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Annual Meeting Featuring Dr. Ruth Potee- September 2017
Annual Meeting Featuring Dr. Ruth Potee- September 2017

Dr. Potee at RCASA Annual Meeting on YouTube


Full broadcast featuring RCASA Director, Jams for Jake and Marian Ryan


Presentation slides



How to Prevent Substance Misuse At Any Age
How to Prevent Substance Misuse At Any Age

Straightforward drug prevention tips parents can use for kids of any age, from toddler to teenager to young adult.

More Sites & Publications w/Drug & Alcohol Info for parents 

Search Institute: Build Healthy Skills and Competencies in Your Family

Sites geared to children and pre-teens

Smartphone Savvy: Common Sense Media
Smartphone Savvy: Common Sense Media

Learn more about apps and smarphone safety

Hidden in Plain Sight: Spot the Warning Signs of Substance Misuse
Hidden in Plain Sight: Spot the Warning Signs of Substance Misuse

For adults only. Please view our exhibit.


Stay informed to help your family and your community
Stay informed to help your family and your community
Vapes and Nicotine Product Info for Parents
Vapes and Nicotine Product Info for Parents

Vapes, Snus, Dissolvables

Dear Parents,

See below for pics and descriptions of some of the more popular products used by teens and young adults that contain nicotine, tobacco and other chemicals.  The assortment of "OTHER TOBACCO PRODUCTS" AND "E-VAPES" are marketed to young people.  These products are:

  • ATTRACTIVE (candy flavored, easy to hide, no spitting, no off odor)
  • ACCESSIBLE (must be 21 in Reading to buy it, but online sales are up)
  • AFFORDABLE (cheaper than a pack of cigarettes)
  • ADDICTIVE (can contain more nicotine than teens realize)

Blunts are cheap, $99 cents or 2 for a dollar and are often used to wrap marijuana. They are made of tobacco leaf and are available where tobacco products are sold. Learn more at

Snus is moist nicotine laced tobacco product sold by major tobacco companies and marketed to teens.  RCASA Youth Leaders conducted research and found out the following info, "If you do a google search. You will find some articles touting Snus as..."Safe"; "Used by 12-25% of Swedish population “must be safe”; "a smoke free alternative"; "way to quit smoking"; or "more socially acceptable for Wall Street, higher income brackets, teens because you don't spit and its not visible to others that you are using it".  They fail to mention

  • Snus is much cheaper than cigarettes ($3-5), more attractive to teens
  • Much higher amount of nicotine in 1 Snus packet than in cigarette
  • Snus stains teeth
  • Studies have shown in addition to other health risks that “Snus Smokeless Tobacco May Raise Stroke Risk”
  • Majority of snus users are new i.e. young people
  • This is not a nicotine replacement, it is nicotine

Ahhh cigars!  They are not the same cigars you might remembers.  These foil wrapped beauties come in grape, strawberry and other attractive flavors.  Sometimes used for the tobacco and nicotine inside, these products are also unwrapped and rewrapped with marijuana.  Also cigarillos or skinny cigars are popular and are used similar to cigarettes (priced cheaper than cigarettes).

Marketed as a smoking cessation tool like nicotine gum, these pill dissolvables aka "cigalets" are sold in assorted flavors including wintergreen and mocha. They contain nicotine, are hard to detect because they dissolve, and are often used during the day and teens switch back to smoking at night.

Did you know? "E-cigarette products are not regulated by the FDA, so there are currently no accepted measures to confirm their purity or safety"

Learn more at

The RCASA Student Club and Youth Crew have worked for the past five years to expand local knowledge of the health dangers of OTPs like snus, little cigars, and other flavored tobacco products. According to the 84, Big Tobacco targets youth with their attractive packaging, cheap prices, and product placement.” Local surveys by the RCASA Youth Crew on tobacco product availability in Reading confirm teens are targeted as “replacement smokers”. Let’s change the game and not line the pockets of Big Tobacco. RCASA is part of the statewide movement “the 84” to reduce youth tobacco use. The 84 represents the 84% of Massachusetts youth who did NOT smoke when the movement began. Now, 86% of youth do NOT smoke. Learn more at

How to Talk about Marijuana
How to Talk about Marijuana

Don't wait, the time is now!

41% of teen marijuana smokers say they began before the age of 15.

