CPY Newsletter                                               December, 2014
Safe Healthy Holiday Season
Many Holiday traditions are marked with family gatherings, food, and "spirits".   Ringing in the New Year is often celebrated with parties and alcohol. College students, home on break, are reuniting and partying with their high school friends. Teens are easily influenced by the adults around them, as well as their older siblings, home from college.  

While some parents believe that letting their teens drink at home on special occasions is teaching them to drink safely and responsibly, most parents know this is a dangerous MYTH.
Here are the FACTS:
  • Teens who use alcohol before the age of 15 are more than five times as likely to develop alcohol use problems when they are adults.
  • A teen's brain continues to develop through the early to mid 20s.  Alcohol can permanently damage long and short-term brain growth during this time, impairing memory, learning and judgment.
  • Teens who drink are more likely to do poorly in school, commit or be the victim of violence, be involved in auto accidents, and experience depression and suicidal thoughts.
  • Teens who are allowed to drink at home may reason that it's also ok for them to drink with their friends away from home.
  • Research shows that teens who drink during their high school years are more likely to binge drink in college. 
  • Allowing underage drinking during holidays deprives teens of the clear, common sense guidelines they need to make good choices all year long.
  • At least 20 percent of young women, 1 out of every 5, are sexually assaulted during their college years.  Many of these victims are abused while they are under the influence of alcohol or drugs, passed out, or otherwise incapacitated. White House Council on Women and Girls 2014
Parents, you have the power to help adolescents and young adults avoid alcohol.  Use your influence to talk regularly with your pre-teens, teens, as well as college age students about the risks of drinking alcohol, set clear expectations and consequences for behavior.  Most of all, set a healthy example by showing them that adults don't need alcohol to celebrate. Your Link to Join the conversation on underage drinking http://www.alcoholfreechildren.org/ 
Answering your child's tough questions about alcohol

A Parent's Guide to the Teen Brain, Skills, Tools,Tips

National Drug Facts Week

Now more than ever, teens have quick and easy access to Internet, TV, music and other media communicating potentially dangerous drug myths. Coupled with pressure from peer groups, substance use is often cast as a cool or inevitable part of growing up.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) aims to counteract these myths during National Drug Facts Week, coming up Jan. 26 through Feb. 1, 2015.

For more information and resources to plan awareness activities in your community, check out this website http://teens.drugabuse.gov/national-drug-facts-week

Take a Drug Fact IQ Challenge
Join the Placer County Youth Commission to help plan
and promote drug fact week activities in our community.
CPY & Local Law Enforcement
Promote Signage CAMPAIGN
This Fall, the Coalition for Placer Youth and all five local law enforcement agencies and the District Attorney worked to raise awareness around alcohol compliance laws. The campaign offered signage to liquor stores to warn patrons that "buying, selling, or providing alcohol to anyone under the age of 21 is against the law, and punishable by fines and/or jail."

The signage is available on posters and cold case refrigerator decals and printed in both English and Spanish. Merchants are not required by law to display the signs. However, the reception has been overwhelmingly positive in Placer County with merchants willingly displaying the signs and sending a message that selling to minors will not be tolerated at their place of business.

The signage campaign is a collaborative partnership with the California Department of Alcohol Beverage Control, Placer County Department of Public Health and local law enforcement (Auburn PD, Placer County Sheriff, Lincoln PD, Rocklin PD, Roseville PD, and the District Attorney).

The goal of our local campaign is to have the signage in all establishments throughout Placer County where alcohol is sold.

For additional information, visit www.coalitionforplaceryouth.org
or call 530 886-5409.
Placer County - Social Host Ordinance
According to a recent study, teens who live in communities with strict Social Host Ordinance (SHO) laws, are less likely to spend weekends drinking. Journal of Studies and Alcohol and Drugs.
The study looked at 20 California communities, half had SHO's in place. The findings confirmed that teens were less likely to report drinking at parties when they lived in communities with particularly strong SHO's.
Social host laws hold adults responsible when teens drink in or around their homes. The property owners are charged a fine if underage drinking occurs on their property with or without their permission. Many states and local communities have passed SHO's across the country.  The city of Rocklin is joining the effort and currently working on implementing a Social Host Ordinance Law in the near future. 
"Most kids get alcohol from social sources, not commercial ones. So these laws might be an effective strategy for reducing hazardous drinking." Mallie J. Paschall, Ph.D., a senior research scientist at Prevention Research Center in Oakland, Calif.
Paschall said that "strong" social host laws should: specifically target underage drinking; have a civil penalty, such as a large fine, that's given out quickly and hold property owners responsible, even if they claim they didn't know about the underage drinking.
Driving While High on Marijuana
Deadly crashes involving marijuana are on the rise. There is increasing research indicating that driving under the influence of marijuana is risky and even deadly. The rate of drivers who died in accidents with marijuana in their system tripled from 4% to 12% in the 10 year period from 1999-2010. Since the decriminalization the number of drivers under the influence of marijuana is increasing.

