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February 2017 Newsletter

Comprehensive Community
Prevention Plan Released

Join us on March 16 at 10 a.m. as we review JTNN's latest Comprehensive Community Prevention Plan (CCPP).

JTNN uses SAMHSA's Strategic Prevention Framework to assess the community, determine capacity, plan, implement, and evaluate. The CCPP is developed every two years and provides a guide for JTNN's prevention efforts in the community.

The meeting is open to anyone who'd like to attend and paper copies will be provided.

Meeting location:
Washoe County Complex
1001 E. 9th Street,
Central Conference Room, Building C

Educate Before You Recreate

The bill to legalize recreational marijuana in Nevada passed in November, and while officials determine the mechanisms for sales in our state, we've created a "cheat sheet" from information provided by HIDTA to help you understand the limits to the law. 

Click the image above to download.

DEA's Emerging
Threat Report 

Every quarter, the Drug Enforcement Administration releases the Emerging Threat Report that uses data compiled through a query of archived seizure and analysis information from drug evidence. This data is used as a snapshot of new psychoactive substances on the market in the United States. The drugs include synthetic cannabinoids, opioids, benzodiazepines and a variety of other chemical classes. Due to a recent increase in seizures, fentanyl is also included.

Many of the drugs reported on the list are similar to drugs previously identified, but chemists are continually tweaking the compounds of the drug ever so slightly to create new drugs. 

In the fourth quarter of 2016, there were 31 new synthetic cannabinoids identified and 30 new cathinones ("bath salts"). The new designer drug "Pink", an opioid analog more potent than heroin, was the fifth highest drug in this category to be identified.

The death rate of synthetic opioids other than methadone, which includes drugs such as fentanyl, increased by 72.2% from 2014 to 2015. Frighteningly, many of these drugs don't respond to naloxone if an overdose occurs.

Click here to read the report.

JTNN Warmly Welcomes
Spring Interns

We've added two new interns to the team, and we're excited to have them introduce themselves!

Jacob Boult

Hi! My name is Jacob and I am JTNN's new Outreach Coordinator Intern. I was born and raised in Las Vegas and am currently a junior at UNR pursuing a dual degree in Communication Studies and Political Science.

I am extremely passionate about youth development and social entrepreneurship and sit on a few boards including the Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Foundation Nevada committee as the Director of Programs, the Student Advisory Board for Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society, and Recruitment Coordinator for the Interfraternity Council of UNR.

One of my lifetime goals is to start my own nonprofit that hosts conferences with the theme of challenging students to make a difference in the world through whatever way they are passionate about. In my free time, I love to volunteer in the community, meet new people at local coffee shops, and watch videos of puppies.

I am very excited to intern with JTNN so I can translate this experience with youth development to the topic of substance misuse in Washoe County and make a palpable difference. 

Jessie Schirrick

Hello! My name is Jessie and I was born and raised in Winnemucca and have been living in Reno for about a year. I am a sophomore at UNR, and I am majoring in journalism with a women’s studies minor.

This spring, through the Pack Internship Grant Program, I will be JTNN's social media contributor. Currently, I am a member of the Public Relations Student Society of America on campus and have previously interned with the Sparks Tribune as an editorial reporter.

I am excited to begin working with JTNN and gain essential social media and public relations experience. I believe JTNN’s cause is a worthy one and one that Washoe County could really benefit from. As for my future plans, I hope to finish my bachelor’s degree within four years and begin a career in newspaper reporting, public relations, or perhaps further my education at law school.

and Articles
of Interest:

Insurer Data Show Mental Illness, Substance Use Among Top Five Conditions

A Way to Predict Who'll Become a Drug Addict

Rates of Early Deaths Rise for Whites, Drop for Blacks

Arizona Medical Boards Can Take Years to Penalize Doctors Who Overprescribe

Breaking Points: A Film on the Daily Pressures Teens Face

Kids of the Opioid Epidemic Find Out They're Not Alone

The High Cost of Not Knowing

8 Amazing Things You Learn From Sober Dating

Fatal Overdoses From Fentanyl Sold as Cocaine Detailed in Harrowing CDC Report

Opioids and Alcohol a Dangerous Cocktail

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

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

Susan Morrison, Protect Mount Rose Highway

Laura Newman, Community Member

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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