January 2015
SAFE Member News

Check out the SAFE Coalition Website HERE!

January/February Events



20th- SAFE Board Meeting

20th- SAFE meeting

26th-30th- National Drug Facts Week

30th- YLC Concessions



2nd-6th CADCA Forum

10th & 11th- Merchant Train

15-21st- Through with Chew

17th- SAFE meeting

25th- AC4C Day on Hill



For a listing of all YLC meeting dates/times please visit the YLC website for more information:


       YLC Calendar  



             YLC Activities  

Van Buren County Youth Leadership Council Members have been busy planning for National Drug Facts Week Activities that will occur in January. The groups are working on the following projects:


Harmony Junior High:

National Drug Facts Week Activities


Harmony High School:

National Drug Facts Week Activities

Alcohol Awareness Month


Van Buren 7th Grade:

Littering Project  &

Kick Butts Day Activities


Van Buren 8th Grade:

Kick Butts Day Activities


Van Buren High School:

National Drug Facts Week Activities

Through with Chew Week Activities

Alcohol Awareness Month


YLC members are also in the process of completing applications for AC4C's Day on the Hill. These are due on January 15th and 7 students will be selected to attend the event in Des Moines on February 25th.




To learn more about YLC or these events you can check out the

Facebook Page 


Flicker Account 

More information on YLC activities can be found on the YLC website!

Training Opportunities
Upcoming Training Opportunities Include:
None in December or January
2-5th- CADCA Forum
25th- YLC Day on the Hill
Click Here for the --->Training Calendar
Upcoming Coalition Travel Includes:
February 4th-6th- CADCA National Leadership Forum- Washington DC (Heidi Bainbridge)
February 25th- Day on the Hill- Des Moines
(Heidi Bainbridge- Youth TBD)
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National Drug Facts Week


National Drug Facts WeekSM (NDFW) is a national health observance for teens to promote local events that use NIDA science to shatter the myths about drugs. NDFW centers on community events for teens, NIDA's Drug Facts Chat Day, and partnerships.


Van Buren County Youth Leadership Council Members at both Van Buren and Harmony will be putting on a variety of events to bring awareness to the dangers of drugs, alcohol and tobacco
 during this week.


At Harmony High School they will be hosting events in their school such as a balloon scavenger hunt, posters and lunch displays. They will be taking their message to the younger students at the elementary via peer teaching. They will also be developing a series of posters to place in the community as well as developing an article and radio program to reach a wider audience about these issues.


At Van Buren High School they will bring awareness to a different drug each day during the week, their activities will include information in their school, posts on the VBSAFE Coalition Facebook Page and activities out in the community.


Articles and facebook posts will be shared during and after this week to highlight the activities of the youth. For more information on National Drug Facts week and to learn about other activities around the nation you can check out their website at: NDFW.


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Van Buren County SAFE Coalition

Van Buren YLC Chapter



Prevent OTC Medicine Abuse  
Van Buren County is working with local businesses to make them aware of Over The Counter (OTC) medicine abuse and informing them  of how they can help safeguard the youth of Van Buren County. Letters are being sent to all merchants to be on the lookout for signs of medicine abuse.

Some medications have psychoactive (mind-altering) properties and, because of that, are sometimes abused-that is, taken for reasons or in ways or amounts not intended by a doctor, or taken by someone other than the person for whom they are prescribed. In fact, prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) drugs are, after marijuana (and alcohol), the most commonly abused substances by Americans 14 and older. The retail community can play a large part in helping to curb OTC abuse!  


The letter, provided to all retailers, reminds them that they are a trusted source parents interact with everyday. They are positioned to spread the facts about OTC medicine abuse and to educate others in your community. Few adults and teens realize the danger of OTC drug abuse. More than 100 cough and cold remedies contain DXM - DXM can be listed as Dextromethorphan, Dextromethorphan hydrobromide or Dextromethorphan HBr.


For more information on this growing problem or to find out how you can help you may contact the SAFE Coalition.

Iowa Drug Control Strategy


The 2015 Iowa Drug Control Strategy, an annual report to the Governor and Legislature, shows significant progress in preventing drug abuse, while also recognizing current and emerging challenges that include medicine misuse and heroin use.


"Although Iowa remains one of the safest states in the U.S., in terms of having one of the nation's lowest rates of illegal drug use, too many Iowa families are negatively impacted by drug use and crime," said Steve Lukan, Director of the Governor's Office of Drug Control Policy (ODCP).  "One of the fastest growing areas of substance use disorders involves prescription drugs, which may also be driving an increase in heroin use."


The ODCP News release provides additional information on progress that has been made as well as challenges we still face as a state. You can view the full news release on the VB SAFE Coalition Blog by clicking here---------> SAFE Blog


You may view the full report by visiting the ODCP link--------> Drug Control Strategy  


Merchant Trainings
There were two trainings held in December with 4 participants and 2 businesses being represented. The next merchant training will be held in February for any business in the county who has employees who need to be trained.
February Trainings are scheduled for:
February 10th- 6:00pm
February 11th- 9:00am
The February trainings will be held at the Community Service Center in Keosauqua. RSVP is required for all training please call 319-293-6412 or email
Businesses should have received their quarterly Merchant News in January. If you did not please contact the coalition to ensure you are on their list. Also if you would like to have this publication emailed to you on a quarterly basis please email 1) Business Name 2)Contact Person 3)Contact email to

Just a reminder to businesses: The coalition recommends three steps for training employees:
1) Orientation DVD (provided by the coalition)
2) VB SAFE Merchant Training
3) IPACT ABD Training (ABD Online)
For assistance with this process you may contact the coalition at the number or email above.  

Van Buren County SAFE Coalition - 405 4th St  -  Keosauqua, Iowa 52565