Drug Free MHC News http://www.drugfreemhc.org Drug Free MHC News Tue, 06 Nov 2018 09:22:59 EST HD CMS en daily 1 http://www.drugfreemhc.org/news/details/ID/127 CHILL Targets Underage Drinking Through Project Sticker Shock http://www.drugfreemhc.org/news/details/ID/127 Thu, 30 Jul 2015 12:00:00 EST Thursday, 30 July 2015 12:00:00 EST CHILL (Communities Helping Improve Local Lives) youth task force members and the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control are working together to create healthier communities through combating the problem of underage drinking. CHILL is excited to announce their 10th year participating in the statewide underage prevention effort, &ldquo;Project Sticker Shock&rdquo;.&nbsp; On this Thursday, July 30th, we will be kicking-off our Sticker Shock program at the Food Lion store on Commonwealth Blvd at 1:30 pm.&nbsp; This youth-led prevention project seeks to reach those persons 21 years of age or older who might illegally purchase alcohol and provide it to minors. All the local Food Lion stores and the Kroger store will be participating. Trained CHILL members will visit these retailers accompanied by ABC personnel, local law enforcement and youth coordinators to place prevention stickers on all multi-packs of beer. The stickers display a warning message about the penalties for furnishing alcohol to minors. Our youth tell us that parents and others over 21 are the primary way underage youth get alcohol,&rdquo; according to Katie Connelly, CHILL Coordinator. &ldquo;Part of the mission of CHILL is to educate about the dangers of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. The CHILL members see Project Sticker Shock as an important event each year.&rdquo; National surveys and reports continue to identify alcohol as the #1 drug of choice among youth and one of the easiest to access. So, underage drinking had been identified as a leading public health problem in the US. &nbsp;According to The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Association, &ldquo;Teens drink less often than adults. But when teens do drink, they drink more than adults. On average, young people have about five drinks on a single occasion. This behavior is called binge drinking. It is a very dangerous way of drinking that can lead to serious problems and even death. Adults often make alcohol use by young people possible. After all, teens can&rsquo;t legally get alcohol on their own.&rdquo;&nbsp; CHILL says &ldquo;Underage drinking is unhealthy, unsafe and illegal.&rdquo; Brain imaging shows that the brain is still developing until a person is in their mid-twenties. It is not until then that the part of the brain, which controls impulses, is developed. It doesn&rsquo;t matter that your child makes straight A&rsquo;s, their ability to control impulses is just not developed yet. That means adults need &nbsp;to keep them out of bad situations and to help them cope with stress and peer pressure. Also, studies show that someone who begins drinking before the age of 15 is 5 times likely to become alcohol dependent and the average age of first use is 11 years old.&rdquo;&nbsp;&nbsp; The project represents a partnership between youth, licensed establishments, concerned parents and community members, prevention professionals, and law enforcement with the goal of educating persons 21 and older of the underage laws and raising public awareness about underage drinking.&nbsp; The Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control through a federal grant from the U.S. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention provides funding for Project Sticker Shock.&nbsp; For more information on the consequences of underage drinking, go to http://underagedrinking.samhsa.gov/&nbsp;or contact Katie Connelly kconnelly@piedmontcsb.org. http://www.drugfreemhc.org/news/details/ID/128 Harvey Taylor Football Camp a hit with kids http://www.drugfreemhc.org/news/details/ID/128 Thu, 23 Jul 2015 12:00:00 EST Thursday, 23 July 2015 12:00:00 EST Despite the sticky heat hanging over the area this week, locals might hear the delighted squeals of youngsters when they are driving near Magna Vista High School in the evenings. For the second year, former Magna Vista and current Ferrum College quarterback Harvey Taylor is hosting a football camp for area children, and he said he is having a blast doing it. &ldquo;Last year was fun,&rdquo; Taylor said. &ldquo;I enjoyed it and decided to do it again after we had so many kids come out last year. In the future I want to continue to do the same thing. It&rsquo;s fun to give back to the kids and see them grow and possibly become the next superstar in the area.&rdquo; With boys and girls from ages 5-14 running around &lsquo;The Hole,&rsquo; the camp gives children a chance to let loose and be around their classmates before school starts. Magna Vista head coach Joe Favero, who helps Taylor organize the camp, said that is the highlight for participants. