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Parent and caring adult resouces

Parent and caring adult resouces

 
Hudson Student policies

Hudson Student policies

Youth and Young Adult Information

Youth and Young Adult Information

Support, counseling & Treatment

Support, counseling & Treatment

town of hudson regulations

town of hudson regulations

Massachusetts State laws

Massachusetts State laws

Parent & Caring Adult Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Positive Parenting Resources

The CDC has lots of information divided up by different stages of child development explaining some of the big health challenges faced by youth, and the different developmental milestones they are hitting. A great resource for any aspiring caring adult!

Social Host Law (available here)

Whoever furnishes any such beverage or alcohol for a person under 21 years of age shall be punished by a fine of not more than $2,000 or by imprisonment for not more than one year or both. For the purpose of this section the word “furnish” shall mean to knowingly or intentionally supply, give, or provide to or allow a person under 21 years of age except for the children and grandchildren of the person being charged to possess alcoholic beverages on premises or property owned or controlled by the person charged.

The Partnership at Drugfree.org

SAMHSA’s “Talk. They Hear You” Campaign

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA) put together an amazing resource that helps parents and caring adults model how to have effective conversations around drug use. Research suggests that sharing clear expectations you have around substance use with your children is one of the strongest protective factors against them using substance use. And no conversation has to be perfect! More here.

Youth and Young Adult Information

Affordable Colleges Online

AC Online has some great resources that can help you prepare for the transition between high school and college life. One thing you’ll likely find in the transition is increased substance use among your peers. AC Online has great resources around the dangerous of study drugs and recreational drugs in the college setting.

The Truth Initiative

The organization that was largely responsible for helping to drastically reduce traditional cigarette smoking rates in the 2000s has moved on to focus on vaping. This website brings to light how cigarette and vape companies specifically target youth in their advertising, and target minority populations for the purpose of creating lifetime users. The Truth Initative Great resource for teens who want to learn more about health and social justice!

Above the Influence

Everyone experiences pressure in life, some of it good, some of it bad. The goal of Above the Influence is to help teens stand up to negative pressures or influences. The more aware you are of the influences around you, the better prepared you will be to face them, including the pressure to use alcohol and drugs. By giving you a new perspective and the latest facts, Above the Influence will provide you with the tools you need to make your own smart decisions.

Massachusetts Department of Public Health Youth Vaping Parent Education Campaign:

The state put together some resources aimed at schools and parents around the dangers of vaping. This website includes information around the harms of vaping, and links to resources aimed at getting you to quit. They can be found at GetOUTraged

Support Groups, Counseling, and Treatment

Some resources in this category have been removed, as they are listed in our more comprehensive online resource guide.

MA Substance Misuse Information and Education Helpline Online is an amazing resource for finding treatment options for you or a loved one all across Massachusetts.

Recovery Project and Addiction Campuses serves as an online reference and a 24/7 confidential helpline for those impacted by mental illness and addiction

RehabSpot's online web guide focused on educating people on substance misuse treatment.

DrugRehab.org has ranked the best 10 drug rehab centers in Massachusetts based on information they’ve collected on services provided, staff qualifications, reviews from alumni, and positive treatment outcomes.

Nar-Anon Meetings (Link to list of additional MA sites)
Every Monday 6:30-7:30 PM
Hudson First United Methodist Church
34 Felton Street
Hudson, MA 

Learn to Cope
Every Monday 7:00 - 8:30PM
Hudson Senior Center
29 Church Street
Hudson, MA

Hudson Student Policies

Hudson High School Student-Parent Handbook 2015-2016

Hudson High School has specific policies and consequences relating to substance use on school property or at school function. The Hudson High School Handbook is available here.

Tobacco on School Grounds (available here)

It shall be unlawful for any student, enrolled in either primary or secondary public schools in the commonwealth, to use tobacco products of any type on school grounds during normal school hours. Each school committee shall establish a policy dealing with students who violate this law. This policy may include, but not be limited to, mandatory education classes on the hazards of tobacco use.

MIAA Chemical Health Policy for Athletes

The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) Rules provide minimum standards for penalties for student athletes who possess or use alcohol, tobacco, or controlled substances. Hudson High School imposes higher penalties for its athletes (including cheerleaders) who engage in such conduct. You can see this brochure for more details and penalties.

National Honor Society By-Laws

Below is an excerpt taken directly from the National Honor Society By-Laws.

Article IV. Section 5. Members failing to maintain standards of character will be notified in writing and a hearing may be required, however any illegal activity in or out of school will result in an immediate hearing before the faculty council to determine whether student shall be dismissed from the organization.

Hudson Town Regulations

Regulation Restricting Sale of Tobacco Products and Nicotine Delivery Products

No person shall sell tobacco or nicotine delivery products or permit tobacco or nicotine delivery products to be sold to a minor (under 21 years); or not being the minor’s parent or legal guardian, give tobacco or nicotine delivery products to a minor (under 21 years).

Regulation Prohibiting Smoking in Workplaces and Public Places

Smoking is prohibited in enclosed workplaces and:

  • Bars

  • Nursing homes

  • Hotels, motels, inns, bed and breakfasts and lodging homes

  • Public transportation

  • Municipal-owned and/or municipal-maintained parks, trails, playgrounds, athletic fields and beaches

  • The area within twenty-five (25) feet of any municipal building entranceway accessible to the public, except that this shall not apply to a smoker transitioning through such twenty-five (25) foot area

  • All outdoor areas where food and/or beverages are served to the public by employees of restaurants, bars and taverns

The use of e-cigarettes is prohibited wherever smoking is prohibited.

Massachusetts Laws

Below are excerpts taken directly from Massachusetts laws.

Social Host Law (available here)

Whoever furnishes any such beverage or alcohol for a person under 21 years of age shall be punished by a fine of not more than $2,000 or by imprisonment for not more than one year or both. For the purpose of this section the word “furnish” shall mean to knowingly or intentionally supply, give, or provide to or allow a person under 21 years of age except for the children and grandchildren of the person being charged to possess alcoholic beverages on premises or property owned or controlled by the person charged.

Controlled Substances Act (available here)

Section 31. Classes of Controlled Substances

Section 32J. Controlled substances violations in, on, or near school property

Section 32M. Possession of one ounce or less of marijuana; drug awareness program

“An offender under the age of eighteen is required to complete a drug awareness program within one year of the offense for possession of one ounce or less of marijuana. In addition to the civil penalties authorized by Section 32L and 32N of this Chapter, the failure of such an offender to complete such a program may be a basis for delinquency proceedings for persons under the age of seventeen at the time of their offense. The drug awareness program must provide at least four hours of classroom instruction or group discussion and ten hours of community service. In addition to the programs and curricula it must establish and maintain pursuant to Section 7 of Chapter 18A of the General Laws, the bureau of educational services within the department of youth services or any successor to said bureau shall develop the drug awareness programs. The subject matter of such drug awareness programs shall be specific to the use and abuse of marijuana and other controlled substances with particular emphasis on early detection and prevention of abuse of substances.”