CARE Connection

Episode 2: Signs of Youth Tobacco Use

 

In this episode, Sara Moriarty, Director of the Hampden County Tobacco Free Community Partnership, joins CARE Coalition Coordinator, Nikki Lewis in discussing signs of youth tobacco use. In addition to the information mentioned in this episode, remember that more vaping resources and information can be found here on our website: https://www.townofwestspringfield.org/residents/care-coalition/vaping-resources.

 

Dr Ruth Potee, The Physiology of Addiction: The Effects of Drug-Taking Behavior on the Brain

West Springfield High School | Jan 23, 2020

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Dr. Ruth Potee joins Ray Hershel on WGBY's Connecting Point to discuss the physiology & impact of addiction.

Jan 20, 2020

 

CARE Connection

Episode 1: Flavored Tobacco Products

 

In this episode, Sara Moriarty, Director of the Hampden County Tobacco Free Community Partnership, joins CARE Coalition Coordinator, Nikki Lewis in discussing flavored tobacco products. In addition to the information mentioned in this episode, remember that more information can be found from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, as the regulation of tobacco products is quickly changing here in MA! https://www.mass.gov/guides/2019-tobacco-control-law.

 Local Expert Panel Discussion on the Dangers of Underage Drinking & Local Support Resources

Oct 23, 2019

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 Ann Marie Laduzenski and Superintendent of Schools, Michael Richard, joined Ray Hershel on WGBY's Connecting Point to discuss the dangers of underage drinking, leading up to the CARE Coalition's community wide town hall meeting.

Oct 16, 2019

 

Coalition Coordinator, Nikki Lewis, joined Carolee McGrath on WGBY's Connecting Point to discuss the dangers of vaping in light of Gov. Baker's recent ban.

Sep 26,2019

JCFlims has just released the Jack Jonah trailer, addressing the opioid crisis in America. Watch below and click here for more information! 

Outbreak of Severe Pulmonary Disease Associated with Using E-cigarette Products

In response to over 300 cases of severe lung disease, in over 25 states, the Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a health advisory that, in summary, states the following: 

  • In all known cases, the patients reported recent vaping of nicotine, THC or marijuana products
  • To date, there is no ONE product associated with the illness
  • Most of the patients are teens or young adults
  • All cases involved respiratory symptoms, including coughing, shortness of breath, and chest pain
  • Some cases also involved gastrointestinal symptoms (nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea).

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The CDC recommends the following:

  • Refraining from vaping, especially while the investigation is being conducted
  • Avoiding modified or "street" products or cartridges
  • Seeking PROMPT medical attention if you develop the above symptoms

Click here, for more information from the CDC