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CPY Newsletter                                                     October, 2015 
Five Halloween Safety Tips for Teens
 
Halloween is a popular holiday among teenagers, and a great excuse to party.  Even the best kids can be led astray when they are with a group of friends out to have fun. 
 
The best way to insure a safe Halloween is to begin with a conversation with your teen.  Know your teen's plans for the evening - where he/she will be and with whom, and agree on a curfew.   Check with other parents. 
 
Here are some guidelines to help make this Halloween a safe one:
1.     Stick with friends - there's safety in numbers.  Remind them that responsible, caring friends                       look  out  for each other.
2.   Make sure they have a flashlight and their cell phone is charged.
3.  Be a Taxi Service.  Offer to drive your teen and his/her friends to and from any party.  Let them 
      know  you are on call to pick them up at any time, no questions asked.
4.  If you are hosting a party, make your presence known and ensure there are no drugs or alcohol.
5.    If you have a bowl of punch, taste it throughout the party to see if anyone has spiked it with     
      alcohol.   If you see any kids who seem to be drunk or high, make sure they leave the party and 
      get home safely. 

Tell your teens you want them to have fun but you also want them to be safe. 
Beware of POT-Tainted Treats
Marijuana laced edibles including sodas, baked goods, and candies have gained popularity over the past few years.   They are marketed in ways that attract young children and often difficult to tell the difference between which contains the marijuana.   In the photos above, there is little difference between the gummy bears that contain THC and the regular ones. The THC-laced candy bars on the right are packaged to mimick well-known brands.
 
Edible marijuana products are becoming more prevalent in states like California where medical marijuana is legal.  According to the 2014 national Monitoring the Future survey, " of the 12th graders who consumed marijuana in the past year, 40% of them reported having consumed it in an edible form in the medical marijuana states versus 26% in non-medical marijuana states".
 
The risk of overdose with edible marijuana products is significant.  POT is absorbed more slowly through the stomach than when smoked so the effects are slower and last longer.  As a result, people ingest more of the edible product than they mean to since they are not feeling the "high".  Colorado has reported examples of children, teens and adults falling ill after accidental ingestion. 
 
Police are warning parents that the main risk as their kids partake in Halloween "treats" is that they may stumble upon pot edibles by accident and mistake them for candy. 
 
If your teen plans to go trick-or-treating, talk with him/her about not eating any opened or unwrapped food or candy; or any products wrapped in unfamiliar packaging.
 
Watch this   youtube  video for more information.

October is National Medicine Abuse Awareness Month
National Medicine Abuse Awareness Month (NMAAM) is an annual campaign   observed throughout the month of October, to raise the public's awareness of the dangers of abusing prescription and over-the-counter medicines. 

According to the 2012 Partnership Attitude Tracking Study (PATS) sponsored by MetLife Foundation, one in four teens has misused or abused a prescription drug at least once in their lifetime.  One in eight teens (13%) reported taking the stimulants Ritalin or Adderall when it was not prescribed for them, at least once in their lifetime.
 
A 2012 student survey in Placer County indicated that 16% of 11th graders (1 in 7) had used a prescription medicine not prescribed to them sometime in their life.  The average age when Placer youth said they first used a prescription drug is 13.8

In 2014,   TheMedicineAbuseProject  released  a survey confirming the normalization of prescription stimulants among college students and other young adults.  Students are erroneously taking these drugs to help increase their academic or athletic performance. 
 
The National Medicine Abuse Project urges parents and communities to pay attention and take steps to educate youth about the risks, as well as monitor and properly dispose of Rx drugs.  
A FREE   ParentToolKit including a ten minute video is available on their website to help parents and professionals talk with youth. 


Rx Take Back - October 10th


Teen Driver Safety Week
 
Participate in National Teen Driver Safety Week - October 18-24
 
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for 14-18 year olds in the US. In fact, in 2013, there were 2,614 teen (15-19 year old) passenger vehicle drivers involved in fatal crashes and an estimated 130,000 were injured.
 
