Holiday Mocktail Contest 2013

Community Recovery Resources and the Coalition for a Drug Free Nevada County invite you to participate in our first ever Mocktail Recipe Contest. 

The purpose of the “Mocktail Contest” is to blend this fun and festive contest with the important message of being safe and responsible during the holiday season. Join us in creating awareness about drinking responsibly and encourage hosts to offer delicious, non-alcoholic beverages to their guests. We know that this helps keep our streets safer through the Holidays.

The Holidays are the perfect time to introduce friends and family to the concept of Mocktails – visually appealing, non-alcoholic and delicious  beverages to serve at parties, and to order while you are out on the town. The contest offers holiday entertainers and local restaurants and bars a few new delicious recipes to serve their guests.

You are invited to submit a recipe online here: Submit your recipe HERE! Entries can be made between now and Thursday December 19th, 2013 at Noon. The winner will be chosen on Friday the 20th.

The Winner will receive “Movies and Dessert” for two.

 

 

~ 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

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

 

 

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.

 

 

 

Great Turnout at the Report Card to Community Town Hall

More than one hundred fifty people attended the recent Report Card to Community Town Hall. We were so encouraged by the strong showing of support and the shared vision that our community be filled with youth who can achieve personal and academic success; be connected to adults and their community; have a positive vision of thier future and grow up to be healthy, productive and civic-minded adults.

The health and well being of our youth inpacts our community as a whole. With this in mind, we appreciate the many people who have expressed an interest in becoming more involved. Just in the first couple of weeks following the Town Hall we have seen an increase in members joining the coalition, letters written to the editor in support of childrens health, and more parents are becoming involved than ever before.

A copy of the Report Card and the full power point presentation of California Healthy Kids Survey Data will be posted on the Drugfreenevadacounty.org website soon. In the mean time we’ve included them both here:

Report Card

Full Powerpoint Presentation of CHKS data

Nearly 1,000 Pounds of Unused, Unwanted Prescription Drugs Safely Disposed of – Take Back Day a Success!

GRASS VALLEY, CA – Thank you, Nevada County, for keeping our kids and our water drug free! On April 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Grass Valley Police, the Coalition for a Drug Free Nevada County collected a record amount of unwanted and expired medications helping to make the Drug Enforcement Agencies (DEA’s) Sixth National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day a complete success.

171 pounds of prescription medications were  dropped off for safe disposal last Saturday during a 4 hour period for the  Take Back Day event in downtown Grass Valley  at the corner of South Auburn and Neal Streets. Combined with more than 800 pounds of previously discarded medications from all four local disposal sites over the last six months, a total of  1,048 pounds of medications have been safely disposed of so far this year.

For community members who were unable to drop off at this location last weekend, Nevada County hosts four permanent disposal sites throughout the year.

Safe Disposal Convenient Locations:

  • Grass Valley Police Department 129 S. Auburn Street, Grass Valley, CA (24-hour Safe Disposal site for prescription drugs)
  • Kmart Pharmacy 111 W. McKnight Way, Grass Valley, CA 8am – 10pm Monday – Sunday (Prescription drug & Over-the-Counter & Sharps)
  • Save Mart Pharmacy 12054 Nevada City Hwy, Grass Valley, CA ( Prescription drugs Only)
  • Rite Aid Pharmacy 720 Sutton Way, Grass Valley, CA (Prescription drugs & Sharps)

Northern California and Central Valley residents turned in 18 tons of unwanted and expired medications (36,004 pounds) at 211 collection sites manned by 147 federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies that partnered with DEA on the event. In Grass Valley alone, 171 pounds was received within a 4-hour period bringing the total local collection for this event to 1,048 pounds. Nearly 68 tons (135,860 pounds) has been collected from the Central Valley and Northern California during the six prescription drug take-back events held since September 2010.

Nationwide, 742,497 pounds (371 tons) of prescription medications were collected from members of the public at more than 5,829 locations manned by 4,312 state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies that partnered with DEA on the event.. When added to the national collections from DEA’s previous five Take-Back events, more than 2.8 million pounds (1,409 tons) of prescription medications have been removed from circulation.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.

