CPY Newsletter                                                   July-August 2015
PCYC Leads the Way
A group of remarkable young people, members of the Placer County Youth Commission (PCYC) are working tirelessly to effect positive change in their communities.  Through their perseverance and hard work, these high school students are making a difference.
Among their many activities, PCYC members have focused on three important issues:

Raising mental health awareness and reducing stigma.
PCYC collaborated with Placer County Office of Education (PCOE) to form NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) clubs on high school campuses and introduce "Ending the Silence", a mental health awareness program into health classes.  Their efforts have paid off.  Ending the Silence is now offered in the six high schools in the Roseville School District and Whitney HS in Rocklin has requested the program.  Over 400 students have made personal commitments to reduce stigma around mental illness.

Social Host Ordinance - success!
Starting in 2011, PCYC members have worked in support of a Social Host Ordinance in Placer County communities as a way to address underage drinking.  After multiple meetings and coordinating with local Law Enforcement and CPY, a Social Host Ordinance was proposed to the Rocklin City Council in February this year and approved unanimously on 3/10/2015.  Passage of Rocklin's SHO is a major accomplishment. 
Efforts are now underway to enact similar ordinances in additional Placer County communities in order to send a clear, consistent message countywide and prevent youth crossing community boundaries to "party".   Roseville City Council will consider a SHO at their July 29th meeting.

Youth Impact Awards
PCYC created the Youth Impact Awards as a way to celebrate local youth for their extraordinary leadership and service. The ten recipients were recognized for their amazing work: they had mentored others, helped animals, fought human trafficking, increased tolerance, improved facilities, raised awareness for youth with disabilities, helped the environment, shared unique talents and overcame significant challenges. 

Read more about PCYC and the work the youth are doing:   www.placeryouth.com 

Youth Impact Awards
  Placer County youth making a difference were celebrated at a community event on April 26th.  Placer County Supervisors Jim Holmes and Jack Duran were honored guests and helped present the awards.  

The recipients in the five award categories were:
Leadership:  Andrew Wood & Connor Christensen
Community Service:  Kyle Van Rensselaer & Gauruv Virk
Applied Knowledge: Mason Sage & Kevin Marer
Overcoming Adversity: Owen Weitzel & Rachel Mulder
Community Impact (Group Award): 
                  A Touch of Understanding, Community Based Organization - Youth Force
                  STOP (Stop Trafficking of People) - Club at Woodcreek High School
There are many youth in our communities who are not in the spotlight but are leading the way to a better future.  It's important to share their stories and celebrate them as an inspiration to others.
"Let's all share such stories of empowered young people.  The more we do that, the more those young people will steer our world's boat . . . and fill its sails with love."    T.A. Barron

Rocklin SHO Brings Positive Results

Rocklin is the first community in Placer County to pass a Social Host Accountability Ordinance and its already making a difference. 
Since the ordinance went into effect in April 2015, CPY and Rocklin PD have worked to educate the community regarding the new ordinance.  As a result, Rocklin PD confirms that no citations for underage drinking parties have been issued. This is significant since May and June tend to be popular times for celebrations and partying with graduations and summer vacation approaching.
The same is true for many other cities nationwide that have enacted SHOs.  According to a recent study, teens who live in communities with strict social host laws are less likely to spend weekends drinking.  Journal of Studies and Alcohol and Drugs.
The SHO holds adults (18 and older) responsible for hosting a party where alcohol is being served to minors.  In Rocklin, the host may be fined up to $1,000.    Anyone can report "anonymously" an unruly party where alcohol or other drugs are provided to minors.
Be a part of the solution and help keep our teens safe:
  • Don't host a party where minors are allowed to drink alcohol or use other drugs.
  • Learn more about Rocklin's SHO:  www.coalitionforplaceryouth.org/sho
  • Share information about the new law with other parents, neighbors, family members.
  • Talk with your teen about the law.
  • Make an anonymous report if you are aware of a party where teens are being served alcohol or other drugs.

Parent Alert
The most dangerous recreational drug currently available is synthetic marijuana (known as K-2 or Spice). It has resulted in more emergency room visits than cocaine, ecstasy and even alcohol. Its important to know that synthetic marijuana is a very different drug than pot.
According to a recent CDC report, 15 people died from January to May of this year as a result of synthetic marijuana  - a threefold increase from 2014. The number of calls to poison control centers for these drugs has also skyrocketed - a 229% increase over last year with some victims as young as 7 years old.
These recent facts are alarming causing federal officials to declare synthetic marijuana "a growing public health threat" and warning local communities of this dangerous trend.
Synthetic cannabinoids are man-made psychoactive chemicals sprayed on plant material, which is then cut and smoked or eaten. New types of synthetics are constantly hitting the market, and are available online and in head shops making it difficult to regulate.

