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Press Releases - 2016

December 27th – In the Spirit of Giving

Eighth grade students in Perri Matthews' Round Valley Middle School class collected more than 300 pairs of shoes from community members to benefit Nexus Coalition for Drug Prevention. NCDP Shoe Drive Coordinator Kolton Solomon is heading the project for his Eagle Scout Shoe Project.

December 27th – "Hooked RX" Free Community Viewing Jan. 10

Nexus Coalition for Drug Prevention and Show Low City TV partner Jan. 10 for a public viewing of the documentary Hooked: From Prescription to Addiction, followed by a local panel discussion. Community members are invited to Show Low Council Chambers in the public library, 181 N 9th St. for the event

December 9th – Free Jan. 16 Event: Protect Your Identity, Return Prescription Drugs

Nexus Coalition for Drug Prevention partners with the Pinetop-Lakeside Sanitary District (PLSD) and Pinetop Lakeside Police (PLPD) to help citizens protect their identity and properly dispose of prescription drugs. This 8th annual Community Shred-A-Thon event is part of a statewide effort to make Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Jan. 16, "a day on instead of a day off".

November 18th – New Surgeon General's Report Highlights Dangers of Marijuana Use

The new data confirms mounting body of scientific evidence highlighting problems with rising marijuana use. LINKS TO PRESS RELEASE ON SAM WEBSITE

November 3rd – Local Drug Takeback Added to National Success

Pinetop-Lakeside and Show Low community member cleared out and disposed of more than 100 pounds of medication during Oct. 22, nationwide US DEA public take back events at Summit Healthcare.

October 21st – Teen Leaders Teach Prevention

Nexus Coalition for Drug Prevention youth leaders Raphael Banuelos and Emilia Banuelos recently began a multi-class course of peer teaching to Blue Ridge Middle School students in Amy Schimmel's and Carol Short's fifth grade classes.

October 19th – Shoe Donations Continue to Rock

Nexus Coalition for Drug Preventions continues its fundraising efforts through collecting shoes donated by community members. The new volunteer shoe crew loaded 190 bags of shoes!

October 26th – Community Marijuana Survey: Proposition 205 not supported locally

A recent survey of Pinetop-Lakeside, Show Low and Linden community members shows that only 26 percent of community members support Proposition 205 to legalize recreational marijuana in Arizona.

October 3rd – Press Release/Op Ed

Not My Child - by Vicky Solomon, NCDP Prevention Coordinator "We walk that fine line between ensuring access to needed medications to preventing misuse/abuse and addiction."

September 28th – Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor, If voters approve Proposition 205, marijuana-infused gummy bears will be legal. — by Gil Alvidrez, Arizona Educator, Retired 2015

September 27th – Spooktacular Fun Awaiting Youngsters

Ghost, goblins and ghouls are awaiting local kids under age 10 at the Spooky Fun House. Activities will include fun games, a spooky crawl, crafts, creepy-feely, spooky science, photo booth, food, candy, prizes, raffles, fun and fright.

September 27th – Local Prescription Drug Take Back Expanded for Oct. 22

Local NCDP Drug Free Community Coalition spring take backs are in collaboration with local public service facilities. On October 22nd, from 11 am until 1 pm, the public is invited to return prescription and over the counter drugs to Pinetop-Lakeside Police Station, 1360 N. Neils Hansen Ln., Lakeside; and in Show Low, Show Low Police Station, 150 N. 6th St., and Summit Healthcare main entrance, 2200 Show Low Lake Rd.

September 15th – COMMUNITY DRUG ALERT: Carfentanil

DEA Warning: Deadly Drug Used to Sedate Elephants Has Hit the Streets. A drug so powerful that it is normally used to tranquillize large animals like elephants is turning up in the streets of Ohio, West Virginia, Indiana, Kentucky and Florida. The drug, carfentanil, is thought to be the cause for a record spike in drug overdoses there. It can be manufactured inexpensively and easily laced with other drugs such as heroin. Officials in Ohio have declared this a public health emergency, and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) warns that communities everywhere should be on alert about this dangerous drug

September 15th – Whiteriver Community Focuses on Meth

Whiteriver's new Methamphetamine Awareness Team conducted its first community meeting Sept. 14 at the Aday Memorial Hall. The 100 community members in attendance heard about different aspects of meth from speakers including Nexus Coalition for Drug Prevention Executive Director Debe Campbell, White Mountain Apache Police Chief Tim Webster and Detective Justin Pike, Jeff Kary of Kary Environmental Services and Twila Cassadore of San Carlos Apache Mothers Against Meth.

