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PHOTOS: January 2012 NCPP General Meeting Panoramic

Here’s a panoramic picture of our January 2012 General Meeting at the Asian American Recovery Services (AARS) office in South San Francisco.  We’d love to have you join our table and provide your input!  Our next NCPP General Meeting will be on Wednesday, February 29th from 3:30 to 5:30pm at the AARS office at 1115 Mission Road, South San Francisco, CA 94080.

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COMMUNITY: Liwanag at 1st Annual Asian American Cultural Festival

On Sunday, January 22nd, 2012, Daly City held its first 1st Annual Asian American Cultural Festival at Classic Bowl.  Our NCPP partners over at the Liwanag Kultural Center attended this event to support the cause for fostering understanding and appreciation of all aspects of Asian American culture in Daly City and the greater San Mateo County area, as well as to outreach for LKC’s 3 programs, the Pilipino Youth Coalition (PYC), Kalayaan School for Equity (KSE), and Unity.Brotherhood.Empowerment (UBE).

Check out our partners from Liwanag Kultural Center representing strongly for their organization!

COMMUNITY & YOUTH: Mission Fusion 2012: “Elements,” Feb 9th-11th

The annual Mission Fusion show at Jefferson High School is set for February 9th, 10th, and 11th, 2012 at 7:30pm in the JHS Little Theater (the year on the attached flyer is a typo).

Mission Fusion combines song, dance, performing art, theater, light, sound, audio, and video into an incredible show centered around an annual theme and storyline.  Tickets are usually sliding scale between $7-10.  Opening night is often the least packed, and the 2nd and 3rd nights often sell out.  Get your tickets at the door, or pre-sale from student performers.  Please contact Jefferson High School at 650-550-7700 for more information about Mission Fusion.

NEWS: AEROSHOT aerosolized caffeine product 1-10-2012

A new aerosolized caffeine product, AEROSHOT, is set to hit market shelves in New York and Boston on midnight, January 15th (according to a countdown clock on the company’s website).  NCPP staff signed up to receive a free sample of the product, and detailed pictures are included in the gallery below.

The buzz around this new product, which delivers 100mg Caffeine, along with 20mg Niacin, 2mg Vitamin B6, and 6mcg Vitamin B12 in each 300mg dose, is that the marketing materials seem to show the product being used in party settings in bars/clubs.  This can potentially have dire consequences, as consumers of this product may not heed the warning on the outer packaging to not exceed more than three aeroshots per day (see gallery for picture) [Oddly enough, no additional labeling is to be found on the product itself, once you remove the protective plastic wrapper.]

While the intended consumers of this product are perhaps college students and workers who need a pick-me-up, the real concern seems to be children and teens using this product irresponsibly.  In contrast to drinking a cup of coffee, or taking a caffeine pill, AEROSHOT provides a cool, portable, and easy way to get a caffeine buzz via its nifty delivery system in which you put your mouth over the top of the tube and take a puff to receive a dose of flavored, powdered caffeine.  The AEROSHOT tube is relatively nondescript, and can easily be mistaken for a mini highlighter, or tube of lip balm.  This product might be yet another item of concern for school teachers and administrators, who could soon be dealing with youth with caffeine overdoses.

The questions we at the North County Prevention Partnership would like to ask is: What sorts of regulation and policy will we see regarding AEROSHOT and similar products?  Will there be an age limit in order to purchase this product?  Will there be a maximum allowable quantity per person, per day?  What can Breathable Foods Inc. –the company behind AEROSHOT– do to prevent abuse of their product?  WILL they prevent abuse of their product?

Take a look at the news clips below, and check out our photo gallery.  What do you think?

Clip 1: Fios1 News

Clip 2: ABC News

Company website:  http://aeroshots.com/

 

Note: After taking 1 hit of the product to try it, I must say, it’s quite intense.  The lime flavor is somewhat effective to mask the otherwise bitter taste of powdered caffeine, but you still get the feeling that you’re somehow taking medicine (if you can call it that).  I sipped some of the powder I spilled on my hand.  About 10 minutes after photographing and sampling this product, I developed a very mild headache that lasted for about 20 minutes.  I wouldn’t say I’m particularly sensitive to caffeine, as I drink pretty strong coffee daily to function, but it must be that the aerosolized delivery method of this product contributes somehow to faster absorption of the drug.  -A.L.