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Welcome to the Oxbridge Academy Health and Wellness Blog. Our experienced staff of healthcare professionals writes educational posts that cover a wide variety of topics, including concussions, exertional heat illness, injury prevention, nutrition, fitness and various aspects of healthy living. Throughout the year, we also showcase student writing that correlates to a health and wellness related topic they are researching in class. If you have a question or wish to learn more about a specific topic, please email Kelly Prisco, DPT (kprisco@oapb.org).

 

 

Information About Vaping

Vaping Alerts - January 2019

Over the past year there has been a rise in the number of youth experimenting with e-cigarettes, vape pens and other vaping products across the United States. Last February, the Palm Beach County School District issued a warning to parents about the growing number of e-cigarette devices found on middle school and high school campuses, specifically the JUUL products. 

Yesterday, three Martin County high school students had to be transported to the hospital for medical treatment related to a drug overdose using vape pens. At this time, it is believed these students were vaping THC oil that was laced with an unknown substance. 

We are urging all parents to speak with your children about this issue, the very serious risks and consequences associated with vaping and vape pens, and the dangers of using such unknown substances.

We have attached some basic educational information about vaping. Click HERE to view the information. If you have questions about vaping or a similar activity, please contact one of the following departments:
 

Dr. Kelly Prisco, DPT                                                              Stan Ross
Director of Health and Wellness                                             Dean of Students
kprisco@oapb.org                                                                  sross@oapb.org
561-972-9698                                                                         561-972-9653

 

 

 

 

Juuling & Vaping: What is it?

Juuling—it’s the activity of the year and not for good reasons. High school students across the country embrace this form of vaping, and if parents are not yet familiar with this sweeping trend of vapor devices, then read on.

The term “juuling” spawns from the popular brand JUUL; in layman’s terms, it’s an e-cigarette and yes, addictive. The JUUL pod contains about the same amount of nicotine as one pack of cigarettes. Approximately 3 million U.S. adolescents use e-cigarettes, and the use has trickled into U.S. high schools. Why the sudden spike among teen use? Because the JUUL vape pen is easily concealed, its packaging is cute, its appealing flavors (mango and crème brûlée), and its use doesn’t create a stench and a little plume.

Oxbridge is combating the issue on campus. The curriculum for the lifetime health and wellness course required for all freshmen was changed two years ago and now includes an expanded drug awareness unit covering juuling and vaping. The school will host a training session at the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year for faculty and staff to receive information on how to detect the devices and recognize the use. Information and policies regarding juuling, vaping and related devices will be added to the student handbook soon.

Additional Information on Vaping

Vaping is an ongoing conversation for all affiliated parties, from parents to the Food & Drug Administration, which currently is investigating whether companies are intentionally appealing their products to the youth market. Yet on the other hand, the FDA allowed e-cigarette manufacturers a five-year extension on a rule that would have required them to prove their products are a safe alternative to traditional cigarettes.

LEARN MORE WITH THESE RECOMMENDED READS AND BE SURE TO TALK TO YOUR CHILDREN:

The Promise of Vaping and the Rise of Juul, The New Yorker, May 14, 2018

Schools and Parents Fight a Juul E-Cigarette Epidemic, The Wall Street Journal, April 4, 2018

Juuling: An Alarming Trend Reversing Decades of Health Gains, National Association of Independent Schools, May 14, 2018

The Teen Vaping Trend—What Parents Need to Know, Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, December 14, 2017

Sobering Facts & Staying Safe

For most teenagers, the months of April and May mean class trips, prom, graduation, and the end of the school year. It's a time when binge drinking among teenagers increases. We all can help students stay safe by knowing the warning signs and the tragic statistics of binge drinking.

Binge Drinking

What is binge drinking?

Binge drinking can be defined as consuming 4 or more drinks on a single occasion. Binge drinking is dangerous for many reasons and can lead to alcohol poisoning, car accidents, violent behavior, blackout episodes, legal consequences, altered brain development, impaired judgement, academic problems, and addiction.

This picture is a functional MRI of two teenage brains during a working memory test. The picture on the left depicts

the amount of brain activity during the memory test of a 15-year-old non-drinker. The picture on the left depicts the amount of brain activity during the memory test of a 15-year-old heavy drinker. Click HERE for more information.

For more information please visit any of following websites.

CDC: Fact sheet on Binge Drinking

National Institute on Drug Abuse for Teens

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism Underage Drinking Fact Sheet

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns please feel free to contact Kelly Prisco, DPT. Kprisco@oapb.org

Startling Statistics

  • According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), people aged 12 to 20 years old drink 11% of all alcohol consumed in the United States and more than 90% of this alcohol is consumed in the form of binge drinking.
  • The CDC also reports that 54% of students admits to drinking more than 4 drinks on prom night.
  • The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that approximately one-third of alcohol-related traffic fatalities involving teens occur between the months of April and June.
  • According to AAA, approximately 19% of teens said they have ridden with someone who had been drinking rather than calling their parents to come and get them.