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Teen and younger child mix things in bowls at a table- maybe they are making a meal?

Prevention of substance use and gambling disorders is NOT simply about telling kids not to do these things. Effective prevention starts with identifying what children and youth in the community need, and then meeting that need with research-backed strategies. Risk & Protective Factors: The Foundation for Effective Prevention Risk factors are those things that increase…

Two teen boys are shown playing ping pong in a rustic hall.

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…

A figure with a mortarboard and two other figures outline the words, "I want the best for my future. I choose to remain sober."

The DUI Council of Lancaster County is proud to unveil its latest billboard created by the Leaders of Future Generations program students. It is located on Route 30 EB between the Mountville Exit and the Centerville Exit. The students message of “I want the best for my future” depicts making good decisions, asking for help…

We see the backs of 4 teens sitting on the edge of a bridge- water in the background. It's gray out, and they seem quiet.

Anxiety is a natural feeling that everyone experiences from time to time. Your child may feel particularly anxious before a test, for example. But when normal activities like going to school or extracurricular activities cause unease and panic, these feelings could signal a more serious anxiety disorder. Teens suffering from anxiety disorders essentially feel incapable…

Logo is a bright orange sunburst with "National Drug & alcohol Facts Week" in red and green in the shatter. The tagline is "Shatter the Myths."

At Compass Mark, our goal is to make sure Lancaster and Lebanon County residents understand addiction and its impact on our community, and to share our best resources for prevention. Every January, our mission is further reinforced by a national call to action — National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week. This week is about knowing…

Six college students in business attire pose.

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…

hospital room liver disease

A recent study conducted by scientists at the University of Michigan and VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System has revealed a disturbing trend: deaths related to liver disease are on the rise among young Americans, and alcohol use disorder may be the culprit. After adjusting for age, researchers found that between 2008 and 2016 the death…

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