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Straightforward drug prevention tips parents can use for kids of any age, from toddler to teenager to young adult.
Vapes, Snus, Dissolvables
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 https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/marijuana
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"
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 www.84.org
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
First Parish Church
Great Road, Bedford
Tuesday 7:30 pm
Nar-Anon for Families
115 Mill Street
De Marneffe Building
Room #132 7:45-9:15PM
Meeting Name: "Cope & Hope"
Monday: 7:45 pm
The Salvation Army Building
402 Massachusetts Avenue
Wednesday 7:00 pm
Please enter through Green Street entrance
Meeting Name: "Friends & Families In Crisis"
Learn To Cope www.learn2cope.org
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
15l Merrimack Street, 5th Floor, Boston
1st Baptist Church
Oakland Street, Medford
Parents Helping Parents
155 Main Street, Lowell
99 Dartmouth Street, Malden
First Community Church
55 Otis Street, Medford
Tue, 6:30 -8pm
Lemberg Children’s Center
415 South Street, Waltham
121 Washington St Medford
Tue 7 pm
Wilmington United Methodist Church
87 Church St, Wilmington
Thu 7 pm
Family Support Group
14 Porter St., East Boston
Friends and Family Support
Lahey Behaviorial, Danvers Treatment Center
Middleton St., Danvers
SMART Recovery for Families
McLean Hospital, Belmont
DeMarneffe Bldg – Cafeteria, Rm 118
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)