September 15th – Community Enjoys Educational Breakfast to Prevent Drug Abuse

LAKESIDE–Some 250 community members turned out Sept. 10 to learn how to keep the environment safe and drug free for youth. They also enjoyed a free breakfast, catered by Darbi’s Café, and were entertained by the Blue Ridge Junior High School Choir and Nate Campbell on keyboards.

September 2nd – White House Drug Policy Office Awards $125,000 to NCDP to Prevent Youth Substance Use

Washington D.C.— Michael Botticelli, Director of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), recently announced $85.9 million in grants for 698 Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Programs across the country. The grants provide funding to local community coalitions for preventing youth substance use, including prescription drugs, marijuana and alcohol. Nexus Coalition for Drug Prevention of the White Mountains was among the grant recipients and will receive $125,000 in DFC grant funds for 2016-17 to involve and engage their local community to prevent substance use among youth

September 10th – Breakfast Auction Features Treasures

Among a dozen silent auctions are authentic artworks by Nava-Hopi painter Richard Gorman, Hopi sculptor F. Naranjo Hopi carver Carlton L. Timms. Other items include silver jewelry, signed Norwegian crystal, family dinner and movie baskets, international coffee selections and much more

August 16th – Experienced Preventionist Joins NCDP

Vicky Solomon joins Friends of Navajo County Anti-Drug Coalition, Inc. ("Friends") as the Drug Free Communities Program Coordinator for Nexus Coalition For Drug Prevention (NCDP)

August 12th – NCDP Hosts Free Community Breakfast

"The More You Know" is the theme for a free community breakfast to educate and empower the community for a safe and drug free environment for youth.

August 10th – NCDP Launches Weekly Teen Empowerment Group

Nexus Coalition for Drug Prevention (NCDP) has trained four local professionals to facilitate the Mpowrd® meetings that launch on Fridays, 9:30 am at Blue Ridge High School and at rotating times on Thursdays at Blue Ridge Junior High, Lakeside.

July 26th – Local Youth Tackle Prevention Head On

Blue Ridge High School Students Against Destructive Decisions officers Raphael Banuelos, president, and Emilia Banuelos, secretary, completed their second week of the Community Anti Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) National Youth Leadership Institute (NYLI), held recently in Las Vegas.

July 26th – Cans For Kids - Fund-Raiser for NCDP

Nexus Coalition for Drug Prevention (NCDP) is collecting aluminum cans to raise funds to support its youth substance abuse prevention programs. Proceeds from these cans go toward summer Junior Leadership Academy, training for Mpowrd teen peer support program and other prevention activities.

July 11th – JLA: A Decade of Dedication to Local Youth

Pinetop-Lakeside, AZ — the 10th annual Junior Leadership Academy of the White Mountains was one of the largest two-week summer programs yet conducted by NCDP Drug Free Community Coalition. The community-sponsored day camps were held at Fort Apache, Show Low Junior High and White Mountain Youth Center in Lakeside.

July 11thFund-Raiser for NCDP - Can’t Sell Your Soles?

Pinetop-Lakeside, AZ — Just had a garage or yard sale and have too many left over shoes? NCDP Drug Free Community Coalition will happily take them off your hands.

June 23rd – Addressing Child Health, Behavior in ACEs Training

Pinetop-Lakeside, AZ — Professional Flagstaff Preventionist Jacque Gencarelle spoke to 20 community members about Adverse Childhood Experiences and their long-term effects as adults.

June 2nd – Maintain Prescriptions Safely At Home

Pinetop-Lakeside, AZ—To make prescription drug storage safe at home, NCDP Drug Free Community Coalition now offers RxArmory storage boxes.

May 23rd – Addressing Child Health, Behavior in ACEs Training

Pinetop-Lakeside, AZ—Nexus Coalition for Drug Prevention will host Community Development Prevention Specialist Jacque Gencarelle, of Flagstaff, AZ, for a community ACEs training June 23. The four-hour training teaches the science and research behind ACEs.

May 17th – Drug-Free Artists Win

Pinetop-Lakeside, AZ—Winners recently were selected for the 6th annual Nexus Coalition for Drug Prevention Art Contest, themed "Marijuana Harmless? Think Again!"

May 10th – CALENDAR ITEM—June/July Mpowrd® Teen Support Group

Pinetop-Lakeside, AZ—Mpowrd®, a 12-step program addressing behavior and support with teens, meets Fridays, at 11:45 am, at the White Mountain Youth Center, 1593 Johnson Dr, Lakeside (behind Larson Library). All teens aged 13 to 19 are welcome.

