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Upcoming Events For January, 2018

posted Jan 11, 2018, 1:38 PM by Kevin Hatch

Upcoming Events For January, 2018
1. Methuen Police Department Community Outreach : Cole Welch at Marsh Grammar School
2. Mike Gorman  motivational speaker at Tenney Grammar School

What to Look for — and What to Avoid — when Searching for an Addiction Treatment Program Partnership for Drug-Free Kids

posted Jan 7, 2018, 10:45 AM by Kevin Hatch

What to Look for — and What to Avoid — when Searching for an Addiction Treatment Program

The current opioid epidemic has unfortunately bred a slew of unethical businesses posing as legitimate addiction treatment for those struggling with drugs or alcohol. It’s unimaginable that there are those who would take advantage of families in crisis, but it’s a sad reality.

The stigma of addiction and the fear of being judged will often have families wait until the last minute to reach out for help. They often feel terrified, alone and desperate to find help for their loved one. Some providers will strategically prey upon this fear to get a young person into their so-called treatment program. For many families, this predatory behavior will seem to be a gift, a kind and compassionate stranger who can answer all their prayers.

You are your child’s best advocate for finding the right type of treatment. Even well-meaning healthcare professionals or other individuals in your life may inadvertently point you in the wrong direction simply because addiction treatment is not their area of expertise.

Your family’s journey to recovery will be an ongoing learning process — and figuring out how to navigate the treatment system can be one of the biggest challenges. Do your research, ask for help, network with other parents, talk to addictions counselors and don’t be shy about asking any prospective providers a lot of questions.

It’s recommended that you start with a trusted addictions counselor and not with an online search. Use the following as a quick reference guide to help form the questions you’ll ask and quickly eliminate any questionable providers from your list:

The harmful effects of vaporizers and e-cigarettes and info regarding Benzodiazepine Drug Class

posted Dec 21, 2017, 7:26 AM by Kevin Hatch   [ updated Dec 21, 2017, 7:27 AM ]

Please to take moment to read about the harmful effects of vaporizers and e-cigarettes. Many families and young adults are having conversations about whether or not these devises are legal, safe, or healthy. Please know that these devices are classified as smoking paraphernalia and/or drug paraphernalia and they are strictly prohibited on school grounds. Smoking and drug paraphernalia will be confiscated and disciplinary consequences will be imposed if students are in possession of vaporizers or e-cigarettes. As a school we remain committed to the long-term health, safety, and well-being of our students. We encourage every family to have a conversation about the dangers of vaping. 

Vaping is often touted as smoking without the negative effects: no bad breath, no cigarette burns, less risk of cancer and other smoking-related diseases. There are, however, other risks associated with vaping.

Methuen Public Schools would like to make you aware of the different Benzodiazepines (Benzodiazepine Drug Class) which affects all communities. Please read this article for more information.

New episode of "Lets Talk” with Dean Brouder Season 4 Episode 1 Guest Michael Gorman

posted Nov 19, 2017, 10:13 AM by Kevin Hatch   [ updated Nov 19, 2017, 10:14 AM ]

"Lets Talk” with Dean Brouder Season 4 Episode 1 Guest Michael Gorman
Today's topic  Michael Gorman MHS Graduate Paying it Forward
 Click Here to watch the episode now

What Happens in Opioid Withdrawal l Partnership for Drug-Free Kids

posted Nov 5, 2017, 2:18 PM by Kevin Hatch

Opioid Withdrawal Partnership for Drug-Free Kids

Activities for Methuen Public Schools Red Ribbon Week 2017

posted Oct 12, 2017, 1:43 PM by Kevin Hatch   [ updated Oct 17, 2017, 7:23 AM ]

Updated Ribbon Week 2017

Straight talk about addiction for teens and their parents -- preview resources for National Medicine Abuse Awareness Month

posted Sep 12, 2017, 1:19 PM by Kevin Hatch   [ updated Sep 12, 2017, 1:20 PM ]

"Declare A National Emergency" Facing Addiction

posted Sep 5, 2017, 5:20 AM by Kevin Hatch   [ updated Sep 5, 2017, 5:26 AM ]

Newest ideas moving ahead

posted Sep 5, 2017, 5:07 AM by Kevin Hatch

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