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Press Releases - 2012

November 30, 2012 - AYS 2012: Analysis - Synthetic Drug Use Escalates for Navajo County Youth

Arizona Criminal Justice Commission recently released Initial 2012 numbers for Navajo County youth substance abuse. The bi-annual opt-in Arizona Youth Survey was taken in May 2012 by 1,363 county students, 57% in 8 th grade, 23% in 10 th grade, 20% in 12 th grade.

October 31, 2012 - Turkey Sales Benefit Navajo County Drug Project

Navajo County Drug Project and Norbest cooperate in a holiday fundraiser. Choose your turkey size— up to 12 lbs $20, up to 16 lbs $25, up to 20 lbs $30. Purchase your gift certificate on line via Paypal...

October 26, 2012 - Navajo County Drug Project Qualifies for Tax Credit

Navajo County Drug Project (NCDP) qualifies with the Arizona Department of Revenue for Arizona State Tax Credit for contributions for the working poor. NCDP qualifies principally for its summer Junior Leadership Academy for at risk youth.

September 25, 2012 - National survey: RX drug use among young adults down

The number of people aged 18 to 25 who used prescription drugs for non-medical purposes in the past month declined 14 percent —from 2.0 million in 2010 to 1.7 million in 2011— the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announced during the 23 rd annual national observance of National Recovery Month.

September 21, 2012 - Local Abuse Prevention Fair Marks National Awareness Month

SHOW LOW —The U.S. Senate on September 19 passed a resolution naming October a National Medicine Abuse Awareness Month. Navajo County Drug Project (NCDP) applauds the U.S. Senate for passing S.Res.564, which calls for increased national attention and awareness of prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) medicine abuse among teens.

August 30, 2012 - Marijuana Smoking Determined to Permanently Lower IQ

Teens who regularly smoke marijuana are putting themselves at risk of permanently damaging their intelligence as adults and are also significantly more likely to have attention and memory problems later in life, than their peers who abstained, according to a new study conducted by Duke University and London’s King’s College.

August 8. 2012 - 6 Steps to Reduce the Chances Your Child Will Use Drugs or Drink This School Year

When it comes to getting our kids ready for school, we know the drill: running errands to pick up new clothes, food for lunches and, perhaps most importantly, school supplies.  As parents, we are accustomed to preparing our kids for the coming school year, yet rarely take time to get ourselves prepared for the possible challenges ahead.  Here are six steps that you can take to reduce the chances your child will drink or use drugs.

August 8. 2012 - Back to School Conversations at Any Age

The best place to begin guiding our kids in making decisions about alcohol and other drugs is in the home.  We suggest beginning drug education early.  Make it a natural part of family projects and mealtime talks.  It’s also important to keep your kids’ ages in mind.  Young children view the world as black or white and are usually satisfied with the statement that drugs are “bad.”  But don’t expect your teenagers to see it that simply. 

July 23, 2012 - NCDP Receives $500.00 Award

Navajo County Drug Project (NCDP) received a $500 cash award in this year’s fifth annual Markham Mark of Distinction program. Napa Valley-based Markham Vineyards sought to raise money for local charities in need, but also worked to reward individuals who regularly partake in “small acts of kindness” to improve their communities, said Bryan Del Bondio, President of Markham Vineyards.

July 17, 2012 - 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.

July 6, 2012 - Large Percentage of Adolescents Used Diverted Medical Marijuana

Almost three-quarters of adolescents in two Colorado substance abuse treatment programs reported using medical marijuana that was not prescribed to them, according to a new study reported on Healio.com.

June 21, 2012 - Navajo County Drug Project Website Relaunch

Navajo County Drug Project (NCDP) has revamped and relaunched its popular website at www.NavajoCountyDrugProject.com . BeckyPublisher.com of Snowflake accomplished the site’s redesign, simplifying search capabilities and ease of use.

