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CHOICES would like to take this opportunity to help you get familiar with our program. CHOICES is a program premised on a three-prong approach: Parent Pledge, Educational Programs and Alternative Activities. Cindy Blessing is the Director and handles all aspects of the program, along with the assistance of parent volunteers. CHOICES plans many educational and alternative activities throughout the school year. Information is sent out as those events are approaching. During Red Ribbon Week and the Great American Smokeout various activities are held and information is provided to the students regarding the dangers of alcohol, drugs, and tobacco. A few of the alternative activities that are participated in or hosted by are dances, glow parties, movie nights at the Gibson and post-sporting event parties. CHOICES has fatal vision goggles and three game systems to take into the schools during lunch/recess. The students can play XBox360 games and/or throw kooshballs while wearing fatal vision goggles which give the impression of being intoxicated. The goggles vary in degrees of intoxication and are a real eye opener for the students in seeing just how much their vision is impaired while under the influence. As you can see, the school year is filled with lots of fun yet informative activities. Our goal is to see that every student and parent is offered the opportunity to learn more about the effects of drugs and alcohol. We would like to take this opportunity to invite you to become a member of this program. As a member, you will be given educational materials to help you become a more informed parent along with the student/parent list that allows you to see who has pledged not to serve or allow minors to drink at their residence. Please note, that this in no way means that you are pledging not to have alcohol in your home for adults. This is a great tool to have when your child comes to you and wants to go to a party at a friend's house. All you have to do is pull out the list, check to see if the parents have pledged not to serve or allow minors to drink alcohol in their home, and make your well-informed decision from there. For your convenience in becoming a member of the CHOICES program, a Pledge and Volunteer Form are attached. Please take the time to read the Pledge, sign it along with the Volunteer Form, and return them to your child's school. If you have already signed a Pledge and your child, as a freshman, is moving from SLS or BMS to BHS, you do not need to sign a new one. However, if you previously signed a Pledge and your child, as a freshman, is moving from SLS or BMS to OA, please complete a new form. This will assure that the information we have is up-to-date and accurate. Please be sure to provide an e-mail address, if you have one, so that you can receive information on upcoming events. Only one form per household is necessary (i.e. list all children only in grades 6-12 and is good throughout their school career in those grades). We guarantee that the "choice" to remain true to this Pledge, will be one of the best you ever make as a parent.

CHOICES is a program that is open to ALL families who live in the Batesville area community, regardless of where their children attend school (public, private, or home).

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8/31/12     Q:   What can you do to help a friend who is using heroin?
                 A:   If you know someone who is using heroin, urge him or her to stop or get help. Be a real friend. You might even save
their life.  Don't give up in your efforts to help them.  You may need to talk to their parents, your parents or another trusted adult.   Keep encouraging your friend to stop or seek professional help.
                       If you use heroin... stop!  The longer you ignore the real facts, the more chances you take with your life.  It's never too late.  Talk to your parents, a doctor, a counselor, a teacher, or another adult you trust.
                       For information, warning signs and intervention resources, visit www.notgoingtotakeitbatesville.com (Batesville Coalition) or call SAMHSA's Health Information Network at 1-877-726.4727.
 9/21/12   Q:  What are some of the myths and misconceptions teens have about prescription drug abuse?
                A:  There's a reason that prescription drugs are intended to be taken under the direction of a doctor: if used improperly they can be dangerous. Teens are making the decision to abuse prescription medicines based on misinformation. In fact, many think that abusing prescription drugs is safer than abusing illicit drugs such as heroin. As the facts will tell you, prescription drugs can have dangerous short- and long-term health consequences, even death, when used incorrectly or by someone other than for whom they were intended.
9/28/12   Q:  It's just marijuana. Do you find yourself saying this?  If so, go to the CHOICES website and get the facts.
               A:  In the last few years the decline in marijuana use has stalled, and the reason may be that fewer people consider marijuana to be a harmful drug.  That perception is NOT correct. Marijuana is addictive and can ultimately undermine many aspects of a user’s life. Marijuana affects alertness, concentration, coordination, and reaction time.  Marijuana's negative effects on attention, memory, and learning can last for days and sometimes weeks. Someone who smokes marijuana daily may be functioning with a "dimmed-down" brain most or all of the time. Some people experience an acute psychotic reaction (disturbed perceptions and thoughts, paranoia) or panic attacks while under the influence of marijuana. Long-term studies of drug use patterns show that very few high school students use other illegal drugs without first trying marijuana. Someone who smokes marijuana regularly may have many of the same respiratory problems that tobacco smokers do, such as daily cough, more frequent upper respiratory illnesses, and a greater risk of lung infections like pneumonia. Withdrawal symptoms can make it hard for someone to stay off marijuana. The symptoms are similar in type and severity to those of nicotine withdrawal—irritability, sleeping difficulties, anxiety, and craving—peaking a few days after marijuana use has stopped. For more information, go to www.drugabuse.gov.
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  • Juuling

