Alliance for Wisconsin Youth
December  28, 2017
Volume 1 : Issue 2


Vaping Popular Among Teens; Opioid Misuse at Historic Lows
Past Month Use 8th Graders 10th Graders 12th graders
Any vaping 6.6% 13.1% 16.6%
Vaping Nicotine 3.5% 8.2% 11.0%
Vaping Marijuana 1.6% 4.3% 4.9%
Vaping "Just Flavoring" 5.3% 9.2% 9.7%

NIH's 2017 Monitoring the Future survey shows both vaping and marijuana are more popular than traditional cigarettes or pain reliever misuse

Nearly 1 in 3 students in 12th grade report past year use of some kind of vaping device, raising concerns about the impact on their health. What they say is in the device, however, ranges from nicotine, to marijuana, to "just flavoring." The survey also suggests that use of hookahs and regular cigarettes is declining. These findings come from the 2017 Monitoring the Future (MTF) survey of eighth, 10th and 12th graders in schools nationwide, reported today by the director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National Institutes of Health, along with scientists from the University of Michigan, who conduct the annual research. The survey asks teens about "any vaping" to measure their use of electronic vaporizers. It is important to note that some research suggests that many teens do not actually know what is in the device they are using, and eve n if they read the label, not all labeling is consistent or accurate.

Click here to read the full report. 

SAMHSA Knowledge Network

SAMHSA's Knowledge Network website, the premier library of online behavioral health training, technical assistance, and workforce development resources for the health care community. 

The Knowledge Network provides a single, searchable pathway to SAMHSA's online training and technical assistance content with the goal of improving the design and delivery of prevention, treatment, and recovery services.  This website will help you as grantees and behavioral health practitioners to more easily find specific tools and resources (such as webinars, white papers, fact sheets, trainings, and videos) that span SAMHSA's broad behavioral health portfolio across many disciplines and online locations. 

Click here to view full report. 

Department of Health Services Announces New, Easier Access to Opioid Death and Injury Data Online 

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services announced that data on opioid death and injury is now available through the Wisconsin Interactive Statistics on Health (WISH) query system. The announcement was made at a meeting of the Opioid Abuse Prevention and Treatment (OPAT) Steering Committee which informs Governor Scott Walker's Task Force on Opioid Abuse. 

"This information can be used by anyone seeking to better understand the scope of Wisconsin's opioid epidemic and develop strategies for combatting opioid misuse and deaths," said State Health Officer Karen McKeown. 
The interactive database includes data from 2000-2016 that were gathered from a variety of sources.

The Department's Office of Health Informatics will update the data annually.

Click here to read the full report. 

Americans Say Public Safety First for Alcohol Regulation!

Americans are not looking for additional convenience, lower prices or more places to shop when it comes to alcohol regulation . Instead, they want a focus on public safety and better law enforcement. Those are some of the key messages from a recent national poll, commissioned by the Center for Alcohol Policy (CAP).

Why? First, the public is very supportive of alcohol regulation understanding that alcohol is not an ordinary commodity and that reducing regulations could make problems worse. Sixty-three percent said they thought alcohol regulations are "about right" in their state; only 15% said they are too restrictive and 9% said they are too lenient. Second, a sizeable portion of the public has been personally harmed by alcohol. In the CAP poll, 24% said they have experienced a "personal tragedy" because of it. In a 2017 poll conducted by the Gallup organization, 33% said that drinking had been a cause of trouble in their family.

Click here to read the full report.

'Milwaukee, We Need to Talk'
Drug Prevention Video
at Marcus Southgate
Check out Safe & Sound's new prescription drug prevention video, "Milwaukee, We Need to Talk," which played at Marcus Southgate (3330 S. 30th Street, Milwaukee) from December 15-28. Check out the video below and if you would like to share it, please tag   Safe & Sound and  27th Street West Drug-Free Communities  on Facebook. 


Save the Date/ Events

South Milwaukee:
Addiction Information Resource Fair

Seeking Vendors

When:  Monday, January 22, 2018;  5:30 -8:00 pm;  Doors open at 5:15 pm for vendors 

Where: South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center
901 15th Ave, South Milwaukee, 53172
Click here  to access the vendor application.  Please return completed applications to the South Milwaukee Health Department by January 5, 2018. You can also fax completed applications to (414) 768-5720 or email . If you have any questions please call the Health Department at (414) 768-8055.

