Raising Placer Youth Drug Free
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Welcome to our Collaborative Raising Placer Newsletter
April is Both Alcohol Awareness and Child Abuse Prevention Month

See below for our ongoing list of:
  • Meetings and Events
  • Parent Resources
  • Español: Recursos para Padres
  • Teen Resources

The Cycle of Teen Alcohol Use and Child Abuse
  • The younger someone is when they start using alcohol, the higher their risk for addiction.
  • Teen alcohol use increases the risk of teen pregnancy.
  • Alcohol use and abuse increase the risk of fetal alcohol syndrome, child neglect and child abuse.
  • Child abuse victims have a higher risk of future substance use and abuse; repeating the cycle.
What can you do to prevent teen alcohol use?
Talk with your teen and take the Parent Pledge!

Get Parenting Support.

April 8th is Child Abuse Awareness Day

A message from CALY and CPY:
Our hearts go out to the families, friends, Placer High teammates and classmates, and the entire Auburn community for the tragic loss of two teenage boys whose lives were cut short. Tragedies like these strike the entire community and impact the lives of so many.

April is Alcohol Awareness Month and this devastation serves as yet another unfortunate reminder that driving under the influence of any substance can take a life. We encourage the community to assist the family in any way possible and visit to contribute to the families of these young boys.

On March 9th, the Placer County Youth Commission hosted “It’s SHO TIME”, a community meeting that educated and advocated for action to prevent underage drinking via Social Host Ordinances (SHO).  Attendees from law enforcement, city government, school districts, and community based organizations were provided resource packets to help them craft and adopt local social host ordinance in their jurisdictions.  The youth opened the meeting with a presentation on social host ordinances, the need, their impact, and why, as youth, they feel social host ordinances can make a difference. 

Officers Trent Jewell, (Rocklin PD), Jason Bosworth (Roseville PD) and Sarah Rodriguez (Truckee PD) shared their experiences regarding recently adopted Social Host Ordinances in their communities.  Officers reported strong community support for the ordinances and no problems with implementation.  All commented on the benefit of utilizing SHO as an opportunity to educate the community and shift norms. 
As Lieutenant Jewell stated,

 “Ideally, it’s a preventive ordinance that changes behavior so no citations are needed.”  

PCYC introduced Placer County’s local Drug Free Coalitions to highlight the work they do and share how they can partner and help SHOs have an impact.  At the conclusion of the meeting, attendees noted that that are looking forward to using the expertise and resources of the Coalition for Placer Youth in Rocklin (CPY), the Coalition for Lincoln and Auburn Youth (CALY) and Tahoe Truckee Future without Drug Dependence (TTFWDD).

SHO TIME was part of the 2016, Communities Talk: Town Hall Meeting to Prevention Underage Drinking initiative.  Every two years, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has sponsored nationwide Town Hall Meetings since 2006. A special partnership with Friday Night Live encouraged youth groups in California to host a Town Hall event in order to:
  • Educate community members about underage and high-risk drinking consequences;
  • Empower communities to use evidence-based approaches, including environmental prevention, to reduce underage and high-risk drinking; and
  • Mobilize communities around underage and high-risk drinking prevention initiatives at the local, state, and national levels.
The Youth Commissioners feel they successfully met the Communities Talk objectives and are happy with the outcome of the “SHO Time” meeting.  They are ready to work with the Lincoln City Council, whereas both the unincorporated County areas and the City of Auburn are working on moving SHO forward in their jurisdictions and will use PCYC youth support.  The large majority of Placer County residents do not allow underage drinking parties at their homes and support efforts that prevent irresponsible and illegal hosting that endangers many. 

 Placer County holds Town Hall meetings before drafting local medical marijuana regulations

In March, Placer County held two town hall meetings to give the public the opportunity to discuss the pros and cons of varying regulation choices regarding the growing, transportation and sales of medical marijuana and provide input. 
Current and future marijuana legislation is something Drug Free Communities Coalitions watch closely because we are focused on preventing youth substance use. We are parents, youth, schools, faith leaders, business and healthcare professionals, law enforcement and others who are committed to creating and sustaining policies, systems, and environments in which youth grow up strong, healthy, and free of addiction.
The research is clear. Adolescence and young adulthood are critical times for the physical development of the brain and central nervous system. Because changes are rapidly occurring within the body, the effects of marijuana and other drugs can have long term health consequences for adolescents. Regular marijuana use by adolescents carries significant risk of addiction. National Research indicates that of those who try marijuana, 1 in 6 will become addicted. (
Points of consideration include:

What do you know about the secret life of teenagers and their drug or alcohol use?
Emmy-winning Collision Course – Teen Addiction Epidemic shows teens and parents the unseen risks of that first innocent drink or pill. The documentary, which was commissioned by, has aired on PBS across America and features young people who reveal how they became increasingly trapped by their chemical dependency on drugs or alcohol.  Their stories may have different beginnings – a pill taken to ease mental or physical pain, a drink grabbed to “fit in,” or a pill that offered confidence and academic focus or relief from a sports injury. But the endings are the same: young people who become dependent on drugs or alcohol to make it through the day, and their struggles to regain their lives and even to stay alive. The documentary also features teens who choose NOT to use in spite of peer pressure and a culture of casual drug use.

