|Creating Safe Holiday Celebrations |
The winter holidays are a time to enjoy the company of friends, family,
and co-workers. Where does substance use fit into this picture? Holiday
parties give more chances to use drugs and alcohol resulting in an increase
in drug and alcohol related tragedies.
The widespread availability of alcohol at holiday parties gives our youth
many opportunities to sneak alcohol or to convince a relative to let them
enjoy “just one” alcoholic drink.
So you might ask, where is the harm in that?
· The younger a child is when he starts to drink, the more likely
he or she will have alcohol-related problems later in life.
· Alcohol use by teens affects still-developing brains and impairs
memory and learning.
· Teens who drink are more likely to commit or be the victim of
violence and to experience stress, depression and suicidal thoughts.
By allowing underage drinking during the holidays, adults deprive teens of clear,
common sense and consistent guidelines they need to make good choices all
year long. It is clear that parents who talk with their teens about underage drinking,
set expectations for behavior, and enforce consequences for violating the rules
are significantly less likely to have children who use alcohol.
Orleans United encourages more dialogue around underage drinking- especially
before and during the holiday season. The conversation should not be whether
the behavior is right or wrong but rather the health effects to the developing brain
and bodies of our youth.
Our messages should be consistent and clear:
underage drinking is unhealthy, unsafe and unacceptable
Visit our website at www.orleansdfc.com .
All of us at Orleans United Drug Free Communities wish you a safe and joyful holiday season.
|Drug Take Back Day|
Saturday, October 22nd
Turn in your unused, expired, pet, sharps, or over- the- counter medication, for safe disposal at the following locations:
• Orleans County Public Safety Building- 13925 Route 31, Albion
• Holley Fire Department- 7 Thomas St., Holley
• Kendall Fire Department- 1879 Kendall Road, Kendall
• Lyndonville Fire Department- 148 N. Main St., Lyndonville
• Medina Fire Department- 600 Main St., Medina
Enter a drawing to win a locked medication bag at each of the locations!
For any additional questions or information, call Jail Superintendent,
Scott Wilson at (585) 589-4310.
|Social Media is Everywhere!|
As a parent, it is important to understand what social media
platforms your child is using, and how to talk to them about
the safe ways to participate in this new form of communication.
Read the “help center” information for social media sites.
This will help you understand the age recommendation,
Explain the “forever” implications of posts and photos.
Colleges and employers check social media profiles!
Pictures and comments, even if deleted, can always be accessed.
Talk to your teen about the dangers of posting personal information.
Giving out information such as full name, addresses, phone numbers,
age, and immediate location, leaves your child open to risk.
When you decide which sites and apps you feel are appropriate
for your child, remind them to always use them in a
Safe and responsible manner!
For more information visit: www.orleansuniteddfc.com
|GCASA to host a Community Meeting on the Opioid Epidemic. |
The opioid epidemic has hit Orleans County with several recent deaths
from heroin overdoses. Genesee Council on Alcoholism and Substance
Abuse will host a community meeting to address this issue on:
Wednesday, July 13th from 7:00-9:00pm
GCASA’s Albion Clinic, 249 East Ave. Albion
This meeting will educate those attending on this issue as well
as give insight for parents and friends of people struggling with
addiction. The session will also include treatment options for people
who suffer from opioid addiction. A Narcan training will also be
provided and each participant will receive a kit to use in case of an
For more information regarding this meeting please call
Kathy Hodgins at 331-8737.
|National Night Out|
Celebrating and promoting neighborhood safety and community involvement.
Tuesday August 2nd 5:30-8:30pm
Bullard Park- Albion, NY
Car Seat Inspections, Inflatable Obstacle Course, Canine Demonstrations, Face Painting, Armored Truck & Tactical Robot, Fire Trucks and more!
· Over 20 Agency/Organization Information Tables
· Mercy Flight Aircraft Tours: 6pm
· Bike Rodeo- K-4th grade: 6:30pm (bring your own bike and helmet)
· Battle of the Belts Competition: 7:00pm (prizes for winning teams)
· Free Hot Dog or Hamburger- courtesy of Fidelis Care!
