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Join SAPCA on Wednesday March 20 for a Kick Butt's Day  event at T.C. Williams at 3:30 p.m. SAPCA Club President, Emma West and Mayor Euille will kick-off the campaign. SAPCA will partner with the Clean and Smoke Free Air Coalition, Y Street, and the Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities to support youth to carry out surveys on alcohol tobacco advertising in local stores.





* SAPCA Well-Represented at CADCA Leadership Forum
* SAPCA Members Attend Youth Master Plan Forums
* SAPCA Presents wreckED to SOHO Youth
* Partnership for a Healthier Alexandria Releases YRBS Data
* Help Stop Marijuana Legalization Before it Starts
* Upcmoming Meetings
* Face Center Spring Workshops
* The Gospel of Healing (3/14)
* Story Stockpiling (3/13)
* New Skills to Prevent Drug Abuse Presented at 2013 CADCA Forum
* FDA Invites Comments on Warnings for Smokeless Tobacco Products
* Doctors Often Don't Ask Teen Patients About Drinking
* Study Links Lower Drinking Age with Increased Risk of Binge Drinking
*Four Loko Maker Puts Alcohol Facts Panel on Can


SAPCA Well-Represented at CADCA Leadership Forum
Derek and Tae'Von at a CADCA session
Derek and Tae'Von share there ideas in a workshop.
Photo courtesy of CADCA.
SAPCA Board Members, Allen Lomax, Kim Hyde, Teresa Tidwell, Sandy Freedman and youth members, Derek Bibbs, Tae'Von Bibbs and Carla Castro joined 2600 community and state leaders in learning new strategies to prevent drug abuse at the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America Leadership Forum.
The Forum featured more than 90 workshops aimed at helping CADCA's network of 5,000 coalitions develop comprehensive evidence-based strategies to prevent the use of illicit drugs like marijuana, as well as underage drinking, youth tobacco use, and the abuse of over-the-counter and prescription medicines in order to achieve community-level change.
SAPCA Attends Youth Master Plan Community Forums 
Chanyia and Carla
Carla Castro and Chanyia Hughes provide input on the Youth Master Plan.

SAPCA members participated in community forums to provide input on a youth master plan. The plan will set long-term, community-wide priorities for young people as well as identify specific actions steps towards those goals. The goal is to ensure that all children and youth are healthy and safe, academically and vocationally prepared, and socially and civically connected.
The City's Children, Youth and Families Collaborative Commission is leading the creation of the plan in partnership with the Forum for Youth Investment.
SAPCA Presents wreckED to SOHO Youth

Noraine presented wreckED to fifth graders in the Space of Her Own Program (SOHO). The Partnership at's wreckED is a program that challenges teens to think more about their own and their friends' behavior regarding alcohol and other drugs, and to consider the consequences of getting involved. SOHO is a creative mentorship program designed to empower pre-teen girls in Alexandria to fulfill their true potential.


The girls asked questions such as, "What do you do if your older brother or sister is drinking alcohol?" and "Can marijuana kill you?"


If you work with youth and would like to host a wreckED presentation, contact Noraine at

The Partnership for a Healthier Alexandria has released the results of the 2011 Alexandria Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS). The Alexandria YRBS, based on the original Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is a voluntary, anonymous, self-reported survey of public school youth in grades 7-12. The goal of the survey is to obtain information on six risk areas identified as contributing to the leading causes of death, disability, and social problems among youth in the United States.

YRBS data provide community members and parents with a snapshot of the well-being of Alexandria's youth; new information on areas of health for which schools, City government, non-profit organizations and the community can target evidenced-based interventions and programs to address the needs of our youth; and schools, the City government, non-profits and other organizations with data to strengthen grant applications.


SAPCA is a workgroup of the Partnership for a Healthier Alexandria.


Help Stop Marijuana Legalization Before it Starts


On November 6th 2012, voters in Colorado and Washington State approved a ballot measure to legalize marijuana for recreational use by adults. Key Administration officials have not yet made any public statements about what the federal response to these initiatives will be, given that they are clearly in violation of federal law.


It is imperative that key Administration officials and members of Congress hear loud and clear from coalitions across the country that the recently approved state ballot measures are illegal under federal law.


Use the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America's CapWiz system to send letters to these key officials, urging them to swiftly and publicly declare the recently approved ballot measures illegal.


SAPCA Quarterly Meeting (4/10) 


Wednesday, April 10, 7-8:30 p.m., Francis Hammond Middle School Library, 4646 Seminary Road.  


Join SAPCA members in discussing the results from the recent Alexandria Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance surveys concerning substance use.


