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Step Up Anderson Township is a community action project focused on the prevention of substance abuse and is committed to standing by students and families in finding help.

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I have been wanting to talk about this for awhile now so here it goes. Young women are so vulnerable and susceptible to sexual assault particularly the younger they are. Things happen particularly when there is alcohol involved. Most will not tell anyone. If they tell a friend or group of friends they will rarely be believed. They then carry that shame and pain with them for the rest of their lives. We must, as the adults in their lives, talk to them about this early and often so that they know they can and should defend themselves. Teaching them self-defense and letting them know it is okay to use it are paramount. Now the other side of the coin is to talk to our vulnerable young men as well. They can also be victims. Their lives can also be ruined by false accusations!! This is a multifaceted topic that needs to be addressed and rarely is!! ... See MoreSee Less

I have been wanting to talk about this for awhile now so here it goes.  Young women are so vulnerable and susceptible to sexual assault particularly the younger they are.  Things happen particularly when there is alcohol involved.  Most will not tell anyone. If they tell a friend or group of friends they will rarely be believed. They then carry that shame and pain with them for the rest of their lives.  We must, as the adults in their lives, talk to them about this early and often so that they know they can and should defend themselves.  Teaching them self-defense and letting them know it is okay to use it are paramount.  Now the other side of the coin is to talk to our vulnerable young men as well.  They can also be victims. Their lives can also be ruined by false accusations!!  This is a multifaceted topic that needs to be addressed and rarely is!!

**TOBACCO: People who use vaping devices at risk of oral disease**

An Ohio State University study published in the journal Science Advances shows bacteria in the mouths of young and healthy vapers puts them at risk of disease (Caldwell, Ohio State News, 5/27). The daily e-cigarette users did not have active disease, but the oral bacteria in their mouths teemed with infection-causing organisms, similar to people with periodontitis, a gum infection that can lead to tooth loss and, left untreated, is a risk factor for heart and lung disease. Scientists believe that the heated and pressurized liquids in e-cigarette cartridges are likely the culprit. Read the [Ohio State News article](r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001GCUc2mdU-KbqzR5gNnsVLUjIpK6lVkV8NSezBXGUZLDqLfj0F5R0zCVxxSXMQyZQfgUQkjPh_...).
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Our mental health is so very important. Check out these signs and remember to share them with your family!! ... See MoreSee Less

2 months ago

Denise Mayer

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This is National Prevention Week. Preventing our teens from living a life free of addiction is one of the most important things we can do as parents. Marijuana in its current concentrations of THC especially in the Dab Pens should be number one on our radar. ... See MoreSee Less

2 months ago

Denise Mayer

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2 months ago

Denise Mayer

This SNL skit was in very bad taste and delivered a message to all that kids drinking is okay. Even though exaggerated, the kids are watching everything the adults are doing-NOT COOL!! ... See MoreSee Less

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I sent an email. This is in very bad taste. They have kids pretending to drink and pass out.

Kids don’t watch this show. They do not have any idea about what SNL is doing. Don’t care. This show will have zero influence on them.

Snl is not for kids

It was all in fun which is the idea of the show! Had us laughing here.

I agree that this is not for kids however the problem is that some parents view underage drinking as a right of passage and do not understand the lack of full brain development until age 25. Everyone enjoys a good hearty laugh but just want to make sure it isn’t at the expense of our kids health.

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**During this difficult time, overdoses have increased dramatically. If you or someone you love is struggling be sure you know how to get help.**

**From:** Williams, Nathan
**Sent:** Thursday, April 23, 2020 11:31 AM
**Subject:** Overdose Alert 04-23-2020

On behalf of the Hamilton County Addiction Response Coalition, Hamilton County Public Health and Cincinnati Health Department,

please see the attached public health alert summarizing a recent increase in overdose activity in our community.

Please adhere to recommendations that have been provided and feel free to redistribute as necessary. For questions,

please reply directly to this email.

Nathan Williams, MPH

*Epidemiologist*

**Hamilton County Public Health**

p: 513.946.7985 m: 513.709.9857 f: 513.946.7943

a: 250 William Howard Taft Rd.

Cincinnati, OH 45219
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**During this difficult time, overdoses have increased dramatically.  If you or someone you love is struggling be sure you know how to get help.**

**From:** Williams, Nathan 
**Sent:** Thursday, April 23, 2020 11:31 AM
**Subject:** Overdose Alert 04-23-2020

On behalf of the Hamilton County Addiction Response Coalition, Hamilton County Public Health and Cincinnati Health Department,

please see the attached public health alert summarizing a recent increase in overdose activity in our community.

