Health & Wellness Masthead
March 2017

Happy March! 

One of the biggest tobacco-prevention events of the year,  Kick Butts Day, is next Wednesday,  March 15!  This is a day when young people from throughout our county will join others across the nation as they stand up and speak out against Big Tobacco. C heck out the TUPE Monthly Themes section below for more information!

March is also Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Month and there are a number of local activities that you can support, including a free screening of the documentary film  Chasing the Dragon: Life of an Opiate Addict on March 12 and the annual Dose of Awareness 5K walk on March 26. Click on the links above and/or see the article below for more information. 


Emily Justice
TUPE Manager 
Contra Costa County Office of Education
TUPE Monthly Theme for MARCH

Suggested Activities
Click here to view all the 2016-17 monthly themes and v isit our TUPE page to find even more monthly theme resources. 
March is Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Month

The Contra Costa Medication Education and Disposal Safety (MEDS) Coalition and the National Coalition Against Prescription Drug Abuse (NCAPDA) have partnered to plan numerous activities to increase community awareness about America's prescription drug abuse epidemic.

FREE Documentary Film Screening
"Chasing the Dragon: The Life of an Opiate Addict" 

Sunday, March 12, 2017;  1:00 - 3:30 pm
Brendan Theater,  1985 Willow Pass Road, Concord CA

FREE movie passes for all who attend!
Sunday, March 26, 2017;  1:00 - 3:30 pm
Ygnacio Valley Park,  901 Oak Grove Road, Concord, CA

Walk in memory of those who have been lost to prescription drug abuse and support those who are in recovery. Highlights:
  • Health Resource Tables 
  • Family Friendly Activities
  • Overdose Rescue Training and Naloxone Kits
  • Loved Ones Tribute
  • Lots of FREE Stuff
sTUPEndous Stories
Sharing Contra Costa TUPE Successes

This month's sTUPEndous Story comes from Orchard Park School in Oakley. (Antioch Unified) TUPE Peer Educators not only educate other young people about the dangers of tobacco, many also educate adults within their school communities as well! 

On Tuesday, February 7, Orchard Park Peer Educators presented to the staff at their school about e-cigarettes and the reality that these products actually produce aerosol, not water vapor. 
Middle School Peer Educators present to all staff at Orchard Park School. 

Derrick Kirk, TUPE Youth Development Specialist, had the opportunity to attend their presentation and had this to say: "The team did an awesome job of sharing important points as well as playing a round of Kahoot to see if the teachers were paying attention." 
Great job Orchard Park TUPE Peer Educators! 
Feeling inspired? Have a sTUPEndous Story you'd like to share? Contact us so we can help you tell it! 
Training:  Adolescent Brain & Alcohol, Tobacco & Other Drugs (ATOD) 

Description: Consider this a "greatest hits" of in formation and resources about adolescent brain development, substance use, and addiction. Numerous speakers will cover the topics of alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, and prescription drugs/heroin.  Shatter the Myths Publication

Intended Audience:  Teachers and other school staff, community-based organization staff who provide school-based programs.

When: Thursday, April 27; 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Where:  Contra Costa County Office of Education, Pleasant Hill 
Registration: $50; Fee waived for Contra Costa TUPE consortium sites (with promotional code) 
Ongoing: Parent/Teen Alcohol & Other Drug and Anger Workshops

Mt. Diablo Unified offers free workshops for parents and teens on the topics of alcohol and other drugs and teen anger. The workshops are informative and interactive, and support family communication skills. Both workshops are offered on Saturdays and open to the public. Click on a link below for more information.

Alcohol & Other Drug Workshop Flyer
Teen Anger Workshop Flyer

For more information, please contact Dee Perkins-Jones
Thank You
We hope you enjoyed this month's  Health & Wellness Matters e-newsletter! If you have suggestions for future articles or resources to share, contact Emily Justice.

CCCOE Educational Services
Emily Justice, M.A., Manager, Tobacco Use Prevention Education

Pamela Comfort, Ed.D.,  Deputy Superintendent

Pam Tyson, Ph.D., Director, Educational Services
In This Issue
Upcoming Meetings

Comprehensive Sex Education (CSE) Network
Wednesday, April 26,
10 am - 12 pm, CCCOE
TUPE Collaborative Meeting | Friday, May 5, 10 am - 12 pm, CCCOE 

Questions about an upcoming meeting? Contact Emily for more information. 

 Useful Resources

C ontra Costa TUPE
Information, Upcoming Trainings, & Resources

*NEW* All Kids Are Our Kids: Post-Election Toolkit for Educators

Surgeon General's Report on E-cigarette Use Among Youth and Young Adults & Website

Tobacco Prevention Toolkit Modules on e-cigarettes nicotine addiction, and youth development. (Stanford)


Project ALERT marijuana supplement. Info for educators and students.

Fast Facts & Articles

March 2017 Fast Facts- Kick Butts!

Tobacco's terrible toll is no accident. It's a direct result of the tobacco industry's actions, including marketing that targets children and deceives people about the harmful effects of their products. 

In 2011, tobacco companies spent $8.8 billion - $1 million every hour - to market their deadly and addictive products. They target children because they need "replacement smokers" to take the place of smokers who die or quit. 

To attract young people, tobacco companies market cigarettes and other tobacco products as fun, cool, and glamorous. While sweet-flavored cigarettes are now banned, tobacco companies continue to market cigar and smokeless tobacco products that are flavored and packaged like candy. 



Doctors warn against teen pot use amid looser marijuana laws

Tobacco is a social justice issue: smoking and low-income communities

Even non-nicotine e-cigarettes are a gateway to cigarettes and promote youth relapse

Top 8 reasons why teens try alcohol and other drugs