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Parent’s Can’t Stop What They Don’t Know – January 27th in St. Cloud Presentation

January 8, 2015 by Kandiyohi County Drug Free Communities Coalition No Comments »

This event is  is open to the public; parents, educators, officers, probation, judges, social workers, everyone.  $5 pre-registration/$10 at the door. January 27th St. Cloud River’s Edge Convention Center. Like Officer Jermaine Galloway on Facebook, his page is  “Tall Cop Says Stop”.  Feel free to disseminate to share this event.  For more info and to register, contact Tiffany Thompson:

 

c/o St. Cloud Police Department

Attn: Tiffany Thompson

101 11 Avenue North

St. Cloud, MN 56303

Phone: 320-345-4375

Fax: 320-345-4224

Email: Tiffany.Thompson@ci.stcloud.mn.us

 

Happy New Year!!!!

January 1, 2015 by Kandiyohi County Drug Free Communities Coalition No Comments »

 

United Way of Central MN awards KC DFC Coalition with a $1,000 Grant

December 22, 2014 by Kandiyohi County Drug Free Communities Coalition No Comments »

We are excited to announce that the Kandiyohi County Drug Free Communities Coalition was awarded a $1,000 grant to continue their work on the reducing drug use and abuse in Kandiyohi County Youth.   The grant will support the SWAT Teams in the New London Spicer High and Middle School.  The students will carry out four campaigns over the next few months which include: National Drug Facts Week, Big Bowl Vote, a presentation request to the Kandiyohi County Fair Board and educating their peers during Alcohol Awareness Month is April.   Thank you – United Way!

 

UCare awards DFC Coalition with a $25,000 Grant!

December 19, 2014 by Kandiyohi County Drug Free Communities Coalition No Comments »

We are excited to announce that the Kandiyohi County Drug Free Communities Coalition was awarded a $25,000 grant to continue their work on the reducing drug use and abuse in Kandiyohi County Youth.   The grant will support the SWAT Teams in Willmar Sr. High, Willmar Middle School and CMCS.  The students will carry out four campaigns over the next few months which include: National Drug Facts Week, Big Bowl Vote, a presentation request to the Kandiyohi County Fair Board and educating their peers during Alcohol Awareness Month is April.   Thank you – UCare!!!

 

Quit Together, Win Together: The American Cancer Society Celebrates the Great American Smokeout

November 20, 2014 by Kandiyohi County Drug Free Communities Coalition No Comments »

Today is the GREAT AMERICAN SMOKE OUT!!

Each year, on the third Thursday in November, the American Cancer Society hosts the Great American Smokeout®, an event to encourage and help smokers quit. This year, on November 20th, the Smokeout will remind smokers to quit early and often. By quitting for even one day, smokers take a crucial step to better their health and their lives.

 

No smoker is alone when it comes to failed quit attempts. Watch these stories of first-hand struggles with tobacco addiction: two smokers chronicle their personal smoking stories, and a former smoker offers insights on how she quit with the help of the BecomeAnEX.org.

 

 

Red Ribbon Week – October 23-31, 2014

October 23, 2014 by Kandiyohi County Drug Free Communities Coalition No Comments »

About the Red Ribbon Campaign

The National Family Partnership organized the first Nationwide Red Ribbon Campaign. NFP provides drug awareness by sponsoring the annual National Red Ribbon Celebration. Since its beginning in 1985, the Red Ribbon has touched the lives of millions of people around the world. In response to the murder of DEA Agent Enrique Camarena, angered parents and youth in communities across the country began wearing Red Ribbons as a symbol of their commitment to raise awareness of the killing and destruction cause by drugs in America.

Enrique (Kiki) Camarena was a Drug Enforcement Administration Agent who was tortured and killed in Mexico in 1985. When he decided to join the US Drug Enforcement Administration, his mother tried to talk him out of it. “I’m only one person”, he told her, “but I want to make a difference.”

On Feb. 7, 1985, the 37-year-old Camarena left his office to meet his wife for lunch. Five men appeared at the agent’s side and shoved him in a car. One month later, Camarena’s body was found. He had been tortured to death.

In honor of Camarena’s memory and his battle against illegal drugs, friends and neighbors began to wear red badges of satin. Parents, sick of the destruction of alcohol and other drugs, had begun forming coalitions. Some of these new coalitions took Camarena as their model and embraced his belief that one person can make a difference. These coalitions also adopted the symbol of Camarena’s memory, the red ribbon.

In 1988, NFP sponsored the first National Red Ribbon Celebration. Today, the Red Ribbon serves as a catalyst to mobilize communities to educate youth and encourage participation in drug prevention activities. Since that time, the campaign has reached millions of U.S. children and families. The National Family Partnership (NFP) and its network of individuals and organizations continue to deliver his message of hope to millions of people every year, through the National Red Ribbon Campaign.  For more information, please visit: http://redribbon.org/

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Exclusive Q&A: Marijuana legalization opponent Kevin Sabet shares thoughts

October 2, 2014 by Kandiyohi County Drug Free Communities Coalition No Comments »

Kevin Sabet is in Oregon today and sat down for a one on one interview with The Oregonian.

