Issue 28: April 2018
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The SUP Coalition is a community-focused coalition comprised of individuals
that reside or work in Sherburne County and are committed to reducing
youth substance use through community collaboration.
Resisting Peer Pressure 
It can be difficult for kids to resist peer pressure, especially in the heat of the moment when a parent or other caring adult isn't there to advise them. 

Also, kids often get into trouble when they act without thinking, so talking regularly about peer pressure can help prepare your child when they have to face a difficult situation with friends.

Here are five tips from TeenSafe for helping your child deal with pressure from friends:

Tip 1: Be proactive: Talk through scenarios ahead of time.  Don’t wait until your teen stumbles home smelling of pot to have a conversation about drugs and alcohol.  It’s not going to do your teen any favors to shelter them from the realities they’ll face.

Tip 2: The way you say it is just as important as what you say.  When having these talks, it’s easy to become emotional and resort to lecturing.  However, try to maintain a calm, friendly, and neutral tone of voice. 

Tip 3: Don’t criticize their experimental peers.  For teens, their friends often function as their (chosen) family.  Even if you aren’t a huge fan of the company your child keeps, refrain from attacking or criticizing their more experimental pals.
Tip 4: Appeal to their goals, not yours.  Every person measures success in their own way.  Make the extra effort to learn how your teen understands success, and guide them in making choices that will help them reach those goals. 

Tip 5: Come up with a script.  As humans, it’s very hard for us to come up with intelligent answers on the spot.  Sit down with your teen and help them come up with answers that feel natural and personal.  Let your kids know that if they ever face peer pressure they don't know how to resist, they can always refuse by blaming you.  
Parents are the most powerful influence in a child’s life.  Talk early and often about the risks, set clear rules against drug use, and enforce reasonable consequences for breaking the rules.  Learn more at

Prescription Drug Take Back Day

The DEA’s Take Back Day events provide an opportunity for you to prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths.

Too often, unused prescription drugs find their way into the wrong hands.

Clean out your medicine cabinets and turn in - safely and anonymously - your prescription drugs to one of four drug disposal boxes located throughout the Sherburne County area.
  • Becker Police Department
  • Big Lake Police Department
  • Princeton Police Department
  • Sherburne County Sheriff’s Office
Enabling: What Is It?

"In order to be healthy human beings, we need to learn how to take responsibility for our own behaviors.  We need to learn that we can’t change others, only ourselves.  When parents make excuses or minimize their child’s behaviors they cheat them from experiencing the consequences of their behavior.

As an adolescent addiction counselor for the past 34 years, I have seen a shift in clients who abuse their parents (emotionally, financially and physically), and I think this is a direct connection to an increase in enabling.  It’s important as parents that we adhere to what we say and consistently follow through with consequences.  There must be clear limits and boundaries with our children; otherwise they will never learn how to take responsibility for their actions.  You won’t always be there to help your child, so it’s important they know the skills to prosper because the world won’t enable your child’s behavior."

Begin to work on setting limits, encouraging healthy behaviors, and ignoring unwanted behaviors.  Learn more

- Francine Kosse, Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor with Fairview Behavioral Services
Student News 
Our student groups in Becker, Big Lake, Elk River, Rogers, Spectrum, and Zimmerman have been very busy!  Each group has been planning and hosting several activities and events in their respective schools from presentations and skits for their younger middle school peers to festivities in the park. 

Our student groups work to reduce alcohol and other drug use among students in their school and community.  They want to create a fun and healthy environment for their peers, free of the impacts of drugs and their negative effects.

Thanks, students for all of your hard work!
Meet Margaret Genung
Owner of Uptown Offsale in Zimmerman
Member since 2017

Q: What was the experience or motivating factor that compelled you to join the SUP Coalition? 
M: I felt the need to join SUP to help bring awareness to my community.  Having a liquor store is a great outlet for the Sticker Shock Program.  Alicia Maxwell contacted me about the program and in our conversations you could hear her passion, which motivated me to support their efforts. 
Q: In your opinion, what are you most proud of that the SUP Coalition has done or is working on?

M: Being the owner of a liquor store, I am very pleased to be part of the team that distributes the Sticker Shock tags on alcoholic beverages.  This messaging is so important for adults to hear to help keep our youth safe.  
Q: What do you do in your spare time? 

My three favorite "to do's" are spending time with animals, gardening, and visiting with seniors.  Animals give such unconditional love.  After a rough day at work, they help to calm me.  Gardening is also therapeutic for me.  I love digging in the dirt, planting seeds, and seeing what grows.  Also, you can always learn something new from those older than you.  They are a wealth of information.
  • April 28, 2018 – DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. Local law enforcement agencies will be participating. 
  • May 10, 2018From Statistics to Solutions Conference: Addressing Underlying Issues of Youth Substance Use at Hennepin Technical College in Brooklyn Park.
  • May 16, 2018 – SUP Coalition Meeting in the Sheriff’s Office Emergency Operations Center (EOC) from 9:00—10:30 am.
  • May 13-19, 2018 – SAMHSA’s National Prevention Week is an annual health observance dedicated to increasing public awareness of, and action around, substance abuse and mental health issues.  Obtain available resources here.
  • May 19, 2018 – Support Your Local Heroes—1st Responder’s Event at Viking Land in Sauk Rapids from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. Learn more here
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