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Press Releases - 2014

December 24, 2014 - Free Jan. 19 Event: Protect Your Identity

Navajo County Drug Project (NCDP) partners with the Pinetop-Lakeside Sanitary District (PLSD) to help citizens protect their identity. This sixth annual Community Shred-A-Thon event make Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Jan. 19, “a day on instead of a day off”.

December 22, 2014 - National Marijuana Expert Poised to Speak Locally

Nationally renowned drug policy expert and author of Reefer Sanity—Seven Great Myths About Marijuana, will speak to community members Feb. 10 at the Show Low School District Auditorium. Community sponsors are sought to cover expenses for this highly acclaimed speaker who will address the popular myths about marijuana.

December 22, 2014 - Drug Project Adds Team Members

Friends of Navajo County Anti-Drug Coalition, Inc. (‘Friends’) adds new staff to its executive team to execute a federally funded Drug Free Communities (DFC) grant project.

December 12, 2014 - Starting Jan. 9, Drug Project Launches Teen Addiction Anonymous

It’s not all about the drugs. Teen Addiction Anonymous is a 12-step program that addresses any addictive behavior with teens. Navajo County Drug Project sponsored training for two local young adults to facilitate the weekly meetings that launch Jan. 9, 11 am at the White Mountain Youth Center, 1593 Johnson, Lakeside (behind Larson Library).

December 12, 2014 - New Year’s Resolutions Tips For Parents

Everyone makes resolutions this time of year. And for parents, resolutions that impact their kids may be top of mind. The Navajo County Drug Project (NCDP) and DrugFreeAZKids.org encourage parents to include a resolution to learn new ways to talk openly with their kids about living healthy lives.

November 26, 2014 - Tips to Survive the Holidays with an Addicted. Recovering Teen

There is a different feeling in the air when the holidays roll around. We all have our holiday traditions and then there are the dynamics that go on with family and friends.

The holidays can be an especially challenging time if you are the parent of a young person with a substance abuse problem. Whether you have a child in recovery or one that is still using, here are some tips from Navajo County Drug Project and DrugFreeKidsAz.org to help make a better holiday.

November 25, 2014 - Ski Ticket Giveaway Benefits Navajo County Drug Project

Krissie’s Ski & Board Shop, Navajo County Drug Project and Sunrise Ski Park Resort offer an opportunity to support Lakeside’s White Mountain Youth Center for a ski lift ticket package for two adults and two youth. Only 250 opportunities are available, triggering the award. The winning lift ticket certificate, valued at $230, is valid until May 2015. Chances, $5 each, are tax deductible.

November 19, 2014 - Community Contributes 9,900 Pounds of SHOES!

Navajo County community members contributed more than 18,000 shoes in the second annual Navajo County Drug Project (NCDP) shoe drive. Shoes were contributed from Holbrook, Winslow, Show Low, Snowflake-Taylor, Heber-Overgaard, Pinetop-Lakeside and White Mountain Lakes.

November 18, 2014 - Junior Leadership Academy Recognized by State

PHOENIX, AZ—Navajo County Drug Project’s Junior Leadership Academy (JLA) was recognized Nov. 15 by Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence (ACASE) among the top three finalists for Outstanding Out of School Programs. JLA is one of 545 summer programs in Arizona for youth. Presenting the awards was ACASE board President Dr. Patricia Gillespie. The top program was Native Americans for Community Action’s Pathways Youth Program in Flagstaff.

November 12, 2014 - Arizona Youth Survey - Drugs by the numbers - 2014

The Arizona Youth Survey is conducted biannually in each county by the Arizona Criminal Justice Commission epidemiologists. It is in opt-in survey administered by school districts to 8 th, 10 th 12 th graders. Youth are surveyed about their lifetime and last 30-day use of 16 different drugs. It also addresses drug sources, school safety, youth gambling, bullying, risk and protective factors. This survey provides the best statewide, county and local data available and is crucial to local prevention planning.

November 12, 2014 - 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 local program100 county children and is supported completely by donations.

November 7, 2014 - Turkey Sales Benefit Navajo County Drug Project (Update)

Navajo County Drug Project and Norbest cooperate in their third annual holiday turkey fundraiser. Choose your turkey size—up to 12 lbs $20, up to 16 lbs $25, up to 20 lbs $30. Purchase your gift certificate online via Paypal or credit card at www.NavajoCountyDrugProject.com. The turkey certificates are delivered by US Postal Service. Take that certificate to any supermarket of your choice and select your Norbest turkey. If Norbest brand is not available, select any brand! Valid across the US.

October 15, 2014 - Drug Project Expands Staff, Tackles Prevention

Friends of Navajo County Anti-Drug Coalition, Inc. (‘Friends’) proudly adds new staff to its executive team to execute federally funded Drug Free Communities (DFC) grant project.