June 21, 2012 - Junior Leader Earns 2nd Scholarship

Navajo County Drug Project (NCDP) recently presented its second the NCDP Junior Leadership Academy (JLA) “Recognition Award for Outstanding Leadership Growth”. This award comes as a result of four annual, two-week JLA programs throughout the county, supporting personal growth among youth ages 10-13. The second award recipient is Brooke Sykes, a peer mentor with JLA program since 2007.

June 15, 2012 - Rx Drug Take Back, Test Kits Available at Community Fair

Clean out your medicine cabinet, gathering any expired, unused or unwanted prescription drugs and over the counter (OTC) medicines. A June 23 public take-back event offers the opportunity, under Drug Enforcement Administration licensing, to return these dangerous items for proper destruction.

May 31, 2012 - US Senate Approves Bill to Ban Sale of Synthetic Drugs

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) announced that the U.S. Senate passed a bill that would make synthetic marijuana and the chemical compounds found in bath salts illegal in the United States.

May 24, 2012 - State thumbs nose at federal warning on “medical” pot

Half of Arizona’s voters (49.9 percent) voted against “medical” marijuana, many suspecting it was just a scam to legalize pot. They’ve since been proved right. But what most opponents don’t know is that our elected officials could and should stop this law today. Prop 203 authorizes violations of federal law, and states can’t do that, not even by voter initiative.

May 23, 2012 - Junior Leader Earns Kudos and Scholarship

Navajo County Drug Project (NCDP) announces the establishment of the NCDP Junior Leadership Academy (JLA) Recognition Award for Outstanding Leadership Growth.

May 8, 2012 - Do You Know About Synthetic Druge? YOUR KIDS DO!

Headlines in the news recently featured a story about two Valley eighth graders being rushed to the emergency room after they smoked synthetic marijuana, known as Spice, on their way to school. The synthetic marijuana caused them to have severe side effects.

May 8, 2012 - Summer Ideas for Teens

As the end of the school year approaches, there may be mixed feelings. For one, our kids become restless; they are ready for a break from school.

May 8, 2012 - Heavy Marijuana Use Up 80% Among Teens

The results of a new survey released by The Partnership at DrugFree.org found that past-month marijuana use – particularly heavy use – has increased 80 percent among U.S. high schools students since 2008.

April 30, 2012 - Guiding Good Choices - Team Members Graduate

Navajo County Drug Project recently hosted a 10-hour program for parents of 9 to 14-year-olds to provide ideas and tools for substance abuse prevention.

April 14, 2012 - NCDP and MCAT Work Together to Take Back Drugs

Navajo County Drug Project and Navajo County Major Crimes Apprehension Team cooperated with White Mountain Young Marines for a prescription drug takeback event at Show Low WalMart on April 14.

March 13, 2012 - Monitor Your Teens' Behavior Online

Parents often find it difficult to balance keeping a watchful eye on their teens and respecting their privacy—especially when it comes to monitoring their teens’ online behavior.

March 9, 2012 - Free Workshops Give Parents Tools for Helping Kids

Dinner, childcare and tools to help parents/parenting adults keep children out of trouble—for free. A five-session workshop series, Guiding Good Choices, is offered in April 2012. These fun and interactive hour-long workshops give Navajo County parents and their family skills to work together and take action to prevent children, ages 9 to 14, from using drugs in the future. Sponsored by Navajo County Drug Project, the workshops are conducted by local, certified instructors.

March 9, 2012 - Drug Take-Back Event for Prescription and 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.

March 8, 2012 - Art Contest Open to Youth

Navajo County Drug Project launches the third annual youth art contest themed around making good choices. The art design must convey the theme: “Good Choices = Positive Future.”

March 7, 2012 - WeTip Successful - Crime Line Service Extended

Determined a success, the WeTip crime line service for Navajo County is extended for its forth year, through February 2013, 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 7, 2012 - NCDP Receives Cerebellum Corp. Grant

Navajo County Drug Project (NCDP) this month received the Kelso Grant from the Cerebellum Corporation in California. This grant included the delivery of a $400 Kelso’s Choice Conflict Management Skills program for children in Kindergarten through 5th grade.

