Cynthia Stark-Wickman, Executive Coordinator and Brad Fincher, Chair, help to earn matching funds donated at SJC Fair through the generous support of the SJI Community Foundation a few years ago. The SJIPC was one of their highlighted charities that summer. We thank them for their support!
Last year, both the Mayor of Friday Harbor, Carrie Lacher and San Juan County Councilman, Bob Jarmin, Proclaimed MAY 16th to be our communities Distracted Driving Awareness Day.
As you may recall, we had the Arrive Alive Tour come visit our local high school and over 200 teens got to experience the driving simulator on Distracted Driving. Many teens were especially impacted by their inability to watch the road and text while driving the simulator. A pre and post test were given by the Arrive Alive Team and the data supports the effectiveness of these types of events. Attached are those results.
Talking To Kids About Alcohol
5 Conversation Goals
1. Show you disapprove of underage drinking.
More than 80% of young people ages 10-18 say their parents are the leading influence on their decision to drink or not drink. So they really are listening, and it’s important that you send a clear and strong message.
2. Show you care about your child’s happiness and well-being.
Young people are more likely to listen when they know you’re on their side. Try to reinforce why you don’t want your child to drink—not just because you say so, but because you want your child to be happy and safe. The conversation will go a lot better if you’re working with, and not against, your child.
3. Show you’re a good source of information about alcohol.
You want your child to be making informed decisions about drinking, with reliable information about its dangers. You don’t want your child to be learning about alcohol from friends, the internet, or the media—you want to establish yourself as a trustworthy source of information.
4. Show you’re paying attention and you’ll notice if your child drinks.
You want to show you’re keeping an eye on your child, because young people are more likely to drink if they think no one will notice. There are many subtle ways to do this without prying.
5. Build your child’s skills and strategies for avoiding underage drinking.
Even if your child doesn’t want to drink, peer pressure is a powerful thing. It could be tempting to drink just to avoid looking uncool. To prepare your child to resist peer pressure, you’ll need to build skills and practice them.
Keep it low-key. Don’t worry, you don’t have to get everything across in one talk. Many small talks are better.
Part of going to the Washington State Prevention Summit in the fall, is to return to your community and put together a project on prevention issues before the school year ends. This year, some of the youth took a creative path to sharing healthy messages for their younger counterparts. These videos, Public Service Announcements (PSA), will be shared in our local Elementary School by their PE Teacher, as he helps prepare the students for healthy choices, especially as kids take to being outdoors with the nicer weather. Enjoy!
This graph shows that adolescents (ages 12-17) in states that have legalized marijuana for medical use have considerably higher rates of past-month marijuana use than teens in states that haven’t legalized “medical” pot. Alabama has the lowest rate—5%, while Rhode Island has the highest—13%.
A graph of past-month use among young adults (ages 18-25) would look almost the same except the numbers are higher. Utah has the lowest rate among young adults—11%, while Rhode Island has the highest—30%, or nearly one-third of the state’s young adults!
The adolescent graph appears on page 11 of the newly released Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area’s (HIDTA) publication, titled The Legalization of Marijuana in Colorado: The Impact, Volume 3.
Colorado and Washington state legalized recreational marijuana at the end of 2012, but neither state allowed recreational sales until 2014. The data about adolescent use are from 2013, one year before full legalization was implemented in either state. Thus, the levels of use in this graph pertain to legal “medical” pot but not to legal “recreational” pot.
What will adolescent marijuana use look like in Colorado in 2014? It will almost certainly be higher. Why? By the end of 2014, Colorado had 2,233 licensed medical marijuana dispensaries, recreational marijuana stores, growing facilities, and infused products (edibles) producers, making and selling pot in various forms throughout the state.
By the end of 2014, Colorado had licensed a total of 827 pot shops selling “medical” or “recreational” marijuana, double the number of Starbucks (405) and nearly quadruple the number of McDonald’s (227) in the state.
