Coalition Spotlight: Meet Coalition Member, Dr. Tom Sterneman

Senior Pastor at Refuge Church Chaplain for Sherburne County Sheriff’s Office Member since 2012 Q: What was the experience or motivating factor that compelled you to join the SUP Coalition? T: The experiences that have motivated me to remain and work with this group have been the “one on one” conversations I have had as Chaplain for the Sheriff’s Office. These conversations have been with grieving parents, family members, and friends of those individuals who have lost their lives tragically through the use and misuse of legal and illegal drugs in our county. I am also motivated to do whatever I can to help people of all ages to understand that misusing substances (illegal or legal) has

Red Ribbon Week - October 23-31

The National Family Partnership (NFP) organized the first Nationwide Red Ribbon Campaign. NFP provides drug awareness by sponsoring the annual National Red Ribbon Campaign. Since its beginning in 1985, the Red Ribbon has touched the lives of millions of people around the world. In response to the murder of DEA Agent Enrique Camarena, angered parents and youth in communities across the country began wearing Red Ribbons as a symbol of their commitment to raise awareness of the killing and destruction cause by drugs in America. Enrique (Kiki) Camarena was a Drug Enforcement Administration Agent who was tortured and killed in Mexico in 1985. When he decided to join the US Drug Enforcement Admini

Exploding e-cigarettes sending ‘vapers’ to burn centers

E-cigarette devices are randomly and unexpectedly exploding, burning and maiming people unlucky enough to be near them when they detonate, researchers report. The University of Washington Regional Burn Center in Seattle has treated 22 people for burns and other injuries caused by exploding e-cigarettes since October 2015, said Dr. Elisha Brownson, a burn/critical care surgical fellow at the hospital. "Once we realized this was a trend at our center, we felt the need to get the word out," Brownson said. "We want consumers to know this is a risk." Brownson is lead author of a letter outlining the problem in the Oct. 6 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. The explosions are caused by p

October is National Medicine Abuse Awareness Month

Create a Medicine Action Plan. Be sure you’re using and storing medicines safely in your home. Safe Medication Practices: · Only use medications as directed by a healthcare provider · Never share prescription medications with others or take someone else’s medication · Keep medications safe by storing them in secure locations · Dispose of expired or unwanted medications at a local drug disposal site in Sherburne County

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