· Bike helmet and school supply backpack giveaway! While supplies last!
For more information about this event or how to register your team for Battle of the Belts Competition contact Sarah May at 331-8740 or visit www.orleansuniteddfc.com
Graduation should be a time of joy for high school seniors and the people who love them. But every year, this season can also be a time of sadness for too many families. That’s because along with these important milestones come many opportunities for underage drinking. High school students contend with a culture that too often encourages, rather than discourages, underage drinking.
Did you know: 73% of 7th-12th graders in Orleans County have easy access to alcohol.
With the cooperation of businesses selling pizza in Orleans County- 37, 275 stickers will be placed on pizza boxes the next couple of weeks during the graduation season.
Orleans United Drug Free Communities Coalition wants to thank the following businesses for their participation:
· Crosby’s- Albion, Childs, Clarendon, Kendall, Holley, and Medina
· Avanti’s- Medina and Albion
· Mark’s- Medina and Albion
· Doug’s- Medina
· Uncle Sal’s- Albion
· Bill’s Sub Shop- Lyndonville
· Dustin’s- Holley
For more information, help or to get involved in Orleans County Drug Free Communities Coalition, please visit www.orleansuniteddfc.com
|Prom is Approaching! |
Prom is an important milestone in a young person’s life that is often marked with parties, outings, and other celebrations. During this time, teens may feel more pressure to use alcohol. Talk and establish consequences that are appropriate for your family if your teenager is caught using drugs or alcohol. Studies show that teenagers who engage in conversation with parents and significant adult role models are more resilient and better able to resist risky or unsafe behaviors.
Parental influence is one of the most powerful protective factors in preventing youth substance use.
Parents need to understand that communication, choices and consequences are all effective strategies for building strong relationships with their teens.
Be Safe! Be Responsible!
Make this prom season safe and enjoyable for your teenager by talking to them about the dangers of alcohol and drug use.
For more information visit: www.orleansuniteddfc.com or http://www.samhsa.gov/underage-drinking
|Project Sticker Shock|
Project Sticker Shock is a community awareness campaign intended to address youth access to alcohol and community norms that support not providing alcohol to minors. With the cooperation of alcohol retailers in Orleans along with 23 youth, 10,000 stickers have been placed on multi-packs of alcohol (beer and wine coolers). Orleans United Drug Free Communities Coalition wants to thank the following for their continued participation:
· Kendall, Medina, and Lyndonville School Districts
· The Just Friends Program of Orleans County
· Orleans County 4-H
· Community Action Transportation System and Medina CSD Transportation Dept.
· TOPS Markets- Medina and Albion
· Crosby’s- Albion, Childs, Clarendon, Kendall, Holley, and Medina
· Rite Aid-Medina and Albion
· Albion Save-On Beverage Center
· Holley Save-A-Lot
· Kwik Fill
· Champs Mini-Mart
· Yellow Goose
· Twins Mini Mart
· Murray Superette
· EZ Shop
If you are interested in helping with this campaign please call Sarah May at 331-8740 for more information.
Thank you for keeping our youth drug and alcohol free!
|Clean Out Your Medicine Cabinets|
More and more teens and young adults are abusing the drugs
found right in their own homes. Using prescription drugs prescribed to others
or without doctor orders is illegal, unsafe and can be lethal. Take inventory of medicines in your home, even
for those prescribed to your children.
Lock up prescriptions pills that are kept in your house and
turn in your unused, expired, pet, sharps, or over-the counter medication for
Drug Take Back Day – Saturday, April 30th from 10:00am-2:00pm
Holley Fire Department- 7 Thomas
Medina Fire Department- 600 Main
400 Public Safety Building- 13925
State Route 31, Albion
Giving away a locked medication box
at each site!
