February 2020 SATUCI Newsletter
Volume 1
U.S. Surgeon General’s Advisory: Marijuana Use and the Developing Brain 
Surgeon General VADM Jerome Adams is emphasizing the importance of protecting our Nation from the health risks of marijuana use in adolescence and during pregnancy. Recent increases in access to marijuana and in its potency, along with misperceptions of safety of marijuana endanger our most precious resource, our nation’s youth.

KNOW THE RISKS. TAKE ACTION. PROTECT OUR FUTURE.

Your Life Iowa
Everyone needs help sometimes.

If you or a loved one are facing a problem with alcohol, drugs, gambling, mental health or suicidal thoughts, you’re not alone. That is why the Iowa Department of Public Health has created YourLifeIowa.org so Iowans can chat live, text, or call and get reliable information and treatment options, and find nearby help.

We are your everyday life support.


Meet Our New Executive Director: Jenny Etter
Jenny Etter has over 30 years of experience as a director for primarily non-profit agencies. Jenny graduated from Goddard College in Vermont with her masters degree in psychology. She began her career in Domestic Violence Alternative programming in Marshalltown and then in the Quad Cities. She has experience directing programs focused on behavioral health services for adults and children including working with autism. She served as a clinical director for 6 years for a mental health/developmental disabilities agency in Texas before returning to Iowa in 2013. For the last 6 years, she has been the executive director for the Marshalltown Central Business District.  
Community Readiness Surveys
As part of our Integrated Provider Network grant, the Prevention Department is required to survey community members about community readiness in certain areas of substance abuse and gambling. Those areas include: Adult Binge Drinking, Adult Problem Gambling, Adult Prescription Medication Misuse, Youth Marijuana Use, and Youth Tobacco Use. Interviews are between 30-45 minutes and can be done via telephone. If you would be interesting in taking part of this survey, please email Molly Holl at mholl@satuci.com .
185 A Day
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) 2018 data revealed that more than 67,367 people died from drug overdoses - 185 a day - making it the leading cause of injury-related death in the United States, more than deaths from gun violence or car accidents. 
#185aDay remembers those lost to drug overdose.

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