A Message From NEO

From the desk of Lynn Skrukrud:

Come join us for a parking lot sale to support the mission and direction of
Nevada County youth and the Teen Center.

WHEN: October 12th, 2013

TIME: 9:00am – 3:00pm

LOCATION: Blockbuster Video

736 Taylorville Road, Suite A
Grass Valley, CA 95949

Download Flyer HERE

Call Halli for more info 530-263-3763

~ Recovery Happens at The Campus ~ September 27th, 2013

RECOVERY HAPPENS AT THE CAMPUS

Join the voices of recovery, together on pathways to wellness.

Community Recovery Resources and the Coalition for a Drug Free Nevada County join in
observance promoting the message that prevention works, treatment is effective and people can and do recover. Behavioral health is essential to overall health. We honor and celebrate individuals in recovery just as we would those who are managing other health conditions like heart disease or diabetes.

 September is National Recovery Month and recovery is happening…here, there, and everywhere! This year’s theme highlights two ideas—that individuals are not alone on the journey toward recovery and that there are many paths to recovery, including medical care and other professional treatment, group support, and self-help.

This event also marks the One-Year Anniversary of The Campus ~ Grass Valley!
A vision made possible through years of hard-work and passion!

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 Who’s Invited? YOU ARE! Staff and clients – current and alumni –  Family, friends, loved ones, and supporters alike – come out and show support for the recovering community!ž   

CoRR’s Recovery Alumni Association and the Coalition for a Drug Free Nevada County invite you to join the voices of recovery on
September 27th from 4pm to 7pm

in celebration of those who are recovering and the people and organizations who make recovery possible. We will have interactive booth stations representing the progress of our programs over the last year including:

  • Impaired vision goggles 
  • Recovery Rocks
  • The Conversation Couch
  • Unity Circle
  • The Ball Pit
  • Water play for the children with our child development staff who have served
    nearly 200 little ones since the Campus opened last year
  • RAA Bake sale with What’s Up Coffee
  • Tours of The Campus (4:30pm & 5:30pm)
  • Musical entertainment

 PLEASE ENCOURAGE YOUR COMMUNITY TO ATTEND.
This event is easy, free, fun, and open to all to stop by anytime between 4:00-7:00. at the Campus,

 180 Sierra College Drive in Grass Valley.

 WANT TO VOLUNTEER? Call us at 530.273.9541

Justice Department Announces Update to Marijuana Enforcement Policy

Department of Justice Office of Public Affairs

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Thursday, August 29, 2013 Justice Department Announces Update to Marijuana Enforcement Policy Today, the U.S. Department of Justice announced an update to its federal marijuana enforcement policy in light of recent state ballot initiatives that legalize, under state law, the possession of small amounts of marijuana and provide for the regulation of marijuana production, processing, and sale. In a new memorandum outlining the policy, the Department makes clear that marijuana remains an illegal drug under the Controlled Substances Act and that federal prosecutors will continue to aggressively enforce this statute. To this end, the Department identifies eight (8) enforcement areas that federal prosecutors should prioritize. These are the same enforcement priorities that have traditionally driven the Department’s efforts in this area. Outside of these enforcement priorities, however, the federal government has traditionally relied on state and local authorizes to address marijuana activity through enforcement of their own narcotics laws. This guidance continues that policy. For states such as Colorado and Washington that have enacted laws to authorize the production, distribution and possession of marijuana, the Department expects these states to establish strict regulatory schemes that protect the eight federal interests identified in the Department’s guidance. These schemes must be tough in practice, not just on paper, and include strong, state-based enforcement efforts, backed by adequate funding. Based on assurances that those states will impose an appropriately strict regulatory system, the Department has informed the governors of both states that it is deferring its right to challenge their legalization laws at this time. But if any of the stated harms do materialize—either despite a strict regulatory scheme or because of the lack of one—federal prosecutors will act aggressively to bring individual prosecutions focused on federal enforcement priorities and the Department may challenge the regulatory scheme themselves in these states. A copy of the memorandum, sent to all United States Attorneys by Deputy Attorney General James M. Cole, is available below.

Congratulations to Students From Silver Springs, Bear River and Nevada Union- Awesome Job in the Door Decorating Contest!

Judging took place last week for the winners of this year’s door decorating contest in honor of Red Ribbon Week and Above the Influence Day. Students from Silver Springs, Bear River and Nevada Union were awarded breakfaxt for their whole class and NEO bracelets for their winning doors.

Awesome Job… Congratulations! Visit our Facebook page to see pictures of all of the winning doors.

Significant Declines: Non-Medical Use of Prescription Drugs

Today, National Drug Control Policy Director Gil Kerlikowske released the following statement in response to survey data from the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) showing significant declines in the non-medical use of prescription drugs:

“These results are encouraging, but we cannot afford to take our eyes off the ball.  The abuse of painkillers in America continues to take too many lives, tear apart too many families, and place too much of a burden on communities across the Nation.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, prescription drug abuse remains an epidemic.

The good news is that today’s findings prove yet again we are not powerless against the problem of substance abuse in America. Since day one, the Obama Administration has pursued a bipartisan and holistic approach to this challenge. I am heartened by this progress because it shows our prescription drug abuse action plan is working and that we can make America healthier and safer. We still have our work to do, but we remain steadfast in our commitment to reversing this epidemic through a balanced approach.”