Synthetic marijuana is not even close to being the same drug as pot . Synthetic cannabis is more efficient at binding and acting in the brain and it s potency can be up to one hundred or more times greater than THC.  

A synthetic cannabis overdose looks very different from a pot "overdose".  The symptoms are more severe and mimic that of a meth user:  rapid heart rate (leading to heart attacks and/or strokes), chest pains, sweating, nausea and vomiting, kidney damage, brain damage and death.  Psychological effects include agitation, dizziness, paranoia, delusions, suicidal thoughts, seizures, and panic attacks. 
Synthetic cannabis is made in underground labs, often in China. There's no quality control in the formulation process. The makers take some random herb, and spray it with more than one cannabinoid.  There are "hot spots" where the drug is more concentrated.  No telling what you're getting in a bag of Spice or K-2.
PARENTS:  The message here is that synthetic marijuana is not marijuana. It's effects are serious and can be lethal.  Learn more about the drug and talk with your teen about the dangers. 

Summer Program for Teens
Above All Adventures' summer program encourages teens to stretch out of their comfort zone.

A two-day seminar will be held on July 11th - 12th and August 11th - 12th.   Day one will be held at First Congregational Church in Auburn. On day two the youth will raft the Middle Fork of the American River and then complete a ropes course. Transportation, lunch and snacks are provided. Cost is $425 with limited camp scholarships available.
To register, contact Mike Pugh at  mikep@abovealladventures.org  or visit our website: www.abovealladventures.org  to find our registration packet.
CAN YOU HELP A TEEN? - We are seeking camp scholarships from local businesses and individuals, so we can offer our personal development program to any interested teen, regardless of ability to pay. Please contact Mike at www.mikep@abovealladventures.org 
Cannabis Use Disorder in Teens

Addiction specialists are seeing a rise in the rates of daily/heavy use of marijuana among teens; and a corresponding increase in the number receiving treatment for Cannabis Use Disorder.  According to Frances Levin, MD, Kennedy Leavy Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center, teens represent about 30% of treatment admissions for marijuana related disorders.
Cannabis Use Disorder is determined by how much the drug is impacting a person's functioning rather than by how much marijuana is being used.  Additional criteria include continuing to use marijuana despite recurrent social or interpersonal problems caused or exacerbated by the effects of cannabis, developing tolerance for the drug and a strong desire or urge to use cannabis.  Levin
In Placer County, the number of treatment admissions for youth aged 12-17 increased from 57 in 2013 to 68 in 2014.  Marijuana was the primary drug of choice for 62% of the youth in treatment in 2014, compared with 55% in 2013.
Nearly a third (29.4%) of Placer teens in treatment in 2014 said alcohol was their secondary drug of choice.  Research shows that any dose of alcohol combined with cannabis significantly increases levels of THC in the blood.
Dr. Levine, along with other research, concludes that legalization of recreational marijuana may be a contributing factor to the rise in marijuana use and cannabis related disorders in teens.  Colorado middle schools reported a 24% increase in drug-related incidents in 2014.  "School officials say while marijuana use has long been a problem, more students are trying it now that it is more easily available and socially accepted."
Share these research based facts with the young people in your life.  

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Inspiring Youth to a NATURAL HIGH
After losing his two younger brothers to addiction, Jon Sundt founded Natural High in order to save other families from the same heartbreak. He realized that by changing how we speak to youth could dispel the myth around drugs and alcohol.  Since then,  this national movement has reached more than 20,000 classrooms across the country, inspiring 8 million youth in all 50 states to say yes to life, and no to drugs and alcohol.
Natural High partners with drug-free celebrity role models who share their stories through video interviews about growing up and the choices they made to achieve their dreams.   The website offers resources and tools for parents as well as access to free classroom materials and standards based curriculum for educators.    Join the Educators Network and download the  curriculum overview .
Teens can learn more about Natural High and join thousands of other youth following their passions by checking out their website or use #LiveNaturallyHigh on  Instagram Twitter  or  Facebook .   Teens are invited to take a pledge and j oin the thousands of young people who are standing up for what they believe in and choosing to follow their passions and dreams - choosing life over a synthetic high.
Why not check out the Natural High website with your teens and have a conversation about what inspires them.  Help your teen to define their passion free from substance use.    naturalhighsubstanceabuseprevention  

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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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