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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.

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April 24, 2013 | by CassieG 0 Comments

April is Drug Endangered Children Awareness Month

April is Drug Endangered Children (DEC) Awareness Month, and Wednesday, April 24 is the official DEC Awareness Day. The National Alliance for Drug Endangered Chidlren established April as DEC Awareness Month several years ago as a time to bring practitioners and community members together to show their support for children. 

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CATEGORIES: Community, Drug

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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June 27, 2012 | by Jason Weber 0 Comments

Emerging Drug Threats: Right Under our Noses

Emerging Drug Threats: Right Under our Noses

Many communities around the country are experiencing problems with several new synthetic drugs. While these products are typically marketed like incense, potpourri or bath salts (the kind that you actually use in a bathtub), they are not intended for this type of use.

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May 08, 2012 | by Timothy Shoemaker 0 Comments

You Can’t Spell “Community” Without “Unity”

You Can’t Spell “Community” Without “Unity”

You can't spell "community" without "unity." No school, police department, prevention group or parent can hope to build a drug-free future on their own. Our destinies are intertwined, and so too must be our efforts. Our communities brand us in so many ways. They shape our norms, values, beliefs and trajectories. But at the same time, our communities are nothing more than reflections of ourselves.

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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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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 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 >

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

September 21, 2011 | by Andrew Dale 3 Comments

Calling the Police on our Kids: Unthinkable or Essential?

Anyone working in law enforcement has overheard the occasional parent walking by with their kids saying, “You better be good, or that officer will take you off to jail!”  When I hear things like this, I usually just smile, chuckle and shrug off the comment.  However, it has always bothered... Continue Reading >

CATEGORIES: Community, Drug, Parent