February 23, 2012 - New Studies Released on Cocaine

New findings by a Yale University team of scientists may help explain why the risk of drug abuse and addiction increase significantly when cocaine use begins in adolescence.

February 8, 2012 - Healthcare Workshop Introduced Brief Intervention

Shelly Mowrey from DrugFreeAz.org, Phoenix, delivered a luncheon workshop to area healthcare professionals on Feb. 6. She addressed adolescent drug use and emergency related visits due to drugs and alcohol, in particular comparing Navajo County statistics to the rest of Arizona.

February 8, 2012 - Bath Salts Ordinance

SHOW LOW—The Navajo County Drug Project would like to publicly thank the Show Low City City Council and Show Low Police Cheif Jeffery Smythe for implimenting a Bath Salts Ordinance. The vision to address such issues that plauge our community is a bold step in the right direction Affecting such environmental change in our community, through ordinances against such as Social hosting and Bath Salts, is a primary goal of the Navajo County Drug Project.

January 19, 2012 - Shred-A-Thon Success

Navajo County Drug Project (NCDP) partnered with the Pinetop-Lakeside Sanitary District (PLSD) and LifeLock to help citizens protect their identities by shredding sensitive documents on Jan. 19. Navajo County Major Crimes Apprehension Team (MCAT) Detective Bob Martin was on hand to receive about 30 pounds of prescription drugs that were taken back from citizens.

January 10, 2012 - Healthcare Workshop

More children are abusing prescription medication in Navajo County than heroin, meth and ecstasy combined.  Shelly Mowrey from DrugFreeAz.org will paint the picture for us of adolescent drug use and emergency related visits due to drugs and alcohol. 

See how Navajo County compares with the rest of the state and the 3 to 5 minute screening that requires little effort and time for the patient, healthcare provider and system, but provides huge results, better health and healthcare, less demand on the health­care system and reduced healthcare costs.

January 10, 2012 - Community Calendar- shred-a-thon

Navajo County Drug Project (NCDP) partners with the Pinetop-Lakeside Sanitary District (PLSD) to help citizens protect their identity.  Participants may register to win one of two one-year LifeLock identity theft protection memberships.

January 10, 2012 - Teen Marajuana Use

According to The University of Michigan’s Monitoring the Future (MTF) survey, marijuana use among teens rose in 2011 for the fourth straight year.  Daily marijuana use is now at a 30- year peak level among high school seniors. In Navajo County’s 2012 Arizona Youth Survey (AYS), 40.4 percent of high school seniors reported use of marijuana.

January 10, 2012 - Healthy Kids

If you’re like most people these days, you are thinking to yourself right now, “How in the world did it get to be January of 2012?”  While time seems to pass quickly, the New Year also brings a renewed hope for what is to come over the next 12 months. Some people will want to lose weight, pick up a new hobby, or maybe kick a bad habit.  However, perhaps one of the best resolutions we can make this year is to connect with our children in ways that build trust and confidence.

January 10, 2012 - Family Dining
Mealtimes provide an opportunity for family members to connect and share their day to day experiences.  In fact, 75 percent of teens who indicated they ate five or more dinners per week with their families said that the best part of the meal was the family interaction.

January 5, 2012 - MJ May Drive Brain to Psychosis

Two ingredients in marijuana have opposite effects on certain regions of the brain, according to a new study published online in MyHealthNewsDaily. 

One chemical, called tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), increases the brain processes that can lead to symptoms of psychosis, while another compound, called cannabidiol, may negate such symptoms, according to the study.

January 5, 2012 - Inhaled Caffeine

Breathable caffeine dispensed from canisters that fit in pants pockets is a ‘club drug’ that may be dangerous to youth, according to New York Senator Charles Schumer. The senator wrote Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Margaret Hamburg asking her to review the safety and legality of the AeroShot Pure Energy caffeine inhaler, a yellow and gray canister of caffeine powder and B vitamins resembling a tube of lipstick. The inhaler is set to hit store shelves in New York and Boston next month.

NCDP Drug-Free Community Coalition

PO Box 1596

Pinetop, AZ 85935-1596

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