Yet, a recent survey shows that only 25% of parents have had a serious talk with their kids about safe driving rules. We spend years keeping children safe - car seats, seat belts, looking both ways when crossing the street, and more.   Safety talks should not stop when they reach adolescence.  Before your teen gets behind the wheel, remind them of these "5 to drive" safety rules. 
  • No drugs or alcohol
  • No cell phones while driving
  • No extra passengers
  • No speeding
  • No driving without a seatbelt
Celebrate Red Ribbon Week
October 23-31
Respect Yourself.  
Be Drug Free.
Red Ribbon Week, now in its 30th year, is the largest and oldest drug prevention campaign reaching millions of young people across communities nationwide. 
 
This year's theme, Respect Yourself. Be Drug Free, was inspired by Kristoher Calhoun,  a 13 year old student from Solon, Ohio.  "If you do drugs, you really don't have self-confidence and you don't respect yourself", commented Kristofer.   "Think about how it affects you.  Think about how it will affect the people around you who love and care about you."
 
Red Ribbon Week is a time for communities to join the campaign and broadcast a unified message promoting a drug free lifestyle.   Check out the Red Ribbon Week website for promotional materials.  redribbondownloads
  
  Parents and Adults
  • Talk to your children and the children in your life about the dangers of underage drinking and drug abuse.
  • Set clear rules and consequences.
  • Spend time with your children/teenagers and listen to their concerns.
  • Talk to other family members and friends to enforce the same drug-free message.
  • Sign the parent pledge on CPY website (see below)
Did you know?
Children of parents who talk to their teens regularly about drugs are 42% less likely to use drugs than those who don't, yet only a quarter of teens report having these conversations.
Use Red Ribbon Week as a time to start that conversation.

Placer Youth Commissioners 
Celebrate Roseville SHO
Kathryn Sobczak, Youth Commissioner addresses Roseville City Council
Members of the Placer County Youth Commission have reason to celebrate.  After months of hard work, the Roseville City Council passed a Social Host Ordinance (SHO) on September 9, 2015.   Under this ordinance, any adult age 18 or older who hosts a party where minors are drinking or using drugs can be fined  $500 for a first offense, $750 for a second offense, and $1,000 for a third.  Exceptions apply for hosts who call in for a medical emergency.
 
Roseville is the second city in Placer County and among 150 communities nationwide who have adopted such ordinances.  Sacramento County and City adopted similar ordinances in 2010; and Rocklin enacted their SHO this past Spring.
 
There is a movement underway across the country to "change social norms" and protect adolescents and young people from the serious consequences of underage drinking.  The aim is to educate people.
 
Roseville Police Sgt. Jason Bosworth, expects the ordinance will remove the stigma associated with the criminal code and foster much-needed education through partnership with local schools.  "It's just one more tool in our tool belt to help protect our kids," he said.
 
Youth Commissioners advocated for the ordinance.  "It's about the good kid who gets pressured into hosting a party when their parents are gone," said Kathryn Sobczak, 16.  Another student spoke of the parents of football players who provided beer and two bottles of Jack Daniels for a party after a winning game.

Celebrating their victory, the Youth Commissioners are hoping more Placer County communities will pass similar laws and join the effort to keep young people safe and drug free.

Teens Under    STRESS
Feeling "stressed-out" is not just an adult problem.  In fact, a recent survey by the American Psychological Association (APA) found 13 - 17 year olds are experiencing day-to-day stress levels higher than they consider to be healthy.  All this unhealthy stress leads to emotional and physical symptoms.
 
The 2012 Placer Student Survey found that 88% of 9th and 11th graders felt stressed.  More than half (54%) said they felt "always or a lot stressed".  Not surprisingly the top causes of stress included: school/grades (69%), college/future plans (52%), and family issues (31%).  One in 5 (21%) said they experienced feelings of sadness and loneliness.
 
