Tag Archives: Prevention

ANNOUNCEMENT: August 2013 NCPP CBP General Meeting

Our next North County Prevention Partnership (NCPP) General Meeting for the Community Based Partnership (CBP) Coalition in Daly City/Pacifica is in less than two weeks! Please mark your calendars for August 28, 2013 (WED) from 3:30PM-5:00PM. More information is on the flyer below.

08.28.13 NCPP CBP General Mtg

Please feel free to contact Ingrid Mapanao at imapanao@aars.org or 650-243-4855 if you have any questions.

NEWS: Social Host Ordinances and the Issue of Underage Drinking

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“At OJJDP Experts Address Best Ways To Tackle Issue of Underage Drinking”

Alcohol is the most commonly used and abused drug in the united states, playing a significant role in the United States’ youth homicide, suicide, and violent crime rates. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) Administrator Robert Listenbee encourages officials from both law enforcement agencies and the justice system to form partnerships with local community groups in order to address this issue. Listenbee also said that it is vital that advocacy organizations never think of children as “mini adults”.

Advocates need to have a sharp focus on science-based strategies, emphasizing the most effective, evidence-driven approaches. Click here to read more about what OJJDP experts say are the best ways to tackle the issue of underage drinking.

“BUZZKILL: Serve Under 21 and the Party’s Over”

Drug Free Action Alliance has developed a program to hep colleges educate their students on the responsibilities and consequences of social hosting. The program addresses an issue univeral to all college campuses and communities, is easy to implement, and comes in a user-friendly Program Kit that is available here.

NEWS: Study finds that high-fat/sugar diets during mothers’ pregnancies put babies at risk of drug and alcohol abuse

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The animal experiments showed that offspring of rats that ate high-fat or high-sugar diets while pregnant weighed more as adults, drank more alcohol, and also had stronger responses to commonly abused drugs.

The majority of women int he U.S. at child-bearing age are overweight, most likely due to overeating. Because of the rising prenatal and childhood obesity and the rise in number of youths abusing alcohol and drugs, Nicole Avena, a research neuroscientist at the University of Florida, supports looking into all the possible causes of these problems.

This phenomenon is likely due to how overeating foods that taste good alters brain reward systems while diets with excessive fat and sugar can lead to increased appetite as well as some addiction-like behaviors.

In related news, another research study saw a bump in substance abuse treatment during pregnancy. Treatment is crucial since “any kind of substance use by pregnant women can result in miscarriage, premature birth or a variety of behavioral and cognitive problems in the children they carry,” SAMHSA administrator Pamela Hyde said.

SAMHSA, the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services, has a Services Grant Program for Residential Treatment for Pregnant and Postpartum Women which promotes the availability of substance abuse treatment, prevention and recovery support programs for low-income women and their young children.

Click the image below to visit the SAMHSA website to learn more.

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ANNOUNCEMENT: Free CMCA Training

Interested in mobilizing your community members to make a change for a safer and healthier place to live in? Want to help reduce youth access to alcohol? A FREE 6-day intensive training facilitated by Youth Leadership Institute will be offered through NCPP to build capacity for an effective substance abuse prevention coalition in South San Francisco, California. Click on the flyer for more details!

CMCA Training

ANNOUNCEMENT: Pacifica Resource Center Events July 31-August 3, 2013

  • Wed. July 31st, 2013 @ 6PM: LifeRing meeting @ the PRC
    • LifeRing is a network of support groups for people who want to live free of alcohol and other addictive drugs.
    • Contact liferingscott@gmail.com for more information.
  • Wed. July 31st, 2013 @ 6-9PM: Coastal 5K Fun Run and Walk Packet Pick Up
    • Early race packet pick up at A Runner’s Mind running store, 1199 Howard Ave., Burlingame, CA 94010.
  • Thu. August 1st, 2013 @ 2:30-5:30PM: Coastal 5K Fun Run and Walk Packet Pick Up
    • Early race packet pick up at the Pacifica Resource Center, 1809 Palmetto Ave., Pacifica, CA 94044.
  • Fri. August 2nd, 2013 @ 10AM-12:30PM: Coastal 5K Fun Run and Walk Packet Pick Up
    • Early race packet pick up at the Pacifica Resource Center.
  • Sat. August 3rd, 2013 @9AM: Coastal 5K Fun Run and Walk
    • Coastal 5K and Kid’s 100 yard Beach Dash.
    • Registration is still open!

For more information about the course, fundraising, parking, timing, and race divisions, click the image below.

Runners and walkers of all levels are welcome! The event is hosted by and benefiting the Pacifica Resource Center. Registration is $35 before race day and $40 on race day. For ages 6-17, registration is $20. Ages 5 and under are FREE and registration is not required.

There is also a Special Stroller Division and Pet Division, Special Kid’s 100 yard Beach Dash (ages 1-8 years), and Special 5 yard Beach Baby Diaper Dash (ages 0-1/crawlers).

Click here to register!

NEWS: CSUs Peer-to-Peer Alcohol Poisoning Awareness Campaign/Signs of Alcohol Poisoning

An alcohol poisoning awareness program started in memory of Cal Poly freshman, Carson Starkey, will be expanded to all 23 California State Universities. This nonprofit program will teach students how to recognize and respond to alcohol poisoning when they see it. The Aware Awake Alive program was introduced to Cal Poly in 2011 by the Starkey family. The Starkeys support a peer-to-peer method to give students information about alcohol poisoning prevention because they “didn’t want to preach to students”. Although little data exists about how effective the program has been at Cal Poly, the University of Michigan’s Healthy Minds Study found that Cal Poly students intervene in binge drinking incidents at a rate of more than 43 percent, 9 percent above the national average.

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Click the image below to visit the Aware Awake Alive website and to learn more about Carson’s story.

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The website provides people with many informational resources such as signs of alcohol poisoning, blood alcohol concentration, resources for parents, Good Samaritan information, and more.

To read more about the CSU program, click here.