October 9, 2014 - Turkey Sales Benefit Navajo County Drug Project

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

October 9, 2014 - Ski Tickets Giveaway Benefits Drug Prevention

Navajo County Drug Project and Sunrise Ski Park Resort offer an opportunity to support Lakeside’s White Mountain Youth Center for a ski lift ticket package for two adults and two youth. Only 250 opportunities are available, triggering the award. The winning lift ticket certificate, valued at $230, is valid until May 2015.

October 9, 2014 - Last Chance to Ditch Your Soles

Navajo County Drug Project (NCDP) concludes its highly successful 2nd Annual Show Drive on Oct. 31. Don’t forget to drop shoes at one of numerous collection points and they help a great cause—substance abuse prevention in our community.

September 25, 2014 - Arizona Group Says Big Marijuana in Arizona is a Big Mistake

PRESCOTT VALLEY-   When Arizona voters narrowly approved a medical-pot bill in 2010, they were promised that it was just about "medicine." Now, less than four years later, the Marijuana Policy Project has broken that promise. News broke last week that the Marijuana Policy Project, a group located in Washington D.C., filed paperwork with   state elections officials to campaign for the legalization of the drug for recreation in Arizona.

September 15, 2014 - Community Yard Sale Ope to Local Sellers

There’s still time to join in on a huge community yard sale and do some fall cleaning at your
house or organization! Anyone may join the “Fall Festival Community Yard Sale” Sept. 27 at the
Yellow Jacket Youth Center, 1593 Johnson Dr., Lakeside.

September 9, 2014 - 9 Finalists Selected For 2014 Arizona Out-Of-School Time Awards Of Excellence

PHOENIX, Ariz. (Sept. 8, 2014): Nine finalists representing programs, school districts and individuals throughout Arizona have been selected as finalists for the 2014 Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence Out-Of-School Time Awards of Excellence. Award categories include the 2014 Outstanding Out-of-School Time Professional, Outstanding Out-of-School-Time Program and the Jane Romatzke Leadership Award.

September 2, 2014 - "More FUN-ds For Everyone" - Community Yard Sale Benefits Local Projects

Calling all clubs, agencies, neighborhoods, teams, individuals, organizations, classes, groups—
just about anyone—to join the “Fall Festival Community Yard Sale” Sept. 27 at the Yellow
Jacket Youth Center, 1593 Johnson Dr., Lakeside.

August 28, 2014 - “More Drop Boxes Added” - Can’t Sell Your Soles at a Yard Sale?

As yard sale season winds down, do you have too many left over shoes that didn’t walk away with a new buyer? Closet overcrowded with winter boots and blown out flip flops? 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.

August 1, 2014 - Lunch & Learn About Teens Facing Peer Pressure

It’s back to school time and time for teens to be stressed. Preventionist Sharon Olivia of Community Bridges, Inc., will deliver an interactive presentation on Teen Peer Pressure, Stress and Substance abuse.

July 29, 2014 - 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.

July 25, 2014 - Back To School Mini Golf Tournament Invites Families, Youth

Local residents and summer visitors recently gathered for competition at Navajo County Drug Project’s (NCDP) Junior Leadership Academy (JLA) First Back-to-School Benefit Mini-Golf Tournament. White Mountain Family Fun Park was the seen for a morning of fun.

July 18, 2014 - New App Helps Parents Talk With Children About Underage Drinking

Having conversations with children and teens about risky behaviors like underage drinking can seem daunting. But now, a new mobile app developed by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is making that task easier.

July 2, 2014 - Back To School Mini Golf Tournament Invites Families, Youth

For a last family outing or some final fun with friends before back-to-school, Navajo County Drug Project’s (NCDP) Junior Leadership Academy (JLA) hosts a Mini-Golf Tournament for youth and families July 23 at White Mountain Family Fun Park. Participation is limited to the first 100 registrants.

June 30, 2014 - Fundraiser - Old Shoe Yard Sale: Can't sell your soles?

Just had a garage or yard sale and have too many leftover shoes? Closet overcrowded with winter boots and blown out flip flops? 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.

June 20, 2014 - 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.

June 20, 2014 - Staying Safe Over Summer

Take yourself back to the time of yearbook signings, cleaning out your desk or locker and the feeling of freedom you felt when the bell rang for the last time of the school year. Watch out summer, here you come!

June 13, 2014 - Blue Ridge Junior Leadership Academy Project

Blue Ridge Junior Leadership Academy students and teachers completed a community service project by cleaning the grounds of the Yellow Jacket Youth Center in Lakeside. The service was part of the two-week summer program conducted by Navajo County Drug Project in Lakeside, Show Low and Whiteriver.

