Tips for a Safe & Healthy Holiday Season

Here are 5 easy ways to make your holidays the safest season yet!

 

1. Find a Designated Driver or Call a Taxi - Every hour in the U.S., one death can be attributed to alcohol-impaired driving. Ask a family member or friend to take a night off from partying and be the DD.

Don’t count yourself a statistic this holiday season!

2. Alcohol & Drugs Don’t Mix - Impairing your ability to make good choices is never a good option. Prescription drugs that are prescribed by a doctor are safe when used properly. Read all the warning labels and be sure to ask your doctor about the side effects that might be possible when taking your prescription drugs.

3. Mind Your Medicines - Holiday parties are a great way to have fun with friends and family. We want you to remember your prescription medications can be dangerously enticing for young guests.

Lock your medicine cabinet or move prescriptions to a secure place that is inaccessible to guests!

4. Go Slow - In WNY, we know the sun sets earlier in the winter, the driving conditions are more dangerous and because it’s the holidays, more of us are out on the roads. Remember to take your time, follow traffic laws and speeds and stay safe on the roads!

5. A Good Reminder: Serving Minors is Against the Law! - Having fun with family means lots of things - one thing stays the same: the legal drinking age is 21! Serving alcohol to those under the age of 21 is illegal and can carry substantial legal repercussions.

These safety tips are brought to you by Px21, your Erie County Prevention Providers, we want your holiday season to be safe and healthy!

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CADCA Training Opportunity!

A wonderful training opportunity on coalition-building is coming to WNY! On Tuesday, July 29th, Px21 is sponsoring “Community, Coalitions, and Connections: WNY Working Together” from 9:00am - 4:15pm at the Bulger Communications Center at SUNY Buffalo State. Nationally renowned experts from Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) will be conducting the training, the goals of which are to build capacity, increase effectiveness, help local coalitions and community groups work more effectively on their goals, and to realize the benefits of working together. It will help align various methods of community work and participants will learn the principles of the strategic prevention framework. While the training has some orientation toward substance use prevention, the principles at the heart of the training have broad applicability to coalition work aimed at healthier communities in general.

Please click on the attached registration and flyer for more information.

CADCA Training Flyer   CADCA Registration Form

Tragedy and Hope: Stories of Painkiller Addiction

Tragedy and Hope: Stories of Painkiller Addiction is part of a larger community effort called “Project Hope”. Addiction to prescription painkillers among young adults is growing at an alarming rate in Western New York. In order to address this epidemic, BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York has formed a community outreach initiative to increase public awareness of painkiller addiction. Click on the following link to view a video that was recently created by this initiative. http://video.wned.org/video/2365104338/

I Choose.....

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As a part of National Prevention Week, Western New York United Against Drug and Alcohol Abuse lead a community campaign known as "I Choose." Community members created posters showing what they chose to make them happy as alternatives to alcohol and other drugs. Check out the slideshow to see some of the posters by clicking on the "Read More" tab.

Px20 Receives Generous Tower Foundation Grant!

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Px20 is excited to announce an expansion of its current services through a generous grant from the Peter and Elizabeth C Tower foundation. The funding will allow Px20  to expand programming in several areas within Erie County. For more information regarding the grant, please click on the following link http://news.wbfo.org/post/generous-grant-given-prevent-substance-abuse

National Impaired Driving Prevention Month

Px20 members recently coordinated a press conference to raise awareness of the dangers related to distracted driving, in particular under the influence of alcohol or prescription drugs. This event was conducted to recognize December as National Impaired Driving Month.  The Erie County Sheriff’s Office also unveiled their new billboard for the holiday season.  It can be seen throughout Erie County. .  For information on distracted driving and associated resources, contact Erica J. Boyce, Px20 representative, at 716.831.2298 ext.28

Buffalo Editorial on Binge Drinking and WNY

  The Buffalo News recently posted an article written by ECCPASA regarding binge drinking and the Western New York Region.  Excerpt from article below:

Binge drinking is an increasing problem inWestern New Yorkas well as throughout the country. A new report published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests that binge drinking is happening at a much higher rate than previously thought. More than 38 millionU.S.adults participate in binge drinking, according to the new study. That equates to one in six people.

Follow the link above to read the remainder of this article.

