Recreation, Schooling, and Actions for Wholesome Residing: Data and Assets from Portland Public Faculties Scholar Assist Companies

May 18, 2021

PPS Student Support Services is proud to support the REAHL initiative (recreation, education and measures for a healthy life). The REAHL initiative includes prevention, intervention, advice and referral for treatment as well as support in recovery. We are pleased to announce that we recently added three Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselors (CADCs) to consult and meet students and families and to provide information, education, advice and other support. To access a CADC, please click here (Español, Tiếng Việt, oma 人, Soomaali, Pусский). Please note that CADC services are available in all languages ​​with the assistance of interpreters.

In addition to the REAHL initiative, we also wanted to draw your attention to the tragic consequences of fentanyl, a drug that we recently saw in young people in our metropolitan area. Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid that is similar to morphine but is 50 to 100 times more effective. It is typically used to treat patients with severe pain or to relieve pain after surgery. Unfortunately, Fentanyl is sold like other more common drugs like Oxycontin and Xanax. The pills look just like the authentic pills your doctor gave you. People who buy these through the internet, social media, friends, or retailers believe that when they actually get fentanyl, they are getting a drug. Many people across the country have died from overdoses due to counterfeit pills.

Further information can be found on the PPS REAHL website. Please contact us if you have any questions, concerns, or need help and assistance. This is an opportunity to speak to your children and remind them that medications are only safe when prescribed by a health care provider or pharmacist.

As a parent or family member, there are several things you can do to help your student stay safe and make good decisions:

  • One of the best ways to protect teens from substances is to communicate openly and educate them about the risks of substance use. Listening to them without judgment is an important tool that you as a trustworthy adult can provide.
  • Watch for behavior changes such as irregular eating or sleeping patterns, low energy levels, general signs of depression or anxiety, unusual irritability, slip-ups, a lack of interest in activities they love, and even drastic changes in clothing style. Trust your instincts. If you notice a change, ask about it.
  • Talk to your child and monitor their use on social media. The online environment offers platforms for the sale of substances. Substances are often offered by someone who has been met online.

We all face a number of challenges even as the COVID-19 pandemic in our community finally subsides. We are here to help you and your students. Please do not hesitate to access any of these supports. Many Thanks.

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