This past week we’ve watched the news as the 41st president of the United States, George H.W. Bush, was laid to rest. In reading article after article and watching the media coverage, I was curious about his stance on the “war on drugs.”
Researching on the internet is always interesting as you can find views that swing from one end of the spectrum to the other. However, here are some paraphrased facts I found consistently:
Every president since Eisenhower has created new measures to decrease drug use in the United States. The first actual positive reports showed a 37% drop in casual (non addicted) overall use from 1979 – 1989. Despite the downward trend at that time, drug abuse and addiction rose in popularity with the casual use of cocaine, the invention of crack cocaine, and exports from Columbia, Bolivia and Peru.
President Regan’s war on drugs began with First Lady Nancy Reagan’s “Just Say No” campaign in the 1980’s, focusing less on profits to drug lords and more on the destructiveness to the family, the cost to business and the crime connections. (The Bureau of Labor estimated that 9% of employees show up to work with drugs in their systems, which costs businesses an estimated $60 billion every year!) The connection to crime was emphasized by a report revealing that of the 132,620 people convicted of crimes in 1983, 48% were under the influence. Despite the efforts of the Reagan’s, 20 to 40 million people still used drugs.
President Bush and the Office of National Drug Control Policy felt that the best way to get causal use to end was to put the primary focus on demand here in America, rather than putting the major focus on the supply from other nations. His administration worked towards a 10% decrease in casual drug use over the next two years and a 50% reduction over the next ten years.
Bush’s war on drugs did produce results. The biggest success was a 22% decrease in cocaine use. But, was the government responsible, or was it the education/prevention showing the negative effects of the drug first hand? And was it only decreasing among the wealthy? One million people still smoked crack by the end of the Bush administration, many of them poor.
It was around 1983 when the term “prevention” began to surface. Reports say that the DARE program did not work, but when I talk prevention with students, DARE almost always comes up. While statistically it didn’t keep millions of people off drugs, it’s difficult to measure those who chose NOT to use drugs because of the program.
In 1990, Bush convened a summit with the United States, Columbia, Bolivia and Peru – bringing in the three major cocaine producing nations in South America. Unable to reach agreement, measures were taken to confiscate drugs as they entered the United States. This failed. Estimates were that only 10% of all cocaine entering the country was confiscated.
As a president is laid to rest, a legacy is taken out, dusted off and reviewed again and again. My research shows that President Bush, in his inaugural speech, stated “the scourge will stop.” He implemented plans and dedicated funds. Like presidents before him, and those who will serve after him, they realize we have to educate early and help our youth make healthy choices. Prevention is the key.
Many will say that the drug war was, and still is, a dismal failure. I prefer to believe that the heavier emphasis on treatment with factually correct education, starting in the younger years of life and consistently repeated will help us raise a generation of youth addicted to life, not drugs.
Debi Dockins, Executive Director
New CCI Program Coordinator
Please welcome Ashley Billman to CCI as the new Program Coordinator!
“I am super excited to work with CCI to support community coalitions’ efforts to prevent substance abuse among youth. I think 2019 is going to be an exciting new year for Idaho Coalitions.” - Ashley
Where are you from? Ucon, Idaho
How long have you lived in Idaho? I grew up in a small town called Ucon and then moved ten miles into the town of Idaho Falls.
What brought you to the area? My family had been in Eastern Idaho for generations. I grew up on a farm, always loved animals and enjoy the Idaho mountains. I was taught that farmers are stewards of the land and I feel as if I am a steward of my community. I can honestly say right now, there is nowhere else I would rather live.
Family: I am the oldest of seven children. My siblings are very important to me and we are all close.
Keith is my prince charming, who keeps me energized and listens to all my ridiculous and innovative business ideas. He even puts up with my two dogs, Dex, a German shepherd and Bentley, a standard poodle.
Occupation: Outside of CCI, I am starting my 5th year working with my local coalition, Bonneville Youth Development Council. When first hired to work with BYDC, I attended the National Coalition Academy and obtained my Certified Prevention Specialist (CPS) credentials. To go through these programs from the start was incredible. This was only possible due to the wonderful mentors I've had.
I enjoy outreach within my community, talking to others about their passions and showing people how their passion and prevention is relative to their life.
What do you hope to accomplish working for CCI, goals, aspirations? I would like to see CCI promote individual coalition successes even more. Prevention is hard, and I think we need someone to celebrate with us! I want to understand more about each of the coalitions in Idaho and support them. I would like CCI to continue connecting coalitions, to collaborate and be able to stand as a unified voice for Idaho. Also, be open-minded of other types of substance abuse prevention professionals and groups, even if they don't fit our box, in efforts to create a bigger advocacy network.
What do you do for fun? I am passionate and daydream about innovative, nonconventional business ideas and then discuss them with whoever will listen. Also, I enjoy listening to audible books and hanging out with the dogs while cleaning the house. My favorite activities are hiking, visiting natural hot springs and I consider raising two types of composting worms as a hobby.
CCI Rx Drug Tool Kit
CCI’s website offers prevention tools for Rx drugs including, drug take-back posters, Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) rack cards and a sticker shock campaign for pharmacy bags. These items are customizable using Publisher and all tools can be downloaded from the CCI website. CCI offers assistance with customization of these tools to reflect your community and coalitions.
For more information, contact Molly Levkiv at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What brought you to the area? My husband works for Union Pacific RR and was transferred to Spokane Washington in 2005. I have always loved Coeur d’Alene and was excited to move up north from Bear Lake. We live in Hayden Lake now and spend most of our time out on the water. We have a beautiful home where I can watch the deer, squirrels, turkeys and lots of other animals from my porch. The turkeys I could do without, but everything else is pretty fun to watch.
Family: I have four grown children, Jaime, Taryn, Shalayne and Colton. They all loved it so much up in Northern Idaho that they moved up here with us. I have 5 wonderful grandkids that are my world. Skyler just graduated from high school, Tayson and Austin are in high school, Asher is in 1st grade and little Brooklyn is just 4. They are my biggest joy in life! I have been married to my husband Marc, for 8 years, but we have been together for almost 15. We met on a blind date. Seriously. Who does that? :) He is a Director for Union Pacific and has been with them for almost 36 years.
Education: Went to school in Pocatello, Bear Lake and took some college courses while I worked at Utah State University.
Occupation: My main job position right now is being semi-retired! I currently own an online boutique and am a stylist for Piphany. I love doing what I do and making women feel good about the way they look. I worked in prevention for nearly 25 years, but have decided it’s time to step down. I still volunteer for coalitions and am the current Vice-Chair for the ID Behavioral Health Planning Council.
Tell us more about your occupation, how you trained for it, etc.? I love clothes and fashion so working for Piphany is a lot of fun for me. My closet is growing a little more than