Monday, September 29, 2014

'Choose Kindness': Disney Channel to Launch Anti-Bullying Campaign

ABC News, September 25, 2014

"To mark National Bullying Prevention Month in October, Disney Channel will launch 'Choose Kindness,' an anti-bullying campaign featuring more than 20 stars of Disney Channel, Disney XD and Radio Disney in programming aimed at young children.

The initiative includes a public service campaign featuring Alex Angelo, the 14-year-old host of Radio Disney's 'Saturday Night Party' with Alex Angelo. Those PSAs will air starting Oct. 1. The PSAs will also air in video form on Club Penguin, a virtual world where children can spread the word about bullying prevention, according to a release today from Disney Channel." Read more

New Rule to Ease Safe Disposal of Unwanted Prescription Drugs

PBS, September 27, 2014

"To dispose safely of unwanted, expired and unused prescription drugs, the Drug Enforcement Administration held its ninth Prescription Drug Take Back Day Saturday at more than 5,200 collection sites around the country.

The final event was hosted on the cusp of a new prescription drug disposal rule that goes into effect in October, which will allow people to safely dispose of unneeded drugs at participating retail pharmacies, hospitals, clinics, narcotic treatment programs and prescription drug manufacturers." Read more

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Transgender Student Remembers Year Marred By Bullying

Rhode Island Public Radio, September 24, 2014

"Last year, we introduced you to Pawtucket student Hannah Rini, who was about to start her first year of middle school as an openly transgender student. Before her first day at Goff Junior High she was filled with hope about the new friends she would make. She felt confident because of the way her elementary school friends accepted her when she came out:

'I don’t know how they knew, but they knew I was trans. Maybe the way I was acting? They just weren’t surprised one bit,' Rini said at the time." Read more

Younger Age at First Drink, Higher Odds for Problem Drinking: Study

U.S. News & World Report, September 23, 2014

"Both drinking and getting drunk at an early age are key risk factors for alcohol abuse by high school students, a new study suggests.

The conclusions, based on a survey of high school students who drink, could help expand alcohol-prevention efforts aimed at teens to include those who already drink, to stop them from becoming binge drinkers, the researchers suggested." Read more

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

New Prescribing Rules for Hydrocodone Set to Start in October

NBC Connecticut, September 23, 2014

"Beverly Schilke has lived with constant pain every day for more than 40 years after a flesh-eating bacteria ravaged both her legs.

'It's probably like somebody was taking a hot poker and sticking it at you all the time,' said Schilke.

She has endured more than 200 surgeries.

'It's just ferocious,' said Schilke. 'It just continues to go on and on until they can cut it out.'" Read more

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

West Hartford Hosting Prescription Drug Take Back on Sept. 27

West Hartford Patch, September 22, 2014

"In early September, the West Hartford Substance Abuse Prevention Commission administered an electronic survey of West Hartford parents of high school students. Of 391 respondents, 86.4% said that they kept prescription drugs in unlocked medicine cabinets or drawers.

On Saturday, September 27, 2014, the West Hartford Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration will coordinate a collaborative effort with state and local law enforcement agencies to remove potentially dangerous controlled substances from our nation’s medicine cabinets." Read more

Monday, September 22, 2014

Heroin Use on the Rise in More Affluent Communities

CT Post, September 20, 2014

"Earlier this year, a 22-year-old Greenwich native named George stood before a room of parents in the Greenwich YMCA, and told them how he came to be hooked on heroin. 

It started when he was an eighth-grader at Western Middle School, he said. Walking home from school one day, he saw a couple of older kids smoking a crooked cigarette." Read more

Westport Teen Releases Anti-Bullying Music Video

The Hour (Westport, CT) September 20, 2014

"After moving from her hometown of New York City to Westport at 11 years old, Nina Lee said she struggled to make friends as the new girl in town.

'It was a hard transition moving from a place where I had a life to being the new girl in school and not knowing anyone,' Nina said." Read more

Friday, September 19, 2014

Generation Stress? How Anxiety Rules the Secret Life of Teens

TODAY Parents, September 17, 2014

"When hormones, grades and peer pressure rule your life, turmoil often follows. Yet many families don’t realize how crippling the stress can be for their teenagers.

TODAY’s series on the secret lives of teens began Wednesday with NBC special anchor Maria Shriver taking a look at anxiety, an issue many adolescents struggle with and keep hidden from their parents.

