Here is your weekly news roundup of articles, reports and events
you might find interesting. Due to many events being cancelled, please check that the event is still on schedule before attending.
5 Things to Do if You're Feeling Anxious About Coronavirus

It's borderline impossible to do anything right now without hearing the word "coronavirus." Social media's buzzing with mentions of COVID-19; news sites can't keep up with the ever-developing updates; even stores and online retailers are running...

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Notice: Due to coronavirus precautions, the Communities 4 Action quarterly meeting that was scheduled for March 16 th , 10 - noon is cancelled. We will keep you posted on a new date. Thanks and Stay healthy!
Register for National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week (NDAFW)

Mark your calendars! National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week (NDAFW) is Monday, March 30, to Sunday, April 5, 2020. It's a week to educate teens and "Shatter the Myths" about drugs, alcohol and addiction.

Research from that National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) shows that people are more likely to try drugs for the first time during the summer, making spring a critical season for reaching teens with important messages about drug and alcohol use.

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Save the Date for These Webinars & Events!
FREE WEBINAR: Increasing Access to Behavioral Health Resources for Military and Veteran Children and Families
Thursday, March 12, 2020 | 1:30 – 3:00 PM
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) Service Members, Veterans, and Their Families (SMVF) Technical Assistance (TA) Center will host a webinar focusing on increasing access to resources and supports for military and veteran children, families, and caregivers. LEARN MORE AND REGISTER.
Risk Happens! Why and How it Can Benefit Youth  
Wednesday, March 18, 2020 | 12:00–1:30 PM
Life is risky business. Risk happens all of the time, in our personal lives, in our businesses and in our world. We often praise adults and certainly CEOs who take risks. So why is it that we work so hard to prevent risk-taking behavior in young people? This webinar will briefly review the science of adolescent risk-taking and several strategies to support the type of risk-taking that will help young people achieve developmental milestones and achievement goals. We will also explore how we might frame risk-taking in a way to help steer adolescents away from the kind of risks that threaten their health and wellness.
Law enforcement and local partners addressing opioid use disorder in communities
Thursday, April 9, 2020 | 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Goodwin University
1 Riverside Drive, East Hartford, CT 06118
Registration: 9:00 AM
Summit: 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
For more information, contact: Deborah Lake at
(860) 757-3585 or by email at
Responding to the Youth Vaping Crisis: Prevention, Intervention & Policy Initiatives
Thursday April 23, 2020
Albertus Magnus College
Topics include: the latest vaping trends, health risks including EVALI, implications of nicotine on the developing brain, youth interventions at the high school and college level, and prevention policies. Additional information on the agenda, speakers and other details to come.
Reports & Resources

The latest research suggests it’s not far-fetched at all — especially when you consider all the societal and cultural factors that make today’s games so attractive

As Tom Burden and Warrie Boyd analyzed the addiction treatment and recovery landscape, they saw numerous examples of world-class treatment options but little in sober living to match. The two recovering individuals' strategy to address this became not one of buying and converting a house, but creating a true recovery community from the ground up.


Resource for Parents (In English and Spanish) who are trying to keep up on digital media. Go to the website and click on the tab “What Parents Need to Know.” Under here you can get information by age, by topic, Parents Ultimate Guides to and articles.
New Alzheimer’s Association Early Stage Support Group
at the Greenwich Senior Center.