National Impaired Driving Month Press Conference

Px20 members recently coordinated a press conference to raise awareness of the dangers related to distracted driving, in particular under the influence of alcohol or prescription drugs. This event was conducted in December to recognize National Impaired Driving Month.  Several local and state representatives were in attendance.  Michael Martin, Executive Director of the Native American Community Services, graciously hosted the event.  Speakers included Judge Mark Farrell of Amherst Courts; Erie County Sheriff Timothy Howard; Andy Brocato, Senior Community Relations Manager of TOPS Friendly Markets; and Sergeant Daniel Dytchkowskyj and Chief Scott Joslyn from the Erie County Sheriff’s Office.  For information on distracted driving and associated resources, contact Erica J. Boyce, Px20 representative, at 716.831.2298 ext.28.

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Buffalo News Editorial on Px20

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BUFFALO, NY The Buffalo News recently ran this editorial on Px20 and its efforts to address the problem of underage drinking in our community. Except from the article below:

Updated: July 26, 2011, 11:37 AM

A recent Buffalo News editorial suggested that immediate action was needed by community members to educate youth about the risks of alcohol consumption. Fortunately, efforts to address this concern have already begun in Erie County.

A collaborative of Erie County substance abuse prevention service providers was formed as the result of a planning process implemented by the Erie County Department of Mental Health. The collaborative is referred to as Px20 (“Px” for prevention, and “20” as the base number of the 21st century) and has several ongoing initiatives targeting the prevention and reduction of youth alcohol consumption. Membership includes the Erie County Department of Mental Health, Erie County Sheriff’s Department, Buffalo State College’s Center for Health and Social Research, and several local substance abuse prevention agencies (see www.PX20.org )...

Follow the link above to read the remainder of this article.

Sheriff's Underage Drinking Tip Line Leads to 7 Arrests in Alden!

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For Immediate Release: May 12, 2011

UNDERAGE DRINKING PARTY BROKEN UP IN VILLAGE OF ALDEN

Erie County Sheriff Tim Howard is announcing the arrest today of a 7 individuals related to an underage drinking party in a backyard cottage on Exchange Street in the Village of Alden early this morning.

25 year old Henri Wilcox of Lamonth Road, of Castile, New York and 25 year old Richard Bellinger of Broadway Street, Darien, N.Y., were charged with procuring alcohol for persons less than 21 years of age.  They were given appearance tickets with a return court date of June 6, 2011.

The other five individuals were charged with unlawful possession of alcohol by a person under 21 years of age.  They were also given appearance tickets and have a return court date of June 6, 2011.

Sheriff Howard urges anyone with any information regarding underage drinking to call the underage drinking tipline at 1-800-851-1932.  It is anonymous and manned 24 hours a day.

 

Contact: Mary Murray 858-6962 440-9777

Celebrate 2011 Prom and Graduation Season Safely: A Message from Sheriff Tim Howard

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The prom and graduation season is a time of celebration for teenagers and their families, providing lifetime memories. Unfortunately, it is also a time when teens encounter situations that may lead them to make bad decisions such as underage drinking or drug use. That’s why I am committed to making this year’s prom and graduation season safe and free of danger for our youth. We have been fortunate in Erie County in that we have not had any recent alcohol or drug-related fatalities as a result of prom and graduation activities. But now is not the time to let our guard down. As a community, we need to continue our vigilant efforts to do everything possible to prevent such tragedies from occurring.

The Erie County Sheriff’s Office is committed to a zero tolerance standard for underage drinking. During this season, we will have ongoing saturation patrols consisting of officers aggressively patrolling the roadways looking for drunk or drugged drivers as well as traditional sobriety checkpoints. We also continue to use billboards, Underage Drinking Tip-Line (1-800-851-1932) and heighten public awareness on underage drinking.

In addition, we are reminding merchants, hotels, vendors, restaurants, bars, night clubs, parents, and students about the dangers of underage drinking and to remember fatalities involving teens and alcohol are tragic and can be prevented because it is against the law in every state for young people to consume alcohol.

Also, we encourage teens who want to extend their celebration to consider attending a party held by parents after graduation ceremonies where teens can experience a safe, alcohol-free gathering. High school students in Erie County are very fortunate to have parents, businesses, communities, and police who care enough to provide for a safe prom and graduation experience. Together, we will make a difference.

If you need additional information or would like a presentation please contact our Underage Drinking Program Coordinator at 716-858-6305.