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Wednesday, January 11, 2012
We will be changing our web and blog sites to reflect the name change soon. Stay tuned.
December 14, 2011
Welcome and Introductions/agency updates
Peggy Nelson, Diane Ash, Rob Neff, Steve Lewis, Elizabeth Schieb, Phil Bradley, Janelle Martin, Nancy Renfro, and Kelli Flanner were in attendance.
DFC Grant Update- Youth Coalition Reports
MADD Power of Parents had low attendance. There was some discussion of how to reach out to parents with PoP. Ideas included: getting on the agenda for PTA meetings, brown bag lunches at large employers, connecting with athletic directors/coaches, connecting with parents of music group participants.
Youth Coalition activities have been wide ranging in October and November, including many presentations for Red Ribbon week and Students Talking about Tobacco, a successful talent show that engaged over 400 youth and raised money for prevention scholarships, and Great American Smokeout celebrations.
Fake ID 101 Enforcement update
Bar owners will attend the next FAKE ID 101 meeting. Issues that will be discussed include whether to reapply for funds (this is the conclusion of the third funding cycle), sources of IDs that youth are using, and where to go next with this project.
The first website draft from Kern was presented to the coalition and discussed. We are awaiting a second draft concept and will select one to move forward with. Some website content will need to be provided by coalition members and will be edited for space by the marketing committee. We anticipate this happening in the next couple of months.
Report on the Prescription Drug Take-Back Event-Oct. 29th
There will be another Prescription Drug Take-Back on April 21st. A permanent solution to the problem of what to do with old prescriptions is in the works, but awaiting DEA recommendations for how to proceed.
Results of the spring/fall parent surveys were shared with the coalition. All the results show awareness of Those Who Host Lose the Most and other campaigns increasing and acceptability of social hosting decreasing. Numbers of surveys in the fall were more than twice the spring
responses, which is expected as many more parents attend parent/teacher conferences in the fall than spring.
We need to elect new officers for the coalition. Paid staff is not eligible. There was discussion of a need to bring new people to the table, and Diane Ash and Peggy Nelson agreed to send letters to the parents of their Youth Coalition members inviting them to the January meeting. We hope to get new people to the table in January and hold elections for Chair, Vice Chair, and Secretary in February.
**Next Meeting- January 4th **
- Help your teen plan the party.
- Invite only a certain number of people.
- Pass out personalized invitations and don’t invite people via e-mail to avoid “open” parties.
- Put your phone number on the invitation and welcome calls from parents.
- Make and enforce a rule against any use of alcohol, drugs and tobacco.
- Call parents if a teen arrives with alcohol or is under the influence.
- Designate a start and end time for the party.
- Secure all forms of alcohol, firearms and other dangerous items in your home.
- Let neighbors know that a parent supervised party has been planned.
- Set a “no party” rule for your house while you are gone.
- Have a responsible adult stay at your house or ask a neighbor to keep watch.
- Ask the police to drive by your house.
- Tell your teen you asked the police to do this.
SAMHSA News Release
Media Contact: SAMHSA Press Office
New report shows that adolescents are far more likely to drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs if they live with a parent that drives under the influence
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
How to Tell if Your Teen is Depressed
|Depression can affect people of any age, race, ethnic or economic group. There are two kinds of depressive illness: the sad kind, called major depression, and manic-depression or bipolar disorder, when feeling down and depressed alternates with being hyped-up and sometimes reckless. |
You need to have your teen evaluated by a professional if they have several of the following symptoms for more than 2 weeks or if any of these symptoms cause such a big change that your teen can't keep up their usual routine:
Feels sad or cries a lot and it doesn't go away.
Feel high as a kite...like they're "on top of the world."
Saturday, December 3, 2011
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Here is a quick story from NPR on what the researchers have to say about alcohol use and the teenage brain.
Here are a few guidelines that may help everyone.