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s great for them, just getting out and playing, running around, doing some drills. The youngest group loved knocking over the pop-up tackle dummy,&rdquo; Favero said. &ldquo;I think our participation is up a lot compared to last year. We&rsquo;ve got more help this year too and it&rsquo;s great to see these guys coming back helping these kids be better football players and people.&rdquo; After successful sessions on Monday and Wednesday night, the camp will conclude tonight from 6-8 p.m. at Magna Vista. Taylor said that all interested in participating are invited, whether they attended the first two days or not. &ldquo;The last day is always fun, we try to teach them as much as we can. We&rsquo;re going to have a cookout, as well,&rdquo; Taylor said. &ldquo;That cookout is my way of giving back not just to the kids but to all the people who came out and helped make this a successful camp.&rdquo; Taylor, who was a member of the CHILL Youth Task Force while at Magna Vista, has worked with CHILL Director Katie Connelly to make the camp about life choices as well as football skills, something Favero said he admired greatly. &ldquo;They talk to the kids about some of the choices you make and the friends you make. Those influence your life,&rdquo; Favero said. &ldquo;So, it&rsquo;s a matter of it being a positive influence, not a negative one. I think it&rsquo;s great to see Harvey come back and be the leader of this whole thing, he has been a big influence and is the force behind the camp.&rdquo; Taylor said that being a positive role model starts with a good foundation, something Taylor said Favero helped build for him both on and off the field. &ldquo;He (Favero) pushed me,&rdquo; Taylor said. &ldquo;There were times where it was heated, but that&rsquo;s part of being in a coach-student athlete relationship. They are hard on you because they want to see you become the best you can possibly be. That&rsquo;s what he wanted to see from me and he was a big part of shaping the person I am today.&rdquo; Now it is Taylor having that impact. &ldquo;We want to try to help them (the campers) stay away from drugs,&rdquo; Taylor continued. &ldquo;There are lots of athletes that have come from Martinsville and Henry County that could have been, but they weren&rsquo;t because they got in the wrong crowd and started doing the wrong things. We tell the kids about our bad experiences too so that maybe it will open their eyes and, hopefully, keep them from making the same mistakes.&rdquo; Although Taylor and Favero are at the forefront of the camp, many local athletes who have gone on to play in college come back to help with the camp. &ldquo;Giving back that&rsquo;s something we talk to all those kids about,&rdquo; Favero said. &ldquo;They all have had a positive experience through football. Most of them have gone on to play college football and the game helped them in life. So, you always hope to see these guys come back and be positive role models. They are guys that got good grades and talk about that with the kids, not just football.&rdquo; Taylor echoed his former coach&rsquo;s thoughts. &ldquo;Going through high school, in my freshman year I struggled,&rdquo; Taylor recalled. &ldquo;But, as the years went on I got better and better in the classroom. That&rsquo;s what I want the kids to understand, the better you do in the classroom the more (scholarship) money you are going to get to help you go to school. It&rsquo;s not just football that&rsquo;s helping me it&rsquo;s also the good grades and hard work in the classroom.&rdquo; Taylor concluded by saying he hopes to hold the camp for many years into the future, adding he hopes to move it to different locations such as other high schools or the Smith River Sports Complex to make the camp more accessible to more children. &ldquo;They (the campers) enjoyed watching us play,&rdquo; Taylor said. &ldquo;Now, it&rsquo;s going to be us enjoying coming back to watch them play.&rdquo; http://www.drugfreemhc.org/news/details/ID/125 First meetings of new year for JV CHILL and CHILL http://www.drugfreemhc.org/news/details/ID/125 Tue, 19 Aug 2014 12:00:00 EST Tuesday, 19 August 2014 12:00:00 EST CHLL and JV CHILL had their first monthly community meeting of the new year on Monday, August 18 at the Frith Center at PHCC. There were 25 JV CHILL and 60 CHILL members in attendance. New and old members got a chance to meet each other and plan for the upcoming events this fall, including Paint the Town 5k on Saturday, September 20. http://www.drugfreemhc.org/news/details/ID/126 Paint the Town benefits CHILL and supports Recovery Month http://www.drugfreemhc.org/news/details/ID/126 Tue, 19 Aug 2014 12:00:00 EST Tuesday, 19 August 2014 12:00:00 EST Paint the Town 5K Fun Run benefits CHILL, raises awareness Experience the fun on Saturday, September 20 with a 5K untimed; all-ages run/walkthat benefits CHILL (Communities Helping Improve Local Lives), a community-wideteen group who promotes healthy lifestyle choices. This eventwas founded in September 2013 to bring the community together around substanceabuse prevention, intervention and recovery while supporting and sustainingCHILL. "Our current grant funding will end this September 30," according to Katie Connelly, theCHILL