Recovery Month Celebrates Healing and Thriving Imagine having an illness that is often fatal, but can be recovered from—a highly stressful situation. Now imagine the general public not only believes that recovery is impossible but also blames you for having this illness. Beliefs are powerful, and can determine whether an illness is secret or shared;…

Opioid abuse has garnered plenty of attention lately—with good reason. However, it’s also important for the Lancaster and Lebanon communities to stay aware of the risks associated with other drugs, including cocaine.

Substance abuse prevention is about so much more than simply telling kids not to use alcohol or other drugs. 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…

What type of youth substance abuse prevention is most effective? At Compass Mark, our mission is to find evidence-based prevention programs and put them to work in Lancaster and Lebanon. Many of our youth programs are based on social and emotional learning (SEL), a term that defines acquiring the skills that help children make healthier,…

Alcohol, Tobacco, Other Drug and Gambling (ATODG) Prevention; this is what we do at Compass Mark. Sounds easy, right? Just stop something from happening….we all know how to do that. Or do we? The truth is, if ATODG prevention was easy, we wouldn’t have ATODG epidemics. Prevention is counterintuitive to the way we think. You…

American teenagers are smoking cigarettes less–a dramatic drop of up to 64% in recent years, according to a study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The recently-released report found that just over 7% of teens smoked cigarettes or cigars in 2013 compared with about 20% in 1997. However the researchers also found

Think performance-enhancing drugs are just a problem for the likes of cycling giants or baseball superstars? Not so fast. The Electronic Sports League (ESL), which oversees competitive video gaming, recently announced that players would be banned from using medications like Adderall unless they had a doctor’s note. Additionally, ESL said it would begin testing its…

Governor Tom Wolf recently vetoed a bill that would have closed state-owned liquor stores and privatized liquor and wine sales in Pennsylvania. Compass Mark, which has worked since 1966 to prevent substance abuse, supports Governor Wolf’s action. We’re sharing the full text of Compass Mark’s position on PA liquor privatization:

“My brother George P. Gauthier lost his battle with addiction 5/28/15. He was 44 years old. He was so intelligent and creative and funny. He struggled with alcohol from the time he was in his early 20’s…” So begins an obituary written by Gauthier’s sister. It’s one example of a recent trend to be open in…

Synthetic pot. Spice. K2. No matter what you call it, synthetic marijuana is bad news. During a recent two-week period, 48 people in Dauphin County and several in York County were hospitalized with overdoses, according to LancasterOnline. Synthetic marijuana-related hospital admissions are spiking nationwide–one Baton Rouge hospital treated more than 110 cases in February alone….

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