January 31, 2019 Vaping has been a hot topic for parents and educators for some time now. In fact, the Food and Drug Administration recently declared e-cigarette use by young people a national epidemic. ICAN has become involved with this topic through the Chandler Coalition on Youth Substance Abuse (CCYSA), which is one of our programs. We have an incredible task force through CCYSA that is comprised of representatives from public safety, healthcare, education, city government, and many more. This group recently got together to produce an informative video about vaping. You can view the video here, but I thought it would be beneficial to share some of the highlights, along with some interesting statistics about vaping. Many teens don’t realize that vaping devices contain nicotine. Most of them do, along with other dangerous chemicals. The Arizona Youth Survey is an anonymous survey given to a sample of middle school and high school every-other-year (48,000 students from 245 schools statewide). The data collected from AYS is critical information for organizations like CCYSA who are battling youth substance abuse. The 2018 AYS showed that 8thgrade use of e-cigarettes almost doubled from 2016 to 2018 – going from 8% use to 14% use. It also shows that 20% of all youth surveyed used an e-cigarette in the past 30 days. Commander Edward Upshaw of the Chandler Police Department shared that e-cigarettes and vaping products are illegal for someone to possess who is under the age of 18 and can result in a misdemeanor or petty offense and most certainly results in suspension from school. Dr. James Bogash shared that vaping releases heavy metals like lead and arsenic. Since vaping is relatively new, there is not a lot of data on the long-term health effects, but vaping has been shown to expose users to volatile compounds which cause cancer. Dr. Sandy Indermuhle, an ER Physician with Dignity Health, shares in the video that vaping compounds are very irritating for asthmatics and increases the rate of infection through the cells surrounding the lungs. Recent studies are showing that vaping actually leads to cigarette use in consumers, not the opposite, which is so widely publicized. Vaping often leads to use of wax pens, which are a similar instrument but hold liquid marijuana. The amount of THC in wax pens can be as high as 80%, which qualifies it as a controlled narcotic substance – classifying it as a felony offense. Many youth don’t realize the severity of a felony offense on one’s record – which can affect one’s credit, the ability to get a job and one’s permanent record. I highly encourage you to watch the video that CCYSA put together. There’s also a link to a test about vaping, along with the answer sheet. These can be valuable tools for parents who may be dealing with a teen who has started vaping. Many of our public schools are offering parent educational sessions about vaping as well. In a recent article on azcentral.com about the 2018 Arizona Youth Survey, Yavapai […]
This Saturday, September 22, 2012, the Chandler Coalition for Youth Substance Abuse (CCYSA) will host its first ever “Teen Summit” at ICAN! The Teen Summit is a free event open to any teens, no matter if where they live and affiliation with ICAN or CCYSA. Nationally recognized guest speaker, Calvin Terrell will address the group on the affects of substance abuse on ones self and their community beginning at 9am. Break out sessions with community leaders from Chandler Police Department and MADD will take part immediately following the guest speaker. Lunch will be served at 12:30 followed by a car show, info booths, prizes and music from 101.5 Jamz DJs. Guest speaker Calvin Terrell is founder and lead facilitator of Social Centric; an organization he designed to provide education and training for all ages to enhance human interactions and global progress. He is a former Assistant Director of the National Conference for Community Justice/Anytown USA Arizona Region. He has taught for Upward Bound at Arizona State University and the Arizona National Guard’s Freedom Academy. For more than twenty years, Calvin has lectured, trained, and lead comprehensive workshops for valuing diversity, equity, and justice building in schools, corporations, and civic organizations for thousands of adults, children, and youth throughout the United States. For more information, contact ICAN Teen Programs Coordinator, Bryan, at 480.821.4207 or email@example.com
A recent study that surveyed over 10,000 teens, found most used alcohol and drugs before adulthood. This could become a possibility of setting up youth for a lifetime of substance abuse. The study results indicated that by late adolescence, 78 percent of teenagers reported having consumed alcohol; 47 percent having reached regular drinking levels of at least 12 drinks within a year; and 15 percent having met the criteria for lifetime abuse. The opportunity to use illicit drugs was reported by 81 percent of the oldest adolescents, drug use by 43 percent and drug abuse by 16 percent. ICAN’s youth programs are targeted at preventing youth substance abuse with early education and positive decision making skills. Our life skills programs like Botvin’s Life Skills (A comprehensive program that addresses all of the most important factors leading adolescents to use drugs by teaching a combination of health information, general life skills and drug resistance skills), Second Step Program (This program is a long-term intervention that builds skills consecutively with the intention of preventing alcohol, tobacco, or other drug use and promoting healthy decision-making and positive, healthy youth development), and Too Good For Drugs (This program includes activities to strengthen knowledge, attitudes, beliefs, and skills which research has shown to be effective in preventing drug use and violent behavior) make a proven difference in youth attitudes toward substance abuse. We invite people to see our programs in action by getting involved through a variety of ways beyond financial support. We have our needs and in-kind support is a way to provide items we are directly in need of. There are also many volunteer opportunities whether you are looking to work with ICAN youth, assisting in an administrative capacity, supporting our special events, or many more opportunities to get involved! There are also many opportunities to make a difference through our partnership with the Chandler Coalition on Youth Substance Abuse (CCYSA). This study shows the immediate need for ICAN programs and you can show your support by joining us in creating a positive future for youth and the community!