community coordinator. "We have been fortunate to have the Drug FreeCommunities Grant for the last ten years, the longest time the grant can run.Now CHILL will need the community's support to keep CHILL for our youth inMartinsville and Henry County." Joanie Davis,Community Initiatives Director with United Way of Henry County and Martinsvilleand supporter of Paint the Town 5k says, "Promoting healthy lifestyles andencouraging family fun are great ways to keep youth successful andsubstance-free. The positive energy created from community partnershipscombined with a unique way of raising awareness around prevention, treatmentand recovery is how this event truly impacts Martinsville and Henry County." This is agreat way for families and friends to have a fun time together and get somegreat exercise at the same time. Similar 5K events report that over 50% of theparticipants are first time 5K runners. The 5k is untimed, self-paced and isfor all-ages. Registration check-in will be at 8:00 am. The race starts at 9:00 am at the Martinsville City Schools AdministrationBuilding&nbsp;&nbsp; (former Druid Hills School) at746 Indian Trail. DJ Gemal Seay will provide music for the celebration. White t shirts, race packets and post-race food areincluded.&nbsp; TuTus and the official Paintthe Town t shirts will be on sale at the packet pick up site and on race day. Packet pick-up will be on Thursday and Friday, September 18and 19, 149 East Main Street in front of the United Way office. Registration Fees:Early Bird: (until August 31)- Team/Family of 4:&nbsp; $65 &amp; Individuals:&nbsp;&nbsp; $45September 1 until &nbsp;Race Day- Team/Familyof 4: $70 &amp;&nbsp;Individuals: $50 Registrationforms with race details are available online at chillmhc.org &nbsp;and on Facebook (Paint the Town event page) aswell as Piedmont Community Services at the front desk at 24 Clay Street, theYMCAs,&nbsp; Gym 24 and MHC Visitor's Center. September isNational Recovery Month. &nbsp;According tothe national website, "RecoveryMonth spreads the positivemessage that behavioral health is essential to overall health, that preventionworks, treatment is effective and people can and do recover." Lisa Smith,Community Recovery Program coordinator for Piedmont Community Services,commented that "partnering with CHILL and JV CHILL to promote the prevention ofsubstance abuse and supporting healthy lifestyle choices is a great fit. Thosein recovery want to support CHILL's efforts in our community." The Community Recovery Program is a program throughPiedmont Community Services that is dedicated to assisting individuals who arepursuing long-term recovery by providing guidance and support in multiple areasof recovery. Other community sponsors include Drug Free MHC, TheUnited Way and the Re-entry Council. Business sponsors include Casting Logosand Gym 24. Anyone needingmore information or wishing to sponsor part of the event or a team may contactLisa Smith at 276.638.0438 or Katie Connelly at 276.340.9186. &nbsp; &nbsp; http://www.drugfreemhc.org/news/details/ID/124 Evaluation shows CHILL has impacted our community http://www.drugfreemhc.org/news/details/ID/124 Tue, 03 Dec 2013 12:00:00 EST Tuesday, 03 December 2013 12:00:00 EST Go&nbsp; to Martinsville Bulletin archives for December 2, 2013 to read the complete article. http://www.drugfreemhc.org/news/details/ID/118 CHILL Still Matters http://www.drugfreemhc.org/news/details/ID/118 Wed, 16 Oct 2013 12:00:00 EST Wednesday, 16 October 2013 12:00:00 EST On Wednesday, July 24, a group of CHILL (Communities Helping Improve Local Lives) members who have graduated met to discuss forming a CHILL alumni association. After highlighting the positive impact CHILL still has on their lives and its value to the community, those attending voted to establish the CHILL Alumni Association of Martinsville and Henry County. According to Kiera Toney, 2009 BHS graduate and CHILL alumnae, &quot;I feel it is very important for CHILL to continue to empower youth to make positive choices and play an important role in our community. An alumni group will enable us to support them and give us a way to give back. In other words, CHILL still matters.&quot; Any former CHILL member is invited to join the alumni association. For more information, contact Katie Connelly at 276.340.9186 or&nbsp;kconnelly@piedmontcsb.org.&nbsp;From left to right:1st row: Allison Hudson, Lindsey Bryant, Katie Connelly, Kiera Toney, Kara Winikur2nd row: Gemal Seay, Daniel Warren, Camry Harris, Cody Lopez&nbsp; http://www.drugfreemhc.org/news/details/ID/119 Drug Take Back Saturday, October 26 http://www.drugfreemhc.org/news/details/ID/119 Wed, 16 Oct 2013 12:00:00 EST Wednesday, 16 October 2013 12:00:00 EST Every day, 2,000 kids abuse a prescription medicine for the first time. