Photo (L to R): Rod Arnzen, Kamiah Drug; YAB Members Kaylee Hunt, Mikal Brotnov, Hailey Brotnov, Jace Johnson
Upriver Youth Leadership Council Fights Opioid Abuse with Innovative “Deterra Rx” Pouches for Safe Disposal of Unused Medications
(Kamiah)-The Upriver Youth Leadership Council (UYLC), in partnership with Kamiah Arnzen’s Drug, is helping to distribute free Deterra Rx pouches for citizens to safely dispose of their unused prescription medications. The pouches contain a water-soluble inner pod containing active carbon. When filled with warm water, the inner pod dissolves, the carbon is released, and medication placed in the pouch is rendered inert and irretrievable. The pouches are among 5,000 Deterra Rx drug deactivation systems purchased through a grant from the Idaho Office of Drug Policy Block Grant program. UYLC’s Youth Advisory Board (YAB) members recently delivered 2,500 of the pouches to Kamiah Arnzen’s Drug, where they will be made available to customers free of charge.
“We know that four out of five heroin users started with the misuse and abuse of prescription drugs, and the innovative Deterra Rx systems will encourage citizens to remove these medications from their homes,” said UYLC Executive Director Sharlene Johnson. “I would like to thank Rod Arnzen of Kamiah Arnzen’s Drug for his partnership and thank The Idaho Office of Drug Policy for their generosity in awarding this grant enabling us to purchase the pouches to help fight the opioid crisis.”
UYLC also has free Deterra Rx pouches available at their office at 413 Main Street in Kamiah. In addition to providing Deterra® Drug Deactivation bags, UYLC has free RX medication lock boxes available. There is also a prescription drug disposal drop off box located inside of Kamiah City Hall. These strategies are a community partnership effort to curb substance abuse involving unused medication acquired by family members and/or acquaintances by reducing access. 
The UYLC mission is to empower youth and adults to build a healthier community through prevention leadership.  Their next meeting will be October 24 th at 7 am at the UYLC office. Membership is open to all community members. YAB’s mission statement is Youth Voice to Prevent Substance Use by Providing a Safe Environment , membership is open to all youth in 6 th -12 th grade. YAB meets the second Wednesday of every month at 6:30 pm at the UYLC office. 
For more information on UYLC, YAB, or their prevention efforts please contact Sharlene Johnson at (208)-743-0392 or


The next UYLC general meeting is October 24th, 7:00 am
413 Main Street in Kamiah.







NOVEMBER 28th, 2018
6:00 pm
413 Main Street

Photo (L to R): Jess Wilson, Facilitator; Bobbie Jo Penny; Jennifer Heitman; Tina Brotnov; Trena Schlieper; Teresa Dobson; Elizabeth Manley
Six Local Community Members certified to become Strengthening Families Program Facilitators

(Kamiah)-The Upriver Youth Leadership Council (UYLC) recently held a “Train the Trainer” facilitators training for The Strengthening Families Program (SFP). This program is a free, seven-week interactive workshop for parents and youths ages 6 to 16, that will begin to be offered in the Kamiah community and surrounding area after the holiday season. Six Kamiah community members graduated the training and are now able to offer the training locally. This is the first time that the program will be available locally. “I enjoyed the training. The trainer knows SFP and her presentation was excellent. The training was worthwhile and the families who choose to participate in SFP will love the content and collaborative time with their own families, other parents and the caring community facilitators”, stated Bobbie Penney, Owner of Tinytots Learning Center in Kamiah, who participated in the training. 

The sessions, which are designed to improve relationships between parents and their children, include dinner, games, discussions, shared activities and more. Each week's two-and-a-half-hour session begins with a free family dinner. "We will offer yummy and nutritious meals that are family-friendly," said Sharlene Johnson, UYLC Executive Director. Johnson also noted that there will be family-friendly door prizes throughout the course and that all graduating families will be entered into a drawing for a grand prize at the end of each seven-week session. "We will give a $100 gift card to a local business," she said.

