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Prescription drug abuse requires ongoing monitoring, education and support from parents, educators and community. In a 2015 survey of local Placer County youth, the No. 1 place 9th and 11th graders report the usual source of prescription drugs or over the counter medications “to get high or stoned” was in their “own home.” Age 14 was the average age of onset for those using non-prescribed medications.
Save the Date: April 30, 2016 from 10 am – 2pm, Placer County will be holding a Prescription Drug Take-Back Event to help reduce youth access to harmful prescription medications in our county. Locations and other details will be posted by April 1st. and will be included in our April newsletter. Download fact sheet
The second annual Placer County Youth Impact Awards recognize high-school-age community leaders, innovators, volunteers, and against-the-odds achievers! Last year’s inaugural Youth Awards exceeded expectations and this year promises to be even better! If you know a youth that deserves recognition for making a difference in our community, ask them to apply – tell them why you respect what they are doing, they will be flattered.
To participate in the 2016 Youth Impact Awards, students
complete a very simple online application found on the Youth Commission’s
website at www.placeryouth.com. Submissions will close the evening of
April 4, 2016 at midnight. The five
award categories are leadership, community service, applied knowledge and
talents, overcoming adversity, and a group impact award. Each
category will announce one $200.00 award recipient, and all applicants will
receive recognition at a celebration dessert at 7 pm on Sunday, April 24th.
Beyond giving deserved recognition, the awards counter a
common societal misconception of teenage apathy. Additionally, by sharing the stories of diverse
and creative ways that our communities’ youth make a difference, youth learn
about possibilities and more young people are inspired to get engaged. As a community that works hard to foster
healthy youth, it is noteworthy that volunteerism doesn’t just help others, but
brings many benefits to the youth volunteer such as gaining experience,
expanding one’s network, developing real
world skills such as problem solving, fundraising, or public speaking, and even
improving mental/emotional health! So spread
the word on the Placer County Youth Impact Awards!
Local: Marijuana Dabbing - Honey Oil Story on CBS13 News
Marijuana addiction is real
On February 25th,
the Coalition for Placer Youth hosted a film screening of “The Other Side of Cannabis” and
held a panel presentation of local recovery experts and people in recovery for
marijuana addiction. Yes, marijuana addiction is real. Health educators
and drug free coalitions across the country are focused on the impacts of
marijuana on the developing teen brain, which is not fully developed until age
25. There is no long-term research on the effects of today’s more potent
marijuana on the teen brain; but addiction is a real experience for many and
impacts families. Learn more
Symposium to Help Build Communication & Trust With Your Teen
Social media has
elevated teen and family exposure to emotional feelings and issues that impact
the family. In a 2015 survey of local youth, 62% of 11th graders
reported being “a lot” or “always stressed” when they were asked how much stress do
you have in your life. Sixty percent of 9th and 11th
graders agreed that the number one reason why teens their age use alcohol or
drugs is to help them deal with the stresses they feel from school, family, or
friends and to help them deal with feelings such as anger, sadness or worry. Supporting parents to understand today’s adolescent world better with tools
to improve parent-teen communications is valuable. On April 9th, Joanna Jullien, Banana
Moments Foundation founder is holding a symposium with three impactful speakers
to assist parents in opening communication and building relationships of trust
with their teens. Learn more about symposium
Coalitions Unite at the CADCA National Leadership Forum in Washington D.C.
Representatives from Coalition
for Placer Youth (CPY), Coalition for Auburn and Lincoln Youth (CALY), and the
Coalition for a Drug Free Nevada County recently returned from CADCA’s
26th Annual National Leadership Forum where they joined more than 2,700
substance abuse prevention specialists and advocates from across the country to
attend our nations premier training event for substance abuse prevention and
treatment professionals and researchers.
“We were so excited to be able to spend several days with other similar
organizations from across the country, learning and honing our prevention
skills so our community can be a better place; one that doesn’t suffer from the
harms of drug and alcohol abuse,” says Ariel Lovett, Coalition
Director. “We returned re-energized with new strategies under our belt to tackle
drug use in Placer and Nevada Counties.”
CADCA’s Forum covered a range of
topics – from the importance of preventing youth marijuana use and underage
drinking to how to address the misuse and abuse of prescription medications and
the heroin and opioid epidemic.