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has scheduled another National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, which will take place on Saturday, October 26, 2013, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Our local collection site is the Henry County Sheriff's Office on Kings Mountain Road. This is a great opportunity for those who missed the previous events, or who have subsequently accumulated unwanted, unused prescription drugs, to safely dispose of those medications. The American people have again responded overwhelmingly to the past DEA-led National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day events held twice a year. Citizens have turned in record-breaking amounts of unwanted or expired medications for safe and proper disposal at the 5,659 take-back sites that were available in all 50 states and U.S. territories. Locally on April 28, we collected over 143 lbs of unwanted drugs. DEA Administrator Michele M. Leonhart states, "While a uniform system for prescription drug disposal is being finalized, we will continue to sponsor these important take-back opportunities as a service to our communities. Our take-back events highlight the problems related to prescription drug abuse and give our citizens an opportunity to contribute to the solution. These events are only made possible through the dedicated work and commitment of our state, federal, local, and tribal partners and DEA thanks each and every one of them for their efforts on behalf of the American people." Drug-Free MHC, CHILL and HEY (Helping Engage Youth) MHC Community Coalition are working with the Henry Co. Sheriff's Dept. and Martinsville City Police to sponsor this event. Prescription drug abuse is a national and local problem. The National Institute on Drug Abuse says that "teens are making the decision to abuse prescription medicines based on misinformation. In fact, many people think that abusing prescription drugs is safer than abusing illicit drugs. As the facts will tell you, prescription drugs can have dangerous short- and long-term health consequences when used incorrectly or by someone other than for whom they were intended." According to The Partnership for Drug Free America, "two-thirds of kids and teens who abuse prescription drugs get them from family members and friends. Because these medicines are commonly found in family medicine cabinets, on top of dressers, in kitchen cabinets, and in other accessible locations, it is important to take stock of the drugs in your home. If you have unwanted or expired prescriptions, you must dispose of them in order to keep your child safe. If you are currently taking a prescription, be sure to keep your medicine in a safe place, where your child cannot get to it. Monitor the number of pills you have to recognize when someone else may be taking them. Also, encourage friends, relatives, neighbors and other parents in your community to safeguard their medicines, as well.Ninety percent of drug and alcohol addictions begin in the teenage years. " The Partnership at Drugfree.org helps families solve the problem of teen substance abuse. For more information go to&nbsp;drugfree.org&nbsp;or&nbsp;drugabuse.org. http://www.drugfreemhc.org/news/details/ID/120 Red Ribbon Week Oct 23-31 http://www.drugfreemhc.org/news/details/ID/120 Wed, 16 Oct 2013 12:00:00 EST Wednesday, 16 October 2013 12:00:00 EST According to the website iamdrugfree.com:Red Ribbon Week is the oldest and largest drug prevention campaign in the country. Although the start end dates can vary slightly depending on the organization and source, Red Ribbon Week generally takes place the last full week in October, with the weekends before and following the last full week included as appropriate celebration dates. This year Red Ribbon Week will be celebrated October 21-29, 2013. Red Ribbon Week serves as a vehicle for communities and individuals to take a stand for the hopes and dreams of our children through a commitment to drug prevention and education and a personal commitment to live drug free lives with the ultimate goal being the creation of drug free America. And, perhaps more importantly, Red Ribbon Week commemorates the ultimate sacrifice made by DEA Special Agent Enrique &quot;Kiki&quot; Camarena, who died at the hands of drug traffikers in Mexico while fighting the battle against illegal drugs to keep our country and children safe.The Story Behind the SymbolEnrique &quot;Kiki&quot; Camarena grew up in a dirt-floored house with hopes and dreams of making a difference. Camarena worked his way through college, served in the Marines and became a police officer. When he decided to join the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, his mother tried to talk him out it. &quot;I can't not do this,&quot; he told her. &quot;I'm only one person, but I want to make a difference.&quot; The DEA sent Camarena to work undercover in Mexico investigating a major drug cartel believed to include officers in the Mexican army, police and government. On Feb. 7, 1985, the 37-year-old Camarena left his office to meet his wife for lunch. Five men appeared at the agent's side and shoved him in a car. One month later, Camarena's body was found in a shallow grave. He had been tortured to death.Within weeks of his death in March of 1985, Camarena's Congressman, Duncan Hunter, and high school friend Henry Lozano, launched Camarena Clubs in Imperial Valley, California, Camarena's home. Hundreds of club members pledged to lead drug-free lives to honor the sacrifices made by Camarena and others on behalf of all Americans. 