The High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) has drafted a very comprehensive report showing the impact of the legalization of recreational marijuana in Colorado.
(Smart Approaches to Marijuana)
April 10, 2015- In This Issue:
New Report Highlights Failed Policy Approach
Colorado SAM Supporters,
Yesterday, the Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) put out its latest report on the impact of marijuana legalization/commercialization in Colorado.
As you can see, Colorado’s failed marijuana commercialization policy is negatively impacting schools, our healthcare system, youth and adults, and community safety. This is the third report from Rocky Mountain HIDTA. The new report and copies of the previous two can be found here.
While the state continues to only put out revenue figures, the costs continue to grow. What this new report and growing data continue to show is voters in Colorado were deceived and marijuana commercialization is a failed policy approach.
Please encourage others to join our coalition to educate people about the problems of marijuana commercialization/legalization, the need to end our failed policies, and focus on a public health, science, and safety based approach. You can send them this e-mail or encourage them to go to our web site www.coloradosam.org
The latest report highlights include:
Impaired driving related to marijuana is increasing
Colorado marijuana use rates exceed the national average in every age category, including almost a third of 18-25 year olds using
School drug related expulsions/suspensions are up dramatically since commercialization began under the guise of medicine in 2009-10
Marijuana related ER visits are continuing to go up
Marijuana related hospital discharges (at least an overnight stay) are up
More marijuana calls to poison control and youth poisonings
Illegal diversion of marijuana continues to grow
Cynthia’s notes: (SJIPC Coordinator)
1: Impaired Driving
71% DUIDs involved marijuana; 41% involved only mj; and yes, more DUIDs
2: Youth Marijuana Use
CO ranked 3rd in nation for youth use; 6.6% increase from 2013 to 2014WA is 4th (page 11)
3: Adult Marijuana Use
College Age (18-25 years old) up 8.4%
4: Emergency Room and Hospital Related Admissions
Page 23. Jan-Jun 2014 data shows 1,105 emergency room visits with possible marijuana exposures. The full year of 2013 was 873. 2014 is when the retail stores began operating. Page 26 shows similar data for hospitalization rates related to possible marijuana exposure.
5: Marijuana Related Exposure
70% increase when the marijuana retail businesses began operating. Note the age range graph on page 31, and the graph showing a 400% increase in the number of THC infused edible exposures.
Current data not yet available. References Volume 2 report.
7: Diversion of Colorado Marijuana
Colorado marijuana interdiction seizures increased 592%, from yearly seizures of 52, to 360 in 2014. (pages 35/36). An excellent map on page 38 showing states to which Colorado marijuana was destined in 2014. Lots of pot going elsewhere.
8: Diversion by Parcel
2033% increase from 2010 to 2014 for the number of parcels with CO marijuana destined for other states. 55% increase from 2013 to 2014 when the retail stores opened. Page 39
9: THC Extraction Labs
From 0 in 2010 to 2012 to 32 in 2014. Page 41 Same for injuries
10: Related Data
Increase in unlawful public display/consumption of marijuana.$52.5 million in tax revenue from marijuana taxes in 2014.
Alcohol consumption will be decreased is debunked (page 46)
Edible units sold in 2014: 1.9 million for medical edible, and 2.8 million of recreational edible products. (page 49)
See for links to the previous years’ reports
Remember this is a draft. If interested, you will see that the 2013 report is 166 pages long and volume 1 is 66 pages.
CADCA Takes Part in Critical Dialogue on Reducing Drug Use Around the World at 58th Session of UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs
In March 2015, Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) joins leaders from over 50 countries at the 58th session of the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) in Vienna, Austria to discuss a comprehensive approach to reducing drug use around the world.
The CND, which is composed of 53 member countries, is the principal policy-making body within the UN system on drug control issues. CADCA is one of a few U.S.-based non-government organizations (NGO) that have consultative status with the UN and is a member of the Vienna NGO Committee.