May 20, 2014 - Registration Now Open for Youth Mental Health First Aid

Registration is open for Youth Mental Health First Aid, an free 8-hour training course giving participants key skills to help youth who are developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. Just as CPR training helps a layperson without medical training assist an individual following a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid training helps a layperson assist someone experiencing a mental health crisis.

SHOW LOW, May 9, 2014 - Citizens seeking to dispose of excess and expired prescription and over-the-counter medications can now visit the safe and secure permanent drop off location at 150 N 6 th St, inside the Show Low Police Department.

April 29, 2014 - Drug Takeback Set for Community Health Fair May 31

Clean out your medicine cabinet, gathering any expired, unused or unwanted prescription drugs and over the counter (OTC) medicines. Navajo County Drug Project and Show Low Police Department Team accept these dangerous items for proper destruction during the annual Summit Healthcare Community Fair.

April 24, 2014 - Lunch-n-Learn Addresses Abuse

Local community members met (April 22) recently for the first Navajo County Drug Project (NCDP) Lunch ‘n Learn. This interactive meeting covered community substance abuse prevention, focusing on underage drinking, to mark April as Alcohol Awareness Month. Community Bridges, Inc. and NCDP prevention specialist Sharon Macedo facilitated the session.

April 22, 2014 - Carlyon: County Wants to Continue Work With Drug Project

Pinetop-Lakeside - Navajo County Drug Project (NCDP) is, and has been since its inception in 2004, a grassroots organization. Like most of the 620 coalitions in America operating under federal Drug Free Community grants, it is not a "legal" entity. That is why a fiscal agent is required for financial reimbursement.

April 22, 2014 - SAP Fair Registration Open

Registration is open to participants for Navajo County Drug Project’s annual Substance Abuse Prevention Fair scheduled for May 17, 10 am to 1 pm, in conjunction with the annual Blue Ridge Bike Safety Rodeo. This year the activity will be at the Blue Ridge High School East Campus Gym, Lakeside.

April 15, 2014 - NCDP Marks 10 Years, Seeks to Maintain Grant

Ten years on, Navajo County Drug Project (aka: "the coalition") is alive and well.

April 4, 2014 - Navajo County Drug Project Grants on Hold

The Navajo County Drug Project typically relies on grant funding to get its message across.

March 28,2014 - Art Contest Open to Youth

Navajo County Drug Project launches the fifth annual youth art contest themed around making good choices. The art design must convey the theme: “Don’t Let the Party Stop You.�

March 20, 2014 - Parent-Kid Date Nite Targets Drug Prevention

Navajo County Drug Project and Blue Ridge Schools team up to share substance abuse prevention awareness with parents and youth ages 10 to 14 in a “Date Nite� April 2. The event aims to elevate family understanding of drug issues and introduces an optional ongoing series of family workshops for the future.

March 2, 2014 - Recent Data Workshop for Substance Abuse Prevention Held by NCDP

Navajo County Drug Project recently hosted a community data workshop for substance abuse prevention professionals at the Pinetop-Lakeside Police Dept. Preventionists from three communities in Navajo and Apache counties attended the half-day seminar, conducted by Jana Wardian of Arizona State University Southwest Interdisciplinary Research Center and Dr. Michelle Dunivan of the Arizona Supreme Court’s Office of Children’s Services.

February 11, 2014 - Free Community Context Data Workshop Available

The spring season is packed with tons of fun events for our kids, including prom, spring break and graduation. Navajo County Drug Project wants to help parents, teachers, medical professionals and community members protect our kids from using drugs and alcohol, especially when upcoming fun and celebrations with family and friends might provide them with the opportunity to use drugs or alcohol.

January 24, 2014 - What Direction Is Your Child Headed This Year?

If you’re like most people these days, you are wondering how it already got to be January 2014. Despite time passing quickly, the arrival of 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 22, 2014 - Day of Service Nets Prescription Drugs

Navajo County Drug Projects (NCDP) annual day of service Prescription Drug Takeback and identity theft protection shredathon netted 35 pounds of returned prescription and over the counter drugs, turned in by 40 community members.

January 17, 2014 - Friends of the Coalition to Elect New Board

Friends of the Navajo County Anti-Drug Coalition, Inc., the non-profit auxiliary of Navajo County Drug Project, will hold its annual board meeting and election of officers at 3 pm, Feb. 3 at the White Mountains Art Alliance, 251 Penrod Rd., Show Low.

January 17, 2014 - Navajo County Sheriff Investigates Stores Selling Alcohol to Minors

Holbrook, AZ- On -01/03/2014 the Navajo County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Enforcement Unit conducted an investigation into retail stores selling alcohol to underage persons in the Pinetop-Lakeside area.

January 11, 2014 - NCDP Begins National Prevention Training

DuPont, WA —Navajo County Drug Project preventionists recently completed the first of three weeks of training with the National Coalition Academy. The Academy is part of the coalition’s Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Drug Free Communities grant.