2 These coalitions began to wear red badges of satin, red ribbons, as a symbol Camarena's memory. The Red Ribbon Week campaign emerged from the efforts of these clubs and coalitions. Today, Red Ribbon Week is nationally recognized and celebrated, helping to preserve Special Agent Camarena's memory and further the cause for which he gave his life. The Red Ribbon Campaign also became a symbol of support for the DEA's efforts to reduce demand for drugs through prevention and education programs. By wearing a red ribbon during the last week in October, Americans demonstrate their ardent opposition to drugs. They pay homage not only to Special Agent Camarena, but to all men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice in support of our nation's struggle against drug trafficking and abuse. http://www.drugfreemhc.org/news/details/ID/121 Oktoberfest Draws Crowds… http://www.drugfreemhc.org/news/details/ID/121 Wed, 16 Oct 2013 12:00:00 EST Wednesday, 16 October 2013 12:00:00 EST Many stopping by CHILL's booth CHILL was one of 230 vendors who gathered to make this fall tradition a success. Twenty four CHILL and JV CHILL members spoke about the dangers of tobacco use, promoted healthy choices, our Drug Take Back and gave out a mini-survey. Our famous wheel was spun too many times to count, and parents were delighted that our treats were just the right price ($0.00)! Visitors to our booth learned some valuable information from our enthusiastic volunteers. Not one participant knew that tobacco is the leading cause of bladder cancer. http://www.drugfreemhc.org/news/details/ID/122 Family Day http://www.drugfreemhc.org/news/details/ID/122 Wed, 16 Oct 2013 12:00:00 EST Wednesday, 16 October 2013 12:00:00 EST A Day to Eat Dinner with Your Children is always celebrated the fourth Monday in September. This year, on September 23, local after school groups continued the tradition started by CHILL and HEY in 2004, by providing dinner and activities for participants and their families. Local billboards reminded the community of Family Day. http://www.drugfreemhc.org/news/details/ID/123 The Youth Passport Challenge http://www.drugfreemhc.org/news/details/ID/123 Wed, 16 Oct 2013 12:00:00 EST Wednesday, 16 October 2013 12:00:00 EST The Youth Passport Challenge on September 22 was sponsored by The Harvest Foundation and held at the Smith River Sports Complex. Twenty-eight area groups, including CHILL and JV CHILL set up booths around several soccer fields at the complex. According to the Martinsville Bulletin article on September 23, &quot;Some gave out information, others held games, and all spread their message that young people have many options in the community.Katie Gilbert said she would like to be more involved in the community, and she is interested in CHILL, a group which promotes positive choice for young people, as a result of what she learned Sunday.The passport challenge grew out of a February planning meeting of agencies that serve youth in the area, according to Gladys Hairston, program officer for The Harvest Foundation.&quot;Harvest gets a lot of requests (for grants) related to youth,&quot; but many are similar, Hairston said.Over five months, more than 40 representatives of local organizations worked to develop a Positive Youth Development Community Action Plan, she said. During that process, it became apparent that many families were not aware of the activities and services available in the community, she has said. Some groups were not even aware of each other, she added Sunday.So the Youth Passport Challenge was created to remedy that. &quot;The event showcases what they do&quot; and shows that the groups and organizations can work together, Hairston added.&quot;&nbsp; http://www.drugfreemhc.org/news/details/ID/116 Paint the Town Raises $5,000 to Support CHILL http://www.drugfreemhc.org/news/details/ID/116 Tue, 15 Oct 2013 12:00:00 EST Tuesday, 15 October 2013 12:00:00 EST &quot;The response to our first Paint the Town 5K event on Saturday, September 21, was fantastic!&quot; says Lisa Smith, the Community Recovery Program coordinator with Piedmont Community Services. The race which had 330 runners/walkers sold out two weeks prior to the event. Families and friends of every age came out to experience the color, the excitement and the fun. There were many on the sidelines to cheer the participants on along the race.The race started at 9:00 am at the Martinsville City Schools Administration Building (former Druid Hills School) at 746 Indian Trail. An after party celebration continued until 12 noon with music, food and a big &quot;paint bomb&quot;. Official Paint the Town t shirts are available online for $12.&quot;We have had countless participants say they had a wonderful time and can't wait to do it again!&quot;, said Katie Connelly, coordinator of CHILL and HEY. &quot;The runners who had been in similar events in larger cities said this race was much better!