Making Tippecanoe County a safer and healthier place to live, learn, and work.

The Drug-Free Coalition of Tippecanoe County
Invites you to the Monthly Meeting
 
Monday, December 5th, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Tippecanoe Room, Tippecanoe County Building
20 N. 3rd. Street, Lafayette   

Our State Legislative Forum  on mental health and substance use issues will be held at this meeting.  This event is sponsored by the Drug-Free Coalition and the Mental Health Collaborative Network.   Click here for more information about the forum.   
   
November Meeting Minutes are available on our website.  Please  review the minutes   prior to attending the meeting. 

For a complete list of upcoming meetings and events please
Thank You to our 2016 Red Ribbon Week 
Sponsors and Volunteers

Thank you to everyone who joined us in celebrating Red Ribbon Week, and helped to promote family and individual responsibility for living a healthy, drug-free lifestyle.   We kicked off this week with the Red Ribbon Breakfast.  It was here that local leaders made an official proclamation that October 23-29, 2016 is Red Ribbon Week in Tippecanoe County.  We also recognized 36 bookmark contest winners from local elementary and middle schools. 

The events that took place this week would not have been possible without the generous support of our sponsors and volunteers.   Click here for a complete list of local leaders, volunteers and sponsors who helped make Red Ribbon Week 2016 a success.  


How to Safeguard Your Holiday Celebrations

The holiday season is here, bringing with it times of fun and celebration with our friends and loved ones.  Unfortunately, it is also a time of risk for youth. On an average day in December, more than 11,000 youth ages 12-17 will use alcohol for the first time.  Given this, it is especially important that adults take extra precautions in how you handle alcohol in your home  and at the parties you attend.  

Here are some simple precautions to safeguard your loved ones against the dangers and influences of alcohol during your holiday celebrations:
  • Please keep alcohol out of the reach of young people and in a location that is visible to adults.  
  • Refuse to provide alcohol to young people at your celebrations.  Many parents believe that "just a sip" of wine or other alcohol teaches children to drink responsibly, but studies show that an early introduction to drinking can lead to higher tendencies to drink later in life.  
  • Talk with your children about the dangers and responsibilities of alcohol use.  Click here for resources on how help you start and continue a conversation with them.  
  • For adults, drink in moderation.  Federal Dietary Guidelines define moderate drinking as up to two drinks per day for men and up to one drink per day for women. It is also important to understand that a standard drink of regular beer (12 fluid ounces), wine (5 fluid ounces), and spirits (a cocktail with 1.5 fluid ounces of 80-proof spirits) each contain the same amount of alcohol.   
  • Make non-alcoholic beverages available for your guests.
  • If a guest does not drink responsibly, please ensure him/her a safe way home either through a designated driver or a taxi.  Have local taxi service numbers available for your guests.  

The Drug-Free Coalition Wishes You a Safe and 

Happy Holiday Season! 

Drug-Free Coalition of Tippecanoe County, 100 Saw Mill Road, Suite 2204, Lafayette, IN 47905, 765-471-9916, drugfreetippecanoe.org
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