Stairway to Heroin
Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Children who learn about the risks of drugs and alcohol from their parents are 50% less likely to use than those who don't. Please join us to learn how you can be part of the solution to this ever-growing concern in our community.

Featured speakers include:
* Melanie C., personal testimony
* Dr. Timothy Westlake, Director, Emergency Department at Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital in Wisconsin
* Detective Chris Kohl, Waukesha County Sheriff's Department
* Chris Gleason, MA, CAADC, MAATP, Administrator of Regional Behavioral Services
* Your Choice, A Family's Journey to Recovery

The event is presented by Your Choice Prevention Education in affiliation with Rosecrance.

The event is free and open to the public, but please register here.

For questions about this event, please contact Amy Lovell at (412) 779-4322, or Sandi Lybert at (262) 367-9901.
A resource fair will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

The Alliance for Wisconsin Youth
Regional Prevention Training for the
Northeast, Southeast & Southern Regions

What : A two- day training with multiple breakout sessions

Who: Coalition coordinators and members are encouraged to attend

WhenMay 21st-22nd, 2018

Where: Sheraton Milwaukee Brookfield Hotel

For more information please contact: Jazzmyne Adams 


Conferences/Call for Presentations
28th Annual National Leadership Forum 
February 5-8th, 2018
Gaylord National Hotel & Convention Center

Click here for registration information.  

National Conference on 
Addiction Disorders
August 19-22, 2018

The National Conference on Addiction Disorders  is accepting presentation submissions for its next summit, scheduled for August 2018 in Anaheim, California. NCAD will consider presentations on any topic related to addiction treatment, including prevention/intervention, professional development, and holistic care. Deadline for submissions is Friday, October 20, 9 a.m. Eastern. For details, go to NCAD's website.   


Youth Mental Health First Aid
January 24th, 2018

Youth Mental Health First Aid USA is an 8 hour public education program which introduces participants to the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents, builds understanding of the importance of early intervention, and teaches individuals how to help an adolescent in crisis or experiencing a mental health challenge.
Mental Health First Aid uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to assess a mental health crisis; select interventions and provide initial help; and connect young people to professional, peer, social, and self-help care.

When: January 24th, 2018; 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. 

Where: TBD

Where to Register:  Click here t o register 
Youth Work-Focused Webinars
  The University of Minnesota Extension is offering a series of webinars in early 2018, including:
  •  Safe Spaces for Rural LGBT Youth: This one and a half hour course focuses on the need for safe spaces for LGBT youth and the ability of youth workers to provide those safe spaces within programs. It's offered on Wednesday, January 10, 2018, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Youth Work Matters Online: This course covers three aspects of youth work: The field of youth development, how to support youth needs, your role as a youth worker. Schedule: January 16 through February 11. Cost: $100.
  • Leadership Matters Online: This class explores supervision and leadership issues in your work organizations. Schedule: February 22 through March 26. Cost: $100.

Alcohol Misuse and Injury Outcomes in Young People 
Aged 10-24 Journal of Adolescent Health

This large study of more than 120,000 young people in the United Kingdom  found that young people admitted to the hospital for alcohol-related issues were more likely to be readmitted to the hospital with an injury than their peers who hadn't been hospitalized for reasons involving alcohol. The greatest risk for injury is in the month following the alcohol-specific first admission. The researchers say that early intervention during the admission and/or discharge process could provide an effective teachable moment opportunity for those presenting with alcohol misuse behaviors.
Youth Justice Issue Brief  

This first  Youth Justice Issue Brief  from the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families Bureau of Youth Services launches with the theme of "accountability." The brief provides information on Wisconsin's Juvenile Justice Code's foundation in the Balance d
 and Restorative Justice approach to accountability, spotlights on two county programs, research on restorative justice, Wisconsin data, and voice from those in the youth justice system.  

Jazzmyne Adams
Prevention Coordinaor
728 N. James Lovell Street, Milwaukee WI 53233  |  414-270-4658