Issue 38: February 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.
Chronic State Documentary discusses how marijuana normalization impacts communities in various ways including taxes, traffic safety issues, youth usage, crime, health consequences, and environmental concerns.  There appear to be many unintended consequences to the recreational marijuana movement.  Well worth your time to watch!

Marijuana, Mental Illness, and Violence
A book written by Alex Berenson, a former reporter for the New York Times, titled “Tell Your Children” brings up ill-effects of long term marijuana use beyond that of lower IQ scores.  Berenson found that cannabis has been associated with legitimate reports of psychotic behavior and violence and cites various statistics and studies that confirm this concern.  

Tobacco Cessation Resources for Youth

This can be accessed online here
WCCO reports on a potential test option that could help determine
if your child is using vape products without your knowledge.

When Your Child Vapes,
What’s a Parent to Do?
Coalition Member Spotlight

Meet McKade Poirier  

DREAM Team leader at
Rogers High School

Member since 2017


Q: What excites you about the SUP Coalition and its work?

What excites me is the amount of help there is out there. As a student, it’s very hard to get ideas brought to life and the SUP Coalition really helps with that, which is a tremendous thing on both parts. I love how they have students involved so they can know what the “cool” and “popular” things are for the current generation.
Q: In your opinion, what are you most proud of that the SUP Coalition has done or is working on?

I am currently most proud of how far the “Be Real” campaign has gone. I’ve been a part of this for 2 years now and its super cool to see a big project grow some legs and have people in the real world see and hear these different things that are going on within the communities, schools, and the Coalition.

Q: What is one tip you have for parents/caring adults in terms of prevention?

Don’t even try it. My parents have said that to me many times and every time, I trust them. We are a medical family with both parents in the field and every day they see new things that people are dealing with. They say that at least 50% of the people who they see have some sort of nicotine, alcohol, or drug dependency.

  • March 1, 2019 – Elk River Safe Schools Meeting (ERHS Room #105) from 9:00 – 10:00 am
    • “E-cig’s and Other Vaping Devices:  What Professionals Need to Know” presentation by Dan Bradley and Kasey Cable
  • March 8, 2019 – Let’s Talk:  A Science of the Positive Approach to Communication with Jason Anderson
    • Located at the Wright County Law Enforcement Center from 10:00 – 2:00 pm
    • Free, but pre-registration is required for lunch count.  Register at:
  • March 20, 2019 – SUP Coalition Meeting in the Sherburne County Government Center Jury Assembly Room from 9:00—10:30 am.
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