Welcome to the Longwood Central School District Longwood Cares page.
The Longwood Central School District has comprehensive health and substance abuse programs built into the curriculum throughout grades K-12.
Longwood also recognizes our responsibility to educate our students, staff, parents, and community on the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse. This site was created as a resource to support proactive conversations among stakeholder groups.
These links have been complied to help deal with issues of special concern to teenagers and/or their parents. We’ve divided these sites into categories listed below for student and/or parent use. Please know that your helping professionals may be directly contacted if there are further questions or concerns about personal counseling issues.
Resource Guide to Combat Heroin – This guide contains information on how to recognize signs of drug use in children, what treatment and support options are available and how and when to contact law enforcement. Click HERE to read more.....
North Shore Drug Awareness - North Shore Drug Awareness began as a gathering place on Facebook. The founder, Tracey Janine Farrell, had recently been dealing with the death of her son from an accidental overdose and a daughter newly in recovery. During her son Kevin’s addiction, she found that she was very much alone when it came to finding treatment for him. Sending him to treatment for the first time in 2010, the hospital that he went to for detoxification was unable to obtain an authorization for him to have a continuum of care at a local rehabilitation center. Tracey took on the legwork herself and was able to obtain the authorization. Had it not been for her persistence he would have just been sent home. Click HERE to read more.....
Families Anonymous (Mather Hospital)
Support group for families dealing with problems relating to drugs, alcohol, behavioral problems and interpersonal relationships. Registration not required.
Friday, 7:30-9:30 pm, Conference Room 1
For information, call Marian at 631-219-4838
S. C. Parents Support Group
Every Monday 7-8:30pm
First Presbyterian Church of Smithtown
175 E. Main St., Parish Hall
Smithtown, NY 11787
Dan W. 631-877-2212
Student members of the Board of Education Safety Committee created this public service announcement to encourage students to not only stand up for themselves but stand up for each other. The video, Say Something, gives a student perspective on how it feels to be bullied and also provides important guidance on what to do if bullied. One of the goals of the Safety Committee is to share information about the challenges facing students today through educational programs and videos.
Youth and young adults are the primary users of e-cigarettes.High school students use e-cigarettes at rates five times higher than adults over age 25. Youth and young adults say their reasons for trying and using e-cigarettes are flavor and taste, curiosity and the belief that they are less harmful than other tobacco products.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates tobacco products, including e-cigarettes. Currently, e-cigarettes are not as strictly regulated as cigarettes. Except for menthol, the FDA does not allow cigarettes to contain flavored tobacco. This is not the case for e-cigarettes. E-cigarette companies know youth are attracted to many of the almost 8,000 e-liquid flavors. Some of the sweet and fruity flavors that appeal to young people are cereal and milk, cherry cola, bubblegum, chocolate mint, blueberry cheesecake and fruit punch.
Nicotine is Addictive and Dangerous for Youth and Young Adults
Most e-liquids contain nicotine, the highly addictive compound in all tobacco products that is not harmless and may be particularly problematic for young people.Nicotine can harm the developing brain of adolescents and young adults, which can:
lead to lower impulse control and mood disorders;
disrupt attention and learning among youth and young adults; and
prime the developing brain for addiction to alcohol and other drugs, such as cocaine.
Vaping (E-Cigarettes) Banned in Public Places across New York State
E-Cigarettes Added to New York’s Clean Indoor Air Act
ALBANY, NY (November 22, 2017) – The New York State Department of Health is reminding all New Yorkers that beginning today the use of electronic cigarettes is banned indoors everywhere that smoking tobacco products are prohibited in New York.
“Although e-cigarette use is promoted as a healthier alternative to tobacco use by the vaping industry, research has shown that they may carry long-term health risks for users and those exposed to secondhand emissions,” said New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker. “I applaud Governor Cuomo for taking action to prevent exposure to secondhand e-cigarette emissions in public places for all New Yorkers.”
This new law will reduce exposure to the potentially dangerous chemicals for e-cigarette users and those around them. Prior to electronic cigarettes being added to the Clean Indoor Air Act, only the smoking of substances containing tobacco, including cigars, cigarettes or pipes, were restricted in public places. While many counties have already banned the use of e-cigarettes in public places, including restaurants, bars and other work places, this bill makes the law consistent across New York State. This ban builds upon legislation signed in July by Governor Cuomo that immediately banned the use of e-cigarettes on all public and private school grounds in New York State.
Teens Are ‘Juuling’ At School. Here’s What That Means
The Juul, a trendy vape that resembles a flash drive and can be charged in a laptop’s USB port, accounted for 33% of the e-cigarette market as of late 2017, according to Wells Fargo data. The product is made for and legally available only to adults 18 and older, and its “growth appears to be due to growth with the 18 to 24 year old age group,” according to a Wells Fargo report.