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In a month or so your son or daughter may be going off to college for the first time. This is a big step, a life changer for some. It is exciting and scary at the same time. Be prepared … Read More

This long weekend is a time for celebrations, backyard barbecues, beach parties, fireworks and of  course underage drinking. Did you know that the a 2014 study by SAMHSA showed the number of underage drinking-related visits to the emergency room was 87 percent … Read More

I’ve read a number of articles on the effects of marijuana when operating a motor vehicle. Several things stand out. 1) All agree that marijuana use can, to some extent, impair ones psychomotor skills, divided attention, lane tracking, and cognitive functions. … Read More

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Going to bed at 11pm or 12am, getting up for a 7:20am class, driving to school. What’s wrong with this picture? Our kids are sleep deprived and it does have long range consequences. It can affect their grades, their ability … Read More

Well, many of you probably said that you wouldn’t think of serving alcohol to your high school graduates and their friends. And that’s a start, but what I am talking about is not serving alcohol to anyone, including the adults … Read More

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Well by now, many parents are aware that 420 stands for a day (April 20th) that marijuana smokers celebrate by lighting up at 4:20pm . There are many different versions about its origin but, suffices to say, it has become … Read More

As you know, we at northcastlecares are all about communication when it comes to preventing risky behaviors by teens.  The best place to have conversations are at the dinner table, or for that matter the breakfast or lunch table. Everyone … Read More

Do you have a teenage daughter? If the answer is yes, did you ever see her take a selfie? Of course you have.  The new era of technology has armed our teens with the tools they need to get instant … Read More

Every day when you turn on the news or read the paper or a magazine you will inevitably find a story about pain pills or heroin. It has permeated our lives. I don’t think you could find anyone who didn’t … Read More

Does your son or daughter excel in school?  Are they involved in a ton of extracurricular activities? Do they have loads of friends? Well if answered yes to these questions, you have a high functioning teen. Congratulations! But let’s not … Read More