May 6th – Campbell Strengthens Nonprofit Skills

Pinetop-Lakeside, AZ—NCDP Executive Director Debe Campbell graduated May 4 from the Nonprofit Management Institute at the Arizona State University's Lodestar Center for Nonprofit Innovation and Philanthropy, with a focus on Nonprofit Management.

May 1st – National Take Back Nets 62lb Locally

Pinetop-Lakeside, AZ—Local agencies collaborated with Nexus Coalition for Drug Prevention (NCDP) April 30 for the US Drug Enforcement Agency’s National Take Back Day. Community members were able to dispose of 62 pounds of unused, expired and unwanted prescription and over the counter medications at three area locations.

April 30th – NCDP Town Hall Addresses Underage Drinking

Pinetop-Lakeside, AZ—Pinetop Lakeside Police Officer Guy Willis spoke on consequences of underage drinking driving under the influence at Nexus Coalition for Drug Prevention’s April 28 Underage Drinking Town Hall.

April 30th – Apache Mothers Against Meth

Pinetop-Lakeside, AZ—Nexus Coalition for Drug Prevention (NCDP) is collaborating with White Mountain Apache Housing Authority to mentor a new drug prevention coalition in Whiteriver. NCDP representatives joined the Meth Committee's second community meeting, April 27, at Hon-dah Casino.

April 27th – Drug Conference Coverage Now Online

Pinetop-Lakeside, AZ—NCDP Drug Free Community Coalition’s March 3 substance abuse prevention conference speakers can now be viewed online. The 150-minute video is available at: https://youtu.be/JDmbh4eWm7s

April 25th – Community B-Ball Hoop Available

Pinetop-Lakeside, AZ—Community members can shoot hoops at the mini court at White Mountain Youth Center. Through collaboration with the Town of Pinetop-Lakeside, Larson Library, White Mountain Youth Center and NCDP Drug Free Community Coalition, access to a hoop is now available.

April 23rd – STEM Workshop Focuses on Environment

Pinetop-Lakeside, AZ—Due to bad weather, the fourth collaborative Winter STEM Saturday Workshop is rescheduled for April 23 from 9 am to 1 pm. Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) workshops engage youth ages 9 to 14 in science interest and skills for the future.

April 12th – Still Time to Enter Youth Art Contest

Pinetop-Lakeside, AZ—Navajo and Apache County youth in grades K-12 may submit multi media artwork on the theme of Marijuana Harmless? Think Again!, designed for possible T-shirt art and on pages of a 2016-17 school calendar. The top three winners are eligible for cash prizes totaling $225, art placement in calendar and print materials during 2016-17 and special awards. All participants will receive participation certificates and gifts.

April 28th – NCDP Helps Parents Talk About Underage Drinking at Town Hall

Pinetop-Lakeside, AZ—NCDP Drug Free Community Coalition hosts a community Underage Drinking Town Hall April 28, at 6 pm, at Hampton Inn, Show Low. “Talk. They Hear You.” is a campaign that empowers parents to talk to their children early—as early as 9 years old—about the many risks associated with underage drinking. The public is invited to this free educational event.

April 14th – Prescription Drug Disposal Excludes Some Items

Pinetop-Lakeside, AZ—Not all medical items are suitable for disposal at live semi-annual local takebacks, and 24/7/365 at various law enforcement offices in Navajo County that house drug disposal units—such as Show Low Police Department. Items NOT accepted for disposal—at a live take back or at the permanent disposal units—include thermometers, needles/sharps, ointments, liquids, inhalers/aerosols, bulk medications, powdered medications and hydrogen peroxide.

April 5th – Free Town Hall Addresses Underage Drinking

Pinetop-Lakeside, AZ—All members of the community are invited to a Town Hall on April 28, at Hampton Inn in Show Low, to share community data, concerns and consequences around underage drinking. Funded by a federal Community Talks Town Hall Grant, this free community forum is for parents, educators, businesses and citizens who care about our youth and our future.

April 4th – April 16 STEM Workshop Focuses on Environment

Pinetop-Lakeside, AZ—The fourth collaborative Winter STEM Saturday Workshop, with a focus on the environment, is set for April 16 from 9 am to 1 pm. Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) workshops engage youth ages 9 to 14 in science interest and skills for the future.

March 26th – Op Ed: Talk Early, Talk Often

Pinetop-Lakeside, AZ—Alicia Phillips, M.Ed., is NCDP Drug Free Community Coalition’s Program Coordinator. In this month's OpEd piece she discusses how and why to reach out to those who are most vulnerable in order to help our next generation avoid the many problems that underage alcohol and drug use can bring..

March 26th – Local Prescription Drug Take Back Expanded for April 30

Pinetop-Lakeside, AZ—On April 30, nationwide US Drug Enforcement Agency public take back events offer the opportunity to return unused or unwanted prescription drugs and over the counter (OTC) medicines for proper destruction.