Please adhere to recommendations that have been provided and feel free to redistribute as necessary.  For questions,

please reply directly to this email.

Nathan Williams, MPH

*Epidemiologist*

**Hamilton County Public Health**

p: 513.946.7985 m: 513.709.9857 f: 513.946.7943

a: 250 William Howard Taft Rd.

Cincinnati, OH 45219

Welcome new members. We currently have a group page and an individual page for reasons I am too ignorant to understand but apparently there are positives for both-who knew!! Sometimes they have different posts so if you can check them both out. We will be working to combing them to the page in 2020! ... See MoreSee Less

2 months ago

Denise Mayer

Don't miss this webinar on May 18th from 2-3pm. It is free and if you register and miss it for some reason they will email you the webinar the next day for you to view when you can. This is great information!!Operation Parent will offer a great Webinar on Screen Usage among our teens on May 18th. This is free and once you register if you miss it for some reason, they will send you the webinar the next day. This is a really good organization and you will learn so much!! ... See MoreSee Less

Dont miss this webinar on May 18th from 2-3pm. It is free and if you register and miss it for some reason they will email you the webinar the next day for you to view when you can.  This is great information!!

WE ARE ALL LOOKING FOR WAYS TO HELP OUR FAMILIES RIGHT NOW AND IN CASE YOU MISSED THIS FROM THE LIBRARY.

I hope you’re staying healthy! I wanted to share some information and resources from the Library that might be helpful to you and your contacts.

1. Even though the Library is closed to the public right now, we’re working hard to provide resources and services to everyone in the community through our website at [cincinnatilibrary.org](cincinnatilibrary.org/).

2. We have a free eCard that anyone in Ohio or Northern Kentucky can get from our website. It’s for all ages, and with your eCard you get **free** access to thousands of ebooks, movie streaming, eaudiobooks, emagazines, music downloads, online learning opportunities, homework help and more from [cincinnatilibrary.org](cincinnatilibrary.org/). The direct link to Homework HelpNow is: [www.cincinnatilibrary.org/resources/brainfuse.aspx](www.cincinnatilibrary.org/resources/brainfuse.aspx)

3. We are offering events and activities online almost every day, including virtual storytimes for kids and events for teens and adults. Check our calendar on our web site for details: [cincinnatilibrary.evanced.info/signup/List](cincinnatilibrary.evanced.info/signup/List)

4. Anyone can call us 7 days a week at 369-6900. We’re here to connect you with resources to fit your needs, help with job searching, recommend materials for teaching kids from home, and more. You can also email and chat with us from our web site.

5. The Library’s blog has the latest resources to help you cope with the COVID-19 crisis. There are resources for parents, job seekers, small businesses, and more.

Please let me know if there’s anything we can do for you or any of our community partners and please share with anyone who might be interested or you think could benefit!

Thanks,

Tina

Tina M. Riehle

Senior Branch Manager, Sharonville Branch Library

Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County

(513) 369-6049 (513) 665-2859 (voice mail)

[tina.riehle@cincinnatilibrary.org](mailto:tina.riehle@cincinnatilibrary.org)
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“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

“The only man who never makes mistakes is the man who never does anything.”

Teddy Roosevelt

Prevention work is hard! We need you!! We need to save our kids from a life of addiction because honestly what better gift can we give our kids but an addiction free life. Without addiction, all that life has to offer is theirs They have the opportunity to choose and make a wonderful life for themselves and their families. We need you to get engaged and to help with this mission! Go to [www.stepupanderson.org](l.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.stepupanderson.org%2F%3Ffbclid%3DIwAR2nD-ttquGA5uXXqM1zL2...) and join us!
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3 months ago

Denise Mayer

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Vaping hasn't gone away! If anything it has increased during this stressful time for our teens. Know the facts!
[www.stepupanderson.org](www.stepupanderson.org/?fbclid=IwAR0SqPq_VAKUdsTTGTACqtAgoH7s7kEP7i9k8x8zKmA7u8FbRNeFydvEeGQ) for more information.
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David Sheff advocate for sufferers of addiction & their families. Author of Beautiful Boy, Clean, Game Over, All We Are Saying (w John & Yoko). Next: Buddhist on Death Row ... See MoreSee Less

