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Peter McGowen
Dover Chief of Police

Peter McGowen, Dover Chief of Police

 Q.  Why do you care so much about preventing drug and alcohol use among Dover-Sherborn teens? A.   Drug and […]

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Andrea Merritt, Health Educator, DSHS & DSMS

SPAN-DS – Faces of Prevention, Andrea Merritt Health Educator, DSMS/DSHS Q. Why do you care so much about preventing drug and […]

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Steve Bliss, Superintendent

Steve Bliss is in his second year as Superintendent of Dover Sherborn Schools, and served as Assistant Superintendent for four […]

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Effects of Alcohol on the Adolescent Brain

Our speaker this fall will be Marisa Silveri, PhD, Wednesday October 15th 7pm, Mudge Auditorium. Dr. Marisa Silveri, nationally acclaimed […]

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Social Norming Campaign

Social Norming posters hung at DS sending positive messages to students about peer behavior around drugs and alcohol.

Faces of Prevention: Detective James Godinho, Sherborn Police Department

Q. Why do you care so much about preventing drug and alcohol use among Dover and Sherborn students? A. Obviously […]

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Dover Raises the Age to buy Cigarettes

  Dover will become the fourth town in the state to raise the age to buy cigarettes to 21 and […]

NCAA Student-Athlete Substance Use Study

  Excessive drinking is down significantly among student-athletes. Since 2005, the percentage of male student-athletes who reported drinking excessively (defined […]

Marijuana’s Addictive Risk Shouldn’t Be Ignored

October 30, 2014

Cheryl and I had at one time enjoyed getting stoned together occasionally, and then we changed. For her it became […]

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Posted in Marijuana, The Teenage Brain

Instagram has a drug problem

October 10, 2014

            Instagram has ushered in a golden age for the drug trade. You read that correctly: […]

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Posted in Other Drugs, Parents

Parents Teaching Teens “Responsible Drinking” is a Myth: Study

October 10, 2014

          Parents who provide their teens with alcohol and a place to consume it may think […]

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Posted in Alcohol, Parents, Students

Why Wait?

October 10, 2014

Choosing to wait until 21 to drink reduces your chance for addiction by 90% Read More

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Posted in Alcohol, Students

Understanding Addiction in 3 1/2 minutes

October 10, 2014

Watch video here.

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Posted in Other Drugs, Parents, The Teenage Brain

Drinking at an Early Age Linked With Later Problem Drinking

September 28, 2014

Starting to drink at an early age can increase the risk of alcohol abuse in teens, according to a new […]

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Posted in Alcohol, Students

5 Lessons For Parents of Substance Abusing Teens

September 28, 2014

Having an adolescent or young adult child who abuses drugs and alcohol can be a nightmare. Not only do you […]

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Posted in Parents

15 Things Your Middle Schooler Wishes You Knew

September 28, 2014

When your child roll his eyes at you, it may not mean what you think it means. Read More

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Harvard Scientists Studied the Brains of Pot Smokers, and the Results aren’t Good

September 7, 2014

Researchers at Harvard and Northwestern study the brains of Pot smokers and the results don’t look good. Even those who […]

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Posted in Marijuana

What You Need to Know About Molly

September 1, 2014

What’s in a (drug) name? The now-popular party drug named “Molly” sounds friendly and safe, and young people know that […]

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Posted in Other Drugs

OUR MISSION

SPAN-DS seeks to prevent and decrease substance abuse in our communities, especially among youth. To that end we help build networks among parents, students, and other individuals that will:
  • Heighten awareness
  • Promote responsible behaviors
  • Encourage strong support systems