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The Monitoring the Future (MTF) survey measures drug and alcohol use and related attitudes among adolescents nationwide–11,821 students from 112 public and private schools participated in 2020. This year’s data was collected right before school closures due to the coronavirus pandemic. The sample size is therefor smaller than in previous years, but doesn’t necessarily reflect…

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On Saturday October 21st Josh Mountz, Compass Mark Prevention Specialist, joined Chief Todd Breiner from the Lebanon City Police for the DEA’s National Drug Take Back Day.  The event is dedicated to collecting unused or expired medication to make sure that they do not get into the wrong hands.  Pennsylvania Youth Survey data states that…

Compass Mark took part in raising awareness for National Prevention Week last week. National Prevention Week is a week dedicated to increasing support for the prevention of mental health and substance use disorders. Compass Mark shared several of SAMHSA’s videos of individuals completing the 2018 Prevention Challenge: Dear Future Me. This challenged individuals to submit…

School can be a stressful time. Tests, quizzes, and assignments may feel like a crushing weight on a young person’s shoulders. Study drugs are sometimes seen as an easy fix. According to the Pennsylvania Youth Survey, 10% of Lebanon County 12th graders have tried a prescription stimulant without a doctor’s order. Could your loved one be…

Recent headlines have highlighted the profound impact of heroin abuse—a trend that’s triggered plenty of necessary conversations about prevention and treatment efforts in Lancaster, PA and across the country. These discussions about heroin are important; however parents, teachers, and other concerned adults shouldn’t take their focus off a more prevalent problem in our community: alcohol.

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