David Sheff advocate for sufferers of addiction & their families. Author of Beautiful Boy, Clean, Game Over, All We Are Saying (w John & Yoko). Next: Buddhist on Death Row

3 months ago

Denise Mayer

Stay healthy and find ways to address your stress and that of your families. Beech Acres continues to help!! ... See MoreSee Less

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Mental Health is so very important! On rainy, gloomy days like today when we are surrounded by such uncertainty it is easy to become panicked, depressed, anxious and pessimistic. Optimism is an attitude that must be cultivated for ourselves but most importantly for our children. Depending on our age, we have seen natural disasters, wars, terrorist attacks and social unrest. For most of our children they have not. We need to embrace optimism and impart to them that yes, we are taking precautions and yes, we understand their fear. We also have seen that life will go on. The sun will come out and summer will come! Just an opinion! ... See MoreSee Less

Sadly,

we will need to re-schedule this amazing program at a later date!
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Sadly,

we will need to re-schedule this amazing program at a later date!

**What is next? This industry will stop at nothing to kill our kids!**

**Nicotine Pouches**

Nicotine pouches are pre-portioned, little, white sacks filled with a crystal-like substance that contain nicotine but not tobacco. The user puts the pouch between the lip and gums, just like chewing tobacco, which is also known as dip or snus. The user’s saliva then mixes to create a nicotine “juice” that is meant to be swallowed.

This product is promoted as discreet, fresh, and able to be conveniently enjoyed at any time—because there is no smoke, no smell, no need to spit, and no refrigeration required. One website even reassures the potential user that there is no need to worry, because the only person who will know you are enjoying your nicotine pouch is you.

Pouches are sold in different strengths of nicotine and in a variety of flavors, including black cherry, cinnamon, citrus, coffee, dragon fruit, peppermint, spearmint, and wintergreen. Plus, they say they won’t stain your teeth and are billed as gluten-free.

These pouches and the flavors they come in are certainly enticing to young people. Unlike vaping, no smoke passes through the airways and into the lungs when using these pouches. However, nicotine is nicotine, no matter how you package it, and the dangers of this substance go beyond the airways.
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Addiction is a multifaceted problem affecting so many family members. Learn more! ... See MoreSee Less

Addiction is a multifaceted problem affecting so many family members.  Learn more!

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Denial, Ohio doesn't only hold true for opioids! We experience denial when it comes to vaping, THC juice etc. Not my child! I would know! Really??? ... See MoreSee Less

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4 months ago

Denise Mayer

## Drunk Driving is a Violent Crime

My daughter didn’t die in an accident. She was killed by a 17-year-old who made a decision to drink alcohol and smoke marijuana before getting in the driver’s seat of her car.

For years, I have made this distinction.

Drunk driving is a crime that kills nearly 11,000 people a year and injuries another 300,000. These crashes are violent. They change lives forever. And the difference between a DUI and a DUI death is the snap of a finger.

📷My 16-year-old daughter, Helen Marie, was rollerblading on a bike path on a sunny June afternoon in 2000 when a car full of drunk and stoned teenagers veered off the road and into her, sending her body flying yards through the air. All she could do was look up and die.

My precious 16-year-old daughter’s cause of death: Blunt force trauma. Her skull was fractured from ear to ear. After the crash, all I could do was replay the terror of my daughter’s final moments. Over and over.

The same year Helen Marie was killed, a drunk driver in Florida pleaded guilty to DUI and causing serious bodily injury to two people, for which he received a 2-1/2 year prison sentence. The case led to a 2004 Supreme Court ruling that crashes like these did not amount to “crimes of violence.” To state otherwise, according to the opinion would “blur the distinction between the ‘violent’ crimes Congress sought to distinguish for heightened punishment and other crimes.”

In response, MADD called drunk driving a choice – an intentional decision that can lead to injury or death. A crime.We disagreed then, and we disagree now. After all, how can a crime that leads to a death or injury every 2 minutes be considered anything but violent.

Too often, we hear otherwise, even as deaths from this 100 percent preventable offense has risen in recent years. There is no excuse for drinking and driving. There never has been. Today, with ride sharing apps like Uber, we have more options than ever to get home safe.

On behalf of tens of thousands of drunk driving victims – on behalf of Helen Marie – I want to remind people that drunk driving is a violent crime. To imply otherwise is an insult to the victims we serve and represent. I look forward to working with all of you to make sure everyone understands the seriousness of this crime.
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