According to data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), the number of young adults (people aged 18 to 25) who used prescription drugs for non-medical purposes in the past month declined 14 percent — from 2 million in 2010 to 1.7 million in 2011. This decline has driven an overall 12 percent drop in the number of Americans abusing prescription drugs.  The complete survey findings are available on the SAMHSA web site at (www.samhsa.gov/).

The Coalition for a Drug Free Nevada County will be hosting Prescription Drug Take Back Day with the help of the Grass Valley Police Department and local pharmacies.

For more information or to get involved, Call us at (530) 273-7956.

Summertime Outreach at the Fair -Coalition and NEO

Nevada County Fair:

Home Safe Home booth 2012

Coalition Fair Booth: Themed Home Safe Home, our booth, provided information about youth accessing alcohol, prescription drugs, and marijuana at home and we shared resources and ways that families can keep children safe by monitoring and securing sources of access. Volunteers helped to man the booth, sharing prevention resources and asking people to take our survey. Nearly 400 people stopped by the booth and it was another year of very successful outreach.

NEO youth rave 2012

NEO Teen Section at the Fair : In it’s second year and expanded to include more space and tents, NEO was able to host it’s first drug-free youth rave at the fair with music, lights, and blacklight paints. After a visit from the fire marshal, Patterson generously donated fire retardent for the tents to keep NEO up and running. Thank you to all the volunteers and generous supporters.

Many Thanks to all the volunteers that helped out at the fair this year! It sure was a hot one… Whew!

Study Links Mothers Who Let Kids Sip Alcohol and Children’s Reported Drinking

Alcohol sipping 9-19-12

A new study finds a link between mothers’ belief that it is acceptable to let their children sip alcohol, and their children’s reported alcohol use. The study found one-quarter of mothers of young children believed allowing children to sip an alcoholic drink would likely deter them from drinking in the future.

The study of 1,050 pairs of mothers and their third-grade children, who participated in the four-year study, found 33 percent of children reported alcohol use. “A strong, significant association was found between parental ‘prosipping’ beliefs and children’s reported alcohol use,” the researchers report.

The mothers with prosipping attitudes said they believed allowing their children to try alcohol would make children less likely to drink as adolescents and make them better at resisting peer pressure to drink. Some also said early tasting would discourage future use because of alcohol’s taste, or because drinking would become less enticing when the children realized their parents allowed it, according to The Los Angeles Times.

The study found four in 10 mothers said not allowing a child to taste alcohol would increase their desire to try it. In the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, the researchers cite previous studies that conclude that early drinking is a known primary risk factor for problem drinking during the teenage years. They also refer to studies that suggest teens are more likely to imitate their peers’ drinking habits than their parents’.

Mothers who were more highly educated, and those who worked outside the home, were more likely to allow their children to sip alcohol.

Courtesy of Join Together Staff

Alameda County BOS adopts responsible producer ordinance requiring pharmaceutical companies to foot the bill for costs associated with safe disposal.

San Francisco Chronicle, Michael Macor/Associated Press – This Friday July 20, 2012 photo shows a bin to dispose of unwanted or expired drugs at United Pharmacy in Berkeley, Calif. The Alameda County Board of Supervisors is expected to vote Tuesday, July 24, 2012 on an ordinance requiring drug companies to pay for a program to safely collect and dispose of unused medication. Failure to adhere to the ordinance, which is believed to be first of its kind in the nation, could cost drug makers $1,000 a day in fines.By Associated Press, Published: July 24

SAN FRANCISCO — A Northern California county voted Tuesday to make the pharmaceutical industry pay to dispose of unused prescription drugs.

The Alameda County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously 5-0 to approve an ordinance that requires drug makers to set up programs to dispose of expired and unused drugs, making it the first county to do so, industry and government officials said.

“It is time … for pharmaceutical companies who are among the most profitable companies in the U.S. to share responsibility for the impact, possible negative impacts, of their products,” said Supervisor Wilma Chan on Tuesday.

Alameda County residents currently can drop off their old medications at 28 different spots at a cost of about $330,000 a year to the county, officials estimate. The bill’s proponents say drug companies should take responsibility for the dangers posed by their unused pills, such as contaminating the water supply or leading to prescription drug abuse.

“This ordinance isn’t going to have any effect on abuse of prescription drugs,” said Marjorie Powell, a representative of Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, after the vote. “It’s going to take a whole lot other activities to convince people not to abuse prescription drugs.”

Pharmaceutical industry representatives also say that there is no evidence showing drug take-back programs help the environment and that the ordinance unfairly places the costs of drug disposal only on out-of-county manufacturers.

They say the safest, and cheapest, FDA-approved way to get rid of old medication is to put in the trash in a sealed container mixed with substances such as coffee grounds or kitty litter. Advocates say putting drugs in landfills risks chemicals seeping into the waterbed.

The pharmaceutical industry is voluntarily paying for a similar drug disposal plan in San Francisco to test its effectiveness.

Powell said she questions whether the requirement falls within the county’s authority, but her organization has not considered a legal challenge yet.

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