Studies are beginning to emerge documenting the negative effect marijuana has on a person's critical driving skills:
  • Reduces motor coordination
  • Slows reaction time
  • Impairs decision-making
  • Impairs peripheral vision
  • Impairs concentration 
Many drivers are not aware that smoking pot can impair their driving or even that it is illegal to drive under the influence of marijuana.
E Cigarettes - Gains and Challenges
Over the past year Coalitions throughout California have worked to restrict E-cigarette use in public venues by amending local tobacco free zone policies.
It is a little known fact that E-cigarettes create harmful secondhand smoke and are enticing to teens as they view E-cigarettes as less harmful to use.  Since there is no odor when using E-cigarettes to smoke tobacco or marijuana or other substances, it's easy for both youth and adults to smoke illicit substances without notice of those around them.

Across the country, small storefronts called "Vape Shops" are opening and catering to the fast-growing electronic cigarette market. Vape shops sell a variety of electronic cigarettes, vaping pens, and accessories.
Unfortunately, efforts to prevent the spread of vape shops has been unsuccessful thus making the products easily accessible. Since vape shops do not sell tobacco products as such, they are exempt under the tobacco shop regulations.
This is especially troubling because numerous illicit substances can be inhaled by vaping including marijuana, heroin, meth and liquid spice.  Vaping marijuana in the form of hash oil is a growing and dangerous trend.
Some communities have seen a tremendous increase in explosions resulting from home-based hash oil extraction labs. Hash oil is extracted from the remnants of the marijuana plant, often with butane gas which is very volatile.  The resulting hash oil is extremely concentrated in THC, the active ingredient in marijuana.  Discarded butane canisters are a telltale sign that neighbors should be aware of, and urged to call law enforcement before tragedy strikes through an explosion or house fire in the neighborhood.
We've come a long way in reducing tobacco-smoking rates.   The use of e-cigarettes threatens those gains by once again normalizing smoking behaviors and making it "cool" to use.  E-cigarettes create a dangerous illusion that could easily lead to a new generation of nicotine-addicts.
Communities can stay ahead of the battle by amending local tobacco policies to include e-cigarettes wherever smoking is banned such as school districts, parks, and public buildings; and ensuring  that local tobacco shop regulations apply to Vape shops.
Check out this website for more information
I Am Victorious Concert
ROAD 2 RECOVERY PRESENTS an evening of music and inspiration.
"I Am Victorious Concert"
Fundraiser to support and honor those in recovery, as well as raise awareness of Road 2 Recovery programs.
Date:     January 16, 2015
Time:     7PM
Place:    Parkside Church
Cost:     $8 at the door, 25% discount for bundles of 10 or more  
             tickets bought in advance
The concert will feature:
  • Performances by the "Rocks Cry Out" as well as their own team
  • Testimonials
  • Lifehouse Everything - live skit performance
Contact:   Luis Pineiro, Director (530) 401-6711 or
               David Fava of Road 2 Recovery, (916) 628-5465
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!

Support CPY
All tax-deductible contributions are applied directly to programs that benefit the youth of Placer County. Donors to the Coalition for Placer Youth can submit donations via check or PayPal.    
Events in December
Coalition for Placer Youth
Rocklin Partnership Meeting
December 18th, 2014
3pm - 5pm
Rocklin Police Department
EOC Room
Placer Youth Commission
Shari Crow (530) 886-5409
Events in January
National Drug Facts Week
January 26th - February 1st
I Am Victorious Concert
Fundraiser sponsored by
Road 2 Recovery
January 16th at 7pm
Parkside Church, Auburn
$8 at the door
David Fava (916) 628-5465
Teen Meetings
South Placer Teen Center
3860 Oak St. Rocklin
Fridays 7pm - 9pm
All teens welcome
Join the Conversation on Underage Drinking
Answering your child's tough questions about alcohol
A Parent's Guide to the Teen Brain - Skills, Tools & Tips
Parents Toll-Free Helpline
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

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 Jason Davis
(916) 652-2422

The Partnership at Drugfree.org

Parent Tool Kit


Parent Pledge
handbook for talking with college students about the consequences of alcohol.
secure your medications safely and easily
locking cap dude
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
free, bilingual online resource
Bilingual Tool-Free helpline
(Monday-Friday 10am-6pm EST)

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