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CPY Newsletter                                                April, 2015
    Alcohol Awareness Month
www.ncadd.org
For the past 28 years, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD) has proclaimed April as Alcohol Awareness Month and sponsored activities to increase public awareness and understanding, reduce stigma around alcoholism and alcohol-related issues.

"For the Health of It: Early Education on Alcoholism and Addiction," is this year's theme focusing on underage drinking, a problem with devastating individual, family and community consequences.
 
Alcohol is the number one drug of choice for America's youth, and is more likely to kill young people than all illegal drugs combined.
 
"Underage drinking is a complex issue, one that can only be solved through a sustained and cooperative effort. As a nation, we need to wake up to the reality that for some, alcoholism and addiction develop at a young age and that intervention, treatment, and recovery support are essential for them and their families. We can't afford do wait any longer."
Andrew Pucher, President and Chief Executive Officer of NCADD 
 
Alcohol Free Weekend:  April 3-5, 2015
During this seventy-two-hour period, NCADD extends an open invitation to all Americans, young and old, to participate in three alcohol-free days and to learn more about alcoholism and its early symptoms.
 
Parents: Take this time to talk with your children about alcohol, listen to their concerns, reinforce family expectations and rules, and celebrate with a "family fun day".
 
The reason most children choose not to drink is because their parents talked to them about it. If you talk to them directly and honestly, they are more likely to respect your rules and advice about alcohol use.
 
Click here to see how you can start the conversation today...
Medicine Cabinets Are Not SAFE
  MEDICINE CABINETS ARE NOT A SAFE PLACE FOR MEDICATIONS
 
FACT: In 67% of medication poisonings, the medications were in easy reach in a medicine cabinet.   Poison Control Center
 
FACT: 70% of Placer 11th graders said prescription meds are easy to get.
2012 Placer County Student Survey
 
FACT: Nearly half of young people who inject heroin said they first abused painkillers such as Oxycontin or Vicodin. Leaving medications in medicine cabinets, out on counters, or in other easily-accessible places can put your family at risk for accidental ingestion and increase the chance of misuse by others including teens and guests. National Institue on Drug Abuse
 
SECURE: The most effective way to secure all prescription and over the counter medicines is to keep them locked in a drawer, cabinet or box for extra security.  
 
MONITOR: Keep vigilant about the number of medications in your home and monitor to see if any are missing.
 
SAFELY DISPOSE: Regularly remove all unwanted, unneeded, and expired medications including cold and cough medicines from your home.  
To keep our waters safe, DO NOT flush medications down the toilet.
 
Take advantage:
  • FREE Rx Take Back Event on April 18th (see flyer below)  
EDUCATE:
  • Talk with your children about the dangers of abusing prescription and over the counter medicines.
  • Discuss the importance of securing and properly disposing of medicines with other family members and friends.
  • Offer to secure guests' bags or purses that may contain medications.
Rx Take Back Event
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Rocklin Takes a Stand
Chief Ron Lawrence
Rocklin Residents Respond to Call To Action
 
Chief Ron Lawrence of the Rocklin Police Department was the keynote speaker at a "Call to Action" community event held March 26th at the event center in Rocklin.
 
Chief Lawrence asked parents to "step up to the plate" and do their part in helping to keep Rocklin youth safe and free from alcohol and drugs.  
 
"Teens don't need their parents to be their friends. They have enough friends. What they need is for parents to be parents."
 
Chief Lawrence shared information about the Social Host Ordinance recently passed by the Rocklin City Council and its intent to prevent parties where teens are served alcohol or drugs. "Over the past three years, Rocklin PD responded to 2,160 unruly party calls which usually involved juveniles. Some parents falsely believe they are keeping their teenagers "safe" by serving them alcohol at home. They don't recognize the damage they are doing to their own child and their child's future."
 
Amy Rose, counselor with Recovery Happens provided insight into the dangers of "drug bias" and the importance of seeking help at the first signs an adolescent may be using. According to Rose, 20 of the 25 youth she sees in treatment are there for marijuana use. Parents tend to want to normalize marijuana use believing that it is not as bad as heroin or other hard drugs. As a result, they delay seeking help to avoid labeling their child or family. She emphasized a critical need for parents to be aware of their own drug bias and step in early.
 
"T eens are addicted to intoxication and not a drug.  It's imperative that we overcome drug bias and intervene early" commented Rose. Research proves that preventative maintenance is far more effective than treatment.
Andrew Tuller and
Justin Marsen

Event participants participated in table discussions about substance use trends abmong Rocklin youth and made individual commitments to put what they learned into action.

