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The following is the main text and images from the February newsletter from the Arlington Health & Safety Coalition.

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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


DesaiSagar 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!


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Preventing youth substance use, protects youth brain development

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.



 The Digital Drug: Internet Addiction Spawns U.S. Treatment Programs 

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. 


From our friends at FCD Prevention Works
Click here to find nine questions about inhalants that can help to initiate prevention conversations with your students!
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 findings come from a study conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI). Researchers compared insurance claims for vehicle collisions in Colorado, Nevada, Oregon and Washington — where recreational marijuana is legal — with Idaho, Montana, Utah and Wyoming — where it is not.

“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.”


 This newsletter, which includes opinion, was published Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019. 

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