    Posted: 3/25/2018

    What to know about JUULing, the dangerous e-cig trend popular with teens
    Cincinnati doctors, vape shops break it down

    It's a dangerous trend that's spreading among teens nationwide, and it could be hiding in your home in plain sight.

    Juuling, which involves a specific type of vaping device with extremely high nicotine levels, has become extremely popular with middle and high school students.

    The device looks like a small USB drive and it can charge right off your computer or in your car. The JUUL device packs a powerful punch of nicotine.

    Doctors, and even vape shop owners, want to keep these out of the hands of kids.

    "In essence, they're taking 20 cigarettes and putting them in their mouth and smoking them at one time.That's good for anybody," said Jeff Kathman of Cincy Vapors.

    Juul comes in a small sleek box, and contains enough nicotine to equal an entire pack of cigarettes in just one Juul Pod.

    Kathman, of Cincy vapors, explains teens use it as a way to get a quick high.

    "From what we hear that is going on, they just try to use it as fast as possible," Kathman said.

    Doctors at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center's College of Medicine say the trend is alarming.

    "The use in e-cigarettes in the youth population has skyrocketed, which has everybody really worried about it," said Associate Professor of Surgery Dr. Julian Guitron.

    "What we've found was that four out of 10 high school students nationwide have used electronic cigarettes in their lifetime," said Assistant Professor Ashely Merianos, with the Health Promotion Education Program at the University of Cincinnati.

    You need to be 18 to buy a Juul; that's clearly marked at Cincy Vapors in Green Township, but many of the flavors are fruity, enticing young teens to use.

    "I mean there's one crème brulee there, dessert. I mean those kinds of flavors, even I feel like I want to try it, right?" Guitron said.

    Forest Hills School District sent letters to parents just last month, warning them about vaping and the long-term health dangers, including diabetes, heart failure and lung disease.

    "We want to try to help prevent students from getting addicted to something that will have influence on their life not only now, but their health through their entire adulthood," said superintendent Scot Prebles.

    Many e-cigs are small enough to slip into a book bag or pocket. Using them on or off school property could get you kicked off a team, or out of the classroom.

    "The ultimate is, yes, exclusion from the activity, exclusion from the school setting," Prebles said.

    While Forest Hills is working to educate students and parents, researchers say other schools need their anti-drug curriculum to catch up to the trends.

    "The more that we're learning about electronic cigarettes, the more we know that we need these universal programs," Merianos said.

    Those selling the devices for adults have this advice for moms and dads who feel lost in the clouds.

    "If a parent wants to come in and show us something that they found, bring it in, because we'll tell them what it is, we have nothing to hide," Kathman said.

    Parents should also know these devices are for sale online, and can be picked up at most gas stations.

    Experts also say some of these vaping devices also can contain THC, the active substance in marijuana. Many times it is clear and odorless, making it difficult to know what exactly someone may be vaping.