May 2017

Parent to Parent Newsletter

Welcome to the May issue of the Your Choice Parent to Parent newsletter. This newsletter contains important information covering a wide variety of drug and alcohol prevention topics. The content is written for parents by parents. 

Governor Scott Walker recently declared April 2017 as Underage Alcohol Use and Abuse month. Even though the month is over, we would like to remind you to be aware of the risks associated with underage drinking, especially during graduation season. 

Please consider liking our page and following us on Facebook. We share valuable prevention news, tips, and other information throughout the week. It is a great way to stay connected and informed. 

As always, if you have any questions, comments, or concerns, or if you would like to read about a certain topic in the next newsletter,  please email us Your ideas and feedback are always appreciated. 

Sandi Lybert
Your Choice to Live Founder

What Parents Should Know: Meth is on the Rise

In Sauk County, Wisconsin officials have reported almost a 300% increase in meth since 2011. FBI agents have stated that they are prosecuting meth cases and heroin cases at the same rate. 

Meth is synthetic stimulant and is found as a fine white crystalline powder that can be taken orally, smoked, snorted or injected. Paraphernalia related to meth may be needles, burnt or bent spoons, rolled up dollar bills, razor blades, tin foil, or lighters. When talking to your children about the dangers of drugs, we recommend that you don't make it substance specific so that certain drugs are not perceived as "safer" than others. 

Tips For Teens: Detour Letter 
Each month we feature an inspirational letter from a student in our Detour Class. Detour is a class designed to gently but powerfully challenge common beliefs about drug and alcohol use. One of the assignments at the end of the class is to write a letter to a special person in your life that touches on some important aspects from the class. 

Action Point: Why Drug Test?
Drug testing your child is never an easy decision. Some worry that drug testing may damage the relationship between the parent and the child, by creating an atmosphere of distrust. When used along with other tools and resources, drug testing can be a very effective measure of accountability, especially if you suspect your child is abusing drugs. 

It is important for parents to be educated and knowledgeable about signs and symptoms related to drug and alcohol use. Drug testing should not be relied on as a means of prevention by itself, but should remain one component of a greater treatment plan. 

When implementing a drug test, have a plan of what to do in the event of a positive result. Be prepared to follow through with any consequences previously discussed between you and your child. When a treatment plan is in place, drug testing can go very far in preventing relapse. 
Community Resource Spotli ght: Saving Others For Archie 

Saving Others For Archie (SOFA INC.) was created in memory of Archie Andrew Badura who lost his life to an overdose on May 15, 2014 at the young age of 19. The mission of SOFA INC. is to serve educational efforts in the furtherance of substance abuse prevention through raising awareness of the relationship between addiction and mental health issues.

On Sunday, May 21, 2017 SOFA, INC. will host the Third Annual Jump for Archie - Jump for Life to conclude National Prevention Week. This family friendly event will be held at the Oconomowoc City Beach Bandshell from 4pm - 8pm. Enjoy live music, fun, games and swimming. Hear from US Senator Rob Johnson, Attorney General Brad Schimel, and Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow, as well as several other county and state leaders to highlight our many great efforts to battle the opiate/heroin epidemic. 

For more information please visit our Facebook page  or contact Lauri A. McHugh-Badura via email. 

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Issue: 5-2017
In This Issue
Featured Events 

Health Classes

Tuesday, May 2 
Mukwonago High School 

Friday, May 5 
Menomonee Falls 
High School 

Friday, May 12 
High School 

Youth Presentations 

Tuesday, May 9
Weyauwega Freemont High School 

Wake Up Call 
School Presentations
Tuesday, May 9
Weyauwega Freemont High School 

Lybert Family Presentations
Tuesday, May 16
Parent Night/Family Night 
Richard T. Anderson Education Center 
6pm - 8pm 
Wake Up Call 
Public Tours:

(Registration Required)
Hartland Fire Department Survive Alive House
150 Lawn Street
 Hartland, WI 53029

May 3
12 pm

May 17 

 Check out the events page on our website to see locations of more 
Stairway to Heroin 
series events  and 
 find out where 
 Your Choice speakers
 will be next!

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