Issue 29: May 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.
Sherburne County – Tobacco Profile 2018
According to the Minnesota Department of Health, the rapid uptake of e-cigarettes and other vaping devices has quickly reversed a long-term trend of declining teen tobacco use in Minnesota.

The Minnesota Student Survey (MSS) also noted declines in youth cigarette smoking, but higher rates of e-cigarette use.  The 2016 MSS added a question on past month e-cigarette use, which was reported by 17% of Sherburne County 8th, 9th, and 11th graders.

Nearly all e-cigarettes contain nicotine, which can harm brain development as teens grow.  No amount of nicotine is safe for youth. 

Learn more about the risks of youth e-cigarette use and access tips for talking to youth here.
National Prescription Drug Take Back Day took place on Saturday, April 28th.  Big thanks to all community members that participated!

Between Becker Police Department, Big Lake Police Department, Princeton Police Department, and the Sherburne County Sheriff's Office, approximately 43 pounds of unused and unwanted medications were collected and disposed of! 

These events are held each October and April to provide opportunities for communities to prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths. 
As of April 1, 2018, Minnesota’s suicide prevention and mental health crisis texting services are now available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

People who text MN to 741741 will be connected to Crisis Text Line.  Crisis Text Line handles 50,000 messages per month and over 20 million messages since 2013 from across the U.S., connecting people to local resources in their community.

For callers who are the most in distress, average wait times for a response is only 39 seconds.

Marketing materials such as the postcard above are available here.
Sticker Shock Campaign
Sticker Shock is an activity designed to remind adults to keep alcohol out of the hands of youth.

Youth and adult participants involved in Sticker Shock placed approximately 2,500 stickers and 2,000 bottle hangers on alcoholic beverages that might appeal to underage drinkers with a warning message about the penalties for providing alcohol to anyone under 21.

The activity was conducted before prom and graduation season as celebrations with alcohol are common and can turn dangerous for underage drinkers.
9 local businesses participated in Sticker Shock, including:
  • Beck’s Pub in Becker
  • Briggs Lake Liquor in Palmer Township
  • Lake Liquors and SAFE Discount Liquor in Big Lake
  • Northbound and Westbound Liquor in Elk River
  • P & A Liquor and Uptown Offsale in Zimmerman
  • Sand Dunes Spirits in Orrock Township
The SUP Coalition would like to thank the businesses listed above for supporting your community and helping to keep our youth safe!

Read more about the Sticker Shock event that took place at Big Lake’s Lake Liquors here.  
Lessons Learned from Marijuana
March 2018
“Colorado and Washington legalized marijuana in 2012, followed by Alaska and Oregon in 2014.  The District of Columbia legalized cultivation and possession in 2014.

Today’s highly potent marijuana represents a growing and significant threat to public health and safety, a threat that is amplified by a new marijuana industry intent on profiting from heavy use.”

Read through a newly released report that contains updated information on what is being observed in various states that have legalized marijuana, including youth and school impacts, impaired driving, hospital and ER visits, and marijuana exposures reported to poison control centers. 
  • June 1, 2018 – YMCA "Get Summer" Membership. Beginning June 1st, teens entering grades 9-12 can join the Elk River YMCA for FREE. Register on-line or in-person. 
  • June 20, 2018 – SUP Coalition Meeting in the Sheriff’s Office Emergency Operations Center (EOC) from 9:00—10:30 am.
  • July 19-22, 2018 – Sherburne County Fair. Stop and visit the SUP Coalition Booth and Hidden in Plain Sight exhibit on Saturday, July 21!
  • August 15, 2018 – SUP Coalition Meeting in the Sheriff’s Office Emergency Operations Center (EOC) from 9:00—10:30 am.
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