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Vaping discussed in NA Youth Center Podcast

posted Feb 13, 2019, 9:31 AM by Hillary Stasonis

Rick Gorman of the North Andover Youth Center interviews NAHS Nurse Lauren McDonald and NAPD School Resource Officer Cam Pramas on the Vaping/ Juuling problem in our community.

View and Download Dr. Potee's Presentation "Addiction and the Adolescent Brain"

posted Jan 22, 2019, 6:54 AM by Hillary Stasonis   [ updated Jan 23, 2019, 9:14 AM ]

"Addiction and the Adolescent Brain" by Dr. Ruth Potee presented at NAHS on January 10, 2019. View the full presentation below and click here for a copy of the slides used in the presentation.

The Physiology of Addiction

Addiction and the Adolescent Brain

posted Dec 4, 2018, 1:17 PM by Hillary Stasonis
Thursday January 10th, 6:30 pm, NAHS Auditorium. Free and open to the public. 

Through this informational program, Dr. Potee helps to give a deeper understanding of addictive substances, including alcohol, marijuana, and opioids and their impact on the developing brain.

Dr. Potee is a board certified Family and Addiction Medicine Physician. She serves as the Medical Director to various organizations as well as the Co-Chair of the Healthcare Solutions Committee of the Opioid Task force of Franklin County. Dr. Potee is a nationally sought out speaker and recognized expert in the area of brain development and teenage risk taking.

Before listening to Dr. Potee’s presentation, walk through NAPD’s Hidden in Plain Sight display to identify various household items that could promote at-risk behaviors. This display will be set up in the hall outside the High School Auditorium.

View and download the event flyer here.

North Andover Family Flu Clinic

posted Oct 17, 2018, 7:03 AM by Hillary Stasonis   [ updated Oct 17, 2018, 7:04 AM ]

Just say, "Boo!" to the Flu! 

North Andover Family Flu Clinic 
Tuesday, October 30th 2018 

North Andover High School Field House  
430 Osgood Street, North Andover, MA 

Influenza Vaccine will be available for residents 4 and older.


Insurance forms can be filled out ahead of time and can be found online.

Mosquito Spraying Sept 12th

posted Sep 11, 2018, 7:16 AM by Hillary Stasonis

Please be advised that to address concerns of mosquito borne disease, the North Andover Board of Health has made the following decision in regard to local mosquito control:  

The Town of North Andover, in accordance with our state approved Integrated Pest Management Plan,  will be applying a barrier spray to the perimeter of the fields and an also applying an adulticide to control mosquito activity.  The areas to be sprayed:  the greenery at the edges of all public schools,  school playing fields and school playgrounds.  The Department of Public Health advises that fields/playgrounds will be safe for students to use in the morning.  The schedule for spraying is as follows:

Date:  September 12 with a rain date of September 13

Time:  8:00 pm to 3:00 am

The Northeast Mosquito Control’s licensed pesticide applicator is in charge of the barrier and adulticide applications.  The barrier material to be applied is: Suspend SC (EPA Reg# 432-763). Active Ingredient: Deltamethrin 4.75%. Suspend SC is an advanced-generation pyrethroid that fights more than 50 pests including mosquitoes. It works at remarkably low concentrations and provides fast knockdown with a long residual. This product contains no synergist, therefore no Piperonyl Butoxid (PBO).  The adulticide material to be applied is: Zenivex E4-RTU (EPA Reg# 2724-807). Active Ingredient: Etofenprox (CAS #80844-07-1) 4%. Zenivex E4 RTU mosquito adulticide is a high efficacy, reduced-risk adulticide.  This provides quick, permanent knockdown and reliable control of adult mosquito populations in any mosquito habitat flying at the time of application. This product contains no synergist, therefore no Piperonyl Butoxide (PBO).

Additional information is linked below and hard copies of the documents will also be available at the Superintendent’s office 566 Main Street:

Pesticide Standard Written Notification

Suspend SC Safety Data Sheet & Product Label

Zenivex E4-RTU Safety Data Sheet & Product Label

333 CMR 14.00:  An Act Protecting Children & Families from Harmful Pesticides

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to call the North Andover Public Health Director at 978 688-9540.

Dr. Gregg T. Gilligan

Superintendent of Schools

Vaping Information from the Mass. Dept. of Public Health

posted Jun 5, 2018, 7:00 AM by Hillary Stasonis   [ updated Jun 5, 2018, 7:09 AM ]

Learn more about how Big Tobacco targets kids with e-cigarettes and vape pens and how nicotine affects children and adolescents:

Big Tobacco Targets Kids

Cold, Flu and You

posted Feb 14, 2017, 7:57 AM by Cheryl Barczak   [ updated Nov 7, 2017, 7:02 AM by Hillary Stasonis ]

When the weather starts to get cool, a lot of people start to get sick. So what’s making people sick and how can you avoid falling ill?

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