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Governor’s Commission for a Drug-Free Indiana

Problem

Regional Announcements March 2011

Drug-Free Indiana Problem Regional Announcements March 2011 March Awareness  National Inhalants and Poison Awareness

March Awareness

National Inhalants and Poison Awareness Week: March 20 th – 26 th (www.inhalants.org)

Kick Butts Day: March 23 rd (www.kickbuttsday.org)

April Awareness

Alcohol Awareness Month (www.ncadd.org)

National Child Abuse Prevention Month (www.preventchilabuse.org)

National Alcohol Screening Day: April 7 th (www.mentalhealthscreening.org/events/national-alcohol-screening-day.aspx)

National Alcohol Free Weekend: April 1 st -3 rd

March 5 th , 2011, Are You Aware of the Legally Illegally Drugs Our Children are

Using, Madison, IN: This session will be held from 10AM to Noon on Saturday, March 5 th at the Madison High School. Join the Madison School Corporation and COCOA for a presentation/learning opportunity on K2, Spice, White Lightning and Thunder. Speakers will include Michael York, Ed Stigall, Jr., and the local police officers to hear more about these drugs and have an opportunity to ask questions that are on your mind.

March 10 th , 2011, Manda’s Story, Batesville, IN: Mann Spitler of Northern Indiana will be

presenting Manda’s Story at 6:30PM at the Batesville High School in the Distance Learning Center. He tells his story, which includes the loss of his daughter to a lethal dose of Heroin in March of

2002.

March 23 rd , 2011, Governor’s Commission for a Drug Free Indiana Monthly

Commission Meeting, Indianapolis, IN: This monthly meeting is held from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the Government Center South, Conference Room 1 & 2. (Please check the ICJI website for possible

change of schedule or meeting room location)

March 29 th , 2011, Child and Youth Development Competency Training,

Lawrenceburg, IN: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Cincinnati and Indiana YouthPro are sponsoring free training for youth workers on Tuesday, March 29 th from 6PM - 8:30PM at the Lawrenceburg Fire House, 300 West Tate Street. Topics to be covered include Understanding Child/Youth Development, Observation and Assessment, Individual Differences and Guiding Youth

through Creating Positive, Supportive Environment Moving Toward Self Management. Reservations are required to attend and may be made by contacting Laura Rolf of Big Brothers Big Sisters at rolf@bigsforkids.org.

April 27 th , 2011, Governor’s Commission for a Drug Free Indiana Monthly

Commission Meeting, Indianapolis, IN: This monthly meeting is held from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the Government Center South, Conference Room 1 & 2. (Please check the ICJI website for possible

change of schedule or meeting room location)

April 29 th , 2011, Annual SADD Orange Ribbon Celebration, Danville, IN: Indiana SADD

will host its 10 th Annual Orange Ribbon Celebration at the Hendricks County Fairgrounds. The cost to attend is $15 per youth or $12 if paid before March 11 th . For additional information and for registration information go to www.indianasadd.homestead.com or contact Indiana SADD at

765/964-4683.

May 16 th -20 th , 2011, Understanding Drugs in American Society, Shelbyville, IN: IAPP

approved college level drug education course, Family Services and Prevention Programs, Shelbyville, 317-398-0956 or conniep@fspp.org.

Resources

Not in My House… There are three simple steps that parents can take to help protect their home and teen from prescription drug abuse: monitor, secure and dispose. The following website offers insight on talking about the dangers of prescription drug misuse with teens and details the teen drug culture lingo. It also helps parents understand the teen brain and addiction. For additional information go to: www.notinmyhouse.com.

Turning Data into Dollars… Learn how to effectively use data to create successful grant proposals and secure funding with this IYI “how-to” printable guide! An exceptional, concise tool to assist in writing a successful grant application! To download the guide, go to:

Dangerous Drugs Posing as Bath Salts… Recently, there have been warnings of a new, legal, synthetic drug being sold across the country as a very unlikely product—bath salts. Currently being offered online, in gas stations and various stores under names like “Ivory Wave,” these stimulants are said to produce highs similar to cocaine, ecstasy and methamphetamines. Physical symptoms can include increased heart rate & blood pressure, chest pains and hallucinations. For additional information on this issue go to:

Suicide Prevention… Indiana’s suicide rate has been slightly higher than the national average for nearly a decade. In 2008, suicide was the 3rd leading cause of death for Hoosiers ages 15-19. The Indiana Suicide Coalition has created a state plan to prevent suicide. For FREE materials about the warning signs, information regarding suicide prevention & intervention training, school based prevention programs, fact sheets and more: www.indianasuicidepreventioncoalition.org.