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 https://www.gofundme.com/juxdtz7a to contribute to the families of these young boys.
TEENS SAVING TEEN LIVES
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.”
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. (https://www.drugabuse.gov/sites/default/files/mjrrs_4_15.pdf)
Points of consideration include:
Research has shown that increased access to alcohol, tobacco and other drugs increases youth rates of use and abuse. We also know that decreased perception harm, and permissive social norms, can contribute to increased adolescent substance use.
What do you know about the secret life of teenagers and their drug or alcohol use?
The Emmy-winning Collision Course – Teen Addiction Epidemicshows teens and parents the unseen risks of that first innocent drink or pill. The documentary, which was commissioned by PathwayToPrevention.org, 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: http://www.pncms.org/rxdrugsafety/
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
KIDSFIRST - April 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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: http://tinyurl.com/h4oyupg
Meeting: CALY - Coalition for Auburn and Lincoln Youth