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Jul 252011

We work together for a happier, healthier Sullivan County.

Communities United is an umbrella organization made up of businesses, community support organizations, government and law enforcement, and nonprofit organizations. We are united in our commitment to work for a stronger, healthier community. We know alcohol and drug abuse hurts families and drains our communities of valuable resources.

We work together to provide information, strengthen resources, and support healthy behavior. As you explore our website, you’ll learn more about what we do, our community partners, and how you can help your family and community.

We’ve just updated our webpage with the latest information on “Spice” or “Smacked,” the synthetic drug that made many people in our state sick last month.

Here’s the latest information about this dangerous drug, which has lead to illness and death around the country.

We keep our website updated regularly with the latest information on new drugs and new drug trends, and tips on talking with your kids. Don’t forget to check us out when you have questions!

If you have a teen headed to college this year, you’ve probably thought about college drinking. Studies show that more college students are binge drinking than they did 20 or 30 years ago, and being thought of as ‘cool’ is one of the reasons.

But this heavy drinking is not inevitable. In most colleges, most students – around 60% – don’t binge.

There are things you can do as a parent to support healthy choices. The most important is to talk with your student.

  • Listen to their concerns about college.
  • Set clear expectations. College is a major investment! Emphasize that alcohol can interfere with learning and your student’s future plans.
  • Remind them that it’s illegal to consume alcohol before 21 in all 50 states. Alcohol can lead to problems that can last far beyond college.
  • Encourage them to get involved. Students are drawn to drinking because they think it will lead to social status. Getting involved in a sport, a club, or volunteer work can help boost their social lives in a healthy way.
  • Talk with them about what to do when things go wrong. How do they plan to get out of uncomfortable situations? What will they do if they want to study and a roommate wants to party? Talking through these potential problems can help them be ready for unexpected problems.

These conversations are most effective before the student leaves for their freshman year, but it is never too late to support healthy choices and remind your student they have a caring adult they can talk to.

AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteer In Service To America) invites any service member (Retired, Disabled, Active, & Reserve) and their immediate families to participate in a FREE Veterans Appreciation (Strengthening Bonds) Event hosted be Great River Outfitters & The Path of Life Garden on Saturday, September 6th, 2014. The day’s events include a guided kayak/canoe/raft trip, Path of Life Garden tour (with an amazing maze), Picnic Lunch, Yoga/Relaxation session, and evening bonfire. Adaptive equipment and experienced guides will be available for those with disabilities.

An RSVP is required as there are limited tickets available. RSVP here.

A previous survey was issued during the initial planning for this event but a space for contact info wasn’t provided. If you completed that survey, please take a moment to take the finalized copy to reserve your place. The survey may also be completed by phone, Facebook chat, or email for your convenience. Call (603)477-7830 or email vetcorps@sullivancountynh.gov for more information.

The event is also looking for volunteers if anyone would like to help this worthy cause.

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The Dangers of Smokeless Tobacco

Dr. Bill Kohn clarifies the facts about smokeless tobacco.

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