Filmed in the Sacramento, California area, Collision Course encourages parents and teens everywhere to talk about the very real risks of becoming chemically-dependent on drugs or alcohol, and to make informed choices and wise decisions about that first drink or pill. Collision Course is rated TV-14 and includes honest, accurate and potentially disturbing material.

Introducing the new Rx Drug Safe Placer Nevada 
An Opioid Safety Coalition for Placer and Nevada Counties

VISION – RX Drug Safety is a physician led coalition made up of community members and experts collaborating to prevent opioid misuse and abuse to help save lives and promote wellness in Placer and Nevada Counties.

GOAL – To tackle the growing problem of opioid overdoses and misuse in Placer and Nevada Counties by gathering multiple stakeholders to assess and create solutions focusing on the three federal priority areas of safe prescribing practices, medication-assisted treatments and increasing access to naloxone.

STEERING COMMITTEE – Committee is comprised of multiple leaders from our community including: Public Health Officers for Placer and Nevada Counties, the Placer Nevada County Medical Society, the Hospital Council, Sierra Sacramento Valley EMS agency, CORR, the Placer County Office of Education, ChapaDe, Coalition for Placer Youth, Tahoe Truckee Future Without Drug Dependence, Roseville PD, Auburn PD, emergency room physicians, pain management physicians, and primary care physicians.
For more information on this new coalition visit:

Rx Drug Safe Placer Nevada is also the host of the new Placer County information number for prescription medication disposal and Take Back efforts:  916-258-2302.

Placer County Meetings & Events

April 6th, Dutch Brothers is donating from sales to KidsFirst’s child abuse prevention efforts. 
April 8th is “Wear BLUE” day to support Child Abuse Prevention.
Throughout April, plant or display a pinwheel to raise child abuse awareness.

Meeting: CPY – Coalition for Placer Youth Rocklin- Leadership
Thursday, April 7th 3:30-5:00 p.m.
Rocklin Library Community Room
4890 Granite Drive, Rocklin
Contact: Christina Ivazes 530-889-7238

Symposium: Cyber-Powered Shame
Saturday, April 9, 8:30am sign in/9am to 1:30pm
4701 Whitney Ave, Carmichael, CA 95608
For more info. & to reserve a seat, visit


Meeting: CALY - Coalition for Auburn and Lincoln Youth 

Tuesday April 19, 2016  3:00-5:00 pm

1225 Lincoln Way, Auburn, CA 95603

Contact:  Shelley Rogers, (530) 273-7956

Parent Resources

Partnership for  Drug Free Kids  - where families find answers


Answering your child's tough questions about alcohol


A Parent's Guide to the Teen Brain - Skills, Tools & Tips


Parent Tool Kit 


Small conversations can make a big impression





Parents toll-free helpline 


Mon. to Fri.  10 am - 6 pm ET

(English and Spanish)


Time to Act

Think your teen is using?

Step-by-step guide for parents who suspect their teen is using alcohol 

or drugs. 

Español - Recursos Para Padres


free, bilingual online resource



Bilingual - Línea Telefónica Gratuita


(Lunes - Vierness 10am-6pm (hora estándar del este)


Concilio de Liderazgo Latino


Teen Resources

Teen Plan


Teen Group: UROC  

Lots of fun, safe, and age appropriate activities for youth.  

Meets Friday nights from 7-9 PM

Crossroads Community Church

3860 Oak Street, Rocklin CA 


Contact Dan Britton   ( 916) 624- 8246  


Placer County Youth Commission



Facts for teens about drugs


Placer Sheriff's Activity League (PSAL)

activities for youth - 

Mondays 2pm - 4:30pm

Wednesdays 3pm - 5:30pm

Fridays 3pm - 5:30pm

Rock Creek Elementary,Auburn    

Contact Detective Shon Schoer

(916) 652-2422


Rocklin Police Activities League

Activities program for Rocklin youth!

For information contact Chris Osborne, Rocklin Police Dept. 



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A partnership of the Coalition for Rocklin Youth and Coalition for Auburn and Lincoln Youth

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