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  Catalyst Coalition of Napa County
    







 a program of napa county office of education for the prevention of youth alcohol & drug use.



 

APRIL IS ALCOHOL AWARENESS MONTH

Parents - you're invited to attend a free Town Hall in your community on the topic of "Youth and the Law."  Refreshments and Spanish translation provided.  A panel of experts will be discussing recent concerns about youth, drugs & alcohol, and the laws that govern our youth and families. 
Please come! 


Monday, April 14th - St. Helena Boys & Girls Club, 6pm-7:30pm
Monday, April 21st - New Tech High Cafeteria, 6pm - 7:30pm
Thursday, May 1st - American Canyon High School, 6pm - 7:30pm
Wednesday, May 7th - Calistoga Jr./Sr. High, 6pm - 7:30pm


Flyers:  All Cities (Eng)
St Helena (SP)  Napa (SP)  American Canyon (SP)





National Drug Facts Week a Success!


Ray Lozano, an internationally recognized humorist and drug prevention specialist, spent 3 days in the county talking to students and parents about the dangers of drugs and alcohol.  We would like to thank St. Helena Hospital, Queen of the Valley Medical Center, the DARE Foundation, and the Napa County Office of Education, in addition to all the local schools that helped coordinate the events.
American Canyon Eagle article

St. Helena Star article


BE AHEAD OF THE CROWD!
Be informed about youth marijuana use and the effects of marijuana on the teen brain, including a decline in I.Q. 




 
TIP411

Now you can anonymously report any youth-related incident of harm that occurs in Napa County simply by texting.  All tips are 100% anonymous! 

First piloted this spring at NVUSD with great success, now available upvalley this fall. 

To use: text to TIP411 and start your message with
707SAFE

You'll be glad you did!
All Kids Should Be Screened for Alcohol Use, Pediatricians Say

The American Academy of Pediatricians (AAP) has recently released a revised policy report recommending
doctors screen all of their young patients for alcohol use, starting in middle school. 

According to lead author, Patricia Kokotailo of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, "A remarkable amount of brain development is still occurring for young people through their 20's.  This policy statement provides better evidence about how alcohol affects the brains of young people and why it is important to screen children."  (Source:
www.jointogether.org, 2010)

As a concerned parent, ask your teen's pediatrician to talk to your child about drugs and alcohol at your next visit.   Your action could save lives!


 Hand-Out for Parents


The Catalyst Coalition has produced a publication for parents on how to talk with their kids about alcohol.  Information includes valuable tips on a range of topics, such as alcohol and health, parties, driving, and more.  Appropriate for elementary, middle, and high schoolers.  Click on each picture below to access the publication online. 

 

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