&quot;The Community Recovery Program, which was celebrating National Recovery Month, is a program through Piedmont Community Services that is dedicated to assisting individuals who are pursuing long-term recovery by providing guidance and support in multiple areas of recovery. According to the national website, &quot;Recovery Month spreads the positive message that behavioral health is essential to overall health, that prevention works, treatment is effective and people can and do recover.&quot; Those in recovery want to support CHILL's efforts in our community. Both groups support the prevention of substance abuse and the promotion of healthy lifestyle choices.According to Connelly,&quot; Paint the Town5K raised $5,000 to support JV CHILL and CHILL members throughout Martinsville and Henry County. &quot;This is a great way to kick off our fundraising efforts for the CHILL program.&quot; Other sponsors included the Harvest Foundation, HEY (Helping Engage Youth) and the Re-entry Council and Drug Free MHC. Donations to the event came from Casting Logos, Gregory Gendron, DDS, David Jones, Prillaman Landscape Dimensions, Inc., Food Lion, Mobility Management, and Joan Zigler, Martinsville Commonwealth Attorney..Plans are being made to make Paint the Town an annual event. Anyone wishing to make a donation to CHILL or get more information, may contact Katie Connelly at 276.340.91 http://www.drugfreemhc.org/news/details/ID/117 Summertime Activities... http://www.drugfreemhc.org/news/details/ID/117 Tue, 15 Oct 2013 12:00:00 EST Tuesday, 15 October 2013 12:00:00 EST 4 CHILL Trainings were held this summer with over 80 youth from Martinsville, Henry County and Franklin County attending a 3 day training to build leadership and substance abuse awareness. We welcome this new group of CHILLL members to our family!Youth Summit ....sponsored by CHILLL and MHCafter3 for middle school students http://www.drugfreemhc.org/news/details/ID/115 Paint the Town 5K http://www.drugfreemhc.org/news/details/ID/115 Mon, 12 Aug 2013 12:00:00 EST Monday, 12 August 2013 12:00:00 EST &nbsp; http://www.drugfreemhc.org/news/details/ID/112 CHILL Highlights http://www.drugfreemhc.org/news/details/ID/112 Mon, 11 Jun 2012 12:00:00 EST Monday, 11 June 2012 12:00:00 EST CHILL interviewed and accepted 47 applicants for the coming yearNew CHILL in Franklin County accepts in 11All must attend an upcoming 3 day summer training http://www.drugfreemhc.org/news/details/ID/113 HEY Highlights http://www.drugfreemhc.org/news/details/ID/113 Sun, 10 Jun 2012 12:00:00 EST Sunday, 10 June 2012 12:00:00 EST Drug Take Back Sat, April 28, at the Henry County Sheriff's Office netted 143 lbs of drugs turned in for proper disposal by the citizens of Martinsville and Henry County.Rx Educational Forum for physicians, PAs, pharmacists, dentists.&nbsp;May 20 - 44 professionals attended the forum to learn more about Prescription Drug abuse and how they can prevent it in their workplace http://www.drugfreemhc.org/news/details/ID/111 HEY and CHILL Highlights http://www.drugfreemhc.org/news/details/ID/111 Fri, 08 Jun 2012 12:00:00 EST Friday, 08 June 2012 12:00:00 EST April 27 CHILL FX 9th Annual Positive Choices for Youth Rally, April 27 huge success with 300 youth participating and 150 adult volunteersRx Educational Forum for physicians, PAs, pharmacists, dentists Sunday, May 20 (CEUs given) http://www.drugfreemhc.org/news/details/ID/108 Fast Track Business Fair http://www.drugfreemhc.org/news/details/ID/108 Tue, 06 Mar 2012 12:00:00 EST Tuesday, 06 March 2012 12:00:00 EST Join Us at Fast TrackOn March 6 and 7, Come by Fast Track booths 801 and 803 andhelp us celebrate our 10th Anniversary with some cake and other treats. Go back in time and see how far we have come over the last 10 years. http://www.drugfreemhc.org/news/details/ID/103 New MADD Chapter formed http://www.drugfreemhc.org/news/details/ID/103 Sun, 01 Jan 2012 12:00:00 EST Sunday, 01 January 2012 12:00:00 EST <!-- /* Style Definitions */ p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal {mso-style-parent:""; margin:0in; margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";} @page Section1 {size:8.5in 11.0in; margin:1.0in 1.25in 1.0in 1.25in; mso-header-margin:.5in; mso-footer-margin:.5in; mso-paper-source:0;} div.Section1 {page:Section1;} --> As a result of the October 3, 2011, Piedmont Alcohol Awareness Conference, a local chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving has been formed for Martinsville and Henry County. Nine community members attended the organizational meeting on January 18, 2012. The next meeting will be on Wednesday, February 22 at 5:00 pm in the 2nd floor boardroom on Piedmont Community Services. The members agreed to focus on community awareness, law enforcement support and victim services. The first activity will be participating in the Fast Track Business Fair on March 6 and 7. http://www.drugfreemhc.org/news/details/ID/99 “Save A Child’s Life� Event Dec. 6 http://www.drugfreemhc.org/news/details/ID/99 Mon, 25 Oct 2010 12:00:00 EST Monday, 25 October 2010 12:00:00 EST Locally, 1 in 5 teens have tried prescription drugs.Age 12 is the average age to start drinking alcohol here and across the US. Use of tobacco, alcohol