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Coalition meetings are held the second Wednesday of every month from 11:30 to 1:00 at the Marquette County Services Center at 480 Underwood Avenue in Montello. Everyone is welcome.
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Local tobacco retailer checks expand to include e-cigarettes
Local tobacco retailer checks that make sure stores don’t sell tobacco products to minors are expanding to include e-cigarettes.
The change is being made through the statewide Wisconsin Wins program to address e-cigarettes rising popularity with teens. The 2014 Wisconsin Youth Tobacco Survey shows 7.9% of our state’s high school students currently use e-cigarettes. Nationally, in 2013, 4.5% of high school students report currently using e-cigarettes.
The Wisconsin Wins program not only works to keep tobacco out of minor’s hands but also congratulates retailers that make the decision to not sell. Regular compliance checks are important to make sure that our youth are not easily accessing a product that can addict them and cause negative health effects.
Another area of concern is that e-cigarettes typically come in candy and fruit flavors making them especially appealing to young people. The flavors and products may attract youth and are often perceived as being less harmful than cigarettes.
In 2014, Marquette County had 4 establishments sell products to minors. This year we are hoping that number will be brought down to zero!
To continue to decrease the number of sales in Marquette County, participating youth perform regular checks through Wisconsin Wins to make sure tobacco retailers aren’t selling tobacco products to minors. Retailers that pass their checks are thanked by 5 Counties For Tobacco Free Living and Healthy Communities Healthy Youth representatives and participating youth, while retailers that sell to youth are provided with resources to help them avoid future illegal sales and potential fines.
Tobacco retailers in Marquette County can receive free training to avoid underage tobacco and nicotine product sales at www.smokecheck.org. For more on local tobacco prevention and control efforts, contact Lauren Calnin, Health Educator and Tobacco Prevention Coordinator for Marquette County Health Department at 608-297-3135.
Daily hospital emergency department visits involving those under age 21 who used alcohol combined with other drugs are 27 percent higher during this holiday period
A new study by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) reveals that daily underage drinking-related visits to hospital emergency departments are 11 percent higher during the Memorial Day weekend than they are on an average day. The latest Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN) report estimates that on an average day, there are 519 hospital emergency department visits involving underage alcohol use. For the three day Memorial Day weekend, however, the number of daily hospital emergency department visits jumps to 577.
The study also shows that the daily level of hospital emergency department visits involving those under age 21 that used alcohol combined with other drugs is 27 percent higher during this holiday weekend than the level on an average day (199 visits versus 156 visits).
Underage drinking poses an enormous public health risk -- approximately 5,000 people die each year from alcohol-related injuries connected to underage drinking," said SAMHSA Administrator Pamela S. Hyde, J.D. "Moreover, studies have shown that children who begin drinking before age 15 are six times more likely to develop alcohol problems than people who start drinking after they reach age 21. This study highlights the need for parents, families and communities to promote prevention messages and efforts designed to help young people enjoy themselves without engaging in underage drinking or drug use."
The study was developed as part of the agency’s strategic initiative on data, outcomes, and quality - an effort to inform policy makers and service providers on the nature and scope of behavioral health issues. It is based on the 2008 DAWN report. DAWN is a public health surveillance system that monitors drug-related hospital emergency department visits reported throughout the nation.
A copy of the study is available at Spotlight Underage Drinking 2010
Information and materials on how to help prevent underage drinking are available at: http://www.underagedrinking.samhsa.gov/.
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Text your Teen and Keep them Safe!
TEXT! Texting a teen on prom night or during graduation parties can send a powerful message. You can use your social networks to encourage parents to text their children. Here are some sample texts PARENTS can use:
Before or during the evening:
Let me know what u r doing 2nite.
Let me know who is (or is going to be) at the party. R his/her parents going 2 b home?
Thinking of u and hoping ur having a great time!... We love u & want u 2 have a fun & safe night.
Have fun 2nite. Remember, alcohol can lead u 2 say and do things u wish u hadn’t.
Remember your promise to us. Be safe tonight. Have fun 2nite. Wanted 2 remind u of the rules: no drinking or drugs!
Have fun, b safe! Call if u need me.
I trust you to make good decisions 2nite
How is the party going? Have fun with ur friends. Remember, we are always here if u need us.
Where r u? Love u. Remember our discussion about drinking. We love you too much to see anything bad happen.
It took me forever to write this text, but wanted to say I’m thinking of you. I love you.
Late Evening: Let me know if u need a ride. I will be right there.
I’m so glad you are my son/daughter. You make me so proud!
Remember to always make good decisions. It only takes 1 bad 1 to ruin all of the good ones.
Don’t forget your curfew. Call me if you need anything.
Be careful coming home. I know you made good decisions, but be cautious of others who aren’t as smart as you!
For more information on Neshkoro Area HCHY activities please contact Tara Chesebro.
Neshkoro news: Welcome Tara Chesebro to HCHY!
For more information on Endeavor Area HCHY activities please contact Sue Allen.
Endeavor News: To join the Endeavor EPIC parent's group, please contact Sue Allen. Bring the kids to play while parents talk.
For more information on Montello Area HCHY activities please contact Tiffany Lodholz.
Montello News: Montello's PIE group meets weekly on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. Parents and kids of all ages welcome. Learn more
In 2011, excessive alcohol consumption in Marquette County cost $17.7 million and contributed to at least 154 alcohol-related hospitalizations. View the full report.