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
The Traffic Safety Resource Office announces two competitions. Pass it on and win!
Seeking Red Ribbon Week Awards Nominations: Did you or your community or school organize any kind of celebration of Red Ribbon Week? If so, you may have the opportunity to win an award to recognize your achievements! Hurry - the deadline to submit is Friday, November 18, 2011.
To download the nomination form, go here.
Act Out Loud 2012 is Here! From October 14, 2011 - January 13, 2012, teams are invited to enter the contest to participate in three different activities that focus on stronger teen driver safety laws. Teams that complete all three activities will be eligible for the $10,000 grand prize.
For all contest details, go here.
Saturday, October 8, 2011
Friday, October 7, 2011
Monday, October 3, 2011
From the National DEA: A little History
Drug Enforcement Administration
Office of Public Affairs
Red Ribbon Anti-Drug Campaign
|Red Ribbon Week is the nation’s oldest and largest drug prevention program in the nation reaching millions of Americans during the last week of October every year. By wearing red ribbons and participating in community anti-drug events, young people pledge to live a drug-free life and pay tribute to DEA Special Agent Enriqué “Kiki” Camarena. Special Agent Kiki Camarena: |
History of Red Ribbon Week:
The NFP estimates that more than 80 million people participate in Red Ribbon events each year.
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) created Family Day – A Day to Eat Dinner with Your Children™ in 2001, as a national effort to promote family dinners as an effective way to reduce substance abuse among children and teens. Family Day is celebrated on the fourth Monday in September. Plan your family dinners as often as you can for a healthy community. Make it special (and more enticing) by occasionally inviting your child's friend.
If you cannot come on October 29th, then follow the Kansas Department of Health and Environment disposal recommendations for pharmaceuticals. Prepare excess medications as follows: crush or dissolve pills in water, coffee, or another liquid. Make a paste of the dissolved pills or liquid medication by adding it to kitty litter or coffee grounds. Put the paste in a closed container, making sure any personal markings are removed. Then put the closed container in the trash.
Monday, September 19, 2011
Last week, The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University released the National Survey of American Attitudes on Substance Abuse XVI: Teens and Parents. Click for the summary.
Friday, September 2, 2011
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Thursday, August 18, 2011
Lawrence Parents, please add your comments to the question above and let's talk.
Thursday, June 30, 2011
Influence of Family Factors and Supervised Alcohol Use on Adolescent Alcohol Use and Harms: Similarities Between Youth in Different Alcohol Policy Contexts
McMorris, B., Catalano, R., Jung Kim, M., Toumbourou, J., and Hemphill, S. May 2011. Journal of Studies and Alcohol and Drugs, Vol. 72, Pages 418-428.
Objective of the Study: Harm-minimization policies suggest that alcohol use is a part of normal adolescent development and that parents should supervise their children’s use to encourage responsible drinking. Zero-tolerance policies suggest that all underage alcohol use should be discouraged. This article compared hypotheses derived from harm minimization and zero-tolerance policies regarding the influence of family context and supervised drinking on adolescent alcohol use and related harms among adolescents in Washington State, USA, and Victoria, Australia, two states that have respectively adopted zero-tolerance and harm-minimization policies.
Method: Representative samples of seventh-grade students (N = 1,945; 989 females) were recruited from schools in each state. Students completed comprehensive questionnaires on alcohol use, related problem behaviors, and risk and protective factors annually from 2002 to 2004 when they were in ninth grade.
Results: Relationships between family context and alcohol use and harmful use were very similar in both states. Adult-supervised settings for alcohol use were associated with higher levels of harmful alcohol consequences. Adult-supervised alcohol use mediated the links between favorable parental attitudes to alcohol use and ninth-grade alcohol use for students in both states.