Four days after the first event, Congress passed the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, which amends the Controlled Substances Act to allow an “ultimate user” of controlled substance medications to dispose of them by delivering them to entities authorized by the Attorney General to accept them. The Act also allows the Attorney General to authorize long term care facilities to dispose of their residents’ controlled substances in certain instances. DEA is drafting regulations to implement the Act. Until new regulations are in place, local law enforcement agencies like [agency] and the DEA will continue to hold prescription drug take-back events every few months.

Social Norms: Highlighting the Positive

Social norms are the expectations and beliefs we hold around what is acceptable–for youth, families, individuals, and the community as a whole. Our perceptions about youth, their beliefs about each other, and what data and science tell us about youth behaviors are important factors when working to reduce youth substance use and promote overall health and well-being.

Beginning March 2013, the Coalition released a series of new posters with positive messaging that are posted at local high school campuses. Youth were very involved in the development of the messaging through focus groups and feedback participation over several months.

Traditional prevention efforts have often focused on negative behaviors and a just say no approach with a minimum of positive outcomes. The messaging in this series of posters reflects our intentional switch of focusing on the positive behaviors that our youth are engaged in. Science tells us that this switch of highlighting the positive leads to a growth in positive behaviors.

The Truth is… Nevada County teens are a great group of young people who are making mostly good choices in their lives. Recent data tells us that in many areas it appears that youth are reducing their substance use – except for marijuana – and they are experiencing greater connectedness at school and in the community.  So what do we do to help them continue making good choices? We arm them with the truth: Most teens don’t use alcohol or other drugs. 

The Coalition, Sheriff’s, and NEO collaborate to educate students about underage drinking

Local Middle and High School students learn more reasons to say “No Thanks” to alcohol and drugs.

Nevada County Sheriff Brandon Corchero

The Coalition, the Sheriff’s Department, and NEO are collaborating in a series of interactive school presentations about underage drinking consequences, reasons to choose a drug and alcohol free lifestyle and local fun events and activities.With the help of ABC funding, the Sheriff’s Department is focusing on education, prevention and compliance enforcement to reduce youth access to alcohol and underage drinking. The funding also allows them a unique opportunity to collaborate with the Coalition in outreach and education presentations for local students.

On March 11th the presentation at Pleasant Valley School in Penn Valley opened with Sargent Sam Brown and Deputy Brandon Corchero sharing a sound-effect filled slide show for the attending 8th graders from Pleasant Valley School in Penn Valley. Students learned that law enforcement officers often go undercover at places where alcohol is sold. They also learn that if they have an incident with alcohol as a minor they jeopardize something very important to them;  their ability to have a drivers license.  They also learn that arrests are made for adults purchasing or providing alcohol to a minor and merchants face fines and can lose their license selling alcohol to someone under the age of 21.

Prevention Advocate Melissa Kelley

Lynn Skrukrud, Coalition Youth Outreach Coordinator and founder of NEO joined the presentation and began by showing NEO’s video of drug and alcohol free events and activities. Lynn shared:  “NEO represents a ‘new’ way of thinking around living a healthy lifestyle. We are a new generation of youth that choose not to use drugs. We are committed to providing safe and healthy alternatives such as dances, concerts, movie nights, BMX events. Lynn also told the students about NEO’s goal to open a Teen Center that would include an after school program, weekend events, meeting space, workshops, field trips, job training and more.Wrapping up presentation was the Coalition who engaged students in an interactive Q & A session designed to highlight the positive choices teens make and dispel misperceptions of use. Arming students with the truth: Most Teens Don’t use drugs and alcohol. Students enthusiastically engaged in a pop-quiz question: What percentage of Nevada County teens say they’ve never smoked marijuana? The response from the young audience was energetic as they learned that

The Truth Is…73% of Nevada County teens say they’ve never smoked marijuana. 
The Truth Is
… 98% of Nevada County teens say they respect their friends who choose not to drink.
 

