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Electronic vaping devices go by many names, such as e-cigarettes, e-cigars, e-pipes, vape pipes, vaping pens, e-hookahs, or hookah pens. They are often easy to conceal and some even give off little vapor and smell, allowing teens to easily conceal them on school grounds. Compass Mark is keeping track of various types of vaping devices…

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Compass Mark Facilitator Nicole Bridgen celebrates the last day of Lions Quest with Rheems Elementary students in Elizabethtown. The Lions Quest® prevention program helps young people develop positive commitments to their families, schools, peers, and communities. Research repeatedly shows us that establishing these commitments and skills at any early age contributes critical protection against future…

A blue ribbon with the words, "Problem Gambling Awareness Month. Have the Conversation."

For the month of March, The National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) wants to help people have a conversation about something that affects many Americans, but is talked about by few. “Problem Gambling is a disease that affects over seven million Americans, yet few talk about it,” said National Council on Problem Gambling Executive Director…

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by Jennifer Grant “What the New Year brings to you will depend a great deal on what you bring to the New Year. “ This was the first New Year’s quote I saw and it made me think about all of the programs and services Compass Mark provides to the community, what has been accomplished…

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Preventing drug and alcohol abuse in our county isn’t something that Compass Mark can tackle alone — it takes a village. Just as recovering from substance abuse takes a support team, keeping our communities informed and making healthy decisions requires a team effort. One of the many ways that we expand the reach and impact…

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Compass Mark offers numerous school-based prevention programs that serve kindergarten through 12th grade students in our community. Now, thanks to the hard work of Public Relations majors at Millersville University, we’re one step closer to serving more students at the college level. The college years can be a particularly vulnerable time. In fact, studies have…

A group of middle-school students stand on the steps of Thaddeus Stevens College

Thanks to the many generous donors who support Compass Mark’s mission to prevent addiction, Compass Mark is planning a new initiative that will make a big difference at three local schools. Compass Mark recently combined the Future Generations after-school program and the Leadership Institute to form the Leaders of Future Generations program, a blended school…

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People struggling with substance abuse were once, and sometimes still are, judged harshly. Today, we know addiction is a disease, just as cancer, diabetes and other common ailments are. The National Institute of Drug Abuse, respected institutions like the American Medical Association and studies published in notable publications all define addiction as a disease. According…

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When the term “substance abuse” is mentioned, your mind likely goes to Pennsylvania’s much-publicized opioid crisis, but the issues of substance abuse are much broader.  While they receive special attention in October during National Substance Abuse Prevention Month, these issues require attention all year round. That’s why Compass Mark’s dedicated Prevention Specialists work to build…

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By Anne Schober, Youth Leadership Advocate I love summer. I love the idea of wearing flip-flops every day, soaking up the sun while sipping on lemonade, enjoying a refreshing dip in the pool, savoring Lancaster County sweet corn, catching fireflies and watching the sunset. . . summer is my season. And yet, October excites me….

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