In 2013 MEADA served over 7,000 community members and youth through 6 grants totaling $3,025. PLUS a $1,000 grant to Safe Communities of Wright County for printing & distributing to Wright County liquor stores 50,000 business cards regarding underage drinking and the new social host ordinance! AMAZING!
State and federal authorities are tackling the growing problem of designer drugs, on two separate fronts.
On Thursday, Minnesota lawmakers trumpeted a new law that makes selling drugs like synthetic marijuana or “bath salts” a felony in the state.
And the feds revealed details about the designer drug raids they conducted around the country on Wednesday, including in Duluth.
First the local angle:
Starting next Wednesday, Aug. 1, those convicted of selling synthetic drugs in Minnesota could face five years in prison. Those who’ve had problems with these chemicals say: not a moment too soon.
Twenty-six-year-old Kyle of White Bear Lake explains, “I started smoking it a lot.” So much so that, in anticipation of a new law making synthetic marijuana illegal, Kyle loaded up on it, spending $250. “I ended up buying out the tobacco store that sold it,” he said.
Both Kyle and 23-year-old Brian of Ham Lake are currently receiving treatment for their use of chemically-created drugs, at a center in Minneapolis run by Minnesota Teen Challenge. They’ve asked not to use their last names.
“I know a lot of people tried it that probably wouldn’t have been smoking pot or been doing drugs,” Brian says.
But why? (more…)
Sober Knowledge Is Power class focuses on prevention of further problematic use in the adolescents and families who attend. Parents are asked to attend the first three hours of the class where they will participate (with their teen) in activities and discussions aimed at improving communication skills and encouraging behavior change. The remainder of the class is focused on drug education and the development of effective coping skills.
SKIP is a one day, eight-hour lecture/workshop that is offered the first Saturday of every month in the Central MN Mental Health Center’s Buffalo office (308 12th Ave S). The fee for this class is $100 and must be paid in full prior to the class. For further information or to register call 763-682-4400.
Make sure you have a sober ride home the next time you go out with friends. Serving portions of Wright County, sober cabs can give you a ride home if you’ve had too much to drink or you can schedule a round trip and leave your car at home for the night.
Orange Cab: 763-295-8011
A+ Taxi: 763-295-8294
These socially responsible bars and restaurants may provide you with a free cab rides home if you over indulge.
Just ask the bartender about a cab to take you home for no charge – up to a $15 value.
• American Legion #260, Monticello
• American Legion #323, Clearwater
• Chatters, Monticello (more…)