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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
Vaping Illness Tracker: 2,051 Cases and 40 Deaths
By Jonathan Corum, The New York Times
To read the entire article please click here
What You Need to Know about Vaping-Related Lung Illness
By Matt Richtel & Denise Grady, The New York Times
"The Food and Drug Administration is warning that there appears to be a particular danger for people who vape THC, the psychoactive chemical in marijuana. The F.D.A. said a significant subset of samples of vaping fluid used by sick patients included THC and also contained a chemical called vitamin E acetate.

The early symptoms include fatigue, nausea, vomiting, coughing and fever, escalating to shortness of breath, which can become so extreme it can prompt an emergency room visit or require hospitalization.

Health officials say that the riskiest behavior is using vaping products bought on the street instead of from a retailer, or those that have been tampered with or mixed.

Public health officials believe that when people vape this noxious cocktail, it sets off a dangerous, even lethal, reaction inside the lungs. These officials have said repeatedly that they do not yet know which substance or device may be causing this reaction, and that is the subject of their urgent investigation."


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 jacob.peterson.crx@gmail.com or 402-913-4337
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Coalition Rx Spotlight
New Evidence-Based Program
Coalition Rx is please to announce that we have recently acquired the WISE Program! This program is a wellness and prevention program targeting older adults, which is designed to help them celebrate healthy aging, make healthy lifestyle choices and avoid substance abuse. It provides valuable educational services to older adults on topics including medication misuse and management, stress management, depression, and substance abuse.

For more information please contact Carey Pomykata, careypomykata@gmail.com or 402-552-2221 to discuss implementing this program at your organization.
Help Reduce the Misuse of Substances of Abuse
We provide two evidence-based programs for youth and families. Strengthening Families Program 10-14, Too Good For Drugs and Violence K-8 and the Wellness Initiative for Senior Education. 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 December 5th at 9am we will e hosting a holiday networking event. Please join us for tasty treats and great conversations with like minded professionals.
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