We Must Step Up Together!

Please take this short 10 minute community survey to help Step Up direct our efforts in the Anderson Community to prevent drug misuse. You can’t fix something unless you identify the problem. Help us to help our teens!

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About our organization

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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Good afternoon to all in this group. I started this group in 2018 to address the topic of drug prevention in Anderson Township. If we need prevention there is a problem with drug misuse. Parents and students alike were sharing their stories. A "Right Under Your Nose" presentation educated us as to what was happening in schools right around us. The original reason I started Step Up Anderson Township was to warn parents and caregivers about the relatively new (at the time) VAPING! I was advised that sharing this information would be more effective and easier to manage on a page versus a group. So right now Step Up has both. We will merge to the Step Up Anderson Township PAGE after the first of the year 2021. Please LIKE the page and move over to it for this valuable information. I will continue to do both until the beginning of the year so no one is confused and everyone who wants it will get the valuable information. ... See MoreSee Less

2 weeks ago

Timeline Photos💚 Share this wallet card that has a list of signs for suicide risk and urges those showing any of the signs to contact a mental health professional or to call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline '1-800-273-TALK (8255)'
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Find, order and download free publications and other resources on suicide prevention: bit.ly/2DPyAeg
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2 weeks ago

Timeline Photos💚 Share this wallet card that has a list of signs for suicide risk and urges those showing any of the signs to contact a mental health professional or to call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline '1-800-273-TALK (8255)'
: bit.ly/3k4ZWwp

Find, order and download free publications and other resources on suicide prevention: bit.ly/2DPyAeg
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Audible's also offers some ebooks for parents on the subject of addiction by a psychiatrist, Dr. Gayani DeSilva, "STOP Teen Addiction Before It Starts" and others on this topic. ... See MoreSee Less

The rise in addiction has prompted a high school in Massachusettes to dedicate itself to recovering youth. This can be found at www. MTV.com-shows-16 and Recovering. Although I am not a fan of MTV, this series has some good insight into what a recovering teen's life is like. ... See MoreSee Less

We need a support group for parents who have issues with their teens vaping. I would love to hear some feedback from the community especially any ideas to make this happen. The stigma of saying anything could possibly be wrong with my child and the judgments that go along with this unfortunately keep us all from helping each other. Please let me know any ideas that you all have on this!!! ... See MoreSee Less

4 weeks ago

Food for thought❤️

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Syd and I love this song!!!

I remember when this came out, there were tears❤️ Have you seen the video of the street covered in chalk art by kids, view from a drone, with this song in the playing? Omgosh it is very touching!

4 weeks ago

FYI, the relapse and overdose rate has increased by 30% since March 2020. Mental health issues related to our lockdown and the pandemic are especially hard for people with depression.
NAMI, The National Alliance on Mental Health have a 24 hour helpline: 800-950-6264.

Please copy and repost to share the helpline far and wide?

Say done once you have copied and reposted ❤️
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1 month ago

Professionals say there is an approximate 83% connection between mental health issues and substance misuse. Teens coping with anxiety and depression may choose to self medicate for relief or teens using substances especially those that are extremely mind altering can effect mental health.Anxiety doesn't always present the same way. ❤️

Thanks Youth Mental Health Canada for the post
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Professionals say there is an approximate 83% connection between mental health issues and substance misuse.  Teens coping with anxiety and depression may choose to self medicate for relief or teens using substances especially those that are extremely mind altering can effect mental health.

Teens think differently than adults over 25. Watch and learn just why this is and how we can understand more intelligently how they think! ... See MoreSee Less

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Cigarette butts continue to be a blot on our environment! This little one gets it-shouldn't the rest of us? ... See MoreSee Less

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Second hand smoke can really be dangerous. E-cigarettes are no different!! ... See MoreSee Less

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If this looks familiar you might have what you think is a typical teen but maybe not! It is our job as parents to investigate and know what our kids are doing! It might be more than teen angst! ... See MoreSee Less

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Recognize the symptoms of drug use especially vaping nicotine. Rage issues and unusual behavior can often be a tip off! ... See MoreSee Less

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This is a short video about just how important you all are in influencing your teens! ... See MoreSee Less

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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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Yeah it is going to be gross.

Our mental health is so very important. Check out these signs and remember to share them with your family!! ... See MoreSee Less

4 months ago

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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

4 months ago

National Prevention Week 2020 - Day 3 ... See MoreSee Less

5 months ago

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

5 months ago

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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