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What Is Footprints for Life?

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Drug and alcohol abuse prevention education is important for kids of every age. That's why Wellspring Center for Prevention offers Footprints for Life, a program designed to help students build a strong foundation of life skills from a young age that will help them avoid alcohol and drug abuse. Here's why prevention education is so important, and w...
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Connecting to CMS Students Virtually During the Pandemic

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By Christina Lavigne, ClinicianOver the last year and a half, the pandemic has made us get creative with how to connect to others while remaining socially/physically distant. All schools had to make difficult decisions regarding reopening while thinking about the safety of their students and staff. Carteret Middle School utilized the hybrid mo...
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JUL
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How Teachers Can Implement a Prevention Education Program

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Prevention education is important for children of all ages in developing healthy coping mechanisms and resisting toxic peer pressure. That's why many schools offer prevention education programs as part of their curriculum. But having a program in place isn't always enough — especially if that child is going home to an unhealthy household or one tha...
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JUL
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Teen’s Educational, Movie-Like Video Project Wins #Drivingskills101 PSA Contest

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In the minds of many teenagers, a driver's license equates to freedom, fun, and more time spent with friends. While getting a license can be all of those things and more, there are dangers that young drivers need to be educated about and fully prepared for before they hit the road. Organizations like SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) an...
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JUN
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The Value of School-Based Student Assistance Coordinators (SACs)

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No matter what age, navigating through school can be challenging for all students. This is especially true for children and young adults who are struggling with substance abuse, mental health disorders, and family issues. That's why most schools employ a Student Assistance Coordinator (SAC). Here's what SACs do, and why school-based SACs are valuab...
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Teens’ Creativity Shines Through in Middlesex County’s ‘Don’t Drive Dangerously’ PSA Contest

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For teenagers everywhere, learning to drive and getting a driver's license is an exciting rite of passage. It's also an enormous responsibility, and it's important for teens to understand the consequences of dangerous driving — especially when alcohol and other substances are involved. In 2000, Middlesex County, New Jersey launched its very first D...
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JUN
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What Is the Role of Parents in Prevention Education?

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Parents play a specific role in prevention education. The earlier a child starts experimenting with substances, the more likely they are to develop an addiction. The Center on Addiction found in 2018 that children who began using substances like tobacco, alcohol or prescription medications before the age of 15 were seven-times more likely to experi...
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5 Ways Schools Can Reduce Substance Use

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There are many ways that students might be introduced to substances, but preventive measures can be taken to help reduce the number who choose to engage in use. Schools, including all faculty and staff, can be involved in prevention education. Here are five ways to reduce substance use. 1. Faculty and staff should be aware of, and look out for, war...
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JUN
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How the COVID-19 Crisis Impacted Substance Use

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It's no shock that the COVID-19 pandemic has negatively impacted many people's mental health, but this is especially true for those who were already suffering from a mental illness like a substance use disorder (SUD). Here's how the global health crisis has impacted substance use. Pandemic anxiety and isolation has caused many to turn to substances...
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5 Children’s Mental Health Concerns in the Era of Remote Education

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One of the largest pandemic adjustments — for children and their parents or guardians — has been remote learning. Teachers and students grappled with technology resources, and families had to figure out how to make home spaces school spaces. The transition wasn't without impact. Changes in the social experience of school brought special attention t...
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