Conclusions: Despite policy differences in the two states, relationships between family context variables and alcohol use and harmful use are remarkably similar. Adult-supervised settings for alcohol use resulted in higher levels of harmful alcohol consequences, contrary to predictions derived from harm-minimization policy. Findings challenge the harm-minimization position that supervised alcohol use or early-age alcohol use will reduce the development of adolescent alcohol problems.
- Line-up designated drivers or make sleeping accommodations for your guests who are drinking.
- Be sure to serve plenty of non-alcoholic drinks.
- Serve enough substantive food. Consumption of food will help absorb alcohol.
- Stop serving alcohol at a set time. This will give guests a chance to sober up.
- If your guests are intoxicated -- take away the keys. If you let someone leave your home after they've had too much to drink, you could be held responsible if they hurt themselves or someone else.
- Don't serve to minors. It's illegal, dangerous and irresponsible.
- Whenever you plan on using alcohol, designate a sober driver before going out and give that person the keys.
- If you're impaired, call a taxi, use mass transit or call a sober friend or family member to get you home safely.
- Promptly report drunk drivers you see on the roadways to law enforcement.
- Wearing your safety belt or if you're riding a motorcycle, make sure to wear a helmet and other protective gear.
- While traveling to and from celebrations on your motorcycle, remember to make yourself visible and ride your motorcycle where you can be seen to avoid a crash.
- If you know someone who is about to drive or ride while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely.
Monday, June 27, 2011
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Bullying Linked to Violence at Home
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently published the results of a study that suggests bullying may be associated with family violence.
To assess the association between family violence and other risk factors and being involved in or affected by bul¬lying, the CDC and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health analyzed data from the 2009 Massachusetts Youth Health Survey, an anonymous paper and pencil survey conducted every two years. The study included 2,859 middle school students and 2,948 high school students. Overall response rates were 55.8 percent and 66.7 percent for middle and high school students, respectively. The participants were categorized based on their responses to two survey items related to bullying. The following are the four student categories along with the percentage of surveyed students who fell in each category:
• Victims of bullying: 26.8 percent of middle school and 15.6 percent of high school students
• Bullies: 7.5 percent of middle school and 8.4 percent of high school students
• Bully-victims (those who had been victims of bullying and had bullied others): 9.6 percent of middle school and 6.5 percent of high school students
• Neither (those who had neither bullied others nor were victims of bullying): 50.6 percent of middle school and 69.5 percent of high school students
The study found that bullies, victims, and bully-victims were significantly more likely to be physically hurt by a family member or to have witnessed violence at home than students who were not involved in bullying. After adjusting for potential differences by age, group, sex, and race and ethnicity, researchers created the following adjusted odds ratios (AORs)—or likelihood of involvement in bullying:
• For middle school students being physically hurt by a member of the family: 2.9 for victims (that is, the odds of being a victim are 2.9 times higher than for someone who was not being physically hurt by a member of the family), 4.4 for bullies, and 5 for bully-victims
• For middle school students witnessing family violence, 2.6 for victims, 2.9 for bullies, and 3.9 for bully-victims
• For high school students being physically hurt by a family member: 2.8 for victims, 3.8 for bullies, and 5.4 for bully-victims
• For high school students witnessing family violence: 2.3 for victims, 2.7 for bullies, and 6.8 for bully-victims
The researchers also examined risk factors that have been well documented in previous studies. They found significantly elevated AORs for victims, bullies, and bully-victims for the majority of these risk factors. The following are some results (AORs) for middle school students:
• Seriously considering suicide: 3.0 for victims, 4.1 for bullies, and 6.6 for bully-victims
• Intentionally injuring themselves, 2.3 for victims, 3.1 for bullies, and 7.4 for bully-victims
• Feeling sad or hopeless, 2.3 for victims, 2.1 for bullies, and 4.2 bully-victims
Similar patterns were observed among high school students. This report presents the first state-specific data on a broad range of risk factors suspected to be associated with bullying for middle and high school students. The researchers note that these results “underscore the importance of primary bullying prevention programs and of comprehensive programs and strategies that involve families.”
