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Kids These Days

“Kids these days.” Every generation has its own ideas about how young people are supposed to act – and how they are not supposed to act. When adults talk about “kids these days,” that phrase is often followed by negative opinions about youth and what they are doing...

5 Tips for Having “The Talk” This Summer

Summer is a time for beach days, barbeques, adventures and hanging out with family and friends. It is also a common time for young people to try alcohol. The good news is that research shows that kids whose parents/guardians talk to them about drugs and alcohol, are...

Health Disparities in Substance Use Prevention

By Chris Cobb Why Disparities and Health Equity Matter in Substance Use Prevention for Youth “Disparity.” What comes to your mind when you hear this word? Oxford English Dictionary defines “disparity” as “a great difference.” “Disparity” may not be a word you hear...

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...

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