and marijuana before the age of 15 increases the chances of drug abuse times. For the first time there are just as many new prescription drug abusers among teens (over 12) as marijuana users. (SAMSA,2006)Join us on Monday night, December 6, and you just might &quot;save a child's life&quot;. CHILL, HEY the Drug Task Force and Project Success are sponsoring a free community event with national speaker and author, Ginger Katz, at Martinsville High School auditorium at 7:00 pm.Ginger Katz is author of Sunny's Story and CEO and Founder of The Courage To Speak&reg; Foundation, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to save lives by empowering youth to be drug free and encouraging parents to communicate effectively with their children about the dangers of drugs. The organization was founded in 1996 shortly after the death of her son, Ian from a drug overdose.Based on her own experience and research, Mrs. Katz realized that merely providing information about drug use and its consequences could not overcome the obstacles of peer pressure, cynicism, ignorance, and apathy that our young people face every day. To truly change their attitude and behavior, The Courage To Speak&reg; would have to reach them in a more direct and personal way, encourage their families to support them in rejecting drug use, and engage the community in this battle by increasing its awareness.The dynamic, riveting, and thought-provoking presentation by Mrs. Katz combines the intensely personal story of a family shattered by drugs with the latest information and statistics on substance abuse and prevention. Told with quiet intensity and rigorous emotional integrity in schools, places of worship, conferences and other community venues, her story calls forth a willingness to trust her and the advice, and information that she has to offer.One parent who heard her wrote: &quot;On our way home from your presentation, my son told me he knew of kids in his eighth grade class who were taking drugs. On the way to your talk, he had emphatically said just the opposite. Thank-you for enabling him to confide in us.&quot;Immediately after her presentations, Ginger's husband, Larry Katz, will be hosting a breakout session for parents, teachers and counselors who are interested in their groundbreaking parenting course, Courageous Parenting 101. This will focus on fostering some life-saving changes in knowledge, beliefs and attitudes.Before the presentations, the SPCA will have members there with their special dogs, like Sunny, to greet attendees in the foyer of the auditorium. In addition, art work about &quot;Sunny's Story&quot; (Ginger Katz's book about their family dog's loss of his best friend, Ian) from area 5th graders will be displayed. These youth have expressed their desire to help &quot;Save a Child's Life&quot;, too. Refreshments also will be served before the presentation.Ginger has reached over a million people across the country telling Ian's story in the Courage to Speak Presentation. She has given over 1000 presentations to students, parents, educators, law enforcement professionals, and state and national conferences. Among the more notable are the Association of Secondary School Principals, Keynote at National Narcotic Officers Association, the National Association of Drug Court Professionals, the U.S. DEA, and the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) National Youth Conference. http://www.drugfreemhc.org/news/details/ID/101 Celebrate a Drug Free Life Nov 13 http://www.drugfreemhc.org/news/details/ID/101 Mon, 25 Oct 2010 12:00:00 EST Monday, 25 October 2010 12:00:00 EST Bring your family from 10 am to 1:30 pm on Saturday, November 13, to the National Guard Armory for food, games and a chance to win prizes! CHILL and HEY are celebrating healthy lifestyles and &quot;A Drug Free Life&quot; with this FREE event that is open to all families in Martinsville and Henry County. Have old or unused prescription drugs you want to get rid of? Stop by the Health Department right beside the Armory to drop them off and safely discard of these medications from10 am until 2 pm. http://www.drugfreemhc.org/news/details/ID/102 SAVE THE DATE: YOUTH RALLY 4 15 11 http://www.drugfreemhc.org/news/details/ID/102 Sun, 24 Oct 2010 12:00:00 EST Sunday, 24 October 2010 12:00:00 EST SAVE THE DATE: YOUTH RALLY AND MAZE April 15, 2011! http://www.drugfreemhc.org/news/details/ID/91 Youth Rally http://www.drugfreemhc.org/news/details/ID/91 Fri, 23 Apr 2010 12:00:00 EST Friday, 23 April 2010 12:00:00 EST What is a teen maze?&nbsp; Imagine a life-size game board where teenagers are the pawns and life's choices are the dice. Each student will receive an &quot;occupation/salary card&quot; as they enter the maze. The maze is designed to help teens better understand potential outcomes to life decisions concerning sex, substance abuse, and vocational/educational issues. Realistic scenarios help teens navigate their way through the maze and find out about consequences of behaviors. The interactive &quot;game&quot; provides information on many topics that could include: abstinence, pressures, contraceptives, tobacco, drugs and alcohol, rehabilitation, legal consequences, sexually transmitted diseases, labor and delivery, teen parenting, and post graduation career and education choices. No judgment is made on any of the paths. Accurate information on vocations, sex, health, and substance abuse is related in a factually based presentation. Note: Some information will be modified for the middle school students. http://www.drugfreemhc.org/news/details/ID/92 Youth Rally http://www.drugfreemhc.org/news/details/ID/92 Fri, 23 Apr 2010 12:00:00 EST Friday, 23 April 2010 12:00:00 EST What is a teen maze?