March 21st – Supporting Our Stressed Youth

Pinetop-Lakeside, AZ—Shane Watson of notMYkid, Scottsdale, spoke at the Show Low High School Library, discussing his own suicide attempt and how to talk to teens and signs to watch for with depression.

March 18th – Community Shoe Drive Thrives

Pinetop-Lakeside, AZ—Another shipment of collected shoes is underway to needy third-world feet. Details within.

March 5th – Op-Ed: "Marijuana and the Media", by Dr. Ed Gogek

Pinetop-Lakeside, AZ—In this Op-Ed piece, Dr. Ed Gogek discusses the common misconception that that 50 percent of federal inmates are in prison for drug use. Dr. Gogek recently spoke in Pinetop at the NA Regional Substance Abuse Prevention Conference, hosted by NCDP.

March 1st – Media Pre-coverage of the NA Regional Substance Abuse Prevention Conference

Pinetop-Lakeside, AZ—Newspaper coverage of the NA Regional Substance Abuse Prevention Conference, hosted by NCDP. Two full pages of coverage include articles by conference speakers and conference agenda. Read here: page 1 and page 2.

February 23rd – Conference Speakers Address Substance Abuse

Pinetop-Lakeside, AZ—Tickets remain available for the 9th annual Northeastern Arizona Regional Substance Abuse Prevention Conference & Expo and Meet the Authors book signing. These educational events are open to professionals, law enforcement, community members, parents, students, addicts' family members—anyone who is touched in some way or works with substance abuse, prevention, addiction and treatment. Continuing Education Units are available to educators and Summit Healthcare professionals.

February 10th – NCDP ATTENDS CADCA’S NATIONAL LEADERSHIP FORUM TO LEARN NEW SKILLS TO REDUCE YOUTH DRUG USE IN D.C.

Washington, DC – Representatives from NCDP Drug Free Community Coalition recently returned from the Washington, D.C. area where they joined more than 2,700 substance abuse prevention specialists and advocates from throughout the country for Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America's (CADCA) 26th Annual National Leadership Forum.

February 7th – Photovoice Youth Contest Open

Digital photo images in .jpg format must be received at events@ncdp.rocks by Feb. 20, 2016. Entries must include name, address, phone, email, description of image, photo release of any people in each entry image (photo release can be downloaded from www.ncdp.rocks/events. Images should depict strong substance prevention message(s) that occur in the community or show evidence of negative social aspects that contribute to substance abuse in our community. Images will be exhibited March 4-5 at Hon-Dah Conference Center.

February 6th – Youth Challenged to Shoot Their Community

Young people in communities around the world are using an empowering tool called PHOTOVOICE to raise their voice around issues that are affecting them and their environment. Entries are invited from youth in Show Low, Pinetop-Lakeside, McNary and Whiteriver to share their perspective and expose the substance abuse problems–and solutions or interventions–they see happening in their communities.

February 6th – Meet the Authors: Book Signing Event

Pinetop – Exclusive Book Signing Event – Four national authors greet local substance abuse preventionists, book-lovers and enthusiasts between 5:30pm - 7:30pm, at a March 4th book-signing event at Hon-Dah Conference Center. For more information, contact Alicia Phillips at (928) 242-8706. ap@ncdp.rocks

February 1st – Drug Prevention Art Contest Open to Youth

NCDP Drug Free Community Coalition launches it's seventh annual youth art contest themed around making good choices. All art entries must convey the theme: "Marijuana Harmless? Think Again!" Navajo and Apache County youth in grades K-12 are invited to participate by submitting multimedia artwork designed for possible T-shirt art and on pages of a 2016-17 school calendar.

January 29th – Regional Conference Addresses Substance Abuse

Pinetop-Lakeside, AZ—The 9th annual Northeastern Arizona Regional Substance Abuse Prevention Conference & Expo is now open for registration. This is an educational event open to professionals, law enforcement, community members, parents, students, addicts' family members—anyone who is touched in some way or works with substance abuse, prevention, addiction and treatment.

January 25th – CALENDAR ITEM — February/March Mpowrd ® Teen Support Group

Upcoming meeting dates: February 5, 12, 19, 26; March 4, 11, 18, 25

January/February – Mpowrd® Teen Support Group

Lakeside – Mpowrd®, a 12-step program addressing behavior with teens, meets Fridays, at 11:45 am, at the White Mountain Youth Center, 1593 Johnson, Lakeside (behind Larson Library). All teens age 13 to 18 are welcome. For additional information, contact Alicia Phillips at (928) 242-8706.