Talk to your
kids about the dangers associated with prescription and over-the-counter drug
information visit: www.orleansuniteddfc.com.
|One Text or Call Could Wreck it All|
Ten percent of all drivers 15 to 19 years old involved in
fatal crashes were reported as distracted at the time of the crashes. The National Safety Council (NSC) observes
April as Distracted Driving Awareness Month to draw attention to this
parents, you are the number one influence on what kind of driver your teen will
become. Help them develop a lifetime of good driving habits.
a serious responsibility. It is important to educate your teen on what it means to
be a safe driver. Set ground rules for when your teen is behind the wheel
including staying off their cell phone. According to the NSC, approximately 1
in 4 crashes involves a cell phone. As a parent it is your job to set a
positive example for your teen when you’re driving. Putting your cell phone in
the glove compartment every time you drive ensures that you are not distracted.
Remind them that there could be serious consequences with the law if they are
found to be using their cell phone while they drive.
Visit http://www.distraction.gov/ for more
information and resources to help your teen become a safe driver.
|Problem Gambling Month |
gambling is any gambling behavior that has a negative
effect on someone’s life or the lives of people close to them. While gambling can be an entertaining pastime for some,
for others it can quickly become a habit and a problem. Generally
youth view gambling as harmless, however, gambling can cause a number of
negative consequences such as: poor grades, broken relationships with family,
loss of trust, and an increased risk of developing problem gambling and other
Adolescents are the highest risk for developing a
gambling problem. They are exposed to mixed messages through media regarding
what is good and bad for them. In order to decrease adolescent gambling, we
need to help them understand the realities and negative consequences of
gambling, as well as decrease their exposure to gambling and gambling
advertising at community events, church and school.
So parents the next
time you see or hear an advertisement for gambling or are in a store that sells
lottery tickets, take time to share your expectations about gambling with your
children. Talk early and often about the risks of gambling.
is hope and help.
you or someone you care about needs help for Drugs, Alcohol, or Gambling
Call: 1-877-8-HOPENY (1-877-846-7369) or
Text: HOPENY (467369)
|Right Under Our Noses|
Inhalant abuse is the deliberate inhaling or
sniffing of substances to become intoxicated. The chronic use of inhalants has
been associated with a number of serious health problems and sometimes death. Easy accessibility, low cost, and concealment
make inhalants one of the first substances abused by children.
of becoming high is also referred to as “huffing”. Huffing involves either
breathing directly from an aerosol can or through a cloth soaked in solvent,
which increases the risk of brain damage and death. Youth will use glues,
lighter fluid, whipped cream cans, paint products and other common household
chemicals found in these items can damage many parts of the body, including the
nervous system, lungs, liver, kidneys, and even the brain. The chemicals take
the place of oxygen in the blood and may cause asphyxiation, as well as destroy
Parents have an important responsibility in
discussing with their children the risks of inhaling chemicals. It is crucial for parents to know what the
products are, how they might be harmful, and recognizing the signs and symptoms
of their use as inhalants to help prevent abuse.
Talking to your
child is the best way to ensure that they are not trying it!
Talk Early! Talk Often!
information about inhalant abuse and what you can do to prevent it, visit www.inhalants.org
We are working to
keep our kids drug and alcohol free…Are you?
|Protect Our Youth from Medication Abuse|
Every day in the U.S. an average of 2,000 teens will use
prescription drugs for the first time without a doctor’s guidance. Over-the-counter
(OTC) drugs, although sold without a prescription, are dangerous and
addictive…and unfortunately easily accessible.
The internet may be a good source of information about the
risks of drugs, but it also serves as a place for your teen to learn how to use
OTC drugs for recreational purposes. There are websites that explain what kind
of medication to buy and how much it takes to get high. Teens sometimes think
that getting high on prescription and OTC drugs is safer than illicit drugs,
but the reality is that they can be just as dangerous and addictive.
To ensure that your child is not abusing medicine, take
inventory of the medicines in your home, even the ones that are prescribed to
your children. Make sure that your child does not have access to medication by
locking them up or disposing of them. The next Drug Take Back Day is set for
April 30th. For more information visit: orleansuniteddfc.com
Remember to talk to your children about the dangers of drug
Working to keep our
kids drug and alcohol free…Are you?
|Trying to Quit Smoking? |
Quitting smoking is not easy. Taking the first step in quitting is
conscious decision that you want to!
