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It takes a community to help you help your kids make safe and healthy decisions. This blog tackles the real, everyday issues our children face concerning drugs and alcohol, authored by law enforcement and other professionals in various roles serving communities just like yours.

November 30, 2011 | by Timothy Shoemaker 0 Comments

When Cops Use K9s

Specially trained animals have long been an indispensable element of many military and law enforcement operations. Perhaps none are more common, more versatile or more misunderstood than the Police K9. A trained dog and handler can track a missing child, subdue a fleeing felon, reveal smuggled produce, detect concealed narcotics or...

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CATEGORIES: Drug

November 23, 2011 | by PACT360 0 Comments

Happy Thanksgiving from the PACT360 Team

We would like to wish all of our blog contributors, readers and everyone involved with PACT360 a safe, happy and healthy Thanksgiving. We appreciate all that you do and very much look forward to sharing new tips, information and stories after the holiday and into the new year. Remember, Thanksgiving break...

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November 16, 2011 | by Andrew Dale 0 Comments

My Teen was Arrested: Now What?

When you find out your child has been arrested, the first instinct might be to panic.  Knowing what will happen and what you can do as a parent to prevent future incidents is not always easy.  Sergeant Andrew Dale of the  Shawnee County Sheriff's Office discusses what happens to teens... Continue Reading >

CATEGORIES: Community, Parent, Teen

November 09, 2011 | by Timothy Shoemaker 0 Comments

Thanksgiving Break: A Lesson in Responsible Living for College Teens

For parents that have a kid who is in his or her first year of college, Thanksgiving break provides a chance to celebrate the recent success of their child’s newfound independence.  It is also an indispensible opportunity for parents to reinforce the importance of responsible living. College is much more than...

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CATEGORIES: Parent, Teen

November 02, 2011 | by Jason Weber 2 Comments

Tailgating Safely Could Save Lives

Sports and tailgating seem to go hand-in-hand, regardless of whether the game is a professional sports or collegiate event.  There are even diehard fans that will choose to tailgate at high school games.  Tailgate parties are a great way to get fired up before the game and socialize with friends. ... Continue Reading >

CATEGORIES: Alcohol, Community, Drug

October 26, 2011 | by Stephen Peterson 1 Comments

Take Back Day: Dispose of your Unwanted Rx Drugs on October 29, 2011

Prescription (Rx) drugs are being misused and abused at alarming rates across the U.S. and studies show that teen prescription drug abuse starts with easy access in the home.   Stephen Peterson, Special Agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) gives tips to parents about how they can prevent Rx drug... Continue Reading >

CATEGORIES: Drug, Parent, Prevention, Teen

October 19, 2011 | by Jason Weber 0 Comments

More Treats, Fewer Tricks this Halloween

Halloween is around the corner—a time when small ghosts and goblins will invade our neighborhoods in search of candy, treats and fun.  This is a holiday that by nature prompts our kids to ask for more independence, as they’d rather head out with their friends to trick-or-treat than with their... Continue Reading >

October 12, 2011 | by JT Daily 0 Comments

Intervention: How to Know When it’s Time to Act

Upon first discovering a loved one is abusing drugs and alcohol, many people don’t know where to turn.  Sometimes parents initially go into a period of denial and pretend that it’s not happening, or turn their heads because the thought of something so catastrophic happening to them or their family... Continue Reading >

CATEGORIES: Drug, Parent, Teen

October 11, 2011 | by Stephen Peterson 2 Comments

Red Ribbon Week: The History behind the Largest Drug Prevention Program in the Nation

Stephen Peterson, Special Agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration, provides a brief history of Red Ribbon Week, which takes place this year from October 23rd to 31st.  For more information about how you can get involved in local Red Ribbon Week activities, check out Tim Shoemaker's latest blog post.    Red Ribbon Week...

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CATEGORIES: Community, Drug, Prevention

October 05, 2011 | by PACT360 0 Comments

Work, School, Technology and Errands: Where Does Family Time Fit In?

Now that back-to-school time is winding down, extracurricular activities are in full swing. As parents, we often find ourselves just as busy as our kids.  Sports, plans, homework and appointments are difficult to manage and can take away from family time.  Jim Cox, a parent and sergeant for the Fairfax...

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