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November 2016 Newsletter

Marijuana Prevention
More Important Than Ever

Although a majority of Nevadans voted to legalize recreational marijuana in the state, a new report issued by the U.S. Surgeon General adds to the scientific evidence highlighting the dangers of marijuana use and emphasizing prevention as essential for protecting youth. 

Some of the report's findings:
  • Long-term health consequences of marijuana use: mental health problems, frequent respiratory infections, increased risk for cancer, and suppression of the immune system.
  • Other serious health-related issues stemming from marijuana use: breathing problems; increased risk of cancer of the head, neck, lungs, and respiratory tract; babies born with problems with attention, memory, and problem solving (when used by the mother during pregnancy).
  • Increased risk for traffic accidents
  • Increased risk of schizophrenia
  • Increased risk of addiction from high-potency marijuana
  • Permanent loss of IQ
Click here to read the full report. 

If you'd like to be involved in JTNN's marijuana prevention efforts, please contact 

Please Welcome JTNN's New Youth and Community Outreach Specialist 

Hi, my name is Cortney Huth and I am the new Youth and Community Outreach Specialist. I grew up in Northern Nevada and attended Mount Rose Elementary, Swope Middle, and Reno High School. I graduated from UNR in 2002, and have worked in community resource and referral since 2008. 

Prior to coming on board with JTNN, I was the Family Readiness Support Program Manager for the Nevada Army National Guard. In this position, I designed and implemented training programs that promoted and sustained the military life cycle for Service Members and their families. When I am not busy working or being a mom to my 10 year old daughter, I enjoy running, traveling, Disneyland, and doing nails (I am also a licensed nail technician). I am very excited to be a part of JTNN, and I look forward to all the new opportunities that await.

Washoe County Residents Dispose of Over 200,000
Pills at Rx Round Up

The semi-annual Prescription Drug Round Up was held Saturday, October 22 throughout the state. Washoe County’s drop off sites collected over 225,000 pills that would have otherwise been discarded in an environmentally unfriendly manner or potentially fallen into the wrong hands. Almost 2.2 million pills have been collected at the Washoe County Round Up events since 2009.

If you missed the Round Up, you can dispose of unwanted, expired medications 24-hours-a-day at the Walgreens located at 750 N. Virginia
(over I-80).
Please visit our website for more information about the Round Up and future collection dates.

JTNN's Newest 
"Just The Facts"
Drug Information Rack Cards 


A series of rack cards are being created to highlight various drugs. The main goal of each card is to educate the reader about how the drug is used and how it impacts a person's mind and body. 

The cards shown here -  Just The Facts: Meth, Just The Facts: Bath Salts, and Just The Facts: K2/Spice - are available in bulk if you'd like them displayed at your work site. Email to request copies. Additional drugs will be highlighted in the coming months.

Click on each of the images above to see full size version of each card.

Holiday Tips For All Families


Hazelden Betty Ford suggests the following tips to enjoy the holidays.

Model desired behavior at holiday parties. The majority of youth view their parents as their primary role models on issues of using alcohol or other drugs. Holiday family gatherings are an ideal venue at which parents and grandparents can demonstrate responsible alcohol use to younger generations.

Share your stories. Holiday get-togethers are a great time to share stories from one generation to the next. Personal stories can be enormously powerful in changing lives. Hearing their parents' stories about past alcohol or drug use can help youth make more responsible decisions about their own substance use. 

Set boundaries. If there is known alcohol or other drug use among family members, set firm boundaries around family celebrations. Let family members know ahead of time that substance abuse will not be tolerated during your festivities
and Articles
of Interest:

Marijuana In Colorado: A Warning About Dabbing

New Smartphone App Helps Doctors Treat Opioid Addiction

Millennial Women Have Closed the Drinking Gap

Marijuana Use Among Young People

Other States Legalizing Recreational Pot Could Benefit Colorado

Investigation:The DEA Slowed Enforcement While the Opioid Epidemic Grew Out of Control

Nearly 30 Percent of U.S. Cancer Deaths Tied to Smoking Cigarettes

The Drug Industry’s Answer to Opioid Addiction: More Pills

Wanted: New Mexicans Who Can Pass a Drug Test

Generation Adderall

Smoking Marajuana Really Can Ruin Your Life

Nonmedical Prescription Opioid and Heroin Use Among Adolescents Who Engage In Sports and Exercise

A Silent Epidemic

Drugs That Reverse Opioid Overdoses Are Being Pushed to the Masses

Denver Man Arrested After Allegedly Shooting, Killing Teen In Marijuana-Filled

An Opioid Spray Showered Billionaire John Kapoor In Riches. Now He's Feeling the Pain

Kratom Gets Reprieve From Drug Enforcement Administration

Research on Substance Abuse and Bullying Yields Some Surprising Findings

Here’s What America Would Be Like With Legal Pot

Check out the JTNN Calendar of Events here.

Click here for the JTNN blog.
Executive Board Members

Diana Lee, Chair, Community Member

Darin Balaam,
Vice Chair, Community Member

Roger Bahten, Secretary/ Treasurer, Washoe County School District

Joseph Burfield, Community Member

Dianne Drinkwater, Washoe County District Attorney's Office

Greta Engelbrecht, University of Nevada, Reno, Sanford Center for Aging

Tom Green, Washoe County Sheriff's Office

Judi Kosterman,
Brain Treatment Center

Sheila Leslie, Washoe County Social Services

Laura Newman, Community Member

Staff Members

Jennifer DeLett-Snyder,
Executive Director

Courtney Huth,
Youth and Community Outreach Specialist

Amber Johnson, Prevention Specialist

Ann Murdoch, Bookkeeper

Jill Young,
Marketing Specialist

Copyright © 2016 Join Together Northern Nevada, All rights reserved.
This publication is made possible, in part, by a grant from the Division of Public and Behavioral Health.

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