This study was published in the April 22, 2011, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
A healthy discussion with your teenager may make prom night a little easier. Here are some articles on prom and alcohol, drugs, sex and more that may make those talks more comfortable and prom a little safer.
Thursday, April 7, 2011
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Watch this video and what teens and experts say about their experience when parents allow drinking in their homes. It is easy to allow underage drinking in your home and very difficult to control and monitor it the risky behavior that may follow. Should parents confer or ask if it is OK with other parents before letting their teen drink in their home? How are the teen drinking parties being monitored? Would you trust that your teen is safe? It is against the law. Is it worth it?
Monday, March 14, 2011
Newsletter: April 2011
Teens, Parties, and Alcohol Don’t Mix
Many well-meaning parents think that it is enough to take away car keys at their teen’s parties so the teens can’t drink and drive. Parents provide the alcohol or allow alcohol to be consumed based on the false belief that it’s a rite of passage, especially at prom and graduation parties.
Parents often cite these two misguided reasons, safety and rite of passage, for hosting teen parties where alcohol is served. They believe it is “safer” for kids to drink at home, and may even think that hosting teen parties makes them appear to be a “cool” parent. When parents serve alcohol to teens in their home, in reality what they are doing is facilitating their kids’ comfort with alcohol. This practice sends a mixed message. Teens believe, “If it’s OK to drink at home, it’s OK to drink.” The reality is that the consequences can be overwhelming and in extreme cases fatal.
Parents planning to host parties for their teens should think twice before serving alcohol. Hosting a party for teenagers with alcohol can be costly. It is illegal, unsafe, and unhealthy for anyone under the age of 21 to drink alcohol.
Here are the laws in Lawrence:
• You cannot host minors consuming alcoholic liquor or cereal malt beverages at your residence, land, building or rented room (ex: hotel).
• As an adult, it is unlawful to directly or indirectly sell to, buy for, give or furnish any alcoholic liquor or beer to anyone under the age of 21.
• Furnishing/purchasing alcohol can result in a minimum fine of $200 and a sentence of up to 6 months in jail and up to $1,000 in fines plus, court and legal fees.
• Hosting a party carries a minimum fine of $1,000 or up to $2,500 with up to a year in county jail, plus court and legal fees.
We hope you will partner with the New Tradition Coalition and the City of Lawrence as we launch the “Parents Who Host, Lose The Most” public awareness campaign to help parents think about the dangers of teenage drinking parties. The campaign stresses to parents that hosting teen drinking parties should not be regarded as a “rite of passage” but as a health and safety problem with legal ramifications. Don’t be a party to teenage drinking. Refuse to supply alcohol to children in your home or on your property; be at home when your teenager has a party; make sure your teenager’s friends do not bring alcohol into your home (even if that means checking backpacks and purses); talk to other parents about providing alcohol-free beverages at youth events; provide teenagers with opportunities for alcohol-free events and activities, and report underage drinking. Call 1-866-MUST-BE-21, or your local police to report violations. Together, we can make the difference.
Friday, March 11, 2011
Many news outlets have picked up our story about the Fake ID 101 project in Lawrence, Kansas. It is an itiative that strives to create a community wide change in attitudes about underage drinking and using fake ID's to get alcohol. It is against the law and Lawrence is serious about it.
Pick a source and read more:
Monday, February 28, 2011
No Faking: Lawrence police cracking down on bogus IDs
Archive for Saturday, February 26, 2011
Coalition uses KDOT grant to fight underage drinking
The Facebook ad targeted Lawrence area youths who might be looking for a fake ID.
Apparently, the power of advertising works.
A total of 5,247 people between the ages of 16 and 20 clicked on the ad that featured a fake ID using the character “McLovin’” from the movie “Superbad” during a 60-day period last semester.
