July 2017 Newsletter

SAPCA's Highlights & Annoucements
SAPCA Invited to Speak at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
On Wednesday, July 12, SAPCA Chair Allen Lomax and Youth Development Team Leader Noraine Buttar presented at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) "All Hands" meeting in Rockville, MD. Noraine talked about how SAPCA thrives with the support of the Youth Development Team, housed in the Center for Children and Families in the Department of Community and Human Services. Allen told SAPCA's story, highlighting successes and partnerships such as involvement of Alexandria law enforcement, the development of a survey schedule with the school system and Health Department and the importance of youth leadership and engagement in the coalition. 

SAPCA Chair Allen Lomax
Kana Enomoto (Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for SAMHSA) and Allen Lomax
Allen Lomax, Fran Harding (Director of the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention at SAMHSA), and Noraine Buttar
Lisa Kaplowitz (Senior Medical Advisor at SAMHSA) and Allen Lomax 
New Jersey Increases Smoking Age to 21
NJ Third State to Raise Legal Smoking Age
Republican Gov. Chris Christie recently signed a bill that increases the legal smoking age from 19 to 21 in New Jersey. The law applies to both e-cigarettes and traditional tobacco products, and will become effective November 1 of this year. New Jersey is the third state to pass such legislation, following California and Hawaii. Oregon is also in the process of passing a bill to increase the age to 21. Additionally, 190 cities prohibit the sale of cigarettes to people under 21. 
Harvard Health Publications
7 Questions to Ask When You're Given an Opioid Prescription
Opioid abuse has quickly become one of the leading health issues in the United States. In fact, it now rivals smoking as a cause of death. Dr. Michael L. Barnett, assistant professor of health policy at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and colleagues recently analyzed opioid prescription rates among Medicare recipients. The team emphasized the importance of shared decision making between patients and providers - which includes asking key questions. Click here to find out what those specific questions are.
What are Electronic Cigarettes?
How Much do you Really Know About E-Cigarettes?
How do e-cigarettes work? Is vaping safer than smoking? Can it help smokers quit? Find out by visiting the National Institute on Drug Abuse's (NIDA) DrugFacts page
Upcoming Community Events:
Prescription Drug Take Back Day
The next prescription drug take back day will be held Saturday, July 29, from  10:00am - 2:00pm. 

Locations include:  Alexandria Police Headquarters,  First Baptist Church and  The Neighborhood Pharmacy of Del Ray.

Alexandria Youth Leadership Conference
August 14-16, 9:00am - 5:00pm
Lee Center Exhibit Hall
1108 Jefferson Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
Contact Us:
Lauren Kiefert, SAPCA Temp
Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition of Alexandria 
421 King Street, 4th Floor Suite
Alexandria, VA 22314
O: 703.746.3670