FACE Center Spring Workshops 


The FACE Center has published a listing of free parent/student workshops and family sessions that are being offered during the winter and spring. Register online or by calling 703.824.6865. 

The Gospel of Healing (3/14) 


The Alexandria Commission on HIV/AIDS, the Alleyne AME Zion Church, the Alexandria Human Rights Commission and the Alexandria Commission for Women will host a free community screening of, "The Gospel of Healing: Black Churches Respond to HIV/AIDS".  The documentary highlights African American church leaders and congregations who have stepped up to tackle the HIV/AIDS crisis in their communities. 


The screening is scheduled for Thursday, March 14 at 6:30 p.m. at the Church, 1419 King Street, near the King Street Metro Station.  Paul Grant, producer and director, will also be on hand to discuss the film and his inspiration in creating it.


For more information, contact Tom Suydam at



Story Stockpiling (3/13) 


Your nonprofit has a story to tell. As a matter of fact, your nonprofit has countless stories to tell. Story stockpiling is the ability to create a cache of great stories about all that is wonderful about your nonprofit. This workshop teaches attendees how to make use of news values and story angles to tell your story in a unique and compelling way every time.


The workshop is free, however reservations are required. The workshop will take place on March 13 at the Durant Arts Center, 1605 Cameron St. from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Please register by calling the Office of the Arts: 703.746.5588 or on Eventbrite: 


New Skills to Prevent Drug Abuse Presented at 2013 CADCA Forum


From 43 states and as far away as Moscow and the island of Palau, 2,600 community and state leaders converged at the Gaylord National Hotel and Convention Center just outside of Washington, D.C. Feburary 4th through the 7th for the CADCA Forum.


Participants formed new partnerships and learned new strategies in the art and science of effective coalition building.

The CADCA Forum is the premier training conference for community prevention leaders, treatment professionals and researchers.


Participants also had the opportunity to participate in "power sessions" with key leaders from federal agencies, such as SAMHSA, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) and the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), where they heard the latest research and policy updates.

FDA Invites Comments on Warnings for Smokeless Tobacco Products


 The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is inviting public comment on possible changes to smokeless tobacco product warnings. Comments should be supported by scientific evidence, and should address how changes in the warnings would affect users' and nonusers' understanding of the risks associated with the products, according to


Comments can be submitted to by April 1.

Many doctors don't ask their teenage patients about their drinking, a new study finds. A survey of 10th graders found that while more than 80 percent had seen a doctor in the past year, only 54 percent of them were asked about drinking, and 40 percent were advised about the dangers of alcohol.
In 2011, NIAAA and the American Academy of Pediatrics released a two-question alcohol screening tool designed to help pediatricians spot children and adolescents at risk for alcohol-related problems. The doctor asks about the patient's own drinking, as well as his or her friends' alcohol use. The tool walks the doctor through the steps to take when patients say they or their friends drink, and helps them assess the level of risk for current and future alcohol problems

The ability to legally buy alcohol before age 21 is associated with an increased risk of binge drinking later in life, a new study suggests. The study included more than 39,000 people who started drinking in the 1970s, when some states allowed people as young as 18 to purchase alcohol.


People who lived in states with lower minimum drinking ages were not more likely to consume more alcohol overall, or to drink more frequently, compared with those in states with a legal drinking age of 21. However, when they did consume alcohol, they were more likely to drink heavily, Science Daily reports.


Even decades later, men who grew up in states with a legal drinking age less than 21 were 19 percent more likely to binge drink more than once a month. Among those who did not attend college, the risk of binge drinking more than once a month rose by 31 percent.

Four Loko Maker to Put Alcohol Facts Panel on Can


The maker of the sweet alcoholic drink Four Loko will put an "alcohol facts panel" on the back of cans containing more than two servings of alcohol, to settle the Federal Trade Commission's (FTC) charges of deceptive marketing.


The panel will be similar to the nutritional facts label found on foods, the Associated Press reports. It will disclose the alcohol by volume, and the number of servings in the can. According to a FTC news release, the drink's maker, Phusion Projects, must redesign cans with more than two-and-a-half servings of alcohol so they can be resealed. This new design will encourage drinkers not to consume the entire can in one sitting.

The FTC had said Four Loko ads implied the 23.5-ounce can was equal to one or two regular 12-ounce beers, but is really more like four or five beers, the article notes. The cans contain up to 12 percent alcohol. Four Loko originally contained caffeine and alcohol. Following warnings by the Food and Drug Administration, Phusion Projects removed caffeine from the drink.



Noraine Buttar, MPH
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Alexandria, VA 22314
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