What do we actually know about marijuana






Dr. Ruth Potee
Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Group

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PARENT/FAMILY SUPPORT GROUPS (local)- compiled by RCASA as of 7/2015

(free groups for parents concerned about their child’s drug and alcohol use)



See the website for the many local meetings

Al-Anon for Parents

       St. Margaret’s Church

            111 Winn Street, Burlington

            Thursday, 8:30pm


             First Parish Church

             Great Road, Bedford

             Tuesday 7:30 pm

Nar-Anon for Families

      McLean Hospital

115 Mill Street

Belmont, MA

     De Marneffe Building

     Room #132   7:45-9:15PM

     Meeting Name: "Cope & Hope"

     Monday:  7:45 pm


The Salvation Army Building

402 Massachusetts Avenue

Cambridge, MA

Wednesday 7:00 pm

                   Please enter through Green Street entrance

                   Meeting Name: "Friends & Families In Crisis"

Learn To Cope                                                                     

All meetings begin at 7pm


Mon:       BROCKTON:  Independence Academy, the Recovery High School
                                        460 Belmont Street, Brockton
                 Entrance to the school is at the far back of the building.

                 CAMBRIDGE: Spaulding Hospital
                                         1575 Cambridge Street
                 Use main entrance and follow signs to the 3rd Floor Chapel. 
                 Use free visitor parking in Lot E on Hovey Ave.


Tue:     QUINCY: Eastern Nazarene College
                                 180 Old Colony Ave
                Use main entrance and watch for signs.

                TEWKSBURY: Tewksbury Memorial High School
                                         320 Pleasant Street


Wed:     LOWELL: Saints Medical Center 
                                    1 Hospital Drive

    GLOUCESTER: Rose Baker Senior Center
                                 6 Manuel F Lewis Street (enter through the main door)
                Park in adjacent lot  or in back of building



Thur:       SALEM: Salem Hospital
                           81 Highland Ave
                           Davenport Conference Room 102A
              Park behind the hospital by Shaughnessy/Spaulding North, back entrance. Room 102A

              WORCESTER: Worcester Recovery Center and Hospital
                                     309 Belmont Street
             This is a brand new facility, located within a campus of very old building. It is important to go straight to          

             the end of the roadway. The entrance is secure so you will have to sign in at the front door.

Parent Support Group

            Mass.General Hospital

     15l Merrimack Street, 5th Floor, Boston

          Tue, 5:30-7pm


            1st Baptist Church

            Oakland Street, Medford

            Wed, 6:30-8pm

Parents Helping Parents

Community Teamwork

            155 Main Street, Lowell

            Mon, 5:30-7pm



99 Dartmouth Street, Malden

            Mon, 6:30-8pm


      First Community Church

            55 Otis Street, Medford

            Tue, 6:30 -8pm


      Lemberg Children’s Center

            415 South Street, Waltham

            Wed, 7-9pm

Families Anonymous

            Community Family

            121 Washington St Medford

Tue 7 pm


Wilmington United Methodist Church

87 Church St, Wilmington

Thu 7 pm

Family Support Group

            North Suffolk

            14 Porter St., East Boston

            Mon, 6-8pm

Friends and Family Support

            Lahey Behaviorial, Danvers Treatment Center

            Middleton St., Danvers

            Thu, 7-8:30pm

SMART Recovery for Families

            McLean Hospital, Belmont

            DeMarneffe Bldg – Cafeteria, Rm 118

            Sat, 4:30pm


Sponsored by Barile Family Funeral Homes of Stoneham and Reading

2016 Bereavement Ministry  "Comfort the Sorrowful"

Saint Patrick Parish
71 Central Street
Stoneham, MA 02180

Grief Support Drop-In Evenings

2nd Monday of each Month (except holidays) 

Grief Support Group

Meets seasonally for 6 consecutive Wednesday evenings (call Saint Patrick's to register)

Spring: April 20 - May 25 Fall: October 5 - November 9

Emmaus Ministry 1-Day Retreat for Parents Grieving the Loss of a Child

Saturday, September 24
9:30am - 7:30pm
(please call Saint Patrick's to register)

Watch Dr. Ruth Potee's talk @ RCASA Annual Meeting, click to view her presentation
Its Never To Early to Talk
Talk: They Hear You
Talk: They Hear You II
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