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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.

Entries categorized in: Alcohol

January 24, 2013 | by CassieG 0 Comments

Check Out the New PACT360 Brochure

Check Out the New PACT360 Brochure

What is PACT360, and how can this program work for you and your community? Check out our new downloadable PACT360 community education brochure, which provides a general overview of the program and its presentation elements. 

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April 09, 2012 | by PACT360 0 Comments

Welcome to the New & Improved Community Education Website!

We’re excited to share with you the new and improved PACT360 Community Education website. If you’ve visited here before, you’ve probably noticed we’ve made some changes. Not only do we have a new look, but we’ve added features about the people in your community who can help you help your kids. You’ll also find useful tips about how you can get involved and reduce substance abuse in your community, and learn how you can bring the PACT360 program to your area.


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December 07, 2011 | by Stephen Peterson 0 Comments

Substance Abuse on Campus: Why Teens Try It

Teen drug abuse, especially among college students who are experiencing newfound independence on campus, is on the rise and often results in negative behavior at school and subpar grades. As the risk perception associated with a certain drug decreases, use of that drug tends to increase. Here at the DEA,... Continue Reading >

CATEGORIES: Alcohol, Uncategorized

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 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 >

September 07, 2011 | by Timothy Shoemaker 5 Comments

Early Intervention: Are Schools Doing Their Part?

Schools are institutions for educating children—but are our schools doing their part in protecting kids from falling victim to the dangers of drugs and alcohol at an early age? Veteran police officer Timothy Shoemaker shares his insights about the importance of early intervention in schools as back-to-school season kicks in.  In...

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CATEGORIES: Alcohol, Community, Prevention, Teen

August 17, 2011 | by Jason Weber 5 Comments

Letting your children drink at home – good idea or bad idea?

Many parents rationalize underage drinking and allow their children, and often other children, to consume alcohol in their home. In my previous blog about “party homes,” I mentioned some of the reasons parents do this – and there are plenty: “at least I know where my child is;” “at least... Continue Reading >

CATEGORIES: Alcohol, Parent, Teen

August 10, 2011 | by Julia Corwin 0 Comments

Idle hands…

With summer vacation well under way, many children are no doubt getting bored. This, we know, can lead to trouble! With boredom, the temptation to try alcohol or drugs is greater. In this week’s blog post, Julia Corwin, of the Salt Lake City Police Department, has provided some advice for... Continue Reading >

CATEGORIES: Alcohol, Drug, Parent, Prevention, Teen

July 13, 2011 | by Jason Weber 0 Comments

Party House Patrol

Many of us recall from our youth that one house where you could hang out and basically do whatever you want or that friend whose parents were always away on the weekend, or maybe were there to “supervise” the party. Well, those homes still exist and the partying and supply... Continue Reading >

CATEGORIES: Alcohol, Parent, Teen

June 22, 2011 | by Jason Weber 82 Comments

Staying Positive - A New Method of Crime Prevention

Typically when we see information about areas of prevention such as crime, substance abuse, physical and sexual abuse we tend to dwell or rely on statistics. The focus is generally on how many incidents, how many injuries, and how many deaths occurred….usually the “bad” part of the problem. We tend... Continue Reading >

CATEGORIES: Alcohol, Drug, Prevention, Teen