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Community Engagement Blog

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: Teen

April 24, 2013 | by CassieG 0 Comments

National Study: Teen Misuse and Abuse of Prescription Drugs Up 33 Percent Since 2008

National Study: Teen Misuse and Abuse of Prescription Drugs Up 33 Percent Since 2008

New, nationally projectable survey results released this week by The Partnership at and MetLife Foundation confirmed that one in four teens has misused or abused a prescription (Rx) drug at least once in their lifetime – a 33 percent increase over the past five years.

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CATEGORIES: Drug, Parent, Teen

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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November 30, 2012 | by Amanda Laineste 0 Comments

Mom, Teacher: Teen Drug Abuse is Personal

I’m a mom and a teacher, and being in the field of education and a mother of three makes all issues surrounding drug abuse both personally and professionally significant.

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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 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

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 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

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