Oct
31

Spearfish Schools Participate in Red Ribbon Week

The Spearfish Community Coalition partnered with public schools to promote drug free lifestyles through participation in Red Ribbon Week. The National Red Ribbon Campaign is the oldest and largest drug prevention program in the nation, reaching millions of young people during Red...

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Jan
23

2016 Spearfish Community Resource Guide

The 2016 Spearfish Youth and Family Community Resource Guide is complete and has arrived!

You can click the link below to view a digital copy of the guide.  You can also look for your own hard copy in your mailbox if you live in Spearfish or pick up a copy at many local businesses...

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Jan
9

5 Myths About ADHD Drugs

Prescription stimulants—like Adderall and Ritalin—have been in the news a lot recently because some high school and college students say they take these drugs to help them study better or party longer. Prescription stimulants are usually prescribed to treat attention deficit...

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Jan
3

Nationwide Survey Shows Fewer Teens Think Marijuana Is Harmful

On December 18, 2013, NIDA released the latest results from the 2013 Monitoring the Future (MTF) study, which asks more than 40,000 8th, 10th, and 12th graders about drug, alcohol, and cigarette use. The study revealed both good news and areas for concern.

First of all, scientists...

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Dec
11

A New Year, a New Time to Get Involved

With the beginning of a new year right around the corner, there are more ways than ever to get involved in the Coalition. There are plenty of opportunities for your involvement, no matter how much spare time you have.

Become a Board Member- The Coalition is directed by up to a nine...

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Nov
19

The Truth Is…

Marijuana is becoming more and more prevalent today. It’s in our schools, our colleges, our workplaces and our places of recreation. As of August 1, 2013, 20 of the 50 United States and Washington DC allow the use of medical marijuana. More than likely we are going to be seeing a...

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Nov
11

SCC celebrates Red Ribbon Week by engaging youth

With another Red Ribbon Week in the books, the Spearfish Community Coalition would like to take this opportunity to look back on some of the week-long activities Spearfish youth took part in.

Red Ribbon Week was celebrated Oct. 28 through Nov. 1 within grades kindergarten through...

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Sep
16

Why Do Teens Smoke?

Many lifelong smokers admit to taking their first puff during high school. Users of smokeless tobacco often take their first dip during their teen years. These teens and young adults become slaves to tobacco companies at an early age and maintain a lifelong addiction. Here are the 7...

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Sep
13

SCC is Seeking Speakers!

Do you work for an organization that is involved with youth, prevention or substance abuse? Are you looking to educate other community members about your organization?

If so, we’d love to hear more about it! The Spearfish Community Coalition is looking for volunteers to speak at...

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Sep
3

Alcohol: The Friend Factor

There may be some truth to the saying “you are who you hang out with.” Researchers have discovered that teens whose best friends drink alcohol are twice as likely to try alcohol themselves. And, if teens get alcohol from friends, they’re more likely to start drinking at a younger...

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Aug
21

Substance Abuse in South Dakota

In an amazing small town like Spearfish, we tend not to think about the problems drug use, alcohol abuse, and underage drinking can cause. Adult residents are hard-working, friendly individuals who help neighbors and visitors alike whenever possible. Children and students in our...

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Aug
6

Attack of the Advertisements — Cue the Jaws Theme Song

One simple statement; today’s youth is bombarded. They are bombarded by images and messages about drugs, alcohol and tobacco. It has become second nature to flip through the channels and see a countless number of commercials for alcohol or strategically placed brand identities....

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Jul
30

Attending CADCA’s 2013 Mid-Year Training Institute

This past week the Spearfish Community Coalition had two representatives at CADCA’s 2013 Mid-Year Training Institute in Austin, TX.  Janelle Rauterkus and I were among more than 1,700 substance abuse prevention and treatment specialists from across the country.

This one-of-a-kind...

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Jun
24

Do Something Brave

I did something brave this week, it was minor, but pretty bold in my world. I decided to change my hairstyle for the first time in probably six years. This minor act of courage in my book turned on my thinking cap; what does “brave” look like and what does it mean to others?

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Jun
1

Just a Bunch of Smoke and Mirrors

It seems that within the past few years the popularity of hookah smoking has increased dramatically. You are seeing more and more about hookah bars, hookah cafes, hookah vendors and even people purchasing their own equipment for at home use. With all this hype around hookahs you may...

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May
20

Meet the New Social Media Intern!

Kirstie is Spearfish native who recently graduated from Minnesota State University, Mankato with a bachelor's degree in Mass Communications. She is interested in the public relations and social media aspect of Mass Communication, especially within non profit organizations. Kirstie...

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Feb
11

2013 Spearfish Community Resource Guide

Hot off the press!!

The 2013 Spearfish Youth and Family Community Resource Guide is complete and has arrived!  You can click the link below to view a digital copy of the guide.  You can also look for your own hard copy in your mailbox if you live in Spearfish or pick up a copy at...

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Dec
28

Assets Every Day - The Hopeful Message of the 40 Developmental Assets

Everyone has the power to help young people succeed

The secret to helping children and youth grow into happy, healthy, and responsible adults isn’t really a secret at all. Simply make a point to connect with young people: Get to know them, talk to them, understand them, help them,...

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