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“When confronted with the fallout of childhood trauma, why do some children adapt and overcome, while others bear lifelong scars that flatten their potential? A growing body of evidence points to one common answer: Every child who winds up doing well has had at least one stable and committed relationship with a supportive adult.” — Harvard University Study on the Science of Resilience, 2015
WELCOME TO SAGAR DESAI
Sagar comes to AYHSC as a student from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and will be working with the coalition until the Spring of 2018. As the Youth Coordinator for the Coalition, Sagar will work to engage Arlington youth in substance use prevention education, research, and other programming.
Sagar is taking a year away from medical school in San Francisco to get his Master's degree in Public Health, and is looking forward to a future career as an pediatric emergency medicine physician. Prior to beginning medical school, Sagar taught high school Physics and coached Varsity men's basketball in Chicago.
In his free time, Sagar enjoys playing basketball, attending live music shows, and getting out into nature. Far from his hometown in California, Sagar is hopeful that he can survive the legendary New England winter!
Dangerous Chemicals Are Found in Popular CBD Products
A new study detects synthetic marijuana and an OTC cough drug in vaping liquids
Several products from a leading brand of CBD vaping liquids contain a chemical that’s been linked to emergency room admissions and even death, according to a study published this month in Forensic Science International.
Researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University found that the products, all from Diamond CBD, a publicly traded company, contained a compound called 5F-ADB. That compound, often found in illegal synthetic marijuana products such as “K2” and “Spice,” can trigger paranoia and panic attacks, increase heart rate and blood pressure, and cause convulsions, organ damage, and even death, according to the Drug Enforcement Agency.
Parents and Alcohol: What Teens Learn When Parents Drink
My 12-year-old daughter walked into the kitchen and said, “Wow, did you guys have a party last night?
I looked at her quizzically and responded, “Why would you say that? You were here with us for most of the time.”
“But look at all the bottles,” she said as she poured her cereal.
I glanced over to my sink, where I saw four wine bottles lined up, ready for recycling. The truth was that my neighbors had come over for pizza and brought a few bottles of open wine left over from a party they had the prior weekend. No one had more than a glass or two, but I couldn’t help wondering what message my daughter received from seeing the empty bottles.
“Parental behavior is one of the strongest predictors of a child’s perception of alcohol,” says Lisa Leshaw, M.S., a clinical mental health counselor.
When Danny Reagan was 13, he began exhibiting signs of what doctors usually associate with drug addiction. He became agitated, secretive and withdrew from friends. He had quit baseball and Boy Scouts, and he stopped doing homework and showering. But he was not using drugs. He was hooked on YouTube and video games, to the point where he could do nothing else. As doctors would confirm, he was addicted to his electronics.
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Why Vaping is So Dangerous to Teens
Most of what we know about nicotine addiction in teens, we know from cigarettes. But experts say the technology and chemistry of vaping might pose an entirely different threat.
"It turns out that e-cigarette use by kids doesn't look the same at all," said Dr. Sharon Levy, director of the Adolescent Substance Use and Addiction Program at Boston Children's Hospital. "How you're delivering [nicotine] and how much you're delivering ... everything you change really matters." Levy said she's seen vape-addicted kids in her program showing what appear to be psychiatric symptoms rarely seen with traditional cigarettes or among adults. Some have anxiety and cannot focus, for example.
Motor Vehicle Crashes Up 6 Percent in Four States With Legalized Marijuana
Motor vehicle crashes are up 6 percent in four states with legalized recreational marijuana, compared with four neighboring states where the drug is illegal or restricted, according to Consumer Reports.
Researchers say the findings suggest that as more states legalize recreational marijuana, more will need to be done to find ways to prevent impaired driving accidents.
“The new IIHS-HLDI research on marijuana and crashes indicates that legalizing marijuana for all uses is having an impact on the safety of our roads,” said David Harkey, president of IIHS and HLDI. “States exploring legalizing marijuana should consider the highway safety impact.”
UPDATED Aug. 12: Steven Ratiner, Arlington’s poet laureate, sought submissions in February 2020 from Arlington residents to contribute to "a rather unconventional, utterly delightful way to inject poetry into the everyday." It was to remain secret until its debut during April’s National Poetry Month. Then the coronavirus hit. In June 2021, he offers Red Letters 3.0. PUBLISHED: I was asked to write an essay for Askold Melnyczuk’s Arrowsmith Journal about what I learned from the first y...
Worst Offender: Somerville’s SOM01A combined sewer overflow. UPDATED Aug. 11: Precinct 13 Town Meeting member Kristin Anderson, who is monitoring the combined sewer overflows into the Alewife Brook, provided this update via her blog, Save the Alewife Brook. The Environmental Protection Agency’s mention of dredging the Alewife Brook in its response to the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority’s April 2022 draft scope for the new CSO control plan has revived the discussion ab...
This letter was written by Guillermo S. Hamlin, a Precinct 14 Town Meeting member who works at Tufts Technology Services and previously ran for the town Board of Assessors in '21. Did you know that Massachusetts ranks 46th in the country on government transparency? Read that back again and sit with that realization. Is that really what we’re willing to pay for? Seriously, the State House regularly fails to report back to its taxpayers, and that’s most of the time. This is unacceptable, we need t...
After a 23-hour session, the state Legislature has decided to close the 2021-2022 session by declining to act on billions in tax relief. Our leaders voted in favor of sports betting, mental health and gun control. But Democrats said they were being "fiscally responsible" by pausing talks over tax-relief and economic-development spending. They want to see how much money in state revenue must be returned to taxpayers in the light of a 1986 ballot law that capped state revenue growth. Outgoing Repu...
This letter was written by Howard Winkler, a former Arlington resident who lives in Lexington: Click image to access >> After living in and being active in Arlington for 54 years, I moved to a retirement community in Lexington. I now sleep in Lexington, but my heart is in Arlington. It was sad when the Advocate shut down [merged], as it connected our citizens, and recorded the life of our community. Now, it would appear that our citizens are in the dark when it comes to knowing what the va...
UPDATED July 24: The Coalition to Save the Mugar Wetlands has set an initial target of $50,000 to support the efforts of the residents of East Arlington who filed suit last year to prevent the construction of Thorndike Place, a 124-unit, four-floor rental building near documented wetlands. Since June 30, the group has raised $9,515. Arlington Town Meeting and the Select Board do not support this development. Neighborhood residents say they have spent about $18,000 in legal fees to date. For...
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McHugh UPDATED Aug. 4: Susan Rachel McHugh, a cofounder of the Arlington Human Rights Commission in 1993 and its first chairwoman, died in June after a brief illness at age 66. Those who worked with her remembered her immediately after her June 20 passing. The Boston Globe published her obituary…
Julian Carpenter, Berklee drummer. / Liam Garcia photo Musician Julian Carpenter, a 2019 Arlington High School grad, aims to feel the beat of the big time as he is among the performers at the Lollapalooza Festival, four days of sounds in Chicago that runs from rap to electro pop and indie to…