The young audience answered questions and jumped at the chance to have an open discussion about youth substance use as “No Thanks” t-shirts were handed out in addition to mood pencils and bracelets. The hope following these presentations is that youth will be better armed with the truth and have a better sense of the healthy alternatives available to them.

 

Arm Them With the Truth

There’s a battle going on, in our world, for our teenagers futures… so we arm them with the truth: MOST of them don’t use drugs and alcohol. The numbers overwhelmingly support this truth.

THE STATS TELL US:
. . . that more than 60% of Nevada County teens report NOT smoking marijuana in the past 30 days – that’s awesome!

. . . that MOST teens say they RESPECT their friends who choose not to drink alcohol or use drugs.

. . . that when MOST teens say they don’t need alcohol to have a good time, they aren’t kidding. Most teens choose NOT to drink.

In this new year the Coalition  for a Drug Free Nevada County  is committed to changing our students’ perceptions about their peers drug/alcohol use… we want them to see that the truth is… NOT everyone’s doing it. Many students tell us their friends don’t pressure them to drink or use… but just in case they find themselves thinking… “Hey, what’s the big deal? Everyone’s does it” … we want them to know the truth and be free to be drug-free… running head-on into bright and promising futures.

The Coalition for a Drug Free Nevada County would also like to recognize the amazing volunteer work of community members who are generously giving their time to youth safe havens such as the Hangout and Overtime which provide a safe and positive environment for youth. The youth safe havens are collaborative partnerships between the Coalition and faith-based community members from Grace Lutheran Church (the Hangout) and New Covenant Baptist Church (Overtime). While the Coalition has provided equipment and supplies, the key to the success of these programs is in the volunteers who host, organize, and mobilize community members to operate and promote the safe havens.

The Hangout: An afternoon hotspot for high school students to spend time with friends, meet new people, do homework, and participate in activities like pool, air hockey, ping pong, foosball, etc. Serving about 50 students each school day, the Hangout provides snacks, beverages, and a supportive environment for high school students. Grace Lutheran Church: 1979 Ridge Road, Grass Valley (right next to Nevada Union High School)

For more information on volunteering and/or making a donation contact Pat or Gary Novak at 530.273.0932

Overtime:  A Friday night favorite for local youth from 6th grade through high school. This “open gym” environment provides the youth with a variety of action packed activities to kick off the weekend with volleyball, ping pong, basketball, dancing, music, age-appropriate interactive game consoles, and much more.  Park Avenue Center – 140 Park Avenue, Grass Valley, CA 95945

For more information on volunteering and/or making a donation contact Randy Fields at 530.277.7166

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Join us for the American Medicine Chest Challenge

The Coalition for a Drug Free Nevada County would like YOU to join us by taking the American Medicine Chest Challenge.  The Drug Enforcement Administration’s newly proposed regulations for the implementation of the “Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010” is just another piece of the efforts to reduce prescription drug abuse throughout the nation. Click HERE to view the regulations and comments. We are so pleased that the DEA continues to recognize to importance of the partnership between community organizations and law enforcement for successful take-back and disposal events – as evidenced by all of your hard work and dedication to the prevention of prescription drug abuse is your communities.

Join us in the commitment to safe and healthy communities throughout the year by using these 5 simple steps, a resource to help all of us promote this important public health prevention message and the work you do in your community.

Here are our Safe Disposal Convenient Locations:

  • Grass Valley Police Department 129 S. Auburn Street, Grass Valley, CA (24-hour Safe Disposal site for prescription drugs)
  • Kmart Pharmacy 111 W. McKnight Way, Grass Valley, CA 8am – 10pm Monday – Sunday (Prescription drug & Over-the-Counter & Sharps)
  • Save Mart Pharmacy 12054 Nevada City Hwy, Grass Valley, CA ( Prescription drugs Only)
  • Rite Aid Pharmacy 720 Sutton Way, Grass Valley, CA (Prescription drugs & Sharps)

Next National Prescription Drug Take Back Day: April 27th, 2013

Thank you again for all of your efforts and for joining us as we represent the communities we serve. If you have any questions or want to know how to get involved in the Coalition’s efforts to reduce youth access and substance abuse, contact us at 530.273.7956