Prescription Medication Take Back Day Saturday October 26th in Grass Valley

On Saturday, October 26th Grass Valley Police Department is partnering with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Coalition for a Drug Free Nevada County in a nationwide prescription drug “Take-Back” day.   This program allows members of the public to drop off potentially dangerous, expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs for safe disposal and destruction at the Drop off Location listed below. 

Previous “Take Back Days” have been very successful in Nevada County.  From April 2012 through September 2013, Nevada County residents safely disposed of 1,925 pounds of unwanted and outdated prescription drugs.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Monitoring, securing and safely disposing of medications can prevent the abuse of prescription drugs and protect our environment. Many people are not aware that medicines that languish in homes are susceptible to misuse and abuse. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.

It’s also a bad idea to flush unused medications down the toilet as they can get into our water systems. A 2008 study by the Associated Press found traces of pharmaceuticals in tap water across the U.S. and evidence suggest this water pollution may also have negative affects on wildlife.

DROP OFF LOCATION: In Grass Valley Corner of Neal and South Auburn (parking lot across from Safeway in GV)

WHEN:  Saturday, October 26th  from 10:00-2:00

IMPORTANT! In addition to the Take Back Days, we want to remind people that three local pharmacies now host permanent drop boxes that are open daily; Kmart, Rite Aid and Save Mart in addition to the one in the lobby of the Grass Valley Police Department providing  easy and convenient way’s to safely dispose of your unneeded prescription medications.

Permanent Safe Disposal Sites:

Grass Valley Police Department  Kmart Pharmacy
129 South Auburn Street
Grass Valley, CA 95945
111 W. McKnight Way
Grass Valley, CA 95945
Rite Aid Pharmacy Save Mart Pharmacy
720 Sutton Way
Grass Valley, CA 95945
12054 Nevada City Hwy
Grass Valley, CA 95945

more information: http://www.drugfreenevadacounty.org

Talk. They Hear You.

The greatest influence on young people’s decisions to begin drinking or doing other drugs is the world they live in, including family, friends, schools, and the community environment.

PARENTS, you should know that the greatest influences on teens decision to be free from using alcohol or other drugs is YOU.
(U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Surgeon General’s Call to Action To Prevent and Reduce Underage Drinking)    

Sometimes parents are not sure how to have the conversation, and so may avoid it entirely. When was the last time you talked to your children about alcohol? Has it been a while? Are you wondering how to have the conversation?

It’s never too early to talk to your kids about alcohol. If you talk to them directly and honestly they are more likely to respect your rules and advice about alcohol use.

Here are some considerations to begin having these important conversations:

Short and frequent discussions can have a real impact on your child’s decisions about alcohol. Sitting down for the “big talk” about alcohol can be intimidating for both you and your child. Little talks take the pressure off of trying getting all the information out in one lengthy discussion, and your child will be less likely to tune you out. Try using these opportunities to talk; in the car, during dinner, or while you and your child are watching TV. And remember, the conversation goes both ways. It’s important to hear their point of view and listen to their feelings, concerns too.

They may even ask some tough questions like “Did you drink when you were a kid?” If you drank as a teenager, you’ll probably want to be honest but acknowledge that it was risky. Or, “Why do you drink?” you could point out that when you choose to drink it’s always in moderation to enhance a meal, or celebrate a special occasion with friends or family. You could also share with them that some people should not drink at all. Make a clear distinction between alcohol use among children and among adults.

Here’s another example of a great opportunity to talk about the risks of drinking: With football season in full swing we can expect to see more alcohol advertisements on TV. Studies show that exposure to enticing alcohol advertisements can influence young adolescent perceptions about acceptable drinking behavior and underage drinking in general. So talk about it… Not in a “Wow, that was a cool ad they had on during the Super Bowl,” kind of way. More like this; “Wow, they really make drinking alcohol look cool, don’t they? But drinking alcohol can really get people into lots of trouble — let’s talk about it”.

The Coalition for a Drug Free Nevada County is partnering with SAMSHA to prevent underage drinking. Visit these web links for more information on the Talk they Hear You Campaign and other helpful tips and resources:

https://www.cncyouth.org/nccommitted/

http://www.samhsa.gov/underagedrinking/index.aspx

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cn9enF9awM4

http://www.drugfreenevadacounty.org

http://www.corr.us

~ 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!

