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July 2016 Newsletter

A Big Thank You to the Washoe County District Attorney’s Office

Washoe County District Attorney Chris Hicks presented a $10,000 donation to Join Together Northern Nevada this month to support substance abuse prevention. The donation came from the office's federal DEA forfeiture account which consists of money seized in connection with drug cases. The funds will be used for educational programs, awareness campaigns, and prevention programs for youth.   

In Case You Missed It:
Prescription for Addiction 

If you missed the town hall on July 12, "Prescription for Addiction: A Community Conversation," you can watch the entire program by clicking here.

The two-hour program, moderated by KOLO-TV anchor Sarah Johns, featured a panel of experts including physicians, a member of law enforcement, a drug and alcohol counselor, and a parent activist who's daughter became addicted to prescription drugs while attending college. Presenters discussed the treatment of pain with narcotic medication, opioid abuse, the susceptibility of an adolescent’s brain to substance abuse and addiction, and law enforcement’s role in prevention. The speakers and other experts fielded questions at the end of the presentations.

Save the Date:
JTNN All-Coalition Meeting

The next JTNN All-Coalition quarterly meeting will be held on Thursday, August 11 at 10 a.m. at the Washoe County Administrative Center, 1001 E. 9th Street, Reno, Building C, in the Central Conference Room. The agenda will include the next Prescription Drug Round Up, a draft of JTNN's Comprehensive Community Prevention Plan, a discussion on data, and additional topics. The meeting is open to anyone interested in attending.

For more information, please call 775-324-7557.

Preventing Underage Drinking

JTNN has partnered with Reno Police Department, City of Reno Code Enforcement, and the University of Nevada Reno Police Department since 2012 through the STOP Grant (Sober Truth on Preventing Underage Drinking Act) to make alcohol less available to underage individuals at bar crawls and other special events.

Through this collaboration, participants of the Zombie Crawl and Santa Crawl have greatly increased their compliance rates by not serving to minors. Other crawls have done well with maintaining a high level of compliance.

Establishments that fail a compliance check for the first time are offered an opportunity to receive a $350 reimbursement from JTNN for the purchase of an age verification scanner, have the criminal citation to the employee who served the minor waived, and have the business license fee waived, if the establishment chooses to purchase and use a scanner.

Since the program began, 41 establishments have purchased and currently use an age identification scanner. Typically bars and clubs that use a scanner regularly don’t fail a compliance check.

If you’d like more information about this program or would like to attend our Environmental Strategies Committee meeting, please email

Just the Facts: Meth

JTNN will be releasing a series of "Just the Facts" informational rack cards that will focus on different substances. The first card about methamphetamines is below. Click here to download or print your free copy.

News and Articles
Of Interest:

Mixing Pot and Tobacco Increases Dependence Risk: Study

Over 1M OxyContin Pills Ended Up in the Hands of Criminals and Addicts. What the Drugmaker Knew

One Million People Use Heroin in U.S., Almost Triple the 2003 Rate: Report

Medical Examiners and Coroners Struggle to Keep Up With Drug Overdose Deaths

Doctors Wrestle With Mixed Messages When Deciding Whether To Prescribe Painkillers

The Mellow World of Pot. Shangri-La in Denver

Heroin Use in U.S. Reaches "Alarming" 20-Year High

Are We Ignoring an Escalating Benzodiazapine Epidemic?

I’m A Stay-at-Home Mom. I’m An Addict.

FDA Panel Backs Approval of Pfizer's Opioid Painkiller

Drug Monitoring Programs Do Curb Overdose Deaths: Study

DEA: National Heroin Threat Assessment Summary

Rates of Non-Medical Prescription Opioid Use and Opioid Use Disorder Double in a Decade
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, Reno Police Department

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

Kate High,
Catholic Charities

Judi Kosterman,
Brain Treatment Center

Sheila Leslie, Washoe County Social Services

Laura Newman, Community Member

Staff Members

Jennifer DeLett-Snyder,
Executive Director

Amber Johnson, Prevention Specialist

Ann Murdoch, Bookkeeper

Nadia Noel, Community
Outreach Specialist

Elizabeth Wyant,
Social Media Specialist

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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