October 2019
Your monthly news & updates

Vaping Mini-Grant Awarded

Update: Governor's Opioid and SUD Advisory Group
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DEA National Rx Take Back Day

Celebrate Red Ribbon Week

School Safety Symposium Recap

ODP Prevention Website Revamp

New Find Your Passion Profile: Cash

Cash is obviously at home on the mats, where he sits barefoot and cross-legged as he talks about the sport he lives and breathes: Brazilian jiu-jitsu. “I tell people that you have to do what you love—it’ll ease your mind and make you happy,” he says.

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ODP Awards Mini-Grants for Youth E-Cigarette and Vaping Education
The Office of Drug Policy is pleased to announce the recipients of the Youth E-cigarette and Vaping Education Mini-Grant. ODP awarded $61,505.30 to 20 organizations in Idaho. The purpose of the mini-grant is to implement prevention strategies and educational programming that addresses the use of e-cigarettes among Idaho youth. Mini-grant activities will be carried out before June 30, 2020.

Public Health District 1
  • Kellogg Joint School District 391
  • Panhandle Health District
  • Lakeland Joint School District
Public Health District 2
  • Public Health - Idaho North Central District
  • Jenifer Jr. High School
  • Upriver Youth Leadership Council
Public Health District 3
  • Prevention Associates of Idaho
Public Health District 4
  • American Lung Association in Idaho
  • West Ada School District
  • Initial Point High School (Kuna School District)
Public Health District 5
  • South Central Public Health District
  • Gooding Middle School
  • Filer High School
  • Minidoka County Joint School District #331
Public Health District 6
  • American Falls School District #381
Public Health District 7
  • Challis Area Health Center
  • Lost Rivers Medical Center (6&7)
  • Caldwell Health Coalition (3&4)
  • Idaho Youth Health Advisory Council (1,3,4,&6)
  • American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network

Update: Governor's Opioid and Substance Use Disorder Advisory Group
Governor Brad Little's Opioid and Substance Use Disorder Advisory Group, established by executive order , convened for its second meeting Wednesday, October 9th in Meridian.

The public meeting ran from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Idaho State University Health Science Center and included a pre-meeting tour of the building and its facilities as well as presentations from experts in the areas of substance use disorder treatment, recovery centers in Idaho, and the Idaho Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP).

The 22-member group is tasked with researching, evaluating, and providing recommendations on twelve specific charges related to opioid and substance misuse in Idaho.

The group prioritized four charges: advancing the goals and strategies of the Idaho Opioid Misuse and Overdose Strategic Plan; prescribing practices including use of the PMP; various treatment pathways; and best practices in other states. Group members participated in breakout sessions to begin the process of identifying specific, actionable recommendations for the Governor.

Advisory Group members will meet in sub-groups between now and December and present initial recommendations to the larger group for consideration at the December 11th meeting.

"The group made significant progress on potential recommendations for the upcoming legislative session," said Advisory Group Chair and ODP Administrator, Melinda Smyser.

Agendas, meeting materials, and other information about the advisory group is available on the web site for the Governor’s Office of Drug Policy at this link:

DEA National Prescription Drug Take Back Day October 26th
The next bi-annual DEA National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is October 26, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. This event provides an opportunity for Americans to clean out their medicine cabinets and safely and anonymously turn in expires and unused prescription drugs.

Find a list of authorized sites in Idaho holding Take Back Day events HERE .

Additionally, we encourage any partners promoting or participating local events to use the DEA toolbox of promotional materials. CLICK HERE to access the toolbox and download materials including social media graphics, posters, and pamphlets.
Celebrate Red Ribbon Week
Red Ribbon Week is held October 23rd – 31st each year as a way for individuals and communities to unite and take a visible stand against substance misuse. Sponsored by the National Family Partnership, Red Ribbon Week is the nation's largest drug prevention awareness program and a cornerstone of DEA's community outreach and prevention efforts.

Here are three ways anyone can get involved and support Red Ribbon Week:

  1. Wear Red during the week. And if you own a business, light it up red at night.
  2. Place a red ribbon in a visible place; stick one on your front door, your car, or pin one to your shirt or jacket.
  3. Attend a Red Ribbon Week Rally! On Monday, October 28, the 31st Annual Red Ribbon Rally will be held at the Idaho State Capitol from 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Over 1000 students, elected officials, and the public attend each year.

Click here to learn more about Red Ribbon Week.

Idaho School Safety Symposium Recap
The State Department of Education, in partnership with the Idaho Office of Drug Policy, hosted the School Safety Symposium, Building the Foundation for Safer Schools on October 9, 2019 in Boise. The symposium brought together school officials, first responders, policy makers and local leaders to identify the potential gaps and existing resources on topics related to school safety. The goal of the symposium was to encourage collaboration among leaders and advance student safety through prevention and social emotional learning.

The Symposium, held in connection with the Family and Community Engagement Conference, kicked off with a keynote address from Ms. Elizabeth Smart. Ms. Smart understands first hand the impact of childhood trauma and the long-term impact it can have on a child, their family and all those associated, including the school. 

Following Ms. Smart’s address, the symposium attendees heard from a panel of experts on topics related to substance use, building safety, mental health and prevention efforts. Breaking out into small groups, attendees had the opportunity to share ideas around engaging stakeholders in solutions, resources that are needed and what is already available. These ideas will be compiled into a report which will be presented to the Superintendent of Public Instruction, Sheri Ybarra, in order to align the work of the State Department of Education and other stakeholders as we strive to make the best Idaho possible for our students. 

ODP Prevention Website Revamp
ODP is excited to share that our prevention-focused website has been revamped and updated. We worked with Access Idaho to make it more user-friendly and more visually appealing, incorporating our new logo and colors. The main ODP website, odp.idaho.gov, will receive a similar update in the near future.

If you are a regular user on the prevention site and find something difficult to locate, feel free to reply to this email, or if you are a grantee, contact your grant administrator.

If you haven't already been, please check it out at https://prevention.odp.idaho.gov/

We envision a safe and healthy Idaho free from the devastating
impact of substance use on youths, families, and communities