Issue 20: Spring 2017
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Partnership for Change (PFC) is a local coalition of youth, parents, schools, law enforcement, and community groups that are working together to reduce drug use among youth and young adults in northwest Hennepin County. Learn more here.

Party Season

Spring brings reasons to celebrate, but teen drinking and drug use are too often considered essential to prom night and graduation.

One of the best ways to keep teens safe and healthy is to talk to them about the risks of drug and alcohol use. Partnership for Change offers an online Parent Toolkit with tips and links on talking to teens and keeping them safe.

Parents should know where their children are going and who will be supervising. They should tell their children they expect they will not use chemicals and outline consequences. They should also make an escape plan if their children find themselves in unsafe situations.

Parents who are hosting should check in throughout the event with the guests. Do not allow outside bottles or beverages to be brought in.

A Social Host Ordinance is another tool to keep our youth safe. It holds someone responsible if they knowingly provide an environment where underage consumption occurs. -more-

Partnership for Change wishes students a safe, sober and happy prom and graduation season.

Minnesota Student Survey Notes:

Use of conventional tobacco products by teens fell to the lowest levels ever reported on the survey. In 2016, 8.4 percent of 11th grade students smoked cigarettes in the past 30 days, down 31% from 2013. Unfortunately,  the e-cigarette use in the PFC region is double the  statewide percentage for 9th and 11th graders.

Alcohol use continued to decline among middle and high school students. In 2016, 24.6 percent of 11th grade students reported drinking alcoholic beverages in the past 30 days, down from 27.7 percent in 2013.
After several years of no change, marijuana use among 9th grade students in the past 30 days fell from 9.4 percent in 2013 to 6.8 percent in 2016. Marijuana use also fell slightly among 11th grade students, from 16.6 percent in 2013 to 15.7 percent in 2016.

                        PFC               MN
8th Grade:         5.4%            3.0%
9th Grade:         9.8%            4.0%
11th Grade:      16.9%           8.0%

MSS and Mental Health

The percentage of 9th grade students who reported long-term mental health, behavioral or emotional problems (lasting six months or more) rose from 12.5 percent in 2013 to 17.3 percent in 2016. Similar increases were seen in other grades.

Spring Clean Your Medicine Cabinet!

Drop boxes for medicine disposal are located throughout our area. Click here for spots close to you!

Washington and Substance Agenda

The White House announced that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will lead a commission to combat drug addiction.

 Opioid Epidemic

Hazelden to host Webinar: On the Front Lines of the Opioid Epidemic, April 26 noon-1. -read more-

Some states are considering requiring opioid education in public schools. -read more-

PFC Spotlight on:

Krista Brenno, MA, LPCC, LADC
Student Assistance Counselor, Osseo Senior High School

Why did you get involved with Partnership for Change?
 I got involved with the coalition to be a part of community prevention efforts to raise awareness  and  work together to reduce substance use among youth and young adults.

What are some of the rewards of working with the coalition?
I enjoy working with the coalition and its GREAT members. We work to identify and implement strategies that will affect community attitudes, perceptions, and beliefs around alcohol and other drugs.
I enjoy speaking in the community and teaming with other coalition and community members  to address these difficult issues young people face and support positive changes.

Upcoming Coalition Meetings

Osseo City Hall from 2-4 pm:
May 9
June 13
July 11 (location tba)

In Case You Missed it:

These are some of the stories we recently highlighted:
Are teens replacing drugs with smartphones? -read more-
Studies show opioid use among teens and children declining. -read more-
Record amount of drugs seized in MN last year. -read more-
Edina considers raising to 21 minimum age to buy tobacco. -read more-
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