February 2024
Upcoming Events!
Free Parenting Mini Workshop
Virtual Parenting Workshop:

Friday, February 9th
9-10:30 AM

Certificates will be given at the completion of the entire series.

For more information, please contact:
Anita Rothert at 734-785-7705 x 7035
How to Create Healthy Food for Babies
-Free Workshop-
Tuesday, February 6th, 2024
1:00 PM - 2:30PM, via Zoom

For more information, please contact:
Anita Rothert at 734-785-7705 x 7035
OUT in Nature
Drop-in art day! Make fish prints, cast an animal track, design a unique bird, or work on your own project. Wear clothes you don't mind getting some art on!

This is an all-ages, family friendly event, open and free to the community!

Meet us at the Refuge Visitor Center
Saturday, March 2nd, 1:00p - 3:00 p.m.

Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge 5437 W Jefferson Ave, Trenton, MI 48183
Compete with the Prevention Staff on the Goosechase App!
New month means new missions! Starting February 1st, new missions are opened on the app, allowing anyone and everyone to compete with the Prevention Department. Winning team is rewarded a $50 Starbucks gift card. All missions end by February 29th.

Any questions or concerns, please contact: Melissa Panter at MPanter@iamtgc.net
Navigating the Opioid Crisis: A Critical Message for Small Business Owners
As we enter the holiday season, it's crucial to address a growing concern that affects workplaces across the nation—opioid use. The opioid epidemic continues to claim lives, and its impact extends into the professional realm.
Opioids, including prescription painkillers and synthetics like fentanyl, caused over 80,000 deaths in the U.S. in 2021.¹ The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that approximately 220 people die daily from opioid overdoses, often involving dangerous variations of fentanyl. ²

Why Small Business Owners Should Pay Attention:
Workplace Safety: Opioid use can compromise workplace safety, affecting employees' focus, alertness, and decision-making abilities.
Employee Well-being: As revealed by a recent survey, approximately 3 in 10 adults have dealt with opioid addiction personally or within their families. ³ Addressing this issue is essential for supporting the well-being of your workforce.

Recognizing the Signs and Taking Action:
Understanding the signs of an opioid overdose—such as constricted pupils, shallow breathing, and loss of consciousness—is crucial. Immediate administration of Narcan can reverse the effects and save lives. For more information on supervisor training to help your employees recognize impairment, check out NDWA's trainings.

Prevention and Education:
Promoting alternatives to opioids for pain management and educating employees about the risks associated with opioid use are proactive steps small business owners can take.
It's an employer's responsibility to create a safe and supportive environment for employees. By staying informed about the opioid crisis and implementing preventive measures, we can contribute to a healthier and more resilient workforce.
¹ Drug overdose death rates | National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2023, September 25). National Institute on Drug Abuse. https://nida.nih.gov/research-topics/trends-statistics/overdose-death-rates
²Overdose Graphics | Resources | Drug overdose. (n.d.). https://www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/resources/graphics/overdose.html
³KFF Tracking Poll July 2023: Substance use crisis and accessing Treatment | KFF. (2023, August 15). KFF. https://www.kff.org/other/poll-finding/kff-tracking-poll-july-2023-substance-use-crisis-and-accessing-treatment/
UTSW Q&A: Experts talk about opioid abuse, risks, treatment. (2023, August 16). https://www.utsouthwestern.edu/newsroom/articles/year-2023/aug-q-a-opioid-abuse-risks-treatment.html

For more information, please contact: Home - National Drug-Free Workplace Alliance (ndwa.org)
The Prevention Department is out and about in Downriver!
During January, the Prevention department has been going to local retailers and providing new electronic ID scanners at no cost to the retailer!

Pictured: Retailer from Metro Vapors
SUDDs Coalition
The mission of the SUDDS Coalition is to prevent underage drinking and drug use in the Downriver community.

The SUDDs Coalition consists of community members from local schools, law enforcement, city government, faith-based groups, businesses, hospitals, and many other organizations. The SUDDs Coalition is supported by The Guidance Center and funded through the Drug Free Communities Support Program.
If you would like to get involved or require more information, contact Lisa Horvath:
734.785.7700. ext. 7361
Awareness Month
February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month
What we know as humans, is that relationships are complicated. They come with many emotions, decisions and maturity, the ability to have a conversation without imparting judgment and being able to see when we fall into the traps of anger, jealousy, and selfishness.

Teenage relationships can be incredibly riddled with complications, there is a maturity to relationships that teens may not have reached yet, and so their relationships may be more likely to involve unhealthy violent or abusive behaviors. It is important for us to take the time to talk with our teens about romantic relationships and help them to recognize healthy, unhealthy, abusive and destructive behaviors. We can do that by having open and direct conversations, showing that healthy maturity in our relationships with our children, spouses and other relationships that they see and by us knowing the red flags and signs that our teen may be in an unhealthy relationship.

Some of these red flags:

· Excessive jealousy or insecurity;
· Invasions of your privacy;
· Unexpected bouts of anger or rage;
· Unusual moodiness;
· Pressuring a partner into unwanted sexual activity;
· Blaming you for problems in the relationship and not taking any responsibility for the same;
· Controlling tendencies;
· Explosive temper;
· Preventing you from going out with or talking to other people;
· Constantly monitoring your whereabouts and checking in to see what you are doing and who you are with;
· Falsely accusing you of things;
· Vandalizing or ruining your personal property;
· Taunting or bullying; or
· Threatening or causing physical violence.

If your partner frequently engages in these behaviors, it may be wise to speak with someone with whom you feel comfortable. Adults who have experience with relationships may be able to provide advice that can help you to determine if you are in any danger. (teendvmonth.org, 2024)

Dating violence is more common than you may think, especially among teens and young adults: 1 in 3 U.S. teens will experience physical, sexual, or emotional abuse from someone they're in a relationship with before becoming adults. Teen dating violence profoundly impacts lifelong health, opportunity, and wellbeing. Unhealthy relationships can start early and last a lifetime. The good news is violence is preventable, and we can all help young people grow up violence-free.

Teen dating violence (TDV), also called, “dating violence”, is an adverse childhood experience that affects millions of young people in the United States. Dating violence can take place in person, online, or through technology. It is a type of intimate partner violence that can include the following types of behavior:

· Physical violence is when a person hurts or tries to hurt a partner by hitting, kicking, or using another type of physical force.
· Sexual violence is forcing or attempting to force a partner to take part in a sex act and or sexual touching when the partner does not consent or is unable to consent or refuse. It also includes non-physical sexual behaviors like posting or sharing sexual pictures of a partner without their consent or sexting someone without their consent.
· Psychological aggression is the use of verbal and non-verbal communication with the intent to harm a partner mentally or emotionally and exert control over a partner.
· Stalking is a pattern of repeated, unwanted attention and contact by a current or former partner that causes fear or safety concern for an individual victim or someone close to the victim. (CDC.gov)

Additional Resources:

Teen Dating Violence Prevention Resources - 2023 Update | National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC)

Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention | Info on Teen Dating Violence (teendvmonth.org)

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Monthly Coalition Meetings
Coalition Meetings are every 3rd Wednesday of the month at 5:30PM, in person, at 19401 Northline Rd. Bdlg. 5, Southgate, MI 48195. For more information on meeting times and links please visit our website: SUDDs.info
If you or someone you know is struggling, please reach out to the new National Suicide Prevention Hotline: Call 988
[734.785.7700. ext. 7361]  [LHorvath@iamtgc.net]