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Dr. Nora Volkow, Director, National Institute on Drug Abuse spoke at the 30 th  annual CADCA conference.
Our Executive Director, Ingrid Gillespie, attended the conference. Here is a clip when Dr. Volkow addressed the crowd on recent substance use and misuse data to help fuel prevention efforts
Training Opportunity
Free Mental Health First Aid Training!
Don't miss the chance to take part in a FREE Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) course! Two trainings are being offered. Both are single-day courses from 9am-5pm. One will be February 26, 2020 in Norwalk and the other on March 4, 2020 in Bridgeport. Both are open to the public, but priority is given to EMT candidates and Girl Scout Leaders. Click the flyer to download.

Register at https://forms.gle/dep6U7Cc5ckdtayR8 or contact Carissa Peckrul at peckrul@health360.org .
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Monday, March 16, 2020 | 10:00 am - Noon
Jewish Community Center, 1035 Newfield Avenue, Stamford
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Join the Recovery LIVE! Virtual Event:
Supervision Basics for Organizations New to Employing Peer Support Workers  
Thursday, February 27, 2020 | 2:00–3:00 p.m. (ET)
SAMHSA’s Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale Technical Assistance Center Strategy (BRSS TACS) invites you to join a conversation with experts about how organizations new to providing peer support services can effectively supervise and support peer support workers. All workers need supervision, and good supervision can play a key role in helping peers integrate successfully into new work settings.
Speak Up, Speak Out: Celebrating Our Stories with Kane Smego
Thursday, February 27 | 6:30 – 8:00 PM
YWCA of Greenwich
259 East Putnam Ave, Greenwich, CT 06830
This dynamic, interactive performance focuses on issues of race, gender, community building, and the stories we all carry. The event is FREE and open to ages 13+.
Register online at ywcagrn.org/smego .

Click the flyer to download.
Father's Forum: The Benefits of Fathers in Their Children's Lives
Saturday, February 29 | 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM
YMCA of Greenwich
50 East Putnam Ave, Greenwich, CT 06830
Join Liberation President & CEO John Hamilton for breakfast, coffee, and a discussion on The Benefits of Fathers in Their Children’s Lives.

Click the flyer to download.
Reports & Resources
What drives a person to smoke cigarettes? What role do emotions play in this addictive behavior? Why do some smokers puff more often and more deeply or relapse many years after they've quit? If policy makers had those answers, how could they strengthen the fight against the global smoking epidemic? A new report by researchers offers a key insight: sadness plays an especially strong role in triggering addictive behavior relative to other negative emotions like disgust.
Too much time sitting still -- sedentary behavior -- is linked to an increased risk of depressive symptoms in adolescents, finds a new study.

Flavor, safety and family attitude toward vaping are among the greatest factors influencing teenage perception of e-cigarettes, new research finds.
When pharmacists are asked to provide naloxone, there should be no hesitation. [ Read more ]
Greenwich Youth Committee Vaping PSA