&nbsp; Imagine a life-size game board where teenagers are the pawns and life's choices are the dice. Each student will receive an &quot;occupation/salary card&quot; as they enter the maze. The maze is designed to help teens better understand potential outcomes to life decisions concerning sex, substance abuse, and vocational/educational issues. Realistic scenarios help teens navigate their way through the maze and find out about consequences of behaviors. The interactive &quot;game&quot; provides information on many topics that could include: abstinence, pressures, contraceptives, tobacco, drugs and alcohol, rehabilitation, legal consequences, sexually transmitted diseases, labor and delivery, teen parenting, and post graduation career and education choices. No judgment is made on any of the paths. Accurate information on vocations, sex, health, and substance abuse is related in a factually based presentation. Note: Some information will be modified for the middle school students. http://www.drugfreemhc.org/news/details/ID/93 Youth Rally http://www.drugfreemhc.org/news/details/ID/93 Fri, 23 Apr 2010 12:00:00 EST Friday, 23 April 2010 12:00:00 EST &nbsp; What is a teen maze?&nbsp; Imagine a life-size game board where teenagers are the pawns and life's choices are the dice. Each student will receive an &quot;occupation/salary card&quot; as they enter the maze. The maze is designed to help teens better understand potential outcomes to life decisions concerning sex, substance abuse, and vocational/educational issues. Realistic scenarios help teens navigate their way through the maze and find out about consequences of behaviors. The interactive &quot;game&quot; provides information on many topics that could include: abstinence, pressures, contraceptives, tobacco, drugs and alcohol, rehabilitation, legal consequences, sexually transmitted diseases, labor and delivery, teen parenting, and post graduation career and education choices. No judgment is made on any of the paths. Accurate information on vocations, sex, health, and substance abuse is related in a factually based presentation. Note: Some information will be modified for the middle school students. http://www.drugfreemhc.org/news/details/ID/94 Youth Rally http://www.drugfreemhc.org/news/details/ID/94 Fri, 23 Apr 2010 12:00:00 EST Friday, 23 April 2010 12:00:00 EST &nbsp; What is a teen maze?&nbsp; Imagine a life-size game board where teenagers are the pawns and life's choices are the dice. Each student will receive an &quot;occupation/salary card&quot; as they enter the maze. The maze is designed to help teens better understand potential outcomes to life decisions concerning sex, substance abuse, and vocational/educational issues. Realistic scenarios help teens navigate their way through the maze and find out about consequences of behaviors. The interactive &quot;game&quot; provides information on many topics that could include: abstinence, pressures, contraceptives, tobacco, drugs and alcohol, rehabilitation, legal consequences, sexually transmitted diseases, labor and delivery, teen parenting, and post graduation career and education choices. No judgment is made on any of the paths. Accurate information on vocations, sex, health, and substance abuse is related in a factually based presentation. Note: Some information will be modified for the middle school students. http://www.drugfreemhc.org/news/details/ID/95 Youth Rally http://www.drugfreemhc.org/news/details/ID/95 Fri, 23 Apr 2010 12:00:00 EST Friday, 23 April 2010 12:00:00 EST &nbsp; What is a teen maze?&nbsp; Imagine a life-size game board where teenagers are the pawns and life's choices are the dice. Each student will receive an &quot;occupation/salary card&quot; as they enter the maze. The maze is designed to help teens better understand potential outcomes to life decisions concerning sex, substance abuse, and vocational/educational issues. Realistic scenarios help teens navigate their way through the maze and find out about consequences of behaviors. The interactive &quot;game&quot; provides information on many topics that could include: abstinence, pressures, contraceptives, tobacco, drugs and alcohol, rehabilitation, legal consequences, sexually transmitted diseases, labor and delivery, teen parenting, and post graduation career and education choices. No judgment is made on any of the paths. Accurate information on vocations, sex, health, and substance abuse is related in a factually based presentation. Note: Some information will be modified for the middle school students.