One in eight children suffers from an anxiety disorder, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. The problem is so severe for 10 percent of teens that it disrupts their lives." Watch video

Microscopes And Mentoring New Science Lab At Assumption School

Hartford Courant (Manchester, CT) September 17, 2014

"Microscopes and mentoring opportunities were highlights of a class held in the new science lab at Assumption School in Manchester. Second grade students in Sister Joan Marie Crapps's class, who recently studied the states and properties of matter in science, took a closer look at solid matter using microscopes in the school's lab.

The students gained an entirely new perspective on everyday solids such as salt, sugar and paper.

'It was really cool,' said Stefaniya Barbieri, a second grade student, who was surprised by what she saw under the microscope." Read more

Thursday, September 18, 2014

How Marvel Uses Superheroes to Deal With Bullying

Branding Magazine, September 16, 2014

"The colors of autumn and the sound of rustling leaves won’t be the only thing declaring October is lying just around the corner. This time, a few superheroes might be the most adequate announcement of a month to come.

With its days devoted to a one cause only, October was named to be a National Bullying Prevention Month. Joining their efforts, as it should be when such a big issue is on the line, Marvel Comics and anti-bullying organization Stomp Out Bullying presented a way of fighting this modern-day disease in a spirit of its beliefs – peacefully and with compassion, in order to mark the right way to approach the subject as well as the weeks that follow." Read more

Windsor High School Seeking Adult Mentors to Meet with Students

Reminder News, September 17, 2014

"Since being hired as the School and Community Resource Coordinator at Windsor High School, Kendrick Moore has been busy. Building a mentoring program from the ground up takes time, and he has had a lot of work to do.

Since December of 2013, Moore has launched the peer mentoring program and the Young Men's Leadership Academy." Read more

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

School Program Seeks Volunteer Mentors for Danbury Kindergartners

NewsTimes (Danbury, CT) September 15, 2014

"After the Morris Street School lost its kindergarten aides for three years because of budget cuts, a group of Unitarian-Universalists stepped in as volunteer mentors to help the children with their reading and writing skills.

The volunteers never left. They became a part of The Morris Street School Project started by Charles Schott, a retired IBM executive in Brookfield and a Unitarian-Universalist." Read more

The Esquire Mentoring Project: A Note from the Editor, September 16, 2014

"There has been, in recent months, a lot of talk about a crisis in American masculinity. It's become something of a knee-jerk reaction to everything from allegations of rape on college campuses to killing sprees, as if such anomalies were evidence that manhood is metastasizing into little more than a collection of bad impulses. Since we are a magazine mostly about the concerns of men, I think it's important that we put forward a vision of what it means to be a good man at this time in this country. And we think it's time for more men to help the next generation of boys grow up successfully. To mentor them. That's what our October issue is designed to do: inspire Esquire men to make a difference. But mentor is such a bad word. Use it and you can see people tuning out, nodding along as their minds wander. Mentor. Ugh. What does it even mean? In reality, it means a lot." Read more

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Six Flags New England Raises Awareness about Bullying

CBS 3 Springfield (Agawam, MA) September 14, 2014

"Six Flags New England and the Carl Joseph Walker-Hoover Foundation teamed up for the second annual Back to School Anti-Bullying Day on Sunday.

The foundation has a goal to put and end to bullying and make the public aware of its consequences and impacts.

Carl Joseph Walker-Hoover was just 11 years old when he took his life after being repeatedly bullied at school." Read more

Monday, September 15, 2014

R.I. Leads Way in Treating Overdoses

Providence Journal, September 15, 2014

"By the end of August, all 60 CVS pharmacies across Rhode Island offered the opiate antidote Narcan, also known as naloxone, without a prescription. Narcan offers immediate help during an overdose from opiates such as heroin or prescription painkillers like OxyContin. If given early enough, Narcan can even reverse an overdose by restoring breathing and save the life of the user. This breakthrough could save hundreds of lives across Rhode Island, where a recent spike in overdose deaths has led to what some are calling an epidemic." Read more

Green Bay Schools Ban LGBT bullying

USA Today, September 12, 2014

"The Green Bay Area School District has banned bullying based on gender identity, and educators are looking for other ways to make the school day easier for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender kids.

The Green Bay district is among the first in Wisconsin to train staff on related issues and consider ways to make gay-straight alliances more effective, said Brian Juchems, of the Madison-based Gay Straight Alliance for Safe Schools." Read more

Pleasantville Community Fundraising for a Substance Abuse Prevention Program

HamletHub, September 13, 2014

"A committee of concerned citizens and officials is raising money to support the hiring of a substance abuse prevention counselor and numerous anti-drug programs for the Pleasantville School District.