Coalitions heard from several
federal leaders including Michael Botticelli, Director of National Drug Control
Policy, DEA Acting Administrator Chuck Rosenberg, and Dr. Bertha Madras.
Dr. Bertha K. Madras, PhD, Professor of Psychobiology, of
the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School addressed the importance
of using science to inform the public about marijuana's harm in her keynote
"This is not a war on drugs. It's a defense of our brains,” and “Addiction
is the only preventable brain disease” said Madras.
Chuck Rosenberg discussed the urgency of addressing the
heroin use and prescription drug abuse epidemic sharing that “in 2014 more than
47,000 people died from overdose, more than the number of people killed in car
accidents. And we know that 4 out of 5 people that use heroin started with
abusing prescription medications”.
Representatives from Coalition for Placer Youth (CPY), Coalition for Auburn and Lincoln Youth (CALY), and the Coalition for a Drug Free Nevada County.
Also during the CADCA Forum, coalition youth members Nevada, 14 and Linden, 13 participated in the Youth Summit, a fun and energizing training that focuses empowering young people to be strong community leaders and create community change.
On Capitol Hill Day we met with our Congressional and Senate leaders to educate them about the substance abuse issues facing our communities and the importance of prevention.
“The best part of Capitol Hill Day was speaking with our Congressional representatives about the need for research and funding. Our message is important alcohol, marijuana, and prescription drug use among young people is tearing at the fabric of our society.” – Youth Attendee
Medical Marijuana Town
Hall Meetings Scheduled for March
A marijuana working group of county staff is holding two
upcoming educational Town Hall meetings in March on proposed marijuana ordinances. The first meeting on March 9th from 6:30-8:00 p.m. in
Auburn at the Placer County Board of Supervisors chambers and the 2nd
one is March 16th from 6:30-8:00p.m. at the Rocklin Event Center
(off Sunset). Learn more
Placer County Meetings & Events
Meeting: CPY – Coalition for Placer Youth Rocklin- Leadership
Friday, March 4th, 3:30-5:00 pm
Rocklin Library Community Room
4890 Granite Drive, Rocklin
Contact: Christina Ivazes 530-889-7238 firstname.lastname@example.org
Meeting: Mental Health Alcohol and Drug Advisory Board (MHADB)
Monday March 28, 2016 6 pm
11533 C Ave, DeWitt Center, Auburn
ASOC Large Conference Room
Contact: Theresa Thickens, Chair
Symposium: Cyber-Powered Shame
Saturday, April 9, 8:30am sign in/9am to 1:30pm
4701 Whitney Ave, Carmichael, CA 95608
For more info. & to reserve a seat, visit: http://tinyurl.com/h4oyupg
Meeting: CALY - Coalition for Auburn and Lincoln Youth
Tuesday April 19, 2016 3:00-5:00 pm
Watch for details
Shelley Rogers, (530) 273-7956
Partnership for Drug Free Kids - where families find answers
Answering your child's tough questions about alcohol
A Parent's Guide to the Teen Brain - Skills, Tools & Tips
Parent Tool Kit
Small conversations can make a big impression
Parents toll-free helpline
Mon. to Fri. 10 am - 6 pm ET
(English and Spanish)
Time to Act
Think your teen is using?
Step-by-step guide for parents who suspect their teen is using alcohol
Español - Recursos Para Padres
free, bilingual online resource
Bilingual - Línea Telefónica Gratuita
(Lunes - Vierness 10am-6pm (hora estándar del este)
Concilio de Liderazgo Latino
Teen Group: UROC
Lots of fun, safe, and age appropriate activities for youth.
Meets Friday nights from 7-9 PM
Crossroads Community Church
3860 Oak Street, Rocklin CA
Contact Dan Britton ( 916) 624- 8246
Placer County Youth Commission
Facts for teens about drugs
Placer Sheriff's Activity League (PSAL)
activities for youth -
Mondays 2pm - 4:30pm
Wednesdays 3pm - 5:30pm
Fridays 3pm - 5:30pm
Rock Creek Elementary,Auburn
Contact Detective Shon Schoer
Rocklin Police Activities League
Activities program for Rocklin youth - coming soon!
For information contact Chris Osborne, Rocklin Police Dept.