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March 2017 Newsletter

JTNN's 2016 Comprehensive
Community Prevention Plan


Like many other communities in Nevada, substance misuse is a serious concern in Washoe County. Many communities bear a heavy burden from the widespread use and abuse of tobacco, alcohol, and illegal drugs that can result in increased accidents, health costs, violence, and crime.

Every two years, JTNN uses SAMHSA’s Strategic Prevention Framework to assess Washoe County, determine capacity, plan projects, implement projects, and evaluate what has been done. From there, a Comprehensive Community Prevention Plan (CCPP) is developed - a guide for JTNN's prevention efforts in the community.

Click here to read the full 2016 CCPP or here to read Key Findings from those who participated in our online survey and focus groups.

Washoe Youth Ready to "Speak Out"

JTNN's youth peer educator group, Speak Out, has recently added 11 new students from Reed High School, McQueen High School, Galena High School, TMCC High School, and University of Nevada, Reno. New members were selected after an extensive interviewing process and have completed special training.

The team, whose goal it is to talk to their peers about substance misuse prevention topics — myths and facts about drugs, how to refuse drugs and alcohol, and the warning signs of substance abuse — will make presentations in April through the end of the school year.

JTNN is working with Washoe County School District’s 21st Century Community Learning and their Team Up Coordinators to bring this peer-to-peer education to after school programs. By the end of the school year, Speak Out teams will have presented 11 times to eight different schools, assisted at numerous community events, and discussed the dangers of substance misuse to over 400 youth.

JTNN will introduce one Speak Out member each week on social media. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram to meet and learn more about each member.

Save The Date:
Prescription Drug Round Up
Saturday, April 29


It's that time of year again! Get ready to safely dispose of your unneeded, unwanted medications at the Prescription Drug Round Up on Saturday, April 29 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.. 

Drop Off Locations:

  • Raleys - 18144 Wedge Parkway, Reno
  • SaveMart - 4995 Kietzke Lane, Reno
  • Smith’s - 175 Lemmon Drive, Reno
  • Walgreens - 10370 N. McCarran Blvd., Reno
  • CVS - 680 N. McCarran Blvd., Sparks
  • Walgreens - 3000 Vista Blvd., Sparks

Click here for more information about the
Round Up.

New Website to Create Statewide Opioid Awareness


In February, the Nevada State Board of Medical Examiners, Board of Pharmacy, and Board of Nursing launched a new website,, with the objective of increasing awareness of opioid misuse and the potential health impacts of these prescription medications.

The site was designed to assist Nevada consumers in understanding the impact of using opioid-based medications and also serves as a portal for consumers to file a complaint if they feel their medical provider is not prescribing medications appropriately.

Visitors to the website will be able to find facts on opioids and how they work, useful resources on how to find help if you or someone you know is addicted to opioids, and potential pain medication alternatives. 

Click here to visit

and Articles
of Interest:

Insight with John Ferrugia: Marijuana - The State of High

Resetting Household Rules Important for Teens With Substance Use Disorders

After The Save: A Drug Can Reverse an Overdose.Then What?

Marijuana Not Benign: Warn Teens, Parents,
AAP Says

What Is the X-Plan and How Could it Save Your Kid’s Life

Triggering Urges to Smoke, Whether it Looks Like a Cigarette or Not

Smart Kids Prone to Dumb Choices on Pot, Booze

Teens Say Heroin is “Probably Impossible” to Get

Study: Childhood Academic Ability in Relation to Cigarette, Alcohol and Cannabis Use From Adolescence Into Early Adulthood

Surgeons Were Told to Stop Prescribing So Many Painkillers.The Results Were Remarkable.

Letter: Federal Law Trumps Nevada’s
Marijuana Initiative

Alert Issued for Non-Narcotic Pain Pill That's Increasingly Abused

Lethal Opiates Delivered By Mail From China, Killing Addicts In The U.S.

The Dangerous Behaviors of Teens Who Use Fake Weed

How Taking Painkillers for My Basketball Injury Spiraled Into a Heroin Addiction

As Legal Marijuana Spreads, Worries About Teen Addiction Grow
Check out the JTNN Calendar of Events here.

Click here for the JTNN blog.
Executive Board Members

Diana Lee, Chair, Community Member

Darin Balaam,
Community Member

Roger Bahten,
Vice Chair, Washoe County School District

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

Susan Morrison, Protect Mount Rose Highway


Staff Members

Jennifer DeLett-Snyder,
Executive Director

Cortney Huth,
Youth and Community Outreach Specialist

Ann Murdoch, Bookkeeper

Jill Young,
Marketing Specialist

Community Program Coordinator, Vacant

Copyright © 2017 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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