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Press Releases - 2013

December 16, 2013 - Shredathon, Drug Takeback Set for MLK Day

Clean out your medicine cabinet, gathering any expired, unused or unwanted prescription drugs and over the counter (OTC) medicines. Navajo County Drug Project, Pinetop Lakeside Sanitary District and Pinetop-Lakeside Police Department Team join the US Drug Enforcement Agency to accept these dangerous items for proper destruction during Martin Luther King Day. Sensitive documents also may be delivered for destruction and identity theft protection.

November 27, 2013 - NCDP Earns National Grant Award for Teen Prevention

Washington, DC— Navajo County Drug Project (NCDP) is one of five national organizations selected by the Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA) and the Five Moms initiative as a recipient for the Five Moms T.E.A.M ( Teen Education, Action, and Mentoring) Award.

November 17, 2013 - Thanks!

It’s that time of year again! The temperatures are falling and our thoughts begin turning to holidays and family time together. With the year coming to a close, there is also a sense of renewed hope of what lies ahead.

November 15, 2013 - “High in Plain Sight” Free Workshop Helps Parents, Professionals

Register now for a free public workshop that helps participants identify and understand the truth about youth, drugs, alcohol and violence. National speaker Officer Jermaine Galloway tailors two November 21 sessions to the community to help prevent youth and adult substance abuse.

November 12, 2013 - “Fund-Raiser for NCDP” Last Chance to Put Your Hooves Out to Pasture

Communities in Navajo County contributed a total of 10,114 used shoes between late May 24 and October 12, earning $x4,046 for substance abuse prevention work in the area. Navajo County Drug Project’s (NCDP) first epic shoe repurposing drive was an overwhelming success, according to NCDP Director Debe Campbell. “Not only did we meet our goal, we made many new partners and are encouraged to conduct the fundraising project again next year!”

October 18, 2013 - Calendar Item

PINETOP — Return expired, unused or unwanted prescription drugs and over the counter (OTC) medicines from 11 am until 1 pm at Pinetop-Lakeside Police Department, 1360 N. Niels Hansen Lane, Lakeside. Navajo County Drug Project, and Pinetop Lakeside Police join to accept these dangerous items for proper destruction.

October 18, 2013 - Pinetop-Lakeside now has a permanent MedReturn Drug Collection Unit

PINETOP-LAKESIDE, October 26, 2013 - Citizens looking to dispose of excess and expired prescription and over-the-counter medications can now visit the safe and secure permanent drop off location at 1360 N Niels Hansen Lane, inside the Pinetop-Lakeside Police Department.

October 18, 2013 - PLPD, NCDP Mark National Prescription Drug Takeback Day, October 26, 2013

Clean out your medicine cabinet, gathering any expired, unused or unwanted prescription drugs and over the counter (OTC) medicines. Navajo County Drug Project and Pinetop-Lakeside Police Department Team join the US Drug Enforcement Agency to accept these dangerous items for proper destruction during National Takeback Day.

October 8, 2013 - You Can’t Stop What You Don’t Know - “High in Plain Sight” Free Workshop Helps Parents, Professionals

A free workshop, open to the public, helps participants identify and understand the truth about youth, drugs, alcohol and violence. National speaker Officer Jermaine Galloway tailors two November 21 sessions to the community to help prevent youth and adult substance abuse.

October 8, 2013 - Arizona Tax Exemptions Benefit Navajo County Drug, Taxpayer

Keep your Arizona state taxes in the White Mountains. With its annual Junior Leadership Academy for at risk youth, Navajo County Drug Project (NCDP) qualifies with the Arizona Department of Revenue for Arizona State Tax Credit for contributions for the working poor. The annual program assists about 100 county children and is supported completely by donations.

September 24, 2013 - PLPD TAKING BACK UNWANTED PRESCRIPTION DRUGS October 26

[Pinetop, AZ] – On October 26 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. the Pinetop Lakeside Police Dept. and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your medications for disposal to the police station at 1360 N. Niels Hansen Lane, Lakeside. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

September 10, 2013 - “Fund-Raiser for NCDP” Last Chance to Put Your Hooves Out to Pasture

Navajo County Drug Project’s (NCDP) epic shoe repurposing drive concludes Sept. 30. You still have time to dig deep in those closets to get rid of any and all old shoes. The response to this drive has been overwhelming, according to NCDP Director Debe Campbell. “We’ve surpassed our goal of 7,500 pair of shoes, and hope to reach 10,000 by the end of the month!” Drop them at one of numerous collection points and they help a great cause—substance abuse prevention in our community.

September 6, 2013 - Navajo County Drug Programs Receive Federal Grant

WASHINGTON, DC, Sept. 6, 2013—Navajo County Drug Project (NCDP) is the recipient of the $125.000 White House Office of National Drug Control Policy Drug Free Communities (DFC) Support Program FY 2013 grant by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. This award comes as NCDP enters its tenth year as a coalition in 2014.

