Celebrating the Positive!

Celebrating the positive in our Community!
The Coalition would like to begin 2012 by celebrating incredible youth and the goodness and health in our community. The positive is real, exists in our community and is worth growing. At a recent training for drug free communities grantees, we learned about the “Science of the Positive” by Jeff Linkenbach, Ed.D., research scientist and director of the Montana State University Center for Health and safety. His research shows that by focusing on growing a culture of positive, healthy attitudes and behaviors, we improve health and reduce substance abuse. We didn’t have to look too far to find examples of goodness and health to share with all of you:

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Did You Know?
  • Most Nevada County teens choose NOT to drink. 72% of Nevada County teens did not drink alcohol in the last 30 days. (2010/2011 CHKS)
  • Most Nevada County teens choose NOT to use marijuana. 81% of youth surveyed in 7th, 9th, and 11th grades have not used marijuana in the last 30 days. (2010/2011 CHKS)
  • There is a dramatic increase in the percent of 9th and 11th graders “hearing the message about AOD” and the dangers of tobacco, alcohol or drug use from their parents and from the media compared to just two years ago. Youth report talking to their parents/ guardians increased from 39% to 67% and hearing the message from the media increased from 15% to 89% from 2007 – 2010.
  • The number of drunk driving-related deaths dropped to a record low in California in 2010, according to the report released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. This represents thelargest single-year decline in DUI fatalities in the last 14 years.