Exclusive Q&A:     Marijuana legalization opponent Kevin Sabet tells Keizer crowd about pot’s     potency and harms to young people Kevin Sabet, a prominent opponent of marijuana legalization, began a three-day tour of     Oregon Wednesday, delivering a message about pot’s harms. (Noelle     Crombie/The Oregonian)
KEIZER — Kevin Sabet, a prominent voice against marijuana legalization, kicked off a three-day tour     of Oregon on Wednesday, warning of pot’s harms, particularly to young people.

It is Sabet’s second  trip to Oregon this year. He was originally slated to visit 13 communities as part of a marijuana education series, but that effort was scaledback to seven stops after legalization advocates questioned the use of federal grant dollars on what they saw as political events.

Sabet’s message: Marijuana is more potent than ever, persistent pot use among young people can lead to     a significant drop in IQ by midlife, and Americans generally misunderstand the drug’s harms.

He warned of the rise of corporate marijuana targeting young users with infused sweets, candies and other sugary treats. He talked about the popularity of eating marijuana-infused foods and using vaporizer pens, which allow people to get high discreetly.

The audience included law-enforcement officials, drug prevention and treatment experts and others who work with young people. Russ Belville, who hosts a Portland-based radio show on marijuana culture, news and politics, stood outside before the event began, handing out flyers refuting Sabet’s main arguments against marijuana.

Belville said young people who want marijuana don’t have a problem getting it. Legalization won’t lead     to increased youth access to pot, he said.

“The people who will be able to get marijuana under legalization are middle-aged guys like     me,” said Belville, who started his day at Sabet’s Madras  appearance.

Sabet sat down     with The Oregonian Wednesday afternoon before speaking to a gathering of     about 100 people in Keizer. He began the day at event in Madras. His     tour continues Thursday and Friday with stops in Roseburg, Grants Pass, La     Grande, Ontario, and Hood River. (This interview has been edited for length.)Q: What do you want Oregonians to know about marijuana?

Sabet: I am here to educate all Oregonians and really all Americans on the science behind marijuana and what the major medical associations and scientific institutes are saying about a drug that is 10 to 30 times more potent than it was 30 years ago.

There has been a lot of misinformation about marijuana, mainly because people tend to focus on their own experiences or the experiences of others they know. Look, I am not here on a ‘reefer madness’ tour. I am here to talk about the truth, which is most people who try marijuana will not become addicted –just like most drunk drivers wont get into a fatal car crash and most people who don’t wear helmets won’t get into a bicycle crash.

But still the fact is that it happens and at great cost to society, whether it’s in treatment  admissions, health costs, accidents, loss of motivation for young people not realizing their potential. I think it’s something we ought to care about.

I don’t think there has ever been a time when the gap between the public’s understanding about     marijuana and the scientific understanding has been so great.

If people actually went and hung out at the annual meeting of the American Medical Association or the     American Society of Addiction Medicine or the National Alliance on Mental  Illness, they would hear what is the universal message, which is today’s marijuana is highly potent and a cause of concern, especially for young people and we should do everything we can to deter its use. That is not a controversial statement in the corridors of science.

Q: Why aren’t you making one of your stops in Portland?

Sabet: These stops are not about legalization. We have made that very clear. This week is something that has been planned for a very long time, way before we knew the (legalization ballot measure) had been qualified. These are the communities that asked me to speak. I am only coming to the communities     that have asked me.

Q: Who is paying for your trip to Oregon?

Sabet: Various private sources, including law enforcement associations, medical associations, Rotary clubs and other private civic associations.

Q: What do you think  of how legal marijuana has rolled out in Colorado and Washington?

Sabet: I think it sounds a lot better in theory than it plays out in practice. In theory, it sounds  like rainbow and unicorns — tax revenues, getting rid of gangs, and keeping it out of the hands of kids. In reality it means gummy bears and  ’pot tarts’ marketed to 15-year-olds and coupons that allow you to get a one dollar joint if you show your ski pass and more dangerous roads and communities that are all of a sudden in the pocket of special interest marijuana groups.I don’t think that’s what the soccer mom in Littleton thought about when she voted for (Colorado’s)     Amendment 64.

Q: You’ve said you support medical research into cannabis. Do you support reclassifying     marijuana from a Schedule I drug? (The federal government views Schedule I drugs, such as heroin and marijuana, as dangerous and lacking medicinal value.

Sabet: I support rescheduling components of marijuana or medications based on marijuana. That is like saying I support rescheduling morphine but not opium because raw opium is not medicine.