The urge for tobacco will come and go.
start to have a craving, keep in mind these 5 ideas.
Remember these “5 D’s”
DISTRACT yourself. When you start to have that desire for a
yourself with something else. Call a friend, go for a walk, or read
a book. The
urge will pass.
DRINK water. Rather than waking up and grabbing a cigarette, get in the
drinking a glass of water. Water is a healthy start to your day, will give
energy, and has zero calories.
DELAY. Set small milestones. Tell yourself that you won’t
smoke for the next
minutes. Get through those minutes, and set another small goal.
DEEP breath. Taking slow, deep breathes is a good relaxation
tool! Instead of
you’re upset or stressed out, try some breathing exercises.
DISCUSS. Having a support system that you can lean on is important
Share your feelings, thoughts, struggles, and successes with people that
When you embark on this journey, there may be some obstacles that you
Don’t give up though!!
Remember you can call the
Quitline toll- free for help
|Start the New Year's Off on a Healthy Foot!|
As you jump into 2016 and reflect on the past year, think
about some healthy, positive changes you and your family can make! When making
a resolution, focus on creating a change that is relatively easy to maintain,
but also increases your health and happiness.
Some of the most popular New Year’s Resolutions include:
exercising more, making more time for friends and family, quitting smoking,
reducing stress, and cutting back on alcohol consumption.
Sticking to your resolution isn’t always easy, but starting
small will help you meet your goal. Unhealthy behaviors are developed over a
prolong period, so focus on changing one at a time. Creating a support system
that helps to motivate you will help you successfully create change. Take small
steps and don’t give up if you make a mistake…remember, no one is perfect.
Instead of trying to change or improve on things, spend more
time reflecting on all the good things going on in your life.
Check out our Orleans United DFC Facebook page this week and
let us know what your resolutions are.
Stay Safe and Healthy
|National Drug Facts Week- January 25th-January 31st |
This week is a National Institute on Drug Abuse (http://teens.drugabuse.gov/)
initiative designed to shatter the myths teens have about drugs and alcohol
abuse. Teens who
are given drug facts from people they trust are in a better position to make
good decisions about drug use and develop healthy habits they will keep for the
rest of their lives. Throughout the week, Orleans United
Drug Free Communities Coalition will be posting information and drug facts
on orleansuniteddfc.com and on Facebook.
to the most recent Prevention Needs Assessment Survey (PNA) in 2015, 11% of 9th
graders in Orleans County reported using alcohol in the past month, which is
down from a reported 19% in 2013. Efforts made by Orleans United Drug Free
Communities Coalition and the use of environmental strategies to limit the
availability of alcohol in Orleans County as well as the collaborative effort
among law enforcement agencies, contributes to progress made in reducing
alcohol use among our youth.
more PNA data come to the next Orleans United DFC Coalition meeting on February
23rd at 8:30 am at GCASA in Albion.
more information contact Pat Crowley at
585-331-8732 or Sarah May at 585-331-8740.
|A Safe Holiday Season |
The yuletide season is a time devoted for celebrating with
family and friends. We attend parties, church functions and informal
gatherings. As we get wrapped up in the season of festive eating and drinking,
we forget that there is a limit to what we can take in. We should be aware of
our limits by knowing when we exceed them. Most of us do not intend to be on
the roads intoxicated. So while the holidays can be an exciting time, there are
some important things to consider to keep you and your guests safe this season.
If you have underage youth at your house, make sure they do
not have access to alcoholic beverages. Widespread availability of alcohol at
holiday parties gives our youth many opportunities to sneak alcohol when no one
is looking, or convince a relative to let them enjoy “just one” drink. Offer
other alternatives and model responsible behavior by making sure guests do not
drink and drive.
Avoid making alcohol the main focus of social events.
Entertain guests with music, dancing, games, food, and lively conversation.
