"True Blue" Drug Free Community
Donna Bumpus, True Blue Coordinator
True Blue Website
Webster County, Kentucky, ASAP and Webster County Schools partnered to write a federal Drug Free Communities Grant in the spring of 2017 and were notified in September they were awarded the $625,000 grant over a five year period. The purpose of the grant is to provide the Webster County youth and community with drug prevention educational activities and resources. The Webster County True Blue Drug Free Community was officially established in November, 2017. On December 10th, 2018, County Judge Executive, Steve Henry, with the approval of Webster County Fiscal Court, declared the first day of each month in 2019 to be "True Blue" Day in Webster County. All county residents are encouraged to wear blue on the 1st day of each month to promote and show support for the county's True Blue initiative which supports a drug free Webster County. Since its inception in 2017, True Blue has provided Character Counts training in Webster County Schools and organized faith-based and law enforcement groups around the True Blue initiative. True Blue has provided free anti-drug/alcohol/tobacco resources, training and speakers in the community. Webster County residents are encouraged to participate in drug prevention education activities. For more information, contact Donna Bumpus, Coordinator @ firstname.lastname@example.org or 270-639-0383.
TRUE BLUE PROCLAMATION
L-R: Courtney Menser-YES Center Coord.; Jerry Brown-Magistrate; Tony Felker-Magistrate; Pam Hunter-WC Health Coalition; Katie Alexander-UK Ext and ASAP Board Member; Carolyn Sholar-True Blue Director; Chad Townsend-Magistrate; Donna Bumpus-True Blue Coordinator; Melea Ramin-DCBS Supervisor; Todd Jones-Game Warden; Kristi Higdon-FRYSC Coord.; Leesa Russell-ASAP Board Member; Wade Raymer-UK Extension; Natalie Green-UK Extension; Steve Henry-County Judge Executive
L-R: Pam Hunter--Webster County Health Coalition; Rich Nading--Green River District Health Department; Carolyn Sholar--True Blue Webster County Shools Director; Tony Felker--Magistrate; Donna Bumpus--True Blue DFC Director; Steve Henry--County Judge Executive; Kristi Higdon--Webster County Schools FRYSC; Chad Townsend--Magistrate; Melea Ramin--DCBS Supervisor; Dianne McFarling--River Valley Behavioral Health Specialist; Jerry Brown--Magistrate
Juuling is Latest Craze
“Juuling” is the latest craze among teens that’s raising health concerns. It’s named after a vaping device, the JUUL, which is intended to help adults kick cigarettes. They can be bought at most convenience stores. The JUUL delivers nicotine and looks like a flash drive. It can actually be placed into the USB port of a computer to be charged. Doctors are concerned there is a misconception among teenagers that the device is safe.
A lot of these cartridges are actually marketed as health products. They have ‘healthy’ flavors, things like mango and berry that are associated with high antioxidants. But they’re just flavors. There are no actual health benefits. The CDC has found that these flavors are a big part of the reason teens are latching onto these products. 60 percent of kids believed that pods used in Juuls (a specific brand of e-cigarette) were nicotine free — when the reality is that 99 percent of these products contain nicotine.
“The use of these e-cigarettes like the popular Juul brand is spiking among youth, but parents often aren't even sure what they are and many teens mistakenly believe there are no serious health risks.” View this video from Education Week's website.
Benchmark NIH Survey Finds Marijuana Use Significantly Higher Among 10th Graders, Vaping Also Significantly Increasing
Tenth grade marijuana use up 10% versus two years ago; vaping marijuana is up more than fifty percent among all age groups; edibles remain popular
(Alexandria, VA) - In the past few years, marijuana use is up significantly, by 10%, among 10th graders, and current vaping of marijuana is up 63% for eighth and tenth graders and 53% for twelfth graders, according to new numbers from the largest drug use survey in the United States. The 2018 Monitoring the Future survey, compiled by researchers at the University of Michigan and funded by the National Institutes of Health, is the benchmark for student drug use in the United States.
"The marijuana industry's efforts to glamorize and normalize marijuana appears to be working. After a decline in use, marijuana use is on the rise again over the past few years, particularly among 10th graders, and especially with respect to vaping," said Dr. Kevin Sabet, president and founder of Smart Approaches to Marijuana, and a former three-time White House drug policy advisor. "And today's marijuana isn't what it used to be: THC levels can be 50 times higher than in the past, especially when vaped. We call on regulators to stop the sales of 99% THC vapes and edibles, the two most likely modes of administration after smoking, and to press pause on further proposals to commercialize THC."
In addition, the study found that the percentage of youth who say they would use marijuana if it was legal has increased, and that 12th graders admitting to driving after using marijuana is significantly higher. Marijuana use has been known to more than double the chance of being in a car crash.
"The commercialization of the marijuana industry and its partnership with groups such as Juul and other Big Tobacco organizations like Altria is now cultivating youth-friendly methods of use, as evidenced by the huge increases in marijuana vaping rates. Legalization today is about enriching Big Tobacco, plain and simple."
Today's marijuana is especially harmful to adolescents and is known to have a whole host of damaging effects on developing brains. Adolescent marijuana use severely impacts the ability of our youth to learn, greatly increases the risk of serious mental illness, impairs memory, and can even result in a loss of up to eight IQ points.