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Dear Community Member,

Welcome to our monthly newsletter! Our hope is that each time you open it, you will find current and informative content to help keep you and your families safe from the dangers of substance abuse.
In The News
This Was The Decade Drug Overdoses Killed Nearly Half A Million Americans
By Dan Vergano for Buzzfeed News
"The death toll from opioid overdoses over the past 10 years has triggered a national public health emergency and shocked addiction experts. The “war on drugs” rhetoric of the last 50 years finally ended amid all those deaths, which brought the realization that we can’t arrest away the disease of drug addiction, a change that noticeably came with a drug epidemic ravaging white, rural America.

Ten years ago people did not recognize substance use disorders as a disease,” said drug policy expert Beth Connolly of the Pew Charitable Trusts, who studies public opinion about drug abuse. “A lot of people really thought of it as a moral failure.”

That shifted after the opioid epidemic. More than 85% of Americans in urban, suburban, or rural counties see drug addiction as a serious problem in their community, according to a 2018 Pew survey."

The Cardiovascular System: The Damage from Substance Abuse
By American Addiction Centers
" Chronic abuse of drugs in general is a significant risk factor in the development of cardiovascular disease. This means that individuals who abuse drugs are increasing the probability of developing these conditions; however, it does not guarantee that they will develop a cardiovascular issue.

Chronic abuse of drugs is a significant risk factor for developing any number of different health issues, and drug abuse interacts with other risk factors to produce the specific issues that occur in specific individuals. Several different types of cardiovascular issues are more likely to be associated with drug abuse."

Upcoming Events
If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about or signing up for Strengthening Families 10-14 please contact Jacob Peterson at or 402-913-4337
The More You Know
Coalition Rx Spotlight
Board Member Highlight: NIH Fund It Forward Student Award
The Science Coalition is a nonprofit, nonpartisan group of more than 50 research universities. In 2019, they hosted a video challenge for students to tell us why science matters to them. They want to help remind Congress that now is the time to invest in science.

One of our newest and youngest board members, Tyler Kambis, was part of the winning team for this national award. Tyler and his lab utilize NIH funding to research diabetes and the heart at UNMC. They presented their research to the University of Nebraska Board of Regents this month!

We are lucky to have board members with such diverse experience and knowledge. Congratulations Tyler!
Help Reduce the Misuse of Substances of Abuse
We provide three evidence-based programs for youth and families. Strengthening Families Program 10-14, Too Good For Drugs and Violence K-8 and WISE. If you are interested in attending one of our programs or would like to set up a presentation at your organization please call 402-552-2221.

Each month Coalition Rx hosts a community meeting. We partner with local experts to discuss the substance abuse issues in our community and how we can combat this epidemic. On March 12th we are hosting Roscoe Wallace at 4pm. He will be discussing his life story and how he has overcome in the face of adversity. 
Founded in 2015, our mission is to reduce the misuse of all substances of abuse by raising awareness and partnering with community organizations to provide public and professional education, prevention and treatment resources, and policy advocacy.
Carey Pomykata Executive Director
(402) 552-2221