullied and raise awareness throughout the month of October, National Bullying Prevention Month, and beyond. Joining forces with Karen Klein, the upstate New York bus monitor who was brutally bullied by students, West will co-host a musical concert tour entitled No Bully Tour. The tour will travel along the east coast throughout October featuring artists whose music and lyrics are dedicated to celebrating people’s differences and encouraging positive change." Read More

New drinking law threatens homeowners

Daily Yale News (New Haven, CT) October 3, 2012

"As of Oct. 1, 2012, underage drinkers can get Connecticut property owners charged with a misdemeanor offense.
Under a new law passed this June, any Connecticut property owner who permits underage drinking in his or her household 'recklessly or with criminal negligence' could face a minimum of $500 in fines or one year in prison for first-time offenses. Serious offenders can now face charges of a class A misdemeanor — only one step below a felony — which calls for a fine of up to $2,000 as well as a possible one-year prison stint." Read More

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Regional substance abuse prevention agency hosts walkathon

The Day (Preston, CT) October 1, 2012

"The Southeastern Regional Action Council will hold its second annual 'We All Share' walkathon Tuesday, Oct. 9 at the Preston Veterans Memorial School, from 4 to 7:00 p.m. on the walking track.
This is a family friendly event open to the public with snacks and refreshments. There will also be a local DJ will play as participants walk the track. As participants complete laps around the track they will collect and read stories written by youth in southeastern Connecticut expressing how their lives has been affected by drugs and alcohol and why they choose to stay drug free." Read More

Teen Drunk Driving Falls on High Gas Prices, Less Alcohol

Bloomberg, October 3, 2012 

"Drunk driving among U.S. teens fell 54 percent in the past two decades, a trend helped by laws to curb underage alcohol consumption and higher gas prices keeping high school students off the road, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
In 2011, 10 percent of high school students reported drinking and driving, compared with 22 percent in 1991, according to the report. People ages 16 to 20 are 17 times more likely to die in a crash when their blood alcohol is .08 percent, the legal limit in many states, the report in the Atlanta-based CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report found." Read More

Stratford Public Schools Seeking Volunteers to Mentor Students

Stratford Patch (Stratford, CT) October 3, 2012

"Applications are currently being accepted for the Stratford Public Schools Mentoring Program.
Those interested in serving as a mentor should complete a brief application and attend an informational and training session beginning at 2:30 pm. on October 26, 2012, in the Stratford High School Library.
Please RSVP no later than Oct. 19." Read More

Jennifer Livingston Fights Back Against Body Bullying

People Magazine, October 3, 2012

"With one eloquent on-air response, CBS WKBT news anchor Jennifer Livingston is standing up for herself and victims of bullying everywhere.
On Tuesday morning, the La Crosse, Wis., anchor took a moment off from delivering the day's news to address a recent email she'd received that harshly criticized her appearance.
The email reads: 'Hi Jennifer, It's unusual that I see your morning show, but I did so for a very short time today. I was surprised indeed to witness that your physical condition hasn't improved for many years. Surely you don't consider yourself a suitable example for this community's young people, girls in particular.'" Read More

Monday, October 1, 2012

Divorce Children And Bullying

The Huffington Post, September 28, 2012

"I had the privilege recently of attending an anti-bullying conference sponsored by the U.S. Attorney's office. I came away from the conference a true believer in the close relationship between bullying and the childhood difficulties caused by parental separation.
The first person I met at the conference was an assistant District Attorney from a nearby California county. Her work involves juveniles in the criminal justice system and she drew a direct link between bullying and high conflict families. She observes a larger number of juvenile offenders playing out inter-parental conflict by displacing their aggression and directing it at other youngsters. Parents who act with intimidation and perpetuate physical or psychological harm are teaching their children to use those tactics to solve problems. It's an, "if it's okay at home, it's okay at school" mentality." Read More

Bullying prevention series: Junior high students taught ‘yes we can’ (say no to bullying)

Plainville Citizen (Plainville, CT) September 27, 2012

"On the morning of Sept. 19, Middle School of Plainville students had an opportunity to attend one of the anti-bullying programs created with the help of Dean of Students Tom Laudadio.
'Step Up', an assembly incoming sixth-graders must attend, was established with Anti-Defamation League representatives Derek Hall (who led the talk) and Joshua Sayles (assistant regional director).
'Programs like this are your first step in setting common language and understanding the effects of bullying,' Laudadio said in an interview before the program. 'In particular, this assembly is about going from a bystander to bullying to an ally.'" Read More

Social Bullying Prevalent in Children's Television

Science Daily, September 27, 2012

"A new research study led by an Indiana University professor has found that social bullying is just as prevalent in children's television as depictions of physical aggression.
The study, 'Mean on the Screen: Social Aggression in Programs Popular With Children,' which appears in the Journal of Communication, found that 92 percent of the top 50 program for children between the ages of 2 and 11 showed characters involved in social aggression.
On average, there were 14 different incidents of social aggression per hour, or once every four minutes." Read More