Essentially I think we need to do more research into it. If you are a parent of a child with intractable     epilepsy or you have terminal illness, you should have access to medicinal components of marijuana whether that’s cannabidiol or whatever. I don’t think people should be arrested for using marijuana if they have a bonafide condition. I just think we need to treat it like every other medicine and have a standardized products.

Q: Legalization  advocates say your message is modern-day ‘reefer madness.’ What do you make of how you and your message are portrayed?

Sabet: I think I am  extremely misunderstood and also purposely mischaracterized. It would be a lot better for legalization advocates if I was a modern-day prohibitionist  from the ’20s, saying that everybody should go to prison if they smoke a joint and this is a gateway drug.

That would make their lives easier. They could say, ‘This guy is crazy.’ I didn’t say any of that. I go out of my way to say a couple things. One, I go out of my way to say most people who use marijuana won’t become addicted. Two, most people who use marijuana will not go on to use heroin. And three, that this is not the devil’s weed.

But what I do talk about is what every single medical association talks about, which is the drug is more harmful than it used to be, that we underappreciate its harms because its harms aren’t as immediately apparent as other drugs, that we desperately need to understand the connection between mental illness and learning and if we are supposed to create a race to the top for education and a workforce that can compete on the global marketplace, we should think  twice before allowing ourselves to be duped by another industry, just like the industry we are beginning to put in its place, which is tobacco.

– Noelle Crombie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NL-S SWAT Students preparing for Red Ribbon Week

October 1, 2014 by Kandiyohi County Drug Free Communities Coalition No Comments »

 

NL-S High School SWAT Students are busy preparing for Red Ribbon Week in their School October 27-31, 2014.  The SWAT Team will be doing anti-drug presentations to the 4th graders at Prairie Woods Elementary School during that week.   The SWAT Team is coached by Mrs. Korzendorfer whose is also a teacher in the Middle School.

About the Red Ribbon Campaign

The National Family Partnership organized the first Nationwide Red Ribbon Campaign. NFP provides drug awareness by sponsoring the annual National Red Ribbon Celebration. Since its beginning in 1985, the Red Ribbon has touched the lives of millions of people around the world. In response to the murder of DEA Agent Enrique Camarena, angered parents and youth in communities across the country began wearing Red Ribbons as a symbol of their commitment to raise awareness of the killing and destruction cause by drugs in America.

Enrique (Kiki) Camarena was a Drug Enforcement Administration Agent who was tortured and killed in Mexico in 1985. When he decided to join the US Drug Enforcement Administration, his mother tried to talk him out of it. “I’m only one person”, he told her, “but I want to make a difference.”

On Feb. 7, 1985, the 37-year-old Camarena left his office to meet his wife for lunch. Five men appeared at the agent’s side and shoved him in a car. One month later, Camarena’s body was found. He had been tortured to death.

In honor of Camarena’s memory and his battle against illegal drugs, friends and neighbors began to wear red badges of satin. Parents, sick of the destruction of alcohol and other drugs, had begun forming coalitions. Some of these new coalitions took Camarena as their model and embraced his belief that one person can make a difference. These coalitions also adopted the symbol of Camarena’s memory, the red ribbon.

In 1988, NFP sponsored the first National Red Ribbon Celebration. Today, the Red Ribbon serves as a catalyst to mobilize communities to educate youth and encourage participation in drug prevention activities. Since that time, the campaign has reached millions of U.S. children and families. The National Family Partnership (NFP) and its network of individuals and organizations continue to deliver his message of hope to millions of people every year, through the National Red Ribbon Campaign.  For more information, please visit: http://redribbon.org/

 

October is National Substance Abuse Prevention Month!!

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In 2011 President Obama issued the first-ever Presidential Proclamation designating October as National Substance Abuse Prevention Month. The tradition continues in 2014 as parents, youth, schools and community leaders across the country join this month-long observance of the role that substance abuse prevention plays in promoting safe and healthy communities.

ONDCP Acting Director Michael Botticelli Speaks about National Substance Abuse Prevention Month:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=lhFwOpZtPvk

View the President’s 2014 National Substance Abuse Prevention Month Proclamation here.

Why do we recognize National Substance Abuse Prevention Month?

Every day, far too many Americans are hurt by alcohol and drug abuse. From diminished achievement in our schools to greater risks in our roads and in our communities, to the heartache of lives cut tragically short, the consequences of substance abuse are profound. Yet, we also know that they are preventable.

Preventing drug use before it begins-particularly among young people-is the most cost-effective way to reduce drug use and its consequences. The best approach to reducing the tremendous toll substance abuse exacts from individuals, families and communities is to prevent the damage before it occurs.