September 6, 2013 - Help Us Save 15,000 by 2014

The abuse of prescription drugs and over-the-counter medicines is one of the biggest problems facing Arizona youth today. The consequences of medicine abuse, including emergency room episodes, treatment admissions and overdose deaths have increased dramatically, and it is a behavior that is starting in the teen years. Every day across our country, more than 2,000 teens use a prescription medicine to get high for the first time, and the death toll from prescription painkillers alone has tripled in the past decade.

September 5, 2013 - Navajo County Youth Buck the National Trend of Increased Teen, Adult Heroin, Marijuana Use

More Americans are using heroin and marijuana today than in previous years, according to the 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). The NSDUH report, released this week by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), found that 7.3 percent of Americans were current users of marijuana – up from 5.8 percent in 2007. Daily or almost daily use of marijuana also increased from 5.1 million people in 2007 to 7.6 million people in 2012.

August 27, 2013 - Battling Peer Pressure as Teens Head Back to School

Lunches are packed, school supplies are bought and alarms are set. Yep, it’s that time of the year again. Back to school can be an exciting time for adolescents entering middle school and high school—new friends, new challenges and new experiences. But with that also come tests, both in and out of the classroom.

August 27, 2013 - Turkey Sales Benefit Navajo County Drug Project

Navajo County Drug Project and Norbest cooperate in their second annual 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 or credit card at www.NavajoCountyDrugProject.com. The certificate is mailed back to you by US Postal Service. Take your gift certificate to any supermarket of your choice and select your Norbest turkey. If Norbest brand is not available, select any brand!

August 27, 2013 - Press Release -- CORRECTION! --

Navajo County Drug Project’s 8 th Annual Substance Abuse Prevention Summit and Fair is set for October 6, in conjunction with the annual Show Low Police & Fire safety event. It will be staged n the Show Low McNeil Gym in the Navajo County Complex.

August 18, 2013 - 8 th Substance Abuse Prevention Fair Display Entries Open

Navajo County Drug Project’s 8 th Annual Substance Abuse Prevention Summit and Fair is set for Sept. 28, in conjunction with the annual Show Low Police & Fire safety event. It will be staged n the Show Low McNeil Gym in the Navajo County Complex.

August 14, 2013 - 5 Ways to Keep Family Connected This School Year

School starts and everyone scatters. Even if some of your family members are headed in the same direction, they’re probably preoccupied with their own agenda for the day. In the midst of all of this, do you find yourself wondering, “How do I keep my family united when there are so many different things going on?”

August 1, 2013 - Fund-raiser for NCDP - Can't Sell Your Soles?

Just had a garage or yard sale and have too many left over shoes? Navajo County Drug Project (NCDP) will happily take them off your hands! Drop them at one of numerous collection points and they help a great cause—substance abuse prevention in our community.

July 28. 2013 - Adolescent Marijuana Use Permanently Impairs Brain Function

Regular marijuana use in adolescence may permanently impair brain function and cognition, and may increase the risk of developing serious psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia, according to a new study from the University of Maryland School of Medicine. The study was published in Neuropsychopharmacology — a publication of the journal Nature.

July 27, 2013 - September Prescription Drug Takeback Set Along I-40

Clean out your medicine cabinet, gathering any expired, unused or unwanted prescription drugs and over the counter (OTC) medicines. Navajo County Drug Project and Navajo County Major Crimes Apprehension Team join in September to accept these dangerous items for proper destruction in Winslow and Holbrook.

July 17, 2013 - New Survey Finds Parents Supporting Legal Marijuana Expect Strict Regulation for Kids

 ~ A Majority of Parents Say Legal Age for Marijuana Use Should be 21, Smoking Pot in Public Places Should be Prohibited ~

 ~“Marijuana: It’s Legal, Now What?” Panel Discussion Taking Place Today in Colorado Exploring America’s Changing Attitudes, Laws and What This Means for Families ~

July 17, 2013 - Prescription Drug Takeback Set August 3

Clean out your medicine cabinet, gathering any expired, unused or unwanted prescription drugs and over the counter (OTC) medicines. Navajo County Drug Project, and Navajo County Major Crimes Apprehension Team join to accept these dangerous items for proper destruction.

July 15, 2013 - Dancing Stars Fundraising Competition 2013 - Regional Youth Dance Auditions Open Aug 17

SHOW LOW—Regional youth auditions for the “2013 Dancing Stars Competition” fundraiser are set Aug. 17. Audition sign-in is 9:30 am for a 10 am audition start. Boys and girls—with or without dance experience—ages 13 to 18, are invited to audition. They should attend in street or dance attire.

July 11, 2013 - Deaths from Prescription Painkiller Overdoses Rise Sharply Among Women

The number of prescription painkiller overdose deaths increased five fold among women between 1999 and 2010, according to a Vital Signs report released recently by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While men are more likely to die of a prescription painkiller overdose, since 1999 the percentage increase in deaths was greater among women (400 percent in women compared to 265 percent in men). Prescription painkiller overdoses killed nearly 48,000 women between 1999 and 2010.

July 11, 2013 - Bath Salts More Addictive Than Meth

The active ingredient in the synthetic drug known as bath salts could be more addictive than methamphetamine, a new study in rats suggests.

