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Student Assistance Program (SAP)

Student Assistance Program (SAP)


The SAP team received excellent information at the recent Pennsylvania Association of Student Assistance Professionals (PASAP) 2019 Conference.  We wanted to pass along a document that shows the different apps that our children are utilizing.  Please take a minute to read the information below.


App Cheat Sheet for Parents1
app cheat sheet for parents2


Student Assistance Program (SAP)


image What Are Nicotine Salts?

Nicotine Salts

Nicotine Salts or “nic salts” are on the rise, presenting new issues in the vaping world. The salt is created by combining nicotine with an organic acid, masking the naturally unpleasant taste of nicotine. Without the negative throat feeling from a hit, use of this form is further attractive and users may take deeper and more frequent puffs. This form also leads to higher nicotine blood content in a shorter amount of time, triggering neurochemical reactions faster. Many experts worry that inhaling these and other added ingredients may cause other health problems in years to come.*

The Student Assistance Program is hosting the CARON Treatment Center’s Tobacco Cessation Group.  This will begin sometime in February or early March.  If you are interested, please email:  This group will occur during the school day and rotate periods weekly.

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Student Assistance Program (SAP)

SAP is sponsoring the following seminars for students during the spring semester:

Organizational/Time Management Lunch Time Seminar - Learn what organizational structure works for you, and how to best structure your life.

Assertiveness Lunch Time Seminar - Learn how to calmly express your needs to others and avoid being taken advantage of.

Healthy Relationship Lunch Time Seminar - Learn what a healthy relationship looks and sounds like, including both friendships and dating relationships. Also, learn how to leave an unhealthy relationship.

Smoking Cessation Group - Addresses the use of, and addiction to, e-cigarettes and cigarettes. This seminar is provided through the Caron Foundation.

Resiliency Group - Learn how to bounce back from adversity, develop and utilize coping skills, and own your issues.


If you are interested in these seminars, please complete the permission slip below. Email it to or mail it to PHS to the attention of Lori Fitch.


SAP sign-up form


Addiction to Fortnite 


Many parents struggle with a nightly battle to remove their children from the online video game Fortnite.  Please see the article below from Families Managing Media for information and strategies to address this issue.  If you have questions, please feel free to call the Student Assistance Program team at 610-351-5600.

Article about Fornite Addiction


Fornite Addiction article continued


The Dangers of Vaping and

Assistance in Helping Your Child Stop

Local and national trends continue to show that middle school and high school students are experimenting with or using vape products.  Any use is too much use as this behavior is very harmful. Here are some reasons why:

Nicotine is highly addictive - No matter how it is ingested (smoked, chewed or vaped), nicotine itself is addictive. Nicotine has stronger rewarding effects in adolescents than adults. All JUUL products (and 95% of all vape products) contain large amounts of nicotine. The earlier teens start using any product with nicotine, the stronger their addiction will be and the harder it will be for them to quit, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Adolescents can develop symptoms of nicotine dependence, such as increased tolerance, inability to stop using, as well as withdrawal symptoms like headaches, irritability, and difficulty sleeping, after only a few weeks of vaping. Early use of vapes is also linked to cigarette smoking, meaning it is fairly common to use both eventually.

Long-term effects are unknown - It is just too new to tell what the long-term health consequences of vaping will be. Research indicates that the chemicals found in vapes are not harmless to the user or the people around them. All vape flavorings contain chemicals and toxins. There is no such thing as “harmless water vapor” vapes.

Residue from aerosols may be harmful - The aerosols produced by the chemicals in e-juice enter into the user’s lungs and leave chemical residue behind. These may include propylene glycol, glycerin, flavorings, nicotine and other harmful chemicals and toxins, some which are known to cause cancer.

Ear, eye, and throat irritation are common among people who vape. Coughing and throat-clearing are common signs of use.

Chemical exposure unhealthy - Popcorn lung, or bronchiolitis obliterans, is an incurable medical condition that results from long term exposure to a flavoring chemical called diacetyl that is found in both traditional cigarettes and many e-juice products. More information about this can be found at Breathing in diacetyl may scar the smallest air passageways, causing coughing and shortness of breath.

Correlated to polysubstance use and adult addiction - The early use of any substance (most commonly nicotine, alcohol or marijuana) increases the likelihood of other substance use and the chance of having a substance use disorder as an adult. There is no “gateway drug” that causes a young person to use another drug. But there is strong evidence that using anything early increases chances of addiction later in life. More information about this can be found at

Some vape devices explode and may cause burns - Batteries can malfunction and cause vape devices to catch on fire or explode during use. This is more common with inexperienced users and with cheaper vape device models that have “mechanical mods”.

Third-hand smoke refers to the chemicals in the vaporized aerosol that remain on surfaces and in dust. These chemical remains react with other chemicals in the environment to form toxic chemicals that are known to cause health problems.

We share this information with you so you can partner with us in trying to keep your high school student safe. 

With the help of Project Connect, we are providing groups to help some of our students make more positive choices or reduce their use of nicotine.  Please e-mail Lori Fitch, Coordinator of the Student Assistance Program (SAP), at if you are interested.

Additionally, SAP is offering a Family Addictions Support Group to aid students who have a parent, guardian, and/or sibling dealing with this issue. Again, please e-mail Lori Fitch at if you are interested.

Thank you for your partnership in keeping students safe.