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June 2016 Newsletter

Prescription Drug Town Hall 
Tuesday, July 12
6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

The Community Opioid Response Alliance is hosting "Prescription for Addiction: A Community Conversation." Join us as prescription drug misuse and abuse is discussed.This FREE event at the University of Nevada, Reno will be moderated by KOLO-TV anchor, Sarah Johns, and will feature a panel of experts including physicians, a member of law enforcement, a drug and alcohol counselor, and a parent activist who's taking steps in her community after her daughter's experience with prescription drug addiction. The event is open to the public, and parents, grandparents, and other community members are encouraged to attend, ask questions, and suggest solutions to this problem in our community. 

Parking is FREE and refreshments will be provided. 

Click here for more information or to register.

Youth Group Members 
Reflect on Experience

Each year we say goodbye to high school seniors who are part of our Speak Out youth program. We wish them the best and will miss their dedication, determination, and bright, positive attitudes.

Two members in their own words.....

Mikalya Burton
I joined Speak Out after hearing a presentation at a school assembly telling us about the program. I was interested in joining because 1) at the time I had wanted to be a teacher, so I thought presenting to kids could give me some experience and 2) I've had friends and family members who have a history with drug abuse. Volunteering with Speak Out has not only taught me about the different kind of drugs out there and the unknown dangers that come with them, but I have also come to understand more about why people choose to use drugs and how it is often related to things like loneliness, suicide, bullying, etc. Even though I've lived in Reno for my entire life, I realized I actually knew very little about our community as I learned about the many great people who are working together to try and make it a better place for all of us. The friends I have made has also made volunteering enjoyable. I’m a little bit shy when it comes to meeting new people, but now I feel so comfortable with all of them and I know that anytime we are together there's going to be a lot of laughs and we are going to have a good time. I am going to attend UNR next fall. While as of right now I am not sure if I want to be a teacher still, presenting to children has reminded me why I wanted to be a teacher in the first place.

Vedaliah Fye
From being an active member of Speak Out I learned quite a few lessons such as time management, participation, scheduling, etc. Along with personal lessons, I learned quite a few drug and alcohol lessons. I learned how drug and alcohol abuse is extremely dangerous to not only the abuser but the surrounding people. Volunteering with Speak Out includes presenting to children in grade levels 1-12 and to parents who would attend our Parent Supervise displays.  Although in the beginning I had trouble presenting, by  presenting continuously I gained confidence in my presentation skills. In addition, I gained quite a few friends from Speak Out. I would present with my fellow peers which allowed me to get to know them. Each member has been nothing but generous and very uplifting. Volunteering with Speak Out was always fulfilling. When I leave at the end of August, I will be going to the Franciscan University of Steubenville where I will be majoring in Communication Arts. From being a part of Speak Out and volunteering with every member, I have gained a bit more insight into the person
I am. 

Open Community Health Worker Position

JTNN is hiring a Community Health Worker through an AmeriCorps grant beginning in September. The position will be located at Northern Nevada HOPES, and the selected applicant will co-report to staff at JTNN and HOPES for an 11-month period.  AmeriCorps pays a monthly stipend, health benefits, and an educational credit at the end of the service project.  To find out more, please email

New Marijuana PSA
What Pot Looks Like Today

JTNN debuted it's newest public service announcement this month. The PSA focuses on how different marijuana was in the 1980's versus today and how parents need to be aware of the changes and talk to their teens about using the drug. 

Click here to watch the PSA.

Make Summer Safe for Kids

Summer brings many opportunities for outdoor fun, and we want to make sure you have the tools to keep your kids safe. The CDC has posted an article with safety tips with everything from water safety to staying healthy when the temperature rises. Find the tips here.

Northern Nevada hosts many great events throughout the year. Please remember to designate a sober driver for all of your driving and boating activities. 
News and Articles
Of Interest:

Poor, Homeless Flock to Colorado Pot Indusry

Tighter Opioid Laws in U.S. Haven't Eased Misuse

He Got High and Killed His Wife. Edible Marijuana to Blame?

First Rise in U.S. Death Rate in Years Surprises Experts

Want to Host Perfect Event? Consider Guests' Sobriety Status

Pain Pill Addiction Test

Deaths From the Drug That Killed Prince are Skyrocketing in N.J.

Patients Often Prescribed Extra Painkillers, Many Share Them

Teen Smoking Down, E-Cigarette Use Up

An E.R. Kicks the Habit of Opioids for Pain

Sex and Drugs? Today's Teens a 'Cautious Generation'

How Knockoff Fentanyl Dodges Cops

Focusing on Teen Opioid Use Helps Limit Adult Addiction

Parents as First Responders in Adolescent Substance Use

Long-Term Pot Use Tied to Gum Disease in Study

FDA Approves Implant to Battle Opioid Addiction

1.2 Million U.S. College Students Boozing on Average Day

Drink Spiking a Problem on U.S. Campuses

Edible Marijuana that Looks Like Candy Sending Kids to ER

Prescription Painkillers May Worsen And Lengthen Chronic Pain
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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