 Download Flyer

 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.

Summertime: A Risky Time for Teens

Teens tend to have more free time in the summer and there is a strong correlation between free time and risk-taking among teens. This could mean rock and bridge jumping in rivers or lakes, extreme watersports, or off-road activities out at Greenhorn. It could also mean the temptation to experiment with alcohol, marijuana or sexual activity. Short of locking them up, there is no silver bullet to prevent any of the above. Parents of teens know that the chances of something going awry are pretty good. It does not however, have to be as a result of a lack of planning.

If you are a parent or have teens in your life consider this reducing risks plan for summer:  

Plan 1Do a home inventory:  With school out for summer, it’s likely that your home could turn into a hang out spot for your teen and their friends. Inventory what you have around the house that could potentially pose a risk or be a temptation for experimentation. It could be alcohol, tobacco, prescription medications, or even medical marijuana. Now is a good time to think about how you can limit access to these substances. It may be time to consider a locking cabinet, or another secure location that you can monitor. Also, did you know that you can safely dispose of expired or unwanted prescription medications for free?  Visit DrugFreeNevadaCounty.org for safe disposal locations.  

Plan 2 – Prepare for boredom:  With the routine of daily school activities suspended for the summer months, before you know it you your likely to get a call on the phone while you’re at work asking to go to place A, with friend B, whom you’ve actually never met, but is a friend of friend C, whom you know quite well. And oh by the way, they’ll be home before you get home, and they’ll keep their cell phone on. Most teens are inherently honest and able to resist potential negative influences of peers and wild ideas— However, they can still sense weakness and, if they can get their otherwise logical parent who normally would insist on all facts and details with 24-hour notice to budge in this one moment, the door is open for compromise. Work with your teen to make plans in advance and stick with the 24-hour notice rule for activity outside of the home. If friend B is really that important to your teen, they’ll make plans within your guidelines. While most Nevada County teens say they don’t need alcohol or drugs to have fun, peer influence, boredom, hot summer days, and hormones can be a recipe for mischief. 

Plan 3 – Have A Plan for FUN and Down Time Endless surveys of teens show that they are often more worried, more stressed and more over-extended than any other teen generation that has come before them. Sleeping a few days away is not going to be the end of your bright-eyed sassy teenager. Spending time with an approved list of friends hanging aimlessly at the river or lakes may be just what they need to decompress and refocus. Plan in advance for ways that you and your teenager can do just that – relax. Don’t forget to keep them informed of appropriate behavioral expectations before turning them loose by having a conversation with them before they go out with friends and check in to see how their day went. Teens want their voices to be heard and it’s a nice reminder to them that you care what they’re doing and who they’re associating with by asking them if they had fun and what they did.

Have a safe, well-planned summer.

Encourage your teen to attend events and spend time with other teens who are having fun! For information on NEO Summer Events…CLICK HERE

 

 

Summer Activity List: Relax, Refresh, Reduce Risks!

Special thanks to  the Community Support Network for putting together a comprehensive list of summer activities. Below is a list of NEO and other family and teen friendly activities!

June 18th, 2013 – PLEAG Event: Boat Safety with the Nevada County Sheriff’s Dept.

The Parent Leadership Empowerment & Advocacy Group meets at 180 Sierra College Drive in Grass Valley. 5:30 dinner and 6:00-7:30 parent group. Dinner and fun children’s program are FREE. For more information call Cindy at 530-273-9541 x221.

June 25th, 2013 – PLEAG Event: Family Nutrition with the Nevada County Health Dept.

The Parent Leadership Empowerment & Advocacy Group meets at 180 Sierra College Drive in Grass Valley. 5:30 dinner and 6:00-7:30 parent group. Dinner and fun children’s program are FREE. For more information call Cindy at 530-273-9541 x221.

June 28, 2013

Outdoor Movie Night
Starts: 8:00 pm
Ends: 10:30 pm
Location: Grass Valley Blockbuster Video

Description: Join us the 4th Friday of every month from June-August at Blockbuster Video for FREE Outdoor Movie Nights!
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-June 28th
-July 26th
-August 23rd
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Bring blankets, pillows, chairs or drive up in your car!
All ages welcome!

