My phone rings and my heart sinks into my stomach as I recognize the number to my son’s school. I think I mumbled out some form of hello, trying not to sound petrified. Meanwhile my heart is now pounding through my neck and my brain is thinking of a million possible worst case scenerios, all… Continue reading That call…
Today I sat in the parent drop off line at school as per the usual routine. I took deep gulps of my coffee in between the stopping and going as our mini-van edged closer and closer to the sweet sound of quietness between dropping off my last child and my commute to the office. Somewhere… Continue reading Did you know?
Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in our nation, the 9th leading cause of death in the State of Florida. Suicide not only rocks a family, but entire schools, work places and the community. The word “suicide” evokes uncomfortable feelings and it’s not a desired conversation over a business lunch, meeting, or the… Continue reading No Boundaries – Suicide Prevention Day
Over the next few months, we will be exploring what science tells us about some ideas related marijuana. One of the more frequently shared ideas is that marijuana, unlike other drugs, is not addictive, and it is easy to just stop using it. Another is, that if addiction is possible, it is rare and… Continue reading Myth Or Science? Pt. 1 – Marijuana and Addiction
(This guest blog post was reprinted, by permission of the author, Pamela S. Erickson. Ms. Erickson is a leader in the field of alcohol regulation, policy and education. Visit her website: http://www.healthyalcoholmarket.com ) There has been great news on the underage drinking front.Young people are not so interested in getting drunk. In both the US… Continue reading Advocating for safe socializing
So you woke up today, and everything was the same, and that's where the problem is. Everyone's rushing around to get ready for work and school and either you barely speak to each other or everything said is said with a "tone". You know, that tone that sounds annoyed or angry, yet there is no… Continue reading Strengthening Families
In the field of substance abuse, we talk about prevention frequently. What does prevention truly mean? Educating the public? Yes. By educating the public, do we bring awareness to the community? Absolutely! That education may lead some of us to have an “Aha! moment.” But what do we know about substance abuse prevention? We can… Continue reading Prevention is for all of us
What’s the real story behind teen drinking? With Alcohol Awareness month approaching, MADD SWFL wants to answer this question for Charlotte County. In April, MADD celebrates its national Campaign Power Talk 21, which encourages parents to have conversations with their teens about alcohol. Teens do say that it is their parents that have the biggest… Continue reading The Power’s in You!
In one year 576 poisoning accidents in Charlotte County helped by Poison Control Staff! Did your child chew on a detergent pod? Did your husband swallow the dog’s heartworm pill? Did you get stung by a caterpillar while gardening? Did your neighbor give himself too much insulin? These are typical calls received by the Poison… Continue reading National Poison Prevention Week