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Press Releases - 2011

December 20, 2011 - NCDP Tax Exemption

Navajo County Drug Project (NCDP) has qualified with the Arizona Department of Revenue for Arizona State Tax Credit for contributions to qualifying charitable organizations that provide assistance to the working poor. NCDP qualifies principally for its summer Junior Leadership Academy for youth.

November 7, 2011 - Drug Experts Teach Impairment Recognition in Show Low

SHOW LOW—Participants from Pinon, Hon-dah, Pinetop-Lakeside, Show Low and St. Johns studied Drug recognition and impairment in a recent Show Low Training. Drug Identification Training for Educational Professionals (DITEP) participants included not only educators; but hospital professional, security guards, social agents and the community.

October 7, 2011 - California's Top Federal Law Enforcement Officials Announce Enforcement Actions Against State's Widespread and Illegal Marijuana Industry

SACRAMENTO, Calif. October 7, 2011 – The four California-based United States Attorneys today announced coordinated enforcement actions targeting the illegal operations of the commercial marijuana industry in California.

September 22, 2011 - Teens Who Eat Family Dinners Less Likely to Drink, Smoke, Use Marijuana

Compared to teens who have frequent family dinners (five to seven per week), those who have infrequent family dinners (fewer than three per week) are almost four times likelier to use tobacco; more than twice as likely to use alcohol; two-and-a-half times likelier to use marijuana; and almost four times likelier to say they expect to try drugs in the future, according to The Importance of Family Dinners VII, a new report from The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University (CASA Columbia)...

September 21, 2011 - Arizona Doctors Fear Sales Spike in "Bath Salts" Ahead of DEA Ban

Doctors in Arizona say they are concerned there will be a spike in sales of "bath salts" this month, as stores try to unload the synthetic drugs at cut-rate prices before a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) ban takes effect next month...

September 17, 2011 - Parent Tools Available Locally

Eight certified trainers are ready to "pay it forward". They recently completed certification in the "Guiding Good Choices" training program with Dr. Dorothy Ghylin-Bennett of Seattle, WA. Navajo County Drug Project sponsored the training, hosted by Show Low Police Department. In return for their training, the participants must collectively provide free training to about 100 Navajo County parents...

September 14, 2011 - NCDP Welcomes IRA Direct Gifts

Navajo County Drug Project (NCDP) welcomes contributions from the extended Individual Retirement Account (IRA) distribution program...

August 23, 2011 - Drug Experts Teach Impairment Recognition

Navajo County Drug Project partners with Show Low Police Department and Navajo County to provide Drug Impairment Training for Education Professionals (DITEP) as a community service to educational and health care professionals, parents and interested community members.

This eight-hour training provides an over view of: Drugs in society; policy, procedures, and rules; overview of alcohol; drug identification, categories & effects; contacting the parent(s); eye examinations; vital signs; divided attention test; poly drugs; and the assessment process...

August 11, 2011 - Take Back Event for Prescription, OTC Drugs

Now’s the time to clean out the medicine cabinet, gathering any expired, unused or unwanted prescription drugs and over the counter (OTC) medicines. A public take-back event offers the opportunity, under Drug Enforcement Administration licensing, to return these dangerous items for proper destruction...

August 11, 2011 - Parenting Through Transitions

Parenting is all about weathering transitions. Each step along the way—first tooth, first day of kindergarten, first time behind the wheel—we celebrate our child's new milestone, but deep down, a part of us is heartbroken as a chapter of our child’s life comes to an end...

August 11, 2011 - You Are Not Alone

It’s scary to think your child might be using drugs or alcohol. It’s even scarier to confirm that fear and find out your childis using. Where can you go to discuss your fears, or get help? As parents and caregivers, we can allow fear and shame to overwhelm, isolate and keep us from getting the help and support so desperately needed. The Partnership at DrugFree.org is changing that with You Are Not Alone.