July 1, 2013 – August 5th

Hippie Dancing & Guerrilla Games
Starts: 6:00 pm
Ends: 9:00 pm
Location: Nevada City Pioneer Park

Description: Join us every Monday night from July 1st – August 5th
This year we are combining Hippie Dancing with our sports night, Guerrilla Games….now there is something for everyone weather you like sports, games, dancing or music!
All ages and skill levels are welcome to attend!

July 4, 2013

NEO Float in the 4th of July Parade
Starts: 10:00 am
Ends: 12:00 pm
Location: Downtown Grass Valley

July 12th, 2013 – Nevada County AirFest

Bring the family to the Nevada County  Airport, 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Fly-bys and displays of vintage and experimental aircraft, jets and more. For more information: www.ncairfest.com

July 20th, 2013 – NEO’s Birthday Bash

Family friendly and free for all ages, noon-10:00 p.m. at the 49er Fun Park in Grass Valley. Games, crafts, body art and more. For more information: Halli Ellis, 530-263-3763 or halli@ncneo.com

July 21st, 2013 – CoRR’s 12th Annual Golf Tournament

Golfing, auction & raffle prizes, and more! 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Alta Sierra Country Club. Registration $125. Sponsor, play, donate online at www.corr.us. For more information email Melissa Kelley at mkelley@corr.us or call 530-273-7956

July 23rd, 2013 – KARE Crisis Nursery’s Barnyard Day

Petting zoo and picnic, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. for all ages. For more information call Lynn Woerner at (530) 265-0693

July 31st, 2013 – Community Support Network’s Partner Potluck

It’s time to celebrate, have fun, share delicious food and you’re invited! Whether you work for one our partner agencies or you’re an interested community member wanting to learn more about the Community Support Network, plan on attending our Partner Potluck at the Terrance K. McAteer Family Resource Center, 3:30-5:00 p.m. It’s located at 400 Hoover Lane in Nevada City.

Here are the details:

  • We’ll supply lemonade, iced tea, water, plates, napkins and cups.
  • You supply finger food (here are some ideas) and serving utensils. Those with last names A-L bring savory food, last names M-Z bring sweet food.
  • Bring a chair or blanket to sit upon.
  • If you have a CSN t-shirt wear it. If you’d like to order your CSN shirt see here.
  • Cindy Santa Cruz Reed of CoRR will be reading the children’s version of the book How Full is Your Bucket?

Surprises are in store so don’t miss this bit of summer fun, July 31st. This potluck takes the place of our usually scheduled August meeting. Call Paula if you have any questions: 530-913-0270.

August 22nd, 2013 – United Way’s 7th Annual BBQ Battle

5:00 p.m. at the Gold Miners Inn/Holiday Inn Express in Grass Valley. Local teams compete for prizes. Raffles, live music, a misting tent and more. For more information: 530-274-8111 or admin@uwnc.org

 

NEO Teen Center – Searching for a Home

A message from NEO…

Every young person has a name, a story… and a future.

You did. We did. And they do. NEO wants to know the names, hear the stories, and unlock the potential of those compelling futures. NEO is a grassroots youth movement, starting 5 years ago at Thursday Night Markets, hosting events anywhere and everywhere, and now embracing new vision of a Teen Center focused on hosting year-round alcohol and drug-free activities and events. Over these last five years, NEO has remained completely focused and dedicated on Nevada County youth: these are our kids. This is their time. This is their place.

This is our vision for the future.

One of the local conditions in Western Nevada County is the lack of youth-oriented activities. There is no YMCA, no centrally located  place where teens can go to participate in recreational activities, skill building, and fun activities in a safe environment with positive caring adults. While the volunteers from The HangOut and Overtime have successfully provided alternatives for after school and Friday nights, our youth need something to accommodate everyday needs. Teens need a safe place to pop into where they can build relationships with caring adults and other teens experiencing the full potential for life without alcohol and drugs. The vision for the future is clear…our youth need to feel supported, have a voice, and believe that they are the future of our community.

What is NEO offering…?

NEO is offering a safe haven where youth can be themselves, and learn to be the leaders of the future. They can have responsible fun without running around the business district of Downtown Grass Valley and Nevada City. The ability to offer such a great alternative is in the hands of the community. Joining efforts with community members, businesses, and organizations that support the future of Western Nevada County and want to help in this mission is the key to successful development of a Teen Center. 

