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ANNOUNCEMENT: Pacifica Resource Center Events July 22-26, 2013

  • Wednesday, July 24th, 2013, 3:15 PM
    • Family Harvest – 100-120 pounds of free groceries once per month for Pacifica families with children under the age of 18. Food includes fresh fruit and vegetables, poultry, eggs, bread, pasta, and an assortment of canned, packaged, and frozen items. Families must pre-register for Family Harvest and meet income guidelines.
  • Wednesday, July 24th, 2013, 4:45 PM
    • “Singles” Harvest – Free groceries once per month for Pacifica households without children under the age of 18. Individuals must pre-register for “singles” Harvest, live in Pacifica, and meet income guidelines.
  • Wednesday, July 24th, 2013, 6 PM
    • LifeRing meeting at the PRC: Empowering Your Sober Self – For more information, email liferingscott@gmail.com.

NEWS: Mentions of “Adderall” on Twitter help to identify use patterns among college students

A group of BYU health science and computer science researchers tracked public-facing twitter mentions of the ADHD medication Adderall between November 2011 and May 2012. The results showed that there was an average of 930 mentions per day. The analysis did not sort out “legal” versus “illegal” use, but Adderall tweets spiked during finals periods on December 13 and April 30. The research also supported previous research that shows that college student abuse of ADHD medications do so during times of academic stress and are not used as  a party drug.

The Adderall tweets are also most common amongst college and university clusters in the northeast and south regions of the United States. 9 percent of Adderall tweets mentioned another substance, usually alcohol and stimulants like coffee or Red Bull. Other substances included cocaine, marijuana, methamphetamines, and depressants such as Xanax. These tweets are concerning because of the increased risk of morbidity and mortality when substances are combined.

Although there is evidence of widespread abuse of Adderall and other “study drugs”, only one in 100 parents of teens 13-17 years old believes that their teen has used a study drug. There is a clear disparity between what parents believe and what their children are reporting.

Sometimes students without ADHD take someone else’s medication in order to stay awake and alert to try to improve their grades. However, taking study drugs has not been proven to improve students’ grades. There are also many dangerous side effects of taking these medications when they are not prescribed such as acute exhaustion, abnormal heart rhythms, and even confusion and psychosis. Misuse of stimulant medicines has also been associated with risky behaviors such as unsafe sexual activity and gambling.

There is widespread need and desire to crack down on students’ use of prescription stimulants to achieve academic excellence. Click here for an article from USA Today about proposed policy changes.

Articles referenced are from ScienceDaily (May 1, 2013), ScienceDaily (May 20, 2013), and University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital.

 

ANNOUNCEMENT: SSF Parks and Recreation Event

 

The city of South San Francisco is in the process of renovating the playgrounds located at Francisco Terrace Playlot, Buri Buri Park, Winston Manor #1 Park and Clay Ave Playground.

If you are unable to attend any of the workshops, click here to complete a quick questionnaire online.

For more information, please contact Tracy Scramaglia of the Engineering Division at (650) 829-6651.

 

 

 

The South San Francisco Parks and Recreation Commission invites input on resident priorities for utilization of approximately $150,000 that is available for improvements at Brentwood Park. Options include one of the following: repair of the tennis court; replacement of the irrigation system which would conserve water and improve the condition of turf and landscape; replace the asphalt walkway around the perimeter of the field in the rear of the park; upgrade the playground equipment; upgrade the ball field; remove declining trees in the back of the park, and plant replacement trees; or other improvements.

Meeting/Location:

Thursday, July 25, 2013; 7:00 p.m.

 Parks and Recreation Commission Meeting

 Council Chambers/Municipal Services Building

 33 Arroyo Drive, South San Francisco

Feedback may also be provided by clicking here to complete a quick questionnaire online.

COMMUNITY: Daly City Community Events in July 2013

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Click the images above to access the PDF file for the July 2013 calendar in English and Spanish, the Summer 2013 “Kinder Camp” registration form, the Mandated Reporter Training flier, the Bilingual Music and Story Time flier (English/Spanish) the Project Read and San Mateo Credit Union flier (English/Spanish), the Bilingual Play Group English and Spanish flier (English), and the FREE English as a Second Language Classes for Adults flier.

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Announcement: LGBT Americans and the Affordable Care Act

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The Affordable Care Act helps LGBT Americans by

  • preventing insurers from denying coverage or charging a higher premium because of a pre-existing condition or because someone is LGBT.
  • removing lifetime dollar limits as well as annual limits on coverage.
  • allowing LGBT adults and teens to get screened for HIV and depression without paying co-pays or deductibles. Other preventive services (i.e. cervical cancer screening, obesity counseling, and well-woman visits) are covered at no extra cost.
  • helping more LGBT Americans find affordable health insurance.