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Summer Camp and Sports Injuries

By Barbara Edmonson As the school year ends and summer approaches, thousands of youth sustain injuries from bike accidents, sports and just common injuries that can occur at any time.  Two primary concerns are camping and sports injuries.  Youth at summer camp can...

Prom & Graduation Season

It’s that time of year again; prom and graduation season is officially underway! This time of year is marked by a lot of celebrations and parties. Unfortunately, this can also be a common time of year for teens to use harmful substances, like alcohol, marijuana,...

The Science of Happiness

  Recently, I had the chance to hear Dr. Catherine Sanderson give a talk on the Science of the Happiness at the Braintree Town Hall. This event was sponsored by Mayor Joseph C. Sullivan and the Braintree Community Partnership on Substance use. Dr. Sanderson has her...

Intimate Partner Violence & Alcohol

By Paul Williams If you suffer abuse from an intimate partner, please stop what you’re doing, and call The National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233). According to the World Health Organization alcohol can be a major contributor to intimate partner...

Balancing Adversity with HOPE

The experiences we have as children, both positive and negative, can have lasting impacts on our health and behavior as adults. You may have heard of ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences). The idea of ACEs came out of a study conducted by Kaiser Permanente from...

Bullying Prevention

Recently, Susan Poirer, Public Health Nurse for the Town of Milton, wrote an article for the Milton Times on bullying prevention. I wanted to share this article for two reasons. First, bullying is an important public health issue that can have lasting impacts on the...

Vaping & JUULing: What Parents Should Know

This fall I was inundated with requests from curious and concerned parents and schools about vaping.  Vaping among youth has skyrocketed.  Particularly I heard questions about the use of one e-cigarette brand, JUUL, and adults are trying to figure out how to respond. ...

‘Tis the Season to Talk

Next week is Thanksgiving which marks the beginning of the holiday season. The holidays are a time for celebrations with friends and family and a perfect opportunity to talk with the kids and young adults in your life about alcohol. Thanksgiving, Christmas and New...

Alcohol’s Impact on the Teen Brain

Alcohol is the most commonly used drug among youth in the United States. Despite common misconceptions that alcohol is less harmful than other drugs, drinking alcohol at a young age can have many negative consequences. One lesser known harm of underage drinking is the...

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