After dinner, families are divided into groups, with adults and children meeting separately. In their session, youths are led by two trained facilitators through various activities, games and discussions. Issues that are covered include setting goals, appreciating their parents and dealing with peer pressure, among other topics. In the meantime, the parents, working with a trained facilitator as well, discuss different expectations of parents that occur when raising adolescents, such as showing love, setting limits, making house rules and encouraging good behavior. The parents and their children then reunite for a one-hour family activity that promotes team-building. “This program will enlarge your tool belt as a parent,” stated Trena Schlieper, a Kamiah Elementary School teacher who participated in the training, “You will gain skills and strategies that build your family’s relationships.” 

Strengthening Families was developed at Iowa State University. Research done there has indicated that youth who took part in the program have had significantly lower rates of using alcohol and other drugs and have also had fewer behavioral problems in school. The program is offered in all 50 states and in more than 25 countries.

For more information, including how to register for upcoming sessions, please contact Sharlene Johnson at (208)-743-0392 or email

Just Say No!
By Kaylee Hunt,
YAB Middle School Representative
The use of drugs can affect you and the people around you. Drug use can affect your brain, body, family, friends, the way you act, how you feel, and so much more. When someone decides to try drugs for the first time they don’t think about how it will affect them and the people around them. They just do it.
One of the biggest ways drugs affects you is your brain and body. Drugs that are addicting activate something called the brain’s pleasure circuit. When we do something that our brain likes, such as eating, it activates that part of the brain that rewards you which makes you want more. It is the same with drugs.
Drugs can also affect your body. The effect of a drug on your body varies from person to person. There are a lot of factors involved in how drugs affect a person. One is the type of drug and the strength of drug. Drugs affect your mental and physical state.
Drugs don’t just affect you, they affect the people around you. Your friends, your family, the people that care about you the most. How it affects the people depends on who is doing the drugs. It could be a parent, a partner, son or daughter, the people you care most about. Drugs become that person focus when it should be your family.
The use of drugs is something that can change a life. It can control the way you act and the way you think. There is only one way to stop it from taking over your life. That is not to do them. Make a smart choice. Do it for the people that love you and the people you love. They care about you so don’t make them watch you become a different person.
When it comes to drugs don’t be afraid to say no. Don’t let your friends peer pressure you into doing them. It might seem like everyone is doing it or that is the cool thing. The truth is not everyone is doing it and it isn’t cool.
Surround yourself with people that won’t pressure you into doing them. There are other fun activities that you could be doing besides drugs. The Youth Advisory Board (YAB) and Upriver Youth Leadership Council (UYLC) provide many activities each month for you to get out of the house and have fun.
If you are interested in becoming a member of the Youth Advisory Board (YAB) or Upriver Youth Leadership Council (UYLC) just come to the meetings we have. The Youth Advisory Board has their general meetings on the second Wednesday of every month at 6:30 pm at the Upriver Youth Leadership office located on Main Street. Upriver Youth Leadership Council meets on the fourth Wednesday of every month at 7:00 am. Their meetings are also at the Upriver Youth Leadership Office.
That is why you should avoid doing drugs. Say no to them for your family, your friends, and you. Be smart and don’t let drugs take over your life.
Eat for a Cause at
Spencer Flerchinger Memorial Co-ed 3v3 Basketball Tournament

  • In conjunction with the Spencer Flerchinger Memorial 3v3 Basketball Tournament, we will have a great variety of meals for sale throughout the day.
  • Beginning at 8:00 am Julie Kidder will be serving her famous biscuits and gravy for $5 a plate (we will have to-go orders).
  • Starting at 11:00 am we will add in a baked potato bar with all the fixings for $5 (also available to-go).
  • We will also have hot dogs, chili dogs, various chips and drinks and homemade baked goods.
  • All proceeds are part of the Spencer Flerchinger Memorial 3v3 fundraising effort.
  • Come eat for a good cause. No need to cook at all on October 20.
  • Opening Ceremonies are at 8:30 am and basketball play begins at 9:00 am…make a day of it. 
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