The committee is planning to apply in February for a five-year, $125,000 annual grant from the Pleasantville Safe Community Coalition to fund drug and alcohol initiatives." Read more

Friday, September 12, 2014

Governors to HHS: Rescind FDA Approval of the Zohydro Painkiller

The Wall Street Journal, September 4, 2014

"In the latest bid to squelch availability of the Zohydro ER painkiller, a handful of governors from New England have asked the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to rescind approval of the controversial drug.

The governors – from Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Connecticut – argue that the prescription painkiller should be yanked because of an “epidemic” of opioid addiction that is spreading through their states." Read more

WWE Stars Speak Out against Bullying

Citizen's Voice (Hanover, PA) September 10, 2014

"Students at Hanover Area Memorial Elementary School were thrilled to see their special guests Tuesday. 

World Wrestling Entertainment star Mike 'The Miz' Mizanin and tag team champions Jimmy and Jey Uzo headlined a 'Be a STAR' anti-bullying rally. More than 500 students packed the auditorium to cheer and participate.

'Don’t be a bystander,' Mizanin said, advising students on what to do when they see bullying. 'Tell the bully to stop.'" Read more

Thursday, September 11, 2014

St. Brigid School's "No To Bullying" Campaign

Hartford Courant, September 10, 2014

"Unfortunately, across the nation bullying has become the new norm for many school administrators. Recognizing this, Saint Brigid School has had an anti-bullying campaign in place for several years.

To add to those efforts, Saint Brigid School is pleased to announce that their seventh-grade teacher Melissa Seidl has been designated by the American School Counseling Association University (ASCA), as a certified Bullying Prevention Specialist, trained to educate, prevent and/or intervene when bullying occurs." Read more

Rilling, Rivera Kickoff Norwalk Mentoring Challenge

The Hour (Norwalk, CT) September 10, 2014

"Two city leaders engaged in a friendly competition for the betterment of the city on Monday.

Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling and Superintendent of Schools Manuel Rivera kicked off the Norwalk Mentoring Challenge where they are encouraging adults to step up to the plate to mentor Norwalk youth.

With the help of several local organizations including United Way of Coastal Fairfield County, the Norwalk Mentor Program, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Southwestern Connecticut, Check & Connect and FCA After School Program, the challenge is looking to link mentors with children in need of additional guidance." Read more

Study: Teens Who Smoke Weed Daily are 60% Less Likely to Complete High School than Those Who Never Use

The Washington Post, September 9, 2014

"Teenagers who smoke marijuana daily are over 60 percent less likely to complete high school than those who never use. They're also 60 percent less likely to graduate college and seven times more likely to attempt suicide. Those are the startling conclusions of a new study of adolescent cannabis use out today in The Lancet Psychiatry, a British journal of health research.

Researchers gathered data on the frequency of cannabis use among 3,725 students from Australia and New Zealand, and then looked at the students' developmental outcomes up to the age of 30. They found 'clear and consistent associations between frequency of cannabis use during adolescence and most young adult outcomes investigated, even after controlling for 53 potential confounding factors including age, sex, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, use of other drugs, and mental illness.'" Read more

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

E-Cigarettes Are Gateway to Substance Abuse and Addiction

TIME, September 3, 2014

"For a product so young, e-cigarettes are already generating volumes of research. And the latest, appearing in the New England Journal of Medicine, suggests that e-cigarettes serve as a “gateway drug” — meaning they could make users more likely to use, and become addicted to, other drugs like cocaine.

The wife-husband research team Denise Kandel and Eric Kandel has been studying nicotine for years, and in their earlier work they found that nicotine dramatically enhanced the effects of cocaine by activating a reward-related gene and shutting off inhibition. When mice had nicotine before cocaine, they behaved differently too — they ran around more and spent more time in the space where they were fed, likely driven by a need to satisfy their craving for the drug." Read more

4 Arrested After Twitter Helps Alert Police to Underage Drinking Party

NECN, September 8, 2014

"Twitter helped alert police to an underage drinking party in Merrimack, New Hampshire over the weekend.

On Friday at 9:33 p.m., Merrimack Police received an anonymous complaint about an underage drinking party at 13 Monadnock Lane. The caller told police they learned of the party via posts on Twitter.

