Celebrate Idaho Family Dinner Night on September 22nd!
Regular family meals are linked to positive benefits for youth, including lower rates of substance use, decreased stress and depression, and better academic performance.

That's why ODP is encouraging Idahoans to make family dinners a staple in their homes and celebrate Idaho Family Dinner Night on September 22nd!

Our 2020 Idaho Family Dinner Recipe Guide has conversation starters and games to help your family connect around the dinner table, as well as five budget-friendly recipes like Tasty Italian Chicken shared below!
Idaho Family Dinner Night materials were developed in collaboration with The Family Dinner Project, a nonprofit initiative that champions family dinner as an opportunity for family members to connect with each other through food, fun, and conversation about things that matter; and will be distributed throughout September in partnership with the Idaho Foodbank's Farm to Families Food Box Program.

Together, we're helping Idaho parents become family dinner experts in 3 easy steps! Learn more here.
Preventing Substance & Opioid Misuse Through School Safety and Education Symposium
ODP, in partnership with the State Department of Education, will be hosting the Symposium on October 15, 2020. At the event, the Governor's Opioid & Substance Use Disorder Advisory Group will be presenting Governor Brad Little with their 19 final recommendations. Additional guest speakers include US Senator Jim Risch, Attorney General Lawrence Wasden, Governor Little, and State Superintendent Sherri Ybarra.

A live stream link will be available and shared in the ODP September Newsletter.
Important Information About Narcan®

Narcan® (Naloxone HCI) is a nasal spray that reverses the effects of opioid overdose. Thanks to grants from the Idaho Department of Health & Welfare (DHW) and the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Program (HIDTA), ODP has provided Narcan® kits to community organizations, law enforcement and other first responders for several years.

The FDA has released new guidelines on storing Narcan® nasal spray which apply to already distributed kits: namely, the shelf life has increased to 36 months. If you have Narcan that previously expired after 24 months, the expiration date is now extended an additional 12 months. For more information, please read the FAQs provided by the manufacturer here.

If you have Narcan that is approaching its 36-month expiration date, please make arrangements to donate it to an entity that will use it immediately. These entities include your local treatment and recovery centers or harm reduction partners. The Idaho Harm Reduction Project can connect you.

ODP has received $50,000 in additional funding from DHW to provide Naloxone to community organizations and first responders, and anticipates receiving more from DHW in October.
Idaho Suicide Prevention and Recovery Month
September 2020
National Recovery Month is a national observance held every September to educate Americans that substance use treatment and mental health services can enable those with mental and substance use disorders to live healthy and rewarding lives.

Finding Hope, Building Resiliency, Supporting Recovery

The week of September 6-12, 2020 is National Suicide Prevention Week. ODP has partnered with the Idaho Suicide Prevention Action Collective, Idaho Council on Suicide Prevention, and Idaho Department of Health & Welfare's Center for Drug Overdose & Suicide Prevention to create a joint Proclamation for Governor Little to declare September as Idaho Suicide Prevention and Recovery Month.

The Proclamation, which will be signed by Governor Little at the beginning of September, encourages education and awareness on reducing stigma in addressing suicide, mental health, and substance misuse and recognize their impact on individuals and communities.
Overdose Prevention & Response Training Events

The Idaho Harm Reduction Project is planning two virtual training events with community partners for International Overdose Awareness Day on August 31, 2020. Attendees will learn about state Good Samaritan Laws; how to prevent, recognize, and respond to an opioid overdose; and where to access naloxone and other overdose prevention resources in Idaho and Montana.

August 31 from 1:30-3:00pm MST
Presented by Open Aid Alliance in collaboration with Idaho Harm Reduction Project. Register here to get the virtual meeting details.
August 31 from 7:00-8:30pm MST
Presented by Idaho Harm Reduction Project in collaboration with Central District Health & Recovery United. Join via Zoom Meeting using this link.
Medication for Addiction Treatment (MAT) Training

Project ECHO Idaho, in conjunction with Providers for Clinical Support (PCSS), is hosting a free MAT training September 22, 2020 at 12:30-5:00pm MT.

The training is for physicians, advanced nurse practitioners and physician assistants who want to get their MAT waiver to prescribe and dispense buprenorphine. Sessions are also open to non-waiver seekers who wish to audit the training.

Webinar: Navigating Teen Depression and Substance Use as a Family

Families for Depression Awareness is hosting a free webinar, Navigating Teen Depression & Substance Use as a Family, September 23, 2020 from 5:00-6:15pm MST.

In this webinar, David Blair LCSW, CACIII, AAMFT, and Jamie Blair Echevarria, LCSW, LMFT, CACIII, cover how caring adults can fully engage in the process of prevention and treatment for adolescent substance use and depression. This program is designed for parents, guardians, family members, youth workers, and any caring adults interested in teen mental health.

Register here to join the live webinar or watch on demand after it airs.
Upriver Youth Leadership Council

COVID-19 has impacted communities across Idaho, and Kamiah is no exception. The town experienced layoffs, business closures, and a dramatic jump in the price of groceries. In response to the challenges, the Upriver Youth Leadership Council (UYLC) received a grant to provide free community meals. Teens from the the UYLC Youth Advisory Board have been volunteering to prep, cook, and package all of the food - distributing free meals every Friday from June through September.

Idaho Prescription Drug Take Back Day

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has scheduled the 18th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day for October 24, 2020. ODP is currently developing a Take Back Day Event Planning Toolkit to help Public Health Districts, community coalitions, and other prevention partners organize and promote Take Back Day Events in their communities.

If you are interested in organizing a local Take Back Event please submit this form and we will get in touch to support your efforts and share the Toolkit with you when it is completed!
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We envision a safe and healthy Idaho free from the devastating impact of substance use on youth, families, and communities.