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Juuling: What You Need to Know

Electronic cigarettes are nothing new to the youth and adults in our community.  Over the past few years the use of e-cigarettes and “vaping” has steadily increased.  The new craze in the electronic cigarette world is a brand named Juul.  Juul is unlike other electronic cigarettes on the market because of the way it looks.  To an individual that has never seen a Juul, it may look like a high tech USB drive meant to contain their teen’s important school documents.  In reality this USB looking device is used by inserting a small cartridge that contains oils.  These oils are then turned into v

How You Can Help Your Teen Manage Stress

It’s that time of the year again, where parents and youth alike are gearing up for the new school year.  This is an exciting time for youth whether it be starting high school, entering middle school, or starting somewhere new altogether.  While this is an exciting time, it is also a stressful time, especially for our youth.  They are going through a lot socially and emotionally.  Our youth are making new friends, creating new routines, getting back into the groove of extracurricular activities and homework, and above all learning about themselves and where they fit in, which can be challeng

What You Need to Know About the LGBTQ Community and Substance Abuse

The Problem:

The teen years are a time when our youth discover who they are, try new things, and form strong relationships with their peers.  This can be an especially risky time for members of the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning) community.  Studies show that members of this community experience higher rates of substance use and abuse when compared to youth that are not LGBTQ.  According to, these higher rates of substance use and abuse can be attributed to the following factors:


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