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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: Prevention

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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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 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 14, 2011 | by PACT360 0 Comments

Getting Involved At Our Kids' Schools: Where Do We Start?

Are you involved in your child’s school and its programs? Rolling up our sleeves and becoming involved in our children’s daytime and extracurricular activities not only facilitates family bonding, but can provide parents with valuable insight about our kids’ interests.  It can even be an important step when it comes...

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CATEGORIES: Community, Prevention, Teen

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 24, 2011 | by Timothy Shoemaker 2 Comments

A Policeman’s Role Revisited

People choose to use drugs. They pay for them. They take great risks in order to get them. So long as our communities continue to crave drugs, we will find ourselves locked in a costly and debilitating stalemate. Drug use is the number one contributor to crime in America.  While... Continue Reading >

CATEGORIES: Drug, Prevention