November 2019
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Community Highlights: Prevention Efforts Around Idaho

ODP Grant Evaluation Report
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DEA Take Back Day Results

Congrats to Idaho's New DFC Coalitions

Annual Sticker Shock Project

SAMHSA Treatment Locator Website

Social media content featuring alcohol influences teens

Social media is an issue in many families. Parents worry about cyberbullying, distraction from schoolwork, and decreased face-to-face social interaction. Additionally, researchers are finding links between social media use and underage drinking.

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Newsflash: Next Governor's Opioid and Substance User Disorder Advisory Group meeting will be held December 11, 2019 from 8:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. at the Caldwell Veterans Memorial Hall. More details posted at .
Community Highlights: Prevention Efforts Around Idaho
Family Dinner Night at Payette Primary School

Throughout September, ODP and Be the Parents promoted Family Dinner Night and encouraged families to eat together on September 26th. We created and distributed recipe guides and activity place mats through various partners to help facilitate conversation and encourage family bonding over dinner.

While ODP envisioned individual family dinners, Payette Primary School put a fun twist on the event and held a community dinner and fundraiser where they, in turn, distributed the family dinner guides and place mats.

According to an article by the Argus Observer , the school raised over $1800 and brought together more than 200 community members!

Renown Addiction Scientist Visits Northern Idaho Schools

Panhandle Health District was awarded an E-cigarette/Vaping Mini-Grant to help bring Dr. Victor DeNoble to speak to schools in Public Health District 1 about vaping and the dangers of tobacco. Dr. DeNoble is an addiction scientist and former researcher for Phillip Morris whose whistle-blower testimony before Congress helped lead to the Master Settlement Agreement between four major tobacco companies and most U.S. states and the District of Columbia. In addition to the funding from the ODP mini-grant, Panhandle Health District partnered with Bonner General Hospital, Lake Pend Oreille School District, Shoshone Medical Center, and Shoshone Medical Center Foundation. Over the course of 4 days, October 7 - 10, Dr. DeNoble presented to 12 different schools and over 3300 students. ODP received the following testimonial:

"Dr. DeNoble's presentation was very well-received by our staff and students. One comment I heard over and over was that he spoke to the students like they were adults. The scientific approach to how addiction grows made sense to them. They appreciated not being preached to about vaping."
North Idaho Rx Opioid Solution Symposium

Panhandle Health District identified a gap in local community information and knowledge regarding opioids and services and decided to host a regional symposium to address that gap. Supported by Substance Abuse Block Grant (SABG) Primary Prevention funds from ODP, Panhandle Health hosted the North Idaho Rx Opioid Solution Sympoisum on October 10th in Coeur d'Alene. The symposium brought together providers, professionals, and the public to focus on solution-based approaches to local opioid use disorder prevention, treatment, and recovery. According to Panhandle Health employee, Kelsey Orlando, "Since the symposium each of their work groups—prevention, harm reduction, access and awareness to treatment, and community resources—have met to revise the develop their North Idaho Opioid Strategic Plan for 2020. A formal public facing strategic plan will be available around January 30, 2020."
Public Panel featuring (L to R): Ben Wolfinger (Kootenai County Sheriff), Ron Weaver (A Way Forward), Lynnette Acebedo (Kootenai County Coroner), Jenn Romero (Restored Paths), Scott Jones (The Phoenix) and Kelsey Orlando (Panhandle Health / Facilitator)
ODP SABG and PFS Grant Evaluation Report
ODP administered two federal substance misuse prevention grants during state FY2019: The Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant (SABG), and the Strategic Prevention Framework Partnerships for Success (PFS) Grant—a five-year grant awarded in September 2018. During the year, ODP provided SABG funding to 54 entities to implement substance misuse prevention strategies in communities across Idaho, and provided PFS funds to the seven state public health districts to launch the new project.

ODP contracted with Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation (PIRE) to serve as the external evaluator for the two grants. ODP and PIRE recently published the FY2019 SABG and PFS Evaluation Report. The report provides process and outcome data from the SABG grant for all of FY2019. Because the PFS grant was in its early stages during FY2019, limited data for the project have been collected to date and are presented in this report; subsequent annual reports will include robust data from the PFS.

Click here to read the full report.

DEA National Take Back Day Results
The DEA held its 18th semiannual National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, October 26, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. According to the DEA, the October 26 Take Back initiative saw a slight drop from April in the number of participating sites and total weight collected. Click here for full results.

  • Total Law Enforcement Participation: 4,896
  • Total Collection Sites: 6,174
  • Total Weight Collected: 882,919 lbs. (441.5 tons)

  • Law Enforcement Participation: 36
  • Collection Sites: 38
  • Weight Collected: 5,402

Compared to April 2019, Idaho law enforcement participation decreased by 5 agencies, collection sites decreased by 9, and total weight collected decreased by 272 pounds. There was a slight decrease nationally in each of these categories as well.

For permanent year-round take back locations in Idaho, visit and search by zip code.
Congratulations to Idaho's New DFC Coalitions
The Office of National Drug Control Policy's (ONDCP) Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program provides grants to community coalitions to strengthen the infrastructure among local partners to create and sustain a reduction in local youth substance use. ONDCP announced 150 grant recipients on October 30th representing a total Federal investment of $18,749,801 to community coalitions.

The following Idaho Coalitions applied and were awarded funding for FY 2019:

  • Clearwater Youth Alliance—Orofino
  • Community Youth in Action—Idaho Falls

They join current Idaho DFC Coalitions who were all awarded continuation grants:
  • Bonneville Youth Development Council—Idaho Falls
  • Community Coalitions of Idaho—Viola
  • Salmon Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition—Salmon
  • Upriver Youth Leadership Council—Kamiah
  • Lapwai Community Coalition—Lapwai
  • DrugFree Idaho—Boise

Congratulations and thank you for your continued efforts to prevent youth substance use!  

New Youth T-shirts for the Annual Sticker Shock Project
For the third year in a row, ODP has partnered with the Idaho State Liquor Division (ISLD) to sponsor a joint Statewide Sticker Shock Project. This effort is designed to reach adults who might furnish alcohol to minors, with the intention of raising awareness around underage drinking issues right before the December holidays.

Participating youth from local coalitions and youth groups place stickers warning adults about the penalties for providing alcohol to minors on bags supplied by the ISLD. Beginning November 29, 2019 and until supplies run out, the bags will be distributed by state operated and contracted liquor store in approximately 25-30 communities throughout Idaho.

Employees at participating stores have worn t-shirts featuring the sticker during the campaign each year. This year, with support from ISLD, we are excited to share a new t-shirt designed for youth who help place the stickers. Playing on the "Think Twice or Pay the Price" tag line, the shirts read, "I don't need to think twice. If an adult offers me alcohol, I'll say No and remind them it's illegal."

Youth will receive and wear the shirts at their local event to place the stickers. These events often also include prevention education and visits from local law enforcement!

ONDCP and SAMHSA Launch New Treatment Locator Website
The Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announced the launch of , a website that allows Americans to find substance use disorder treatment services for themselves and others.

According to the White House, more than 13,000 state-licensed facilities are included in the treatment locator. Starting with a simple city or zip code search, the site then allows detailed filtering by payment option, age, language, and more.

For the White House press release click here .

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