The DEA & Partners Hold 21st National
Prescription Drug Take Back Day this Month!
Participate in the next National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, October 23rd from 10 AM to 2 PM.  This day aims to provide a safe, convenient and responsible way of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the public about the potential abuse of medications. Individuals can dispose of unused or expired prescription and non-prescription medicine at
designated drop-off locations throughout the state of Illinois. If you or your agency plan on engaging in this event, consider partnering with your local law enforcement agency. You can visit takebackday.dea.gov to locate a collection site or call the DEA Diversion Control Division Registration Call Center at 1-800-882-9539 for more information about these collection sites.
"It’s important that we promote and engage with this event so that together we help prevent misuse and potentially save lives."
Karel Homrig, Prevention First Executive Director

Prevent Binge Drinking
There are numerous health risks associated with binge drinking, such as cancer, stroke, and heart disease. Binge drinking is defined as consuming five or more standard drinks per occasion for males and four or more drinks for females. A standard drink is 12 oz. of beer (5%), 5 oz. of wine (12%), or 1.5 oz. of distilled spirits (40%).  The APRC has created an infographic with the risks and how to prevent binge drinking.    

The Alcohol Policy Resource Center can assist with how to analyze your data, scan your community, and match policy/strategy to assessment findings. If you have any questions or need more information, please reach out to Kellie Henrichs or Jody Heavilin.
New Collaborative Webinar
The Alcohol Policy Resource Center, the Traffic Safety Resource Center, and the Youth Prevention Resource Center are excited to announce a collaborative webinar on October 19, 2021, at 10:00 am. The Alcohol and Teen Traffic Safety webinar will focus on how local coalitions and law enforcement can collaborate to prevent teen traffic crashes. Experts from across Illinois will discuss evidence-based alcohol prevention strategies along with strategies to enhance safe teen driving. Our panelists have decades of experience in preventing youth alcohol use and keeping teens safe on our roadways.

Deputy John Shallenberger, Tazewell County Sheriff’s Office
Shannon Alderman, Impaired Driving Program Coordinator, Illinois Department of Transportation
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As of October 1st, the Youth Prevention Resource Center at Prevention First no longer holds SADD affiliation for Illinois. The YPRC will continue to provide support and resources to SADD chapters, and all other prevention and teen driver safety groups within Illinois. We look forward to serving you.

For any questions regarding the YPRC, contact Robyn Block at Robyn.Block@prevention.org or Megan Edmondson at Megan.Edmondson@prevention.org.
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Online Training Spotlight: Preventing Prescription and Opioid Drug Misuse

With the next DEA Drug Take Back Day scheduled for Saturday, October 23rd, 2021, a great way to begin preparing to raise awareness regarding the importance of these events and the need to promote drug take back programs in your communities is to take the Preventing Prescription and Opioid Drug Misuse online self-paced course.  

Preventing Prescription and Opioid Drug Misuse training is for substance use prevention professionals who would like a better understanding of prescription drug and opioid misuse. During the course, participants will learn about the most commonly misused prescription drugs, including opioids, use rates and trends among U.S. and Illinois teens, factors that contribute to prescription drug and opioid misuse and effective prevention strategies and applicable resources.  
Building New Web Series from Great Lakes ATTC, MHTTC, and PTTC: Alcohol is STILL A DRUG

The opioid crisis, increase in stimulant misuse, and cannabis legalization dominate the news— yet alcohol remains the number one substance causing health, social, legal and financial problems throughout the US. While this series will focus on the hopefulness of recovery from alcohol use disorder, we’ll also take a deep dive into what we know about the full impact of alcohol overuse and the ways it affects every person in the US. To learn more about this new webinar series, please click here. 
Online Self Study Courses
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National Teen Safe Driver Safety Week
October 14-20, 2021

This is the perfect time to review safe driving habits with your teen drivers. Take this time to refresh your knowledge about safe driving habits and driving laws. Data shows that the greatest dangers for teen (15-18 years old) drivers include alcohol consumption, inconsistent or no seat belt use, distracted driving, speeding, and driving with passengers.  

During National Teen Driver Safety Week, let’s all work together to help the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) spread the word about teen driving safety. If you have a teen driver, make sure you are familiar with the Illinois Graduated Licensing Laws by visiting Graduated Driver License (ilsos.gov). 
National Medicine Abuse Awareness Month (NMAAM)
All October

CADCA urges coalitions to help raise awareness about the dangers of prescription and over-the-counter medicine misuse by taking part in NMAAM. The campaign serves an ideal launching pad for medicine misuse prevention efforts. A cornerstone of the NMAAM campaign is the Dose of Prevention Challenge, an initiative designed to challenge coalitions to get medicine misuse on the radar screens of parents and others by holding an educational event or activity in their communities.

DEA Public Safety Alert: Counterfeit Pills
This week the DEA issued a Public Safety Alert warning Americans of the sharp increase in fake prescription pills containing fentanyl and meth. You can find the full news release here. Be sure to also read and share the DEA and Department of Justice's Counterfeit Pills Fact Sheet here.
There's a Resource for That!

We have created and gathered helpful resources to help you deliver strategic and intentional prevention efforts. Visit our Substance Use Prevention Resource Center to find a collection of resource guides, video links, full toolkits and curriculums, tip sheets and more.
Professional Development at Your Pace
Archived Webinars

Don't miss out on Prevention First's collection of live webinars to watch at your own convenience:

For APRC Webinars, visit their GoTo Stage for archived webinars.

For Substance Use Prevention Webinars, visit SUPP Training Events- Archived Webinar on the sidebar.

For Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Webinars, visit their webpage.

For SUPR Treatment & Recovery Webinars, visit SUPR Training Events- Archived Webinar on the sidebar.