Making Tippecanoe County a safer and healthier place to live, learn, and work.
The Drug Free Coalition of Tippecanoe County
Invites you to the Monthly Meeting

Wednesday, January 3,  4:00 PM 
First Floor Conference Room
100 Saw Mill Road
Lafayette, IN 47905
   December Meeting Minutes are available on our website.  Please review the minutes   prior to attending the meeting.

For a complete list of upcoming meetings and events please
Legislative Forum 2017

We would like to thank everyone that attended our 2017 Legislative Forum on Mental Health and Substance Use, especially our legislators: Senator Ron Alting, Representative Donald Lehe, Representative Sally Siegrist, Representative Sheila Klinker, and Representative Tim Brown. We would also like to thank the coalition members who helped plan and or/served on the legislative forum planning committee, those individuals include: Aaron Johnson, Laura Terrell, Tadd Whallon, Jason Padgett and Lisa Marie Lucy. We'd also like to thank the members of the Mental Health Collaborative Network that helped plan for the forum, which include Brent Clemenz, Karla Courtney, Erin Walter, Rebecca Sullivan, Tessa Garrow, Ken Ritchey, and Astrid Hastak. Lastly, we'd like to thank Maddie Riordan, Darrel Clase,and Lt. Tim Payne for speaking about the negative impact of spice/synthetic marijuana on our community. 
RISE    Representative Spotlight

Each month the Drug-Free Coalition will spotlight one of our six 2016-2017 RISE representatives.  RISE stands for Role Models Impacting Student Excellence.  Click here  for more information about the RISE program and the 2017-2018 Representatives.  

Hunter Royer 

Hunter Royer is an 8th grader at Southwestern Middle School. She was nominated by Milt Anderson, who describes her as an amazing role model that is unflinching when it comes to doing the right thing. Hunter spends her time cheerleading, mentoring elementary school kids, as well as raising high quality Angus cattle. Hunter has been described as a "mold-breaking middle-schooler that redefines leadership," and we couldn't agree more. In the future, Hunter hopes to become a Army Trauma Surgeon, and that is just one example of the selfless nature that Hunter displays.

Fentanyl Safety Recommendations 
for  First Responders

Earlier this month, the Trump Administration released a list of safety tips to help keep our law enforcement/first responders safe from the opioid crisis while on the job.

The Fentanyl Safety Recommendations for  First R esponders provides unified, scientific, evidence-based recommendations to first responders so they can protect themselves when the presence of fentanyl is suspected during the course of their daily activities such as responding to overdose calls and conducting traffic stops, arrests, and searches.
The Recommendations fall into three specific categories:
  • Actions first responders can take to protect themselves from exposure.
  • Actions first responders can take when exposure occurs.
  • Actions first responders can take when they or their partners exhibit signs of intoxication. 
The Holiday Season is Here! 
The end of the year holidays are surely a time for celebration, but it's not all fun and games.   

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 31 percent of car crash fatalities involve a drunk driver. That number rises to 40 percent during major holidays, such as Christmas and New Year's Eve. Take time to put a party plan in place before the festivities begin so you can celebrate safely and responsibly!
  • Plan a safe way to get home BEFORE beginning to drink. This can include a friend that agrees to be a sober driver, a taxi service, or planning to stay in a hotel/friend's house. 
  • Know what a standard drink is!  It is important to understand that a standard drink of regular beer (12 fluid ounces), wine (5 fluid ounces), and spirits (a cocktail with 1.5 fluid ounces of 80-proof spirits) each contain the same amount of alcohol.
  • Switch to a non-alcoholic beverage after each alcoholic beverage that you consume. 
  • Make non-alcoholic beverages available to guests, and ensure that alcoholic drinks are kept out of the hands of underage guests. 
  • If a guest does not drink responsibly, please ensure him/her a safe way home or place to stay. 
The Drug-Free Coalition Wishes You a Safe and 
Happy Holiday Season!

Drug-Free Coalition of Tippecanoe County, 100 Saw Mill Road, Suite 2204, Lafayette, IN 47905, 765-471-9916,