Old Drugs, New Threats: How Alcohol Has Changed Since You Were a Kid & Why We Need to Talk About Policy

Session Info

Alcohol continues to be the #1 drug impacting our communities and is one of the least likely to be plastered (pun intended!) in the headlines. One of the most dangerous phrases when it comes to prevention has to be “I did it when I was a kid and I turned out fine.” The physical, legal, social & economic impacts of alcohol misuse is a burden that is felt by every resident in communities across the nation. Attractive new products, acceptability of use, and the increased availability and accessibility of high content products continue to pose a threat to youth & adults alike. Understanding that alcohol is an issue in the community is one thing…but moving stakeholders and coalitions into sustainable actions is a whole other ballgame! There is no greater strategy than policy change. Knowing the politics and processes behind this change can help coalitions strengthen relationships with their policy makers and build momentum to move from simply talking about the problem to mobilize for action - without crossing the lobbying line. It's time to permanently park the mock car crashes & put away those drunk goggles to invest in what works for alcohol prevention in youth & promote the policies that have been shown to reduce access in your community.

Learning Goal #1:

Attendees will learn the basics of alcohol misuse & addiction, including alcohol use trends across the lifespan.

Learning Goal #2:

Attendees will learn about the latest alcohol products, counter messaging strategies, and how "the industry" has changed over the years.

Learning Goal #3:

Attendees will also learn where to invest their time, how maximize resources & relationships, and how to engage the community in what works to reduce the burden of alcohol without crossing the lobbying line.


Opioids, Overdose, & Naloxone. Oh My!

Session Info

While opioids, overdose, and naloxone have become buzzwords in our field, there are still people lacking the understanding of each of these. Knowing the ways in which opioids function, signs of overdose, and the ways in which Naloxone helps during an opioid overdose, can mean the difference between life and death. During this session, participants will deep dive into the brain to understand the mechanics behind opioids, overdoses, and Naloxone. They will also learn more about awareness initiatives they can implement to spread this information to others in the community.

Learning outcome #1
To recognize the importance of training & education regarding opioid, overdose, & Naloxone

Learning outcome #2
To identify the role that Opioids/Overdose/Naloxone play in your brain

Learning outcome #3
To identify initiative ideas for additional awareness


Probation Simulation

Session Info

This simulation allows participants to role play a character who has recently been placed on probation. This simulation involves various tables set up around the room with different resources to help the participants navigate life. The participants are challenged by having their character attempt to accomplish the requirements and conditions of probation with tasks such as reporting to Court or the Probation Office, or obtaining services from various resources in the community such as social services, church or treatment. This simulation is split up into four weeks with each week lasting 8-15 minutes in length. Participants will utilize play money to navigate their responsibilities and may even face the consequence of going to jail. This simulation is a "walk a mile in their shoes" opportunity and is one of a kind. Participants will experience first hand what it is like to be placed on probation.

Learning Outcome #1

Be able to relate to a person on probation

Learning Outcome #2
Gain a better understanding of the challenges of probation

Learning Outcome #3
Improve problem solving skills