December 2013 – Includes information about a Janesville Social Host Ordinance, JM4C’s Coalition Self-Assessment, and New York City’s ban on selling tobacco to anyone under 21.
November 2013 Included in this issue: Take a Quick Survey to Help JM4C; Highlights from the Annual Meeting; ‘Craze’ Supplement contains Meth-like ingredient; Ways to Get Involved
October 2013 Topics in this newsletter include the recent alcohol compliance checks in Janesville, a new drug in the US – Krokodil, an invitation to JM4C’s annual meeting, and several ways to get involved in making our community healthier and safer.
September 2013 Topics in this month’s newsletter include local messages being sent to our youth regarding alcohol (wait until you see these pictures!), information on bath salts, and recent training opportunities attended by our coalition members.
August 2013 Topics included in this month’s newsletter included: JM4C’s participation in the national Community Anti Drug Coalitions of America Mid-Year Conference, synthetic drugs, merchandise glamorizing prescription drug abuse, and ways you can be involved in JM4C’s efforts to make Janesville a healthier, safer community.
July 2013 Topics in this month’s newsletter include: JM4C’s July Campaign – The Easiest Place for Kids to Get Beer is Right Next to the Milk, Smoking Alcohol, and information on Wisconsin’s Drug Take Back efforts.
Are you an easy source of alcohol for youth? Would you know if a few beers went missing from your garage or basement refrigerator? Could you tell if a few shots of liquor disappeared from one of your bottles?
All too often, sometimes without even realizing it, we provide access to alcohol for our children. Youth tell us during listening sessions and through surveys that alcohol is ‘pretty easy’ to get from friends and family members. With 30% of high school students drinking alcohol in the last 30 days, we have to believe that it isn’t very hard for teens to get their hands on alcohol.
During the month of July, Janesville Mobilizing 4 Change (JM4C) is working to bring awareness to the issue of easy access of alcohol in the home. It is the hope of the coalition that adults will be more aware of the environment they provide in their own homes and make small changes that will prevent youth from obtaining alcohol. These small changes can include taking stock of your alcohol inventory and periodically check for missing items or installing a lock on your garage or basement refrigerator. Not only will this lock prevent your own children from taking alcohol, but it will also prevent you from being a victim of ‘garaging’. ‘Garaging’ is a slang term referring to the act of stealing alcohol out of open garages.
JM4C will be awarding refrigerator locks to several lucky winners in July! You can enter this drawing by emailing email@example.com, visiting our booth at the Janesville Farmers’ Market on July 13th and 20th, or checking out our refrigerator display in the lobby of the Hedberg Public Library.
Reducing availability to alcohol will help prevent youth from drinking, but it is not the only piece of the puzzle. As a community we need to send a clear message that underage drinking is not going to be allowed or tolerated. Be a part of making Janesville a healthier, safer community and do not allow access to alcohol (intentionally or unintentionally) to youth in your home!