Quote of the Week

"If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way" ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

Heroin's Siren Song - submitted by Wilma
Posted by:Jenn--Friday, September 21, 2012

Thanks to Wilma, who provided the link to this article, part of a series in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette.

Click here to link to the article called
Heroin's Siren Song: The effects of a child lost to addiction

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'Smiles': The New Killer Drug
Posted by:Jenn--Friday, September 21, 2012

'Smiles': The New Killer Drug Every Parent Should Know About

Click here for the online article from Yahoo Shine.

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Posted by:Rocco--Friday, September 14, 2012


Drug Lingo - Know What to Listen for

Have you ever heard your teen reference the time "4:20?"

Many parents don’t realize that 420 (pronounced "four-twenty") is code for a time to get high.

The reference to 420 presumably dates back to '70s stoner lingo but is still widely recognized by the youth of today. Some people have even designated April 20th as "National Pot Smokers Day."

If you hear your teenager reference 420, see that he is using the term while instant messaging with friends or has a 420 sticker on his car or backpack, call them on it.

When it comes to teens and drugs you will never know everything but you don’t want them to think you are an idiot. You need to keep communication open and be aware of the dangers of the Internet and texting.

Let them know you know what they are talking and texting about and set up a time for a longer conversation about your family’s No Tolerance Policy for drug and alcohol use.

Search for drug street terminology and slang on the internet and do not be shy about checking your teens texts, tweets, Facebook and computer use.

For a start check the following sites:

iMOM.com - A Guide to Teen Drug Slang

webMD.com – Teen Drug Slang: Dictionary for Parents

uatest.com – Drug Slang Terms

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Cisco 1992 - 2012
Posted by:Rocco--Thursday, September 06, 2012

We will always have our regrets but we will always thank God for the 20 years we had with our beautiful son Cisco. He fought hard and now he is at peace and in God's hands. Our most sincere thanks for all of our good friends at PSST and their prayers and thoughts and their love.

Sally and Rocco


Just for today I will try to live through the next 24 hours and not expect to get over my child's death, but instead learn to live with it, just one day at a time.

Just for today I will remember my child's life, not just his death, and bask in the comfort of all those treasured days and moments we shared.

Just for today I will smile no matter how much I hurt on the inside, for maybe if I smile a little, my heart will soften and I will begin to heal.

Just for today I will reach out to comfort a relative or friend of my child, for they are hurting too, and perhaps we can help each other.

Just for today I will free myself from my self-inflicted burden of guilt, for deep in my heart I know if there was anything in this world I could of done to save my child from death, I would of done it.

Just for today I will honor my child's memory by doing something with another child because I know that would make my own child proud.

Just for today I will offer my hand in friendship to another bereaved parent for I do know how they feel.

Just for today when my heart feels like breaking, I will stop and remember that grief is the price we pay for loving and the only reason I hurt is because I had the privilege of loving so much.

Just for today I will not compare myself with others. I am fortunate to be who I am and have had my child for as long as I did.

Just for today I will allow myself to be happy, for I know that I am not deserting him by living on.

Just for today I will accept that I did not die when my child did, my life did go on, and I am the only one who can make that life worthwhile once more.

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To Rocco & Sally
Posted by:Cheryl, Jim, Andy + 3 Stooges--Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Read this quote and thought instantly of you.  Your gentle ways of helping us all in PSST with the knowledge you have gained through your journey with your beloved son, Cisco.

"The first step in the acquisition of wisdom is silence, the second listening, the third memory, the fourth practice, the fifth teaching others."
Solomon Ibn Gabriol

A Complete Standing Ovation to you both from all the PSST parents you have touched at the meetings and through the website; and when you are ready, we hope for an encore!  You still have so much to teach us.

Our most sincerest condolences & sympathy to you and your family,

All the PSST Parents
(cheryl, jim & andy) 

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In Memoriam
Posted by:Jenn--Saturday, September 01, 2012

In Memory of Cisco ~ beloved son of Rocco & Sally
Those we love and lose are always connected by heartstrings into infinity.   - Terri Guillemets

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