Throughout the week, CADCA will take part in plenary meetings, side meetings and informal discussions highlighting the community coalition model as an effective approach to reducing drug use and its related problems. CADCA will also emphasize the importance of maintaining the UN drug conventions, which are scheduled for review in 2016 at a special session on drugs of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
“CADCA is honored to be joining such a distinct group of leaders at this important event. Throughout the week, we are stressing the importance of a community-based approach to preventing and reducing illicit drug use. We are also encouraging member countries to uphold the UN drug conventions as they currently stand,” said Gen. Arthur T. Dean, CADCA Chairman and CEO. “The CND is also an opportunity for the CADCA team to meet face-to-face with leaders from many of the countries where we are training and supporting coalition development.”
CADCA is presenting at two important side events – the U.S.-sponsored “Innovations in Youth Drug Prevention” and in “A Public Health Approach to Drug Policy” sponsored by Europe Against Drugs. CADCA will also brief Yury Fedotov, Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) on our coalition strategy and efforts throughout the world.
CADCA’s delegation includes CADCA’s Gen. Arthur T. Dean; Dr. Eduardo Hernandez, CADCA’s Vice President of International Programs; Sue Thau, CADCA’s Public Policy Consultant; Irina Broughton with CADCA’s International Programs; and Abdelwahhab Ahmad Alawneh, a CADCA training consultant.
CADCA currently works with countries in five continents, helping them form community coalitions to address their local substance abuse problems.
CADCA (Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America), is the national membership organization representing over 5,000 coalitions and affiliates working to make America’s communities safe, healthy and drug-free. CADCA’s mission is to strengthen the capacity of community coalitions by providing technical assistance and training, public policy advocacy, media strategies and marketing programs, conferences, and special events.
NATIONAL FAMILIES IN ACTION RELEASES
WHITE PAPER ON LEGALIZED MARIJUANA
Paper Addresses Impact of Legalized Marijuana on Employers Atlanta, Ga. March 30, 2015 – What effect will legalized marijuana have on employers? National Families in Action, a drug policy and education organization, is releasing a White Paper that examines problems employers are facing in states that have legalized marijuana for medical or retail use.
The paper addresses how marijuana laws are changing, how these laws will affect employers’ ability to conduct business, and what employers can do to protect that ability. It was written by Sue Rusche, president and CEO of National Families in Action and Kevin Sabet, PhD, president and cofounder of SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana). Guided by an advisory group of experts representing diverse fields, from employment law to occupational nursing to company executives to drug policy, the White Paper asks tough questions informed by events transpiring in legal marijuana states.
The paper addresses issues such as:
• Will employers be able to maintain a drug-free workplace?
• How will employers accommodate employees who use medical marijuana?
• How can employers with employees in multiple states comply with drug laws
that differ from state to state?
• Will employers be able to shift employees who use marijuana to other jobs?
• Will employers have an adequate supply of qualified workers?
Lawsuits have already begun in states with legalized marijuana as employees try to establish various rights that clash with employers’ commitments to maintain drug-free workplaces mandated by federal funding and federal contracts, to conduct business with conflicting laws from state to state, and to protect employees and the public from the consequences of increased marijuana use and related problems.
The White Paper examines some of these lawsuits and provides a scientific evaluation of the consequences of marijuana use to alert employers about what lies ahead if marijuana is fully legalized. It also suggests steps employers can take to protect safety, productivity, and the bottom line.
What Will Legal Marijuana Cost Employers can be found on National Families in Action’s website here.
Come join us for a light lunch starting at 11:30am at the Friday Harbor Presbyterian Church and the meeting starts at 12noon-2pm. Please RSVP 378-9683, so we can have enough food for everyone.
Interested in Prevention issues for our community? Here is a chance to get in the dialogue and see what the SJIPC is currently involved in, where we are headed and how you might get involved…Thank you!