The event began and ended with a "rap" presentation by Andrew Tuller  and Justin Marsen from Golden Gloves.  These two talented artists are members of the Hip Hop Congress, a local non-profit group offering positive and encouraging messages to young people.
                                                                       
Listen to their work on you-tube at Golden Gloves - Wings.
Social Host Ordinance
Rocklin Takes a Stand Against Hosting Underage Drinking Parties
 
On March 24, the Rocklin City Council formally approved a Social Host Ordinance which will go into effect at the end of April. The ordinance would allow police to fine the host of a party where alcohol is served to minors. Not just parents, but any adult (18 years and older) could be held liable. The violator could be fined up to $1,000 or be required to do 24 hours of community service.
 
The ordinance also applies to the use of marijuana or other controlled substances.
 
Rocklin is the first city in Placer County to enact a social host ordinance. The hope is that it will spread to other Placer communities.Several other California cities have implemented similar laws including Sacramento County, the City of Sacramento and Elk Grove.   The ordinances are having a positive impact in reducing underage drinking in those communities.
 
The Coalition for Placer Youth will help lead an education campaign alerting teens and parents to the new regulations.
 
Sgt. Trent Jewell of the Rocklin Police Department, which led the drafting of the ordinance, said he hopes it will help prevent underage drinking in the city.
"The best-case scenario would be that we would never have to write a ticket for this, that we have educated them enough," he said. "Or if (underage parties) do occur, it will be in the back of (parents') minds that they could be fined for actually providing alcohol to youth in our community."
 
 
 
Learn more about Social Host Ordinances:
Fearless Communication
Learn about drug Trends: The dangers of what kids are using and why they are using.
Gain communication tips for talking with your teen/parent.
Give life to your conversations with humility, forgiveness, and unconditional love. 
Be Aware April 20th is Smoke Out Day!

Starting in the mid 1990's, April 20th has become recognized as a day to celebrate the cannabis culture. Marijuana smokers from around the world join together with joints blazing for the annual global smoke-session known as 4/20.
 
April 20th, may be the single most popular day of the year for people to use drugs.  For many young people, it will be the first time they make the choice to ever use a drug.  It's important for parents and family members to be aware of the significance of this date in order to help prevent children and teens from beginning down the path to substance abuse.  
 
Seize this opportunity to start the conversation with teens about marijuana use and the decisions they are making. Take the time to plan a family activity on 4/20 giving them an excuse to say no to their peers who may be partaking in the smoke out.
Teen Drug Stats in Placer County
Marijuana is the primary reason why 12-17 year olds receive substance abuse treatment in Placer County.*
  • 62% used marijuana as their primary drug of choice; followed by alcohol (15%) and methamphetamines (13%).
  • 29% used alcohol as their secondary drug of choice; followed by Marijuana (19%) and ecstasy (7%).
  • 78% had initiated using substances by age 14; 16% were under 12 when they initiated drug use.
  *California Outcomes Measurement, Treatment Admissions, Substance Use 2/25/2015
Marijuana Tool Kit
You're one-step closer to having a meaningful conversation with your son or daughter about marijuana.
 

We invite you to visit our full website at  http://www.drugfree.org, where you'll find even more great resources to help address drugs and alcohol with your teen.

Need more help? Call our Parents Toll-Free Helpline at 1-855-DRUGFREE and talk to one of our trained Parent Support Specialists about how to get help for a child's substance abuse issue.
We know it's hard, and we're here to help.   
Where Families Find Answers
 Recovery Happens
Recovery Happens Expands Services to Placer County

Recovery Happens, an outpatient treatment and rehabilitation program for adolescents, young adults, and adults in Sacramento, Yolo and Placer counties, recently opened a new facility in Roseville. 
 
According to Jon Daily, LCSW, CDACII founder of Recovery Happens , the new location at 3017 Douglas Blvd. was opened in response to a growing number of clients from western Placer. Until now, families were commuting to the treatment center in Fair Oaks. "The Roseville location will make it easier to serve youth and their families in these Placer communities" said Daily.
 
Recovery Happens helps parents understand their role in the recovery process and the effects of alcohol and drug use on adolescent development. Counselors provide a process that involves individual, group or family counseling for parents and teens, along with a parent/guardian/family education component.
 
Daily wants parents to understand that one instance of drug or alcohol use warrants education. "It is much easier to prevent than to reverse, and unfortunately parents believe that it is overkill to seek drug counseling after only one known instance of use."
 
Check out their website for more information and valuable resources. www.recoveryhappens.com 
Or call their office at (916) 276-0626

E-Cigarettes Information
Placer County Bans E-Cigarettes
Taking a Stand Against   E-cigs
Communities across California are recognizing the potential health hazards of e-cigs and banning "vaping" in public venues.
 
The Placer County Board of Supervisors recently voted unanimously to outlaw the use of e-cigs within public buildings and inside county-owned vehicles. The ordinance will take effect in late April.
 
The measure is meant to protect county employees and the public until more is known about the effects of e-cigarette vapors. According to the California Department of Public Health, electronic cigarettes contain at least 10 chemicals known to cause cancer
or birth defects.
 
