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Don’t text and drive!

Tis the season for holiday fun! As we get closer to the New Year, we want to make sure that you, your family and friends stay safe! We will be posting tips to prevent impaired driving and promote a healthy holiday season for everyone. Let’s start with a pledge to drive sober and to avoid distractions while driving. Which brings us to our first tip…

Tip 1: Put down that cell phone! You may be taking the pledge to avoiding drinking and driving, but that doesn’t mean the personUsing phone while driving in the car next to you is. Be alert and pay attention to the road because you never know who had too much eggnog during that ugly Christmas sweater party. It just takes a split second for someone to swerve into your lane and if you’re looking at your phone or not paying attention you could get hurt. If you have to answer that text, just pull over. No text is worth your life.

Dealing with Holiday Stress

As the holidays are winding down be mindful of how you are dealing with stress. Relatives coming into town, spending time away from friends while school is out, even preparing for the return to school, can cause a lot of stress for teens.

Holiday stress is normal. Stress is a feeling that is created when we react to particular events. It’s the body’s way of preparing us for an approaching situation.

Some ways to relieve holiday stress:

  • Practice random acts of kindness. They will not only help you but those around you.
  • Exercise and stretching can help calm the mind and body.
  • Watch a few classic holiday specials.
  • Being present by taking a couple of minutes to focus on only one behavior. Notice how the air feels on your face when walking or paying attention to the texture in a bite of food.
  • Reaching out to others can help reduce stress by venting frustrations. Social media is your friend. Share what’s going on with others on a “safe teen website.”

Aside from normal holiday stress, some teens can feel stressed by peer pressure during the holiday break. Winter break is a common time for teens to experiment with or use drugs and alcohol. If someone is pressuring you to do anything that’s not right or healthy for you, you have the right to resist. Be confident and be prepared with these refusal skills:

  • Say no and let them know you mean it by standing up straight, making eye contact, saying how you feel, not making excuses, and sticking up for yourself.
  • If you find yourself at a party and need an out, call a parent and tell them to come get you. Your parents want to help and will appreciate you making the right choice.
  • Never go somewhere alone and always have an escape plan.

Set the stress aside and have a safe and happy New Years!

New Drug Fads and Trends Training

November 15, 2016

Rise Above It: Lexington Two Community Coalition and LRADAC Prevention Specialists host a New Fads & Drug Trends training on November 15, 2016 from 4 to 5 p.m. at the West Columbia City Hall, located at 200 N. 12th Street, West Columbia, SC 29169.

For the first time, daily marijuana use exceeds daily tobacco cigarette use among high school seniors in America, and 90 percent of adolescents who drink, do so while binge drinking (NIH). After marijuana, prescription and over-the-counter medications account for most of the top drugs abused by adolescents in the past year.

With the rise in opioid use and the decrease in perception of harm, Rise Above It invites adults to come learn more about what is locally and nationally trending when it comes to substance use, and how to identify signs and symptoms of youth use.

Rise Above It: Lexington Two Community Coalition is a Drug Free Community grant-funded organization housed at LRADAC serving the Lexington Two School District community. To read more about Rise Above It, visit riseaboveitlexington.org.

Halloween Safety Tips

Happy Halloween! There are many fall celebrations going on tonight that include candy, costumes and parties. Enjoy celebrating, but always remember to stay safe and smart. Here are a few tips for staying safe this Halloween:

For youth 21 and under:

  • Review and obey local laws. Be aware of laws regarding private property, curfews, and as always no alcohol, tobacco or other drugs for underage youth.
  • Recruit your teen or offer to help your parents with handing out treats.
  • Watch a scary movie marathon.
  • If you do go trick-or-treating or to a sober Halloween party, try to wear light colored or reflective clothing while walking on the street.
  • Be mindful of driver safety. There will be a lot of kids on the roads.
  • Limit the number of friends in a car. Do not go over the legal limit of passengers.

For 21 +:

  • Never accept alcohol handouts. Halloween costume parties can provide an ideal atmosphere for perpetrators to target their victims. To avoid being perceived as rude, take the beverage and privately throw it away.
  • If you go to a party go with a group and leave with the same group.
  • Never walk by yourself after dark.
  • Avoid costumes that make you unrecognizable.
  • If you feel uncomfortable, get out.
  • Make sure your phone is fully charged or you have an exit plan.

 

For more safety tips visit:

Teen Safe

Safe Kids

CDC