Issue 47: November 2019
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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.

Thank you to everyone that attended our recent community event, “Youth E-Cigarette Use: Clearing the Cloud on Vaping”. We appreciate your interest in being involved in a community conversation around the latest trends on youth vaping. 

We hope our event helped you better understand the latest research on e-cigarettes and the health risks associated with vaping and how your role as a parent, caregiver, healthcare professional, and/or school staff can influence how young people view vaping. 
For those unable to attend, the presentation was recorded and can be viewed
here. Information on our panel members is available here.

Please share the link with friends, family, and colleagues. The more that receive this education the better.

Below is a list of websites that we encourage you to use if you would like more information and resources on vaping:
Cambria recently launched a campaign to help educate students and parents about the dangers of e-cigarettes and vapes called, “They Lied. We Know.”.
Learn more about this epidemic using several resources available through their website, including recent news updates, what to look for, what’s inside a vape, and cessation support.
Although sometimes more subtle, there are clues to look for to see if your child is vaping.
Vaping – Related Lung Injuries
Reports continue to emerge about severe lung injuries potentially related to vaping and e-cigarette use among teens and adults. The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is partnering with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to determine a cause and what steps may be taken to prevent additional illness.
To date more than 2,000 cases have been reported from multiple states. Many of the patients’ report having vaped illegal THC (a component of marijuana). In addition, the CDC has identified vitamin E acetate as a chemical of concern. Vitamin E acetate is used as an additive, most notably as a thickening agent in THC-containing e-cigarette, or vaping, products.    
The CDC recommends:
  • No use of vaping products that contain THC, particularly any obtained from friends, family, or in-person or online dealers
  • Vitamin E acetate should not be added to any e-cigarette or vaping products
  • People should not add any substance to e-cigarette or vaping products that are not intended by the manufacturer, including products purchased through retail establishments  
Both the CDC and MDH continue to share weekly updates about the investigation on their websites: The inhalation of harmful chemicals can cause irreversible lung damage and lung disease.

View an interactive image of affected lungs

'Tis the season for spending more time with family. This Thanksgiving take the time to have conversations about alcohol and other drugs with your children. 

It's less about one big scary conversation and more about many everyday-style conversations focused on avoiding substance use. 

Not sure where to start? Help prepare by reading through tough questions children may ask, and keep these five conversation goals in mind.

Find additional resources here and throughout this e-Newsletter to help you start – and keep up – the conversation about the dangers of drinking alcohol and using other drugs at a young age.
Growing Pains for Legal Weed in California 

The promoters of legalization routinely claim that, among other things, legalization will result in the elimination of the black market and will shower the state with sky high tax revenues. California voters were sold the line that pot taxes would bring in upwards of $1 billion in revenue. 
CBS’s “60 Minutes” presented a segment on how the marijuana black market in California is "burning up profits" of the state's "legal" marijuana industry. Watch the segment here
Here is a one-pager on marijuana tax revenues, 'Revenues vs. Reality'. You will notice that revenues often fall short of what was promised. Of the six states for which there is data, four of them (CO, WA, CA, and AK) missed initial revenue targets.

Alcohol, Tobacco, & Marijuana Use Among MN Youth: 2019 Update

Review the following
slideshow developed by the MN Department of Health that looks to:
  • Describe trends in the prevalence of alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana use from 2001 to 2019 among MN youth
  • Discuss the co-occurrence of alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana use among MN youth
  • Describe disparities in alcohol tobacco, and marijuana use among MN youth
  • Discuss evidence-based strategies for preventing substance use
Legislature Aims to Raise State Nicotine Purchasing Age, Ban Flavored Vapes

“In an attempt to curb underage vaping, Minnesota legislators announced plans to restrict vape and tobacco products statewide.

Two proposed bills would raise the state’s nicotine minimum purchasing age to 21 and ban flavored vape products. The proposals come after three Minnesotans died from vaping-related lung injuries earlier this year, which lawmakers say gives the measures a new urgency.”
Continue reading here.  

MDH Lab Finds Vitamin E Acetate in 2019 Illicit Vaping Products but not in 2018 Products

"Testing by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) Public Health Laboratory has found that samples of vaping products from 2019, including some from patients with serious lung injuries, contained vitamin E acetate, while product obtained by law enforcement from 2018 did not.

These findings, reported in the CDC's MMWR publicationprovide more evidence that vitamin E acetate is playing a role in the current outbreak of vaping lung injuries."

Renewed Push to Expand Medical Marijuana

Lawmakers and advocates are pressing to open up the state's medical cannabis program to people in chronic pain. Minnesota Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm is expected to announce her decision the first week of December.
The current list of qualifying conditions includes: Glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, Tourette Syndrome, ALS, Seizures, Cancer, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Crohn's Disease, Terminal illnesses, Intractable pain, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Autism, Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Alzheimer's. 
Continue reading here.

Trump Retreats from Flavor Ban for E-Cigarettes

“President Trump told the nation that he was moving to ban the sale of most flavored e-cigarettes as teen vaping continued to rise.

…Two months later, he has resisted moving ahead on any vaping action and the effort appears to be stalled.”
Continue reading here
  • December 4, 2019 – Webinar – “Quitting Tobacco for Good: How Digital Cessation Programs are Making an Impact in Communities, Workplaces and Beyond” from 1:00 – 2:30 pm. Register here.
  • December 11, 2019 – Webinar – “The Cost of Addiction in the Workplace” from 12:00 – 1:00 pm. Register here.
  • December 13, 2019 – Webinar – “Current Health Perspectives on the Legalization of Cannabis” at 12:00 pm. Senior Scientist Ken Winters will address several specific arguments in the cannabis legislation debate. Register here.
  • December 18, 2019 – SUP Coalition Meeting in the Sherburne County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Operations Center (EOC) from 9:00 – 10:30 am.
  • January 15, 2020 – SUP Coalition Meeting in the Sherburne County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Operations Center (EOC) from 9:00 – 10:30 am.
  • February 19, 2020 – SUP Coalition Meeting in the Sherburne County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Operations Center (EOC) from 9:00 – 10:30 am.
  • April 23, 2020 – MN Adult & Teen Challenge Conference: From Statistics to Solutions at Minneapolis Marriott West. Learn more here. If interested in attending, contact Alicia.
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