The President’s Drug Control Strategy promotes the expansion of national and community-based programs that reach young people in schools, on college campuses, and in the workplace with tailored information to help them make healthy decisions about their future.  In fact, recent research has concluded that every dollar invested in school—based substance use prevention programs has the potential to save up to $18 in costs related to substance use disorders.

This month we pay tribute to all those working to prevent substance abuse in our communities and rededicate ourselves to building a safer, drug-free America.

 

Alcohol Blackouts vs. Passing Out

June 13, 2014 by Kandiyohi County Drug Free Communities Coalition No Comments »

Shining a Light on Alcohol Blackouts

Blackout – Amnesia for places a person went or things they did while intoxicated; can involve spotty memory (fragmentary blackout, brownout, or grayout) or large missing chunks of time (en bloc blackout).

Blacking out vs. Passing out – Blacking out from alcohol implies that a person is awake and functioning but unable to create memories for events and actions. Passing out from alcohol implies a person is asleep or unconscious from drinking too much. The two states are quite different.

What does it mean when someone says they were “blackout drunk?” How does a blackout differ from “passing out” after drinking, and what are the possible dangerous effects of drinking enough to blackout?

Blackouts are periods of amnesia during which a person actively engages in behaviors like walking and talking but does not create memories for these events as they transpire. This results in missing periods of time in the person’s autobiographical record. Blacking out is quite different from passing out, which means either falling asleep from excessive drinking or literally drinking oneself unconscious.

All blackouts are not the same and are distinguished by the severity of the amnesia. The most common form of blackout involves spotty memories for events, with islands of memories separated by missing memories in between. This form often is referred to as a fragmentary blackout, a grayout, or a brownout. With this type of blackout, focusing on the islands of memories often helps cue recall for some, but not all, of the missing pieces. Full and complete amnesia often spanning hours  or more is known as an en bloc blackout. With this severe form of blackout, trying to fill in the missing pieces typically is fruitless. The memories were never formed and so no amount of digging will uncover them. They simply don’t exist.

It seems that alcohol produces blackouts by shutting down circuits that involve the hippocampus, a brain area which plays a central role in consolidating memories for what happens in our day-to-day lives. Information coming into the brain from the world around us is processed in various brain areas and then funneled to the hippocampus, which somehow weaves the information together into a running record of facts and events in our lives, a process called consolidation. By interfering with how these memory circuits work, alcohol creates a void in the record-keeping system.

During a blackout, the ability to remember things that happened before the blackout typically is spared. Because of this, even in the midst of a blackout, a person can carry on conversations and even tell stories about events that happened years ago or earlier in the evening while they were intoxicated but not yet in the blackout. Outside observers typically are unaware that an individual is in a blackout. Depending on how much alcohol the person drank and how impaired other brain functions are, a person in the midst of a blackout could appear incredibly drunk—or not overly intoxicated at all.

Anything a person can do while they are drunk and not blacked out they can do while they are blacked out—they just won’t remember it the next day. Depending on how impaired the brain regions involved in decisionmaking and impulse control are, the missing events could range from mundane behaviors, like brushing  teeth, to dangerous and traumatic events like driving a car, getting into a fight, or committing—or being the victim of— a sexual assault or other crime.

Blackouts are surprisingly common, particularly among younger drinkers. Across four waves of the Harvard College Alcohol Study, which spanned the 1990s, roughly 1 in 4 male and female students each year experienced a blackout—defined as not being able to remember places that they went or things they did while drinking. Smaller studies by researchers at Duke University report that roughly 1 in 10 male and female college students and recent high-school graduates experienced at least 1 blackout in the 2 weeks before being surveyed.

Research suggests that there are several factors that can increase one’s risk of  blacking out, in particular drinking in  ways that cause one’s blood alcohol  concentration (BAC) to rise quickly  and reach a high level. The BAC rises  quickly when lots of alcohol gets into  the bloodstream at once. This could  mean drinking on an empty stomach,  doing shots, chugging alcoholic  beverages, or all three. Being a female  is also a risk factor for several reasons.  Females are more likely to drink on an empty stomach than males, and they tend to drink beverages with higher  concentrations of alcohol than beer,  such as mixed drinks, shots, and wine. From a biological standpoint, they reach higher BACs than males after each drink as a result of differences in the amount of water in the body. In all cases, the best predictor that a drinker will black out is that they have blacked out before. Some people seem to be very susceptible to blackouts, whereas others are relatively resistant to the serious effects of alcohol on memory. Research with twins suggests that if one twin experiences blackouts the other is likely to experience them too, so it seems there is a genetic component to sensitivity to blackouts.

Blackouts aren’t necessarily a sign of a problem with alcohol, but they are always a reason for concern and should prompt a person to consider their relationship with alcohol.

For more information, see NIAAA’s fact sheet, “Alcohol Overdose: The Dangers of Drinking Too Much.” Available at: http://pubs.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/AlcoholOverdoseFactsheet/Overdosefact.htm.