August 8, 2011 - Navajo County Purchases "Drug Terminator"

Navajo County Sheriff’s Office (NCSO) recently purchased a drug incinerator from the Public Surplus Auction Site.  This specialized piece of equipment is valued at approximately $3,500. NCSO purchased this equipment for $85 through on-line bidding process.  The incinerator will be paid for by using monies confiscated from individuals involved in selling illegal drugs within Navajo County.

August 1, 2011 - Smoking Declines Among Local High School Students

The percentage of high school smokers who smoke at least 11 cigarettes a day is on the decline, a new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds. ‘Light’ smoking—defined as between one and five cigarettes a day—is increasing among U.S. high school students. The CDC researchers note that while the decline in heavy smoking among teens is encouraging, even light smoking can have detrimental health effects.

July 1, 2011 - Local Volunteers, Organizations Invited to Arizona Centennial Volunteer Challenge Meeting

Local organizations that depend upon volunteerism to provide critical service may partner with the Arizona Centennial Volunteer Challenge (ACVC), which encourages individuals to record 100 hours of volunteer service in the state’s Centennial year, from February 2012...

June 30, 2011 - 5th Junior Leadership Academy 42 Students

Navajo County Drug Project recently celebrated the conclusion of its fifth annual Junior Leadership  Academy (JLA) June 17 with more than graduating participants. JLA is a two-week summer program targeted at youth ages 10 to 14 who display leadership qualities. This year, academies were conducted in Holbrook, Pinetop-Lakeside, Show Low and Whiteriver...

June 29, 2011 - Navajo County Youth Drug Use Rates in Comparison to CASA Study

 

June 16, 2011 - US Economic Impact of Drug Use

Illicit drug use in the United States is estimated to have cost the U.S. economy more than $193 billion in 2007, according to a study produced and released today by the Department of Justice's National Drug Intelligence Center...

June 15, 2011 - Underage Drinking Art Winners, T-Shirt Design Unveiled

SHOW LOW—Summit Healthcare and Navajo County Drug Project unveiled winners of the 2011 2nd Annual Underage Drinking Prevention (UAD) Art Contest for a new campaign t-shirt design and elements for a school calendar. The winners were awarded June 11 at the Summit Healthcare Regional Medical Center Community Health Fair, Show Low...

June 3, 2011 - Drug Takeback, Free Drug Test Kits for Parents

Navajo County Drug Project offers parents home drug test kits June 11.  A limited number of kits are available on a first come, first serve basis for free. Donations are appreciated. The best tool a parent can give a child is a solid “excuse” not to try drugs, such as random drug testing at home...

May 19, 2011 - Synthetic Marijuana May Cause Psychosis

The Los Angeles Times reported this week that synthetic marijuana, known on the street as Spice, can cause a lengthy bout of psychosis in some users, according to research presented at the American Psychiatric Association's annual meeting this week...

May 12, 2011 - Prescription Drug Takeback Set June 11

Navajo County Drug Project cooperates with Navajo County Major Crimes Apprehension Team (MCAT) to take back unused, unwanted and outdated prescription and over the counter drugs on June 11. The public is encouraged to clean out their medicine cabinets at home to prevent prescription drug abuse. The drug dumpsite will be at the annual Summit Healthcares 3rd Annual Community Health Fair on the east side of the Show Low hospital, 10 am to 2 pm...

May 1, 2011 - Prescription Drug Takeback Set May 14

Navajo County Drug Project cooperates with Navajo County Major Crimes Apprehension Team (MCAT) to take back unused, unwanted and outdated prescription and over the counter drugs on May 14. The public is encouraged to clean out their medicine cabinets at home to prevent prescription drug abuse. The drug dumpsite will be at the annual Blue Ridge Bicycle Rodeo on the school’s main campus in Lakeside 10 am to 2 pm...

April 19, 2011 - DRUGFREEAZ.ORG Responds to Obama Administration's Action Plan to Address National Prscription Drug Abuse Epidemic

Phoenix, AZ. - Gil Kerlikowske, White House Director of National Drug Control Policy; Assistant Secretary for Health and Human Services, Howard Koh, M.D.; Food and Drug Administration Commissioner, Margaret A. Hamburg, M.D.; and DEA Administrator, Michele M. Leonhart on April 19 released the Obama Administration's comprehensive action plan to address the national prescription drug abuse epidemic...