Make sure to offer plenty of nonalcoholic choices such as sparkling water,
fancy juice drinks, and soft drinks. If you are hosting a party where alcohol
will be served you need to be aware that you can be sued if someone leaves your
place and is involved in an alcohol related collision. To protect yourself, you
need to ensure that all of your guests have a designated driver to drive them
home or that they call a cab. There are a lot of options; just make sure you choose
the ones that are safest for your guests and protect you as a homeowner.
Keep your holidays
safe and festive.
Don’t allow a poor
choice to ruin the holidays for you.
|Let's Get Talking!|
Did you know that almost 52% of New
York State students in grades 7-12 reported that their parents have never
talked to them about the dangers of underage drinking? With alcohol being ranked in the top
most widely used and abused drug in the United States, it is critical that
parents get the conversation started with their kids.
The way you talk to your children becomes
their inner voice! Talk about how to deal with peer pressure and give them
alternatives to drinking, such as joining a sports team or a community group. Positive
participation in activities, helps youth to bond in their community and in
turn, lowers their risk of substance abuse.
communicating with your kids can be one of the best protective factors you provide
them when ensuring they do not participate in underage drinking!
To learn more about getting the
conversation started, go to: http://talk2prevent.ny.gov/parents
We’re working to keep or kids drug
and alcohol free…Are you?
|Project Sticker Shock! |
Have you noticed
those bright orange stickers on the alcohol in your local grocery or convenient
store? Well you just witnessed Project Sticker Shock!
Project Sticker Shock
is a community awareness campaign intended to address youth access to alcohol
and community norms that support not providing alcohol to minors. With the
cooperation of alcohol retailers in Orleans County, along with 21 youth, over 9,000 stickers have been placed on
multi-packs of alcohol (beer and wine coolers).
Orleans United DFC Coalition
wants to thank the following for their continued participation:
Kendall, Medina, and Lyndonville School Districts
Community Action Transportation System
TOPS Markets Medina, and Albion
Crosby’s- Albion, Childs, Clarendon, Kendall,
Holley, and Medina
Rite Aid- Medina and Albion
Albion Save-On Beverage Center
Champs Mini Mart
Twins Mini Mart
Keep your eye out next time you head to the store and
Thank you for keeping our youth drug
and alcohol free!
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|IT’S NOT PESTERING… IT’S PARENTING.|
Every day it seems that we hear about kids using a new drug, such as K2, Bath Salts, Flakka, just to name a few. Although the drugs change over time, alcohol is still the most widely used substance among teens in America, followed by tobacco and marijuana. While news on drug trends may be discouraging to you, take heart. Two-thirds of kids say that losing their parents’ respect and pride is one of the main reasons they don’t smoke marijuana or use other drugs.
Your words and actions DO matter. Kids who learn the risks of drugs from their parents are SIGNIFICANTLY less likely to use drugs, yet 20 percent of kids say their parents aren’t talking. Remember, silence isn’t golden, it’s permission - have a talk with your kids today and send this message: Underage drinking and drug use is unhealthy, unsafe, and unacceptable!
For information on how to and when to start the conversation, visit:
|Drug Take Back Day! Sat., Sept. 26 • 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.|
Prescription medications play an important role in the health of millions of Americans. However, expired medications or unused drugs often stay in the back of cabinets for months or even years. These expired drugs can pose significant health hazards to toddlers, teens and even family pets who may inadvertently consume medications.
Do you know…
Over 50 percent of people 12 and older who abuse prescription drugs get them from family or friends and the home medicine cabinet. Prevent your children and grandchildren from abusing your own medication by securing your meds in places they cannot access.
Turn in your unused, expired, pet, sharps or over-the-counter medication for safe disposal and enter to win a free, medication locked bag at each of drop-offs listed below:
- Holley Fire Department: 7 Thomas St., Holley, NY 14470
- Medina Fire Department: 600 Main St., Medina, NY 14103
- Public Safety Building: 13925 State Route 31,
- Albion, NY 14411
Proper disposal of unused drugs saves lives and protects the environment.