After School…

Homework help, computer lab, chill time with friends, video games, snacks and cool workshops like CPR, Nutrition & Cooking, Youth Commission, Zumba, Books into Movies, Art, Teen Finance, Anti-Bullying and violence awareness… something for everyone!  

On the Weekends…

Teens favorite music, sometimes performed by our own talented local youth bands, dancing, pool tournaments, video games, nachos, pizza, birthday celebrations, swim parties, open gym and sports nights, prizes, prizes and more prizes!

How YOU can help

Anyone can become a part of the solution. Volunteer at events. Donate funds if you are able. Help us find a home. Right now, the vision of the NEO Teen Center is resting on the hope of a location and the community can certainly help make this vision a reality.

NEO Teen Center Needs:

·        A facility that is centrally located in Grass Valley or Nevada City, with easy access for youth via walking or bus lines.

·        1500+ square feet, but we are flexible.

·        Preferably 1 large room able to accommodate pool tables, couches, ping pong and concerts or dances with at least 2 smaller rooms for workshops, offices and storage space.

·        Preferably has outdoor space on site or a park nearby.

·        Handicap accessible.

·        Kitchen is a plus.

We are hoping to find someone who is willing to donate their space for 6-12 months so that we can become established before finding a permanent location. 

The July 20th, 2013 NEO Fest event marks our fifth anniversary and celebrates five years of providing New Events and Opportunities for youth. Over the last five years resources through the Coalition’s Drug-Free Communities grant have supported NEO’s activities and enabled us to expand our outreach. Not only are we celebrating the 5th anniversary of NEO, but we also celebrate a milestone of obtaining our non profit status which will help us in our efforts to open a  teen center and sustain our outreach beyond the grant funding.

What is NEO…?

NEO empowers youth to make healthy lifestyle choices by providing New Events and Opportunities in a safe environment that encourages youth success and contributes to a healthier community.

The word NEO is prefix defined as new. NEO is a new way of thinking around making the choice to live a healthy lifestyle with an emphasis on healthy alternatives. These events and opportunities create a safe environment which helps young people develop a sense of purpose, boost self-esteem, build skills for success, and be empowered to make the choice to live a healthy lifestyle.

NEO hosts and average of 70 events per year with approximately 7000 people attending.  We’ve seen great success with our events, we’ve decided it’s time to build on this and work towards finding a permanent home, so instead of supporting young people just a few times a month we can be providing activities everyday of the week.

 

 

 

Finding Common Ground on the Subject of Preventing Marijuana Use by Children – NCTV Breaking Bread Show

Last week Dr. Christina Lasich, Martin Webb and Don Bessee joined the host of NCTV’s Breaking Bread Show to discuss teen marijuana use, and explore  areas of common ground in the desire to prevent children from using marijuana and other drugs.

To view the video on demand click the link below:

Finding Common Ground on the Subject of Teen Marijuana Use – Breaking Bread NCTV

 

Or, you can go to: http://www.nevadacountytv.org/pages/node/82 Click the drop down arrow for Programs Available on Demand then choose Interview/Talk Show then scroll down to:  Breaking Bread #3 Marijuana:  Minors & Medical Misconceptions.

 

Parents; Talk, they Hear You

In 2010, the use and consequences of underage drinking cost the U.S. $62 billion. Help prevent underage drinking by talking to kids, as early as 9 years old, about alcohol. For tips on getting the conversation started, visit http://1.usa.gov/16mUbSo.

National Prevention this Week May 12th through May 18th

This year’s theme for National Prevention Week, Your Voice, Your Choice, is meant to emphasize that prevention starts with the choices each of us make in our own lives. Through our choices, we can set an example of health and well-being for others.  With our voices, whether spoken or written, we can raise awareness and help create healthier and safer communities.

During this week in honor of prevention week, the Coalition for a Drug Free Nevada County is promoting the daily themes of prevention information and will Co-Host two events at Sierra College Nevada County Campus.

Prevention Week Events:

  • Tuesday,      May 14th –  Sierra College Film Showing – “Collision Course” on teen
    addiction- Doors open at 5:15
  • Thursday, May 16th“There’s a Future for You” Sierra College orientation for
    high school students from Park Ave. School.

You can make a difference! Become informed so that if someone needs help or support for addiction, suicide or challenges with mental or emotional wellbeing you may be able to help.

National Prevention Week 2013 – Themes