When police arrived, they found a large gathering inside the residence. All of those at the party were under the age of 21. Alcoholic beverages and a small amount of marijuana were found at the scene." Read more

Worcester County District Attorney Joseph Early, Other DAs, to Host Anti-Bullying Training (Paxton, MA) September 8, 2014

"As another school year begins, two Massachusetts agencies are sponsoring a conference to help teachers and school administrators stop bullying.

The Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center and office of Worcester County District Attorney Joseph Early Jr. will co-host the conference at Anna Maria College in Paxton on Oct. 16.

Elizabeth Englander, director and founder of the aggression reduction center, will present the professional development program for kindergarten through grade 12 faculty and staff. The center is based at Bridgewater State University." Read more

Monday, September 8, 2014

Marvel And Stomp Out Bullying’s Variant Covers Encourage You To Stop Being Such A Jerk

ComicsAlliance, September 4, 2014

"Superhero comics have always come down pretty hard against bullying, whether it’s Superman sticking up for the little guy in 1938 or Marvel’s more direct approach to having nerdy weaklings suddenly turn into super-strong crime-fighters who turn the tables and beat the living crap out of the bad guys. Captain America, Spider-Man and the Hulk all follow that classic formula, and heck, the X-Men are an entire school made up of an oppressed minority that spends most of their time fighting robots made of racism.

So yeah, Marvel is, historically speaking, pretty dead set against bullying. That’s why it’s no surprise that they’re teaming up with the STOMP Out Bullying organization next month for a series of variant covers designed to raise awareness of bullying and help prevent it. The results are some pretty great covers that range from charming to genuinely hilarious." Read more

"Teen Nation Tour" Kicks Off Anti-Bullying Concerts and School Programs (San Antonio, TX) September 5, 2014

"Overweight, Gay, or simply different from the crowd are just a few of the reasons children and teens are being bullied -- sometimes to death -- in America's schools and over the internet. Bullying leads to depression, social isolation and suicide, the latter of which is now the third leading cause of death among young people, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Studies have shown that the most effective way to reach teens, especially regarding bullying, is through other teens, on a peer-to-peer level.

The Teen Nation Tour (TNT) is a peer-to-peer community service program and campaign to educate youth about bullying. The message is delivered in a way that students can relate – through music. The powerful 90 minute school assemblies for middle and high school students feature young, emerging recording artists from around the country who perform Top 40, country, pop, and rock hits. Artists volunteer their time to be on the tour and share personal bullying experiences, discuss the types of bullying, and prevention options." Read more

Thursday, September 4, 2014

CVS Stops Selling Tobacco, Offers Quit-Smoking Programs

USA Today, September 3, 2014

"CVS Caremark plans to stop selling tobacco products in all of its stores starting Wednesday — a move health experts hope will be followed by other major drugstore chains.

CVS announced in February that it planned to drop tobacco by Oct. 1 as the sales conflicted with its health care mission. To bolster its image as a health care company, CVS will announce a corporate name change to CVS Health. Retail stores will still be called CVS/Pharmacy." Read more

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Study Calls Painkillers ‘Gateway’ to Heroin Use

American News Report, September 2, 2014

"One of the nation’s largest drug screening companies has released a new report claiming there is “concrete evidence” linking prescription painkillers with the rising use of heroin.

In a study of drug tests collected from 171,061 chronic pain patients, Ameritox detected heroin in 2,206 of the patients’ urine samples. Although that is just 1.3% of the total number of pain patients studied – Ameritox drew some sweeping conclusions from the data, saying it was a sign that 'chronic pain patients are using heroin with painkillers' and 'prescription opioids are the new gateway to heroin abuse.'" Read more

Law Enforcement Using Social Media to Crack Down on Underage Drinking

WFSB-TV (Conway, SC) August 31, 2014

"Dozens of videos are all over Twitter from parties held at Coastal Carolina University.

Many of the posts lead back to a group called I'm Shmacked. It makes videos at universities all around the country. The videos are aimed to show off a school's party scene, and weeks ago I'm shmacked announced the group would film at CCU." Read more

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Is Teen Drinking Worse Than Teen Marijuana Use?

Newsweek, September 2, 2014

"Every year, more and more Americans support marijuana legalization. In 2010, 41 percent of Americans favored legalization; by 2014, 54 percent supported such reforms, per the Pew Research Center. This shift in attitudes has also been reflected in legislation across the country: Weed is fully legal in the states of Washington and Colorado, and at least 18 other states will have enacted some form of decriminalization by October 2014, according to the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Lawas." Read more