April 12, 2011 - Parents Can Keep Prom and Grad Parties Alcohol Free

Students drinking before, at or after prom is a given, right? And having a few drinks to celebrate high school graduation is a Rite of Passage, isn't it? That's what teenagers want parents to think, as they talk their way into nights of drug-and alcohol-fueled partying...

April 4, 2011 - JCHS Student Council Renew the Drug Free Promise

Joseph City High School Student Council members (top) reap the rewards of the yellow daffodil bulbs they planted last October (bottom). JCHS worked with Navajo County Drug Project for Red Ribbon Week, planting the bulbs with a promise to be drug free. Their drug free pledge was renewed with the yellow bloom of spring...

April 1, 2011 - Early Tobacco Use is Gateway to Marijuana

Finnish researchers have published a study that identifies early tobacco use as a major risk factor for using marijuana, reports CBS News. The study was published in the Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. “Navajo County Drug Project (NCDP) has long supported the idea that youth tobacco use is a gateway to marijuana abuse,”  said NCDP Director Debe Campbell...

March 31, 2011 - DrugFreeAZ Updates Community Counseling

DrugFreeAz.org Senior Phoenix Program Director Shelly Mowery, far right, and Navajo County Drug Project (NCDP) Director Debe Campbell (not pictured) spent time Thursday morning (March 31) discussing drug trends, medical marijuana issues and youth drug abuse statistics with Show Low’s Community Counseling Center’s adult and youth counseling staff...

March 18, 2011 NCDP to Join a Statewide Prescription Drug Take-Back in April

Take-Back days help consumers clean out their medicine cabinets of old, unwanted, potentially harmful drugs.
Navajo County Drug Project (NCDP) will take back drugs at all of its Town Hall events in March and April. These dates and locations include:...

March 16, 2011 - WeTip Successful: Crime Line Service Extended

Determined a success, the WeTip crime line service for Navajo County is extendedfor its third year, through February 2012, according to Friends of Navajo County Anti-Drug Coalition, Inc., President Barbara Bruce.  Through the California-based national hotline, the Coalition achieved goals of maintaining a drug crime line in the community and rewarding citizen informants up to $1,000 for their vigilance...

March 5, 2011 - T-Shirt, Calendar Contest Open to Youth

Navajo County Drug Project, in collaboration with Apache County Drug Free Alliance, launches its second annual youth art contest themed around underage drinking (UAD) awareness slogan. "Want Death? Drink & Drive!" Apache and Navajo County youth ages 6 to 18 are invited to participate by submitting multi media artwork designed to print on a t-shirt or on pages of a 2011-12 school calendar. Winners are eligible for cash prizes up to $150 and art placement on t-shirts, calendar and print materials during the 2011-12 UAD campaign year. All participants will receive a participation gift. The top three winners will be recognized in an award event at Summit Regional Healthcare in May. Summit is a contest sponsor...

March 4, 2011 - PLAAD Hosts Harlem Ambassadors in Fundraiser

The Harlem Ambassadors vs The White Mountain Wonders is a special family event not to be missed. The Harlem Ambassadors professional show basketball event is a fresh, family-friendly community fundraiser hosted by Pinetop Lakeside Advocates Against Drugs (PLAAD) April 27. The Ambassadors show is full of high-flying slam dunks, hilarious comedy and fun for the whole family—with a drug prevention message. The game is at Blue Ridge High School Yellow Jacket Gym at 7 pm. Best Western Inn of Pinetop is sponsoring the Ambassadors' stay in the White Mountains. Other event sponsors are welcome...