Senator Mark Leno , D-San Francisco, has introduced Senate Bill 140 which would restrict the "vaping" of e-cigarettes in bars, restaurants, hospitals and other workplaces statewide - basically all the same places where cigarettes are currently banned. "Addiction is what's really being sold. Like traditional cigarettes, e-cigs deliver nicotine in a cloud of other toxic chemicals, and their use should be restricted equally under state law in order to protect public," according to a statement from Sen. Leno. His proposed legislation would also beef up enforcement of laws banning the sale of E-cigarettes to minors.
 
Read more here:
Placer County Youth Commission PCYC

Above All Adventures - Camp
 
To encourage and inspire young people, through experience in seminars and outdoor adventures, to challenge themselves and become leaders.
 
Above All Adventures, a non-profit agency based in Auburn, California, provides teens age 15-19 with opportunities to challenge themselves and learn life skills through experiential seminars and outdoor adventures such as skiing, zip lining, kayaking and ropes courses.
 
The teens gain self-confidence as they reflect on their life goals, develop decision-making and leadership skills, and challenge their abilities.   Experienced staff support and mentor the teens.  
 
With community support, the program is available at a reduced cost for local teens and scholarships are available. Interested teens complete a registration online.
 
For more information contact Mike Pugh at (530) 852-2128 or   www.abovealladventures.org
Cal-Aggie Camp
Welcome to Cal Aggie Camp  
 
 
Provided by the philanthropic arm of the Associated Students of the University of California at Davis (ASUCD).
         
Cal Aggie Camp's purpose is to provide an unforgettable summer camp experience to children, primarily in the greater Sacramento area, who under normal circumstances would be unable to attend summer camp.
  
Week 1: July 6 - 11, 2015 at Camp Pacifica in Ahwanhee, CA ages 5-12
Week 2: July 13 - 18, 2015 at Camp Pacifica in Ahwanhee, CA ages 13-16
  
Cal Aggie Camp is completely funded, organized and run by the current and graduated students of UC Davis. 
  
For information and camper applications,
Have You Taken? - The Parent Pledge

 

The Parent Pledge is entering its 5th Year of enrolling Parents, Guardians, Households and Families in our Campaign to do what ever it takes to STAND UP for Youth in our Community.
  
Please join the other responsible and dedicated individuals who have signed on to this important campaign!
  
Follow the link below to learn the details about what you can do to ensure that our Community Continues to become a safer place for youth to learn, grow and become the young adults we all want them to be!

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Events in April
April is Alcohol Awareness Month
April 3rd - 5th 
Alcohol Free Weekend
see article in this newsletter
Youth Impact Awards
Sunday April 26th
Application deadline - April 6
see flyer in this newsletter
Early Childhood Parenting
Made Fun (birth to age 5)
FREEmSix-week parenting program designed by Love & Logic
April 13th, 20th
May 4th, 11th, and 18th
6pm - 8pm
Register via voice mail 
(530) 886-2095 or call
Laura Baber (530) 886-2093

Fearless Communication
A Parent-Teen Workshop
April 14th 6:30pm-8pm
Western Sierra
Collegiate Academy
contact:
Joanna Jullien
Rx Take Back
April 18th, 9am - 12noon
10 Placer County Locations
see flyer in this newsletter
Contact CPY for more info:
(530) 886 - 5409

Marijuana Smoke Out
April 20th - 4/20
Talk with your teens
See article in this newsletter

CPY Partnership Meeting
April 23rd 3pm - 5pm
Rocklin Police Department
EOC Room
Contact:  Shari Crow
(530) 886-5409
Resources
Partnership for
Drug Free Kids
Where families find answers
Answering your child's tough questions about alcohol
A Parent's Guide to the Teen Brain - Skills, Tools & Tips
HELPLINE: 
1-855-DRUGFREE
Parents Toll-Free Helpline
1-855-378-4373
Monday to Friday, 
10 am - 6 pm ET
(English and Spanish)
Time to Act
Think your teen is using?
Step-by-step guide for parents who suspect their teen is using alcohol or drugs
Teen Plan

PeerX
facts for teens about prescription drugs

Placer County Youth Commission
Placer Sheriff's Activity League (PSAL):
activities for youth - 
Mondays 2pm - 4:30pm
Wednesdays 3pm - 5:30pm
Fridays 3pm - 5:30pm
Rock Creek Elementary,Auburn    
Contact Detective Shon Schoer
(916) 652-2422
Parent
Resources

The Partnership at Drugfree.org

Parent Tool Kit 
Parent Pledge
www.parentpledge.org
handbook for talking with college students about the consequences of alcohol.
secure your medications safely and easily
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Small conversations can make a big impression

SAMHSA'S PSA campaign helps parents and caregivers start talking to their children early about the dangers of alcohol
Spanish Language Parent
Resources
HablaConTusHijos 
free, bilingual online resource
Bilingual Tool-Free helpline
1-855-378-4373
(Monday-Friday 10am-6pm EST)
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