Facts

Open Coalition Meeting September 20

  Scituate FACTS Open Coalition Meeting Agenda Wednesday, September 20, 2017 6:30-8:00pm Community Room, Scituate Town Library 6:30 – 6:45pm            Welcome – Annmarie Galvin Introduce Ron Griffin, Superintendent of Schools 6:45 – 7:00pm            Coalition Overview and
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Teen Brain & Substances

We were delighted to welcome Dr. Sion Kim Harris, neuroscience researcher at Boston Children’s Hospital, to inform our junior prom families and community for the seventh year in a row! Printout SHS slides: Junior Prom – SHS Stats 2017.pdf Printout Dr.Harris slides: DrHarri
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Youth Mental Health Awareness

On March 7, 2017 Scituate Public Schools collaborated with Scituate FACTS to bring a Youth Mental Health Awareness Event to the community. Jen Lopes, LICSW, and Steve Howley, School Psychologist, of Scituate Public Schools, framed the evening with an overview of common challenges our
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Student Athletes – Sports and Injury

Scituate FACTS participated in a meeting for parents and caregivers of high school athletes. We reviewed risky substance use, and the particular risk from harm of prescription opiates with a focus on youth prevention. The following video is recommended watching for all families: http:
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alcohol use and teens

Changing Norms on Alcohol Use

How Not to be a Small Fishing Town with a Large Drinking Problem This program shares data on high school binge drinking behavior – and known risk factors. • What parents can do to model responsible drinking, and teach  kids about the consequences of alcohol use and abuse •  Ideas for
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What’s so special about the teenage brain?

Dr. Sion Kim Harris of Children’s Hospital helps us to understand what is going on inside the adolescent brain. Dr. Harris presents the latest neuroscience research. Learn how alcohol and marijuana particularly impact teen brain development. “Parents must act as the frontal lobe
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Scituate Designated Driver Program Launched

Scituate FACTS and Scituate Police Department are delighted to launch the Scituate Designated Driver Program, “Designate a Driver”, to coincide with the town’s hugely popular St. Patrick’s Day Parade and celebrations. The St. Patrick’s Day Parade brings many visitors to town and is a
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Parent's resource for helping your teen stay safe this prom and graduation season. As families prepare for proms, commencement exercises, and other events, we encourage parents to take the time to remind their children about the importance of making responsible decisions as they enjoy these celebrations. Encouraging our children to be more responsible. Take some time to talk to your children about these issues; it could save their life or the life of someone else. As we approach these special times of celebration, I urge you to reinforce with your children the importance of good decision making. Here are some quick tips: Be a Good Role Model Studies show that parents significantly influence their teen’s choices and lives. Stay Involved With Your Teen To help prevent early use of alcohol or other substances parents need to remain involved in their teen’s life. Social Norming Teens often believe the blatant misconception that “everyone uses drugs/alcohol” based on their peer relationships and the messages received by the media. Parents need to convey a message that not everyone uses drugs/alcohol and as parents we need to set clear guidelines. Talk About the Dangers of Using More Than One Drug Teens need to know the risk of each drug and the possible deadly combination of using more than one drug. Talking to your teen about drugs will not lead to using drugs, but rather help them make healthy decisions.

Keeping Kids Safe this Prom & Graduation Season

Take a moment to read this parent’s resource for helping your teen stay safe this prom and graduation season. As families prepare for proms, commencement exercises, and other events, we encourage parents to take the time to remind their children about the importance of making re
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A Harvard-Northwestern study has found differences between the brains of young adult marijuana smokers and those of nonsmokers. In these composite scans, colors represent the differences — in the shape of the amygdala, top, and nucleus accumbens. Yellow indicates areas that are most different, red the least. Credit: The Journal of Neuroscience

This is Your Brain

By ABIGAIL SULLIVAN MOOREOCT. 29, 2014 The gray matter of the nucleus accumbens, the walnut-shaped pleasure center of the brain, was glowing like a flame, showing a notable increase in density. “It could mean that there’s some sort of drug learning taking place,” speculated Jodi Gilma
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Introduction to Our Prevention Coalition More than 40 parents and caregivers of freshmen attended a program on August 27, 2014 in the Scituate High School Library. Families were introduced to the new Student Resource Officer, Natalie Quinn and Adjustment Counselor Jen Lopes. The Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator for The Town of Scituate, Annmarie Galvin, presented the attached information as an introduction to our community coalition - its programs, goals, and prevention framework.

Introduction to Our Prevention Coalition

More than 40 parents and caregivers of freshmen attended a program on August 27, 2014 in the Scituate High School Library. Families were introduced to the new Student Resource Officer, Natalie Quinn and Adjustment Counselor Jen Lopes. The Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator for The
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Treatment & Recovery Research by Dr. John F. Kelly

The Scituate FACTS Coalition was proud to host the first-ever “Health Fair of Substance Use Treatment Providers” on July 14, 2014 at The Scituate Harbor Community Building. Many providers from the area provided information to families, and Dr. John Kelly from MGH and Harva
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The Fifth Quarter Returns!

High School Students are welcome to free, supervised post-game parties at Scituate High School. Free music, pizza, kan jam, foosball, ping pong games on deck. Friday, September 12 – after the football game – 11:00 pm in the Small Gym, Melissa Trainor – DJ! Friday, Se
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