March 4, 2011 - Help Your Teen Stress Less

Many teens will be taking midterms and SATs this month. Others are visiting colleges -- or deciding which college to attend. Pile on a varsity sport, a few school projects, nightly homework, a part-time job, a social life…and well, I'm getting stressed just thinking about it. According to a recent report, there is a record level of stress among college freshmen. A large share of the students said they had frequently felt overwhelmed with all they had to do as high school seniors...

March 3, 2011 - NCDP Applauds DEA's New Ban on Synthetic Marijuana

The chemicals used in "Spice" and "K2" products are now under temporary, emergency federal control and regulation and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will study whether to permanently control the five substances. March 1, the DEA announced that the chemicals used to make so-called synthetic marijuana products, JWH-018, JWH-073, JWH-200, CP-47,4 97 and cannabicyclohexanol, and any products containing the chemicals are illegal to possess or sell in the United States. This emergency action was necessary to prevent an imminent threat to public health and safety. The temporary scheduling action will remain in effect for at least one year with a possible six-month extension while the DEA and the Department of Health and Human Services further study whether these chemicals should be permanently controlled...

February 24, 2011 - Winslow Town Hall Addresses Drugs, Alcohol

Navajo County Drug Project kicks off a series of Town Hall community programs March 9 at 6 pm in Winslow with a forum at the Winslow High School Student Union Center. The public is invited to this free informational session. The event is recommended for youth, parents, educators, community leaders and concerned citizens. The agenda will include details on Navajo County youth substance use, gathered from the 2010 Arizona Youth Survey conducted by the Arizona Criminal Justice Commission. Winslow Police Department will deliver an update on alcohol and drug issues in the community. The Navajo County Medical Examiner will present a graphic presentation on the results of bad choices...

January 31, 2011 - Local Women Earn National WeTip Awards

Barbara Bruce and Debe Campbell recently were tapped for national awards from the WeTip anonymous crime reporting hotline. Bruce, Community Relations Director for White Mountain Radio, was named as Radio Station of the Year for 2010. Bruce was commended for her weekly DrugNet radio talk show on 105.5 KSNX. Bruce is president of Friends of Navajo County Coalition Against Substance Abuse, Inc., the non-profit and fund-raising branch of Navajo County Drug Project (NCDP). Campbell, NCDP Director, was recognized for her leadership and work with NCDP for the 2010 Community Awareness award...

January 18, 2011 - Citizens Shred Documents in Droves

The 3rd Annual Martin Luther King Day Shredathon drew 80 citizens from across Navajo County on Monday to shred confidential documents to protect their identity. This was a record turnout, said Pinetop Lakeside Advocates Against Drugs (PLAAD) Board Member Diana Butler, who was on hand to direct the event. PLAAD partnered with the Pinetop-Lakeside Sanitary District (PLSD) and the town of Pinetop-Lakeside in the event. Confidential documents were offloaded directly on to the conveyer belt and into the massive digester, mixing the paper with sludge that within hours is turned into unidentifiable residue that is later turned into landscape compost. Document shredding is at no cost. However, tax-deductible donations to PLAAD totaled $163 for the day...

January 18, 2011 - 30 Citizens Receive Drug Impairment Training

SHOW LOW—Thirty students—from Cedar Ridge, Whiteriver, Snowflake, Winslow, Pinetop-Lakeside and Show Low—showed up on their holiday weekend for Drug Identification Training for Educational Professionals (DITEP). But, they weren't only educators; they also came from hospitals, social agencies and the community. Navajo County Drug Project, Show Low Police Department and Navajo County sponsored the unique, one-day course. Local Drug Recognition Experts, Officers Brandon Clark, Dennis Mellius and Lt. David Sargent taught the course...

January 3, 2011 - Drug Experts Teach Impairment Recognition

Navajo County Drug Project partners with Show Low Police Department and Navajo County to provide Drug Impairment Training for Education Professionals (DITEP) as a community service to educational and health care professionals, parents and interested community members. This eight-hour training provides an over view of: Drugs in society; policy, procedures, and rules; overview of alcohol; drug identification, categories & effects; contacting the parent(s); eye examinations; vital signs; divided attention test; poly drugs; and the assessment process...