June 28, 2013 - Shoe Drive Locations Expand

Navajo County Drug Project (NCDP) has expanded collection points for its shoe fund-raiser. NCDP is raising funds for its substance abuse prevention and youth programs by collecting any and all old shoes!

May 25, 2013 - “World Shoe Project” Calling All Old Shoes for Donation

Navajo County Drug Project (NCDP) is raising funds for its substance abuse prevention and youth programs by collecting any and all old shoes! Those shoes—new, used, singles, blowouts, flip flops, high heels, slippers, sports shoes, whatever—are collected and shipped to third world businesses to repair and sell. NCDP receives $40 cents per pound/±per pair of shoes. “We target collecting 25,000 pair of shoes by September 30,” said NCDP Director Debe Campbell. This volume will earn the program $10,000.

May 2, 2013 - “No Drugs Are A Good Choice” - Youth Art Contest Winners Awarded

Pinon Unified School District winners swept the awards for Navajo County Drug Projects annual substance abuse prevention art contest. Winners were selected by popular online vote from a field of 45 entries. Monesco Nez, an 8 th grader at Pinon Accelerated Middle School placed first with a pencil drawing that the tie-breaking judge called a “very creative presentation.” Seventh grader Jarrett Barton placed 3 rd and fourth grader Tanaya Yazzie received an honorable mention. Show Low 9 th grader Audrey Perkins won second prize.

April 11, 2013 - Design for competition poster, program - Art Contest Open to High School, College Youth

A south Navajo County young artist will become a star! A poster and program art contest is now open for art entries from high school and college students in Show Low, Snowflake, Pinetop-Lakeside and Northland Pioneer College Silvercreek and Show Low campuses.

April 1, 2013 - National Drug Takeback Day Celebrated Locally

Clean out your medicine cabinet, gathering any expired, unused or unwanted prescription drugs and over the counter (OTC) medicines. Navajo County Drug Project, Show Low and Pinetop-Lakeside police and fire departments join the Drug Enforcement Administration national drug takeback day, to return these dangerous items for proper destruction.

March 19, 2013 - Youth Art Contest Voting Open

Voting opens April 2 in Navajo County Drug Project’s fourth annual youth art contest themed around “No Drugs Are A Good Choice.” Artwork comes from Navajo and Apache county youth of all ages.

March 14, 2013 - National Drug Take-Back Day Celebrated Locally

Clean out your medicine cabinet, gathering any expired, unused or unwanted prescription drugs and over the counter (OTC) medicines. Navajo County Drug Project, Show Low and Pinetop-Lakeside police and fire departments join the Drug Enforcement Administration national drug takeback day, to return these dangerous items for proper destruction.

March 2, 2013 - WeTip Successful: Crime Line Service Extends

Determined a success, the WeTip crime line service for Navajo County is extended for its fifth year, through February 2014, 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.

February 10, 2013 - 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 March 23 public take-back event offers the opportunity, under Drug Enforcement Administration licensing, to return these dangerous items for proper destruction.

January 24, 2013 - Local Activist Gains State Credentials

Phoenix, AZ— Navajo County Drug Project Director Debe Campbell recently attained the highest level of credentials awarded to Prevention Professionals by Arizonans for Prevention (AzFP). AzFP encourages development, implementation and sustainability of quality prevention services throughout Arizona.

January 14, 2013 - Design for Bandana, Calendar -- ART CONTEST OPEN TO YOUTH

Navajo County Drug Project launches the fourth annual youth art contest themed around making good choices. The art design must convey the theme: “No Drugs Are A Good Choice.”

Navajo and Apache County youth grades K-12 are invited to participate by submitting multi media artwork designed to print on orange bandana and on pages of a 2013-14 school calendar. Winners are eligible for cash prizes up to $150 and art placement on bandanas, calendar and print materials during the 2013-14 Good Choices campaign year. All participants will receive participation gifts. The top three winners will be recognized in an award event.

January 10, 2013 - Free Event - Return Prescription Drugs, Protect Your Identity

Navajo County Drug Project (NCDP) partners with the Pinetop-Lakeside Sanitary District (PLSD) to help citizens protect their identity.

This fifth annual Community Shred-A-Thon event is part of a statewide effort to make Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Jan. 21, “a day on instead of a day off”. Navajo County Major Crimes Apprehension Team (MCAT) and the US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) cooperate in taking back unused, expired and unwanted prescription and over the counter drugs at this event. Drugs should be separate from documents when delivered to the event.

January 9, 2013 - 13 Things in 2013 to Point Your Child in the Right Direction

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 2013?”  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 8, 2013 - Keep AZ Drug Free joins fight to overturn Arizona's "medical" marijuana law

Keep AZ Drug Free announces its enthusiastic support for HCR 2003, a bill introduced by Representative John Kavanagh, to refer Arizona's "medical" marijuana law back to the 2014 ballot. Voters deserve the chance to repeal a bad law, which was deceptively promoted by out-of-state special interest groups.