But instead of getting a chance to obtain a fake ID that could be used to try to buy booze at Lawrence liquor stores and bars, people who clicked on the ad were directed to a website: the New Tradition Coalition of Lawrence, which combats alcohol abuse and underage drinking.
Coalition members said interest in the Facebook ad clearly illustrates the demand for fake IDs and the prevalence of underage drinking in Lawrence, particularly among Kansas University students.
“That bothered me because that many kids actually clicked on it because they were thinking they were going to get a fake ID,” said Jen Jordan, director of prevention for DCCCA. “We know that underage drinking is an issue in Lawrence and at KU and other colleges. We’re just trying to address it.”
Among the efforts is a project dubbed Fake ID 101.
See more at:
Saturday, January 29, 2011
A RECENT NATIONAL SURVEY OF JUNIOR AND SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS TELLS A MUCH DIFFERENT STORY. MORE THAN 30% OF TEENAGERS DRINK ALONE; BOREDOM AND EMOTIONAL DISTRESS ARE AMONG THE REASONS WHY THEY SAY THEY DRINK.
Alcohol is less dangerous than other drugs such as marijuana, cocaine, or LSD.
CAR CRASHES, SUICIDES. HOMICIDES AND DROWNING ARE ALL ASSOCIATED WITH ALCOHOL USE AND MAKE IT THE NUMBER–ONE DRUG PROBLEM FOR YOUNG PEOPLE. IN FACT, THE MOST LIKELY CAUSE OF DEATH FOR A 16-YEAR OLD IS ALCOHOL-RELATED.
If I let my child drink at home, he or she will be less likely to get into trouble with alcohol outside the home.
RESEARCH SHOWS TEENAGERS WHOSE PARENTS ALLOW THEM TO DRINK AT HOME ARE MORE LIKELY TO DRINK OUTSIDE THE HOME AND TO USE OTHER DRUGS. THEY ALSO HAVE A MUCH GREATER CHANCE OF DEVELOPING A SERIOUS PROBLEM.
So long as my child doesn’t drive, it’s okay for him or her to drink.
TEENS DON’T DRINK THE SAME WAY ADULTS DO. MANY TEENS ENGAGE IN “BINGE DRINKING” AND DOWN THEIR DRINKS QUICKLY SO THAT THEY WILL GET DRUNK. WHEN THEY ARE DRUNK THEY ARE MORE LIKELY TO DRINK AND DRIVE, OR TO RIDE WITH ANOTHER TEEN WHO HAS BEEN DRINKING.
Every day, 5,400 young people under 16 have their first drink of alcohol. (Source: Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth with calculations from Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2004 National Survey on Drug Use and Health)
Studies reveal that alcohol consumption by adolescents results in brain damage - possibly permanent -and impairs intellectual development. (Source: Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research (Volume 24, Number 2 National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism)
Adolescents drink less and have fewer alcohol-related problems when their parents discipline them consistently and set clear expectations. (Source: Hawkins JD, Graham JW, Maguin E, et al. 1997 Exploring the effects of age of alcohol use initiation and psychosocial risk factors on subsequent alcohol misuse. Journal of Studies on Alcohol. 58(3): 280-290)
When drinking is delayed until age 21, a child’s risk of serious alcohol problems is decreased by 70 percent. (Source: Calculated from information contained in: Grant BF, Dawson DA. 1997, Age at onset of alcohol use and its association with DSM-IV alcohol abuse and dependence. Results from the National Longitudinal Alcohol Epidemiologic Survey. Journal of Substance Abuse 9:103-110.)
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
May 24th, 2010 - Kansas Texting Bill Signed into Law
Kansas Senate Bill 300 has been signed into law by Governor Parkinson.
The new law prohibits drivers from writing, sending, or reading a text message while driving.
The ban on text messaging went into effect on January 1st, 2011.
The minimum fine is $60 plus court costs and the maximum fine is $150. The consequences of texting while driving are even higher! Share this new law with people you know.