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They Never Had The Chance To Say, “In My Teenage Years…” Mar 25, 2022

This post was written by a Ventura County college student.

My Friends’ Story Started With Having Fun With Marijuana And Ended With No Future

This piece is for those that want to say in the future, “My teenage years were so cool.”

Forty years ago I was a teenager, a very hectic and social teenager.  Being exposed to many positive and sad experiences, I realized that I...

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New Online Resources from Ventura County Behavioral Health Mar 25, 2022

As part of the Department of Ventura County Healthcare Agency, Ventura County Behavioral Health has created new online resources for teens, parents, families, and individuals within Ventura County who might be struggling with addiction, underage and binge drinking, prescription and over-the-counter drug abuse, cannabis use, mental health issues, and suicide prevention. Their website, Ventura...

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Taking Responsibility Mar 25, 2022

This post was written by a college student in Ventura County.

I was 18. I was leaving home for the first time. I was meeting new people. I was in college. I started CSU Channel Islands in the fall of 2015. During that year I experienced some of the best times of my life that helped and molded me into the young lady that I am today. However, that year also gave me my first insight into the...

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Tools to Cope with Anxiety as a Student Mar 25, 2022

This post was written by CSUCI student Paige Egizi.

The first time I had a panic attack, I was in junior high. I got a bad grade on a test and I did not want my parents to find out. The idea of them finding out about my grade, the fact I got that grade, and all the other things I was dealing with had caught up to me. I was in my room with my dad and I could not stop crying, my chest felt tight,...

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All Children Thrive Take a Trip to the Port of Hueneme Mar 24, 2022

Our All Children Thrive (ACT) team has been busy engaging Oxnard youth and young adults in leadership development and civic engagement! They recently went on a tour of the Port of Hueneme for Clean Air Day. 

Our ACT Program Coordinator, Patty Lau-Cho, had this to say about the field trip:

“The Port of Hueneme tour was an educational and interactive civic engagement event for Oxnard...

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Tips for Talking with Your Kids & Building Healthy Habits Mar 24, 2022

While at home together, take time to talk with your children about healthy choices. Now that children are back in school it is even more important to start the conversations. Here are some tips for talking with your kids about vaping, drugs and alcohol:

  • Remember: Parents are the #1 reason that kids choose not to use drugs.

  • Start young and make talking about it a regular habit.

  • Find the...

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National Prescription Drug Take Back Day Mar 24, 2022

The DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is coming up on Saturday, October 23rd, 2021. Rx Drug Take Back Day addresses a crucial public safety and public health issue. According to the 2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 9.7 million people misused prescription pain relievers, 4.9 million people misused prescription stimulants, and 5.9 million people misused prescription...

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The School-to-Prison Pipeline Mar 24, 2022

Written by Jazmin Lopez, a Ventura County high school student.

If we compare pictures of public schools in the 1950s and pictures of a school in 2021, will we see a lot of changes? The answer to that is both yes and no. We see more technology being used in classrooms for schoolwork and other projects, but has the material of the subjects changed? Change is a huge part of human society and...

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Healthy Ways to Handle Holiday Stress Mar 24, 2022

From the Prevention Action Alliance’s November 11th newsletter. Visit their website at Prevention Action Alliance.

Ready or not, the holiday season is here, along with all the festivities and fun that go along with it: family gatherings, shared meals, gift-giving, party planning, special school and church events, hosting out-of-town family stays, and on and on. It’s enough to make...

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Why is Impaired Driving a Social Norm? Mar 24, 2022

Written by Kyra Boring

Have you or someone you know ever gotten behind the wheel while impaired by drugs or alcohol? Have you or a friend ever said, “I feel just fine! I’ve only had a few drinks.” Although we may often hear people swear they will never drive while under the influence, the reality is that too many people do it every day. Why is this?

As reported by American...

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Bullying Mar 24, 2022

Written by a Ventura County high school student.

My experience with bullying is not a pleasant experience, like most bullying incidents. I was bullied from first grade to fourth grade by the same girl. Every day I would think that it would stop, but it didn’t. 

At first, we were friends. We were table partners in the same class in first grade and we clicked fast. We ate the crappy...

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Fentanyl is Forever Mar 24, 2022

The following information is from the Fentanyl Ventura County website.

We are witnessing a nationwide epidemic of fentanyl deaths. Just a few grains of fentanyl are enough to kill you, or your child.

What is Fentanyl?

Fentanyl is an extremely powerful synthetic opioid painkiller, up to 100 times more powerful than morphine, and can easily be fatal except when administered by a doctor or via...

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