Add to this the pressures teens deal with through social media. With Twitter, Instagram and multiple other sites on every teen's iPhone, they are bombarded with a constant reminder of how they may not measure upand how they are excluded from activities, exposing them to new avenues of bullying.
 
It's important for parents to watch for signs that their teen may be experiencing unhealthy stress levels.  Irritability, anger, excessive worry, disordered eating (overeating or eating too little), problems sleeping are all common signs.  Insomnia or difficulty sleeping is a key symptom.  When stress spikes, sleep often suffers, which in turn only further adds to their stress level.  
 
Uncontrolled stress can lead some teens to use illegal drugs or alcohol to help them cope; 59% of Placer County 9th and 11th graders said they used drugs or alcohol to help them deal with feelings of anger, sadness, loneliness and stress.
 
Many teens lack skills to cope with the stress in their lives.  As parents and caring adults, we can offer our understanding and support and guide them to develop healthy coping strategies.  Here are a few tips:
 
KEEP LINES OF COMMUNICATION OPEN
By keeping the lines of conversation open, your child will be more likely to open up to you when he or she is feeling overwhelmed. Try to spend some undivided, one-on-one time each week with your teen AND really listen to what he or she has to say .

TEACH THEM HEALTHY COPING OPTIONS
Physical activity is one of the best ways to manage stress. Encourage your teen to find opportunities to engage in activities he or she enjoys. Set a positive example by exercising together or encouraging physical activity as a part of family time. Encourage good sleeping habits. Limiting screen time, stimulating activities, and caffeine in the evening can help.  

Talk with your teen about setting goals and taking small steps to achieve them. By helping them learn to solve problems on their own, they'll be better able to manage stressful situations as they arise.

CREATE A SAFE HARBOR
Routines and rituals like a regular family meals are reassuring for teens, and can be especially comforting during stressful times and provides a chance for family members to connect.
 
For more tips and information:  

November Forum Offers Tips on 
Teen Stress
Today's teens are drowning in a world of stress enhanced by expectations, social media and a lack of healthy coping mechanisms. Unchecked stress can lead to substance use among adolescents.
  
CPY invites you to attend the November Community Forum and learn about the cause, effects and consequences of teen stress, and how adults can intervene and guide youth to healthy choices.

Coalition For Placer Youth - Community Forum 
Teen Stress - Identifying it, Coping & Communication 
Tools for Parents & Teens
Thursday, November  12th   6:30 - 8:00 pm  (Spanish)
Thursday, November  19th   6:30 - 8:00 pm  (English) 
(locations to be determined)

To receive an email flyer with future details, email Christina Ivazes:  civazes@placer.ca.go
October 20th - CALY Celebration and
Community Assessment Report

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
October is National Medicine Abuse Awareness Month
FREE toolkit on their website:
FREE Rx Take Back
Saturday October 10th
See flier in this newsletter.
Red Ribbon Week
October 23 - 31
CALY Celebration & Community Report
October 20th  10am - 3pm
Call: (530)273-9541 ext. 226
see flier for details
Parent Stress Intervention Sessions
Wednesdays   10/14 - 11/18  
5:30pm - 7pm
Contact: (530)886-5434 or  mhammes@placer.ca.go 
Teens Under Stress - Community Forum
Thursday Nov. 12th (Spanish)
Thursday Nov. 19th (English)
6:30 - 8:00 pm
watch for details
call: Christina Ivazes (530) 886-5409
Parent
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
Parent Tool Kit 

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
HELPLINE: 
1-855-DRUGFREE
Parents toll-free helpline 
1-855-378-4373
Mon. to Fri.  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.
Spanish Language Parent
Resources
HablaConTusHijos 
free, bilingual online resource
Bilingual Tool-Free helpline
1-855-378-4373
(Monday-Friday 10am-6pm EST)
Teen
Resources

PeerX
F acts 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
Rocklin Police Activities League
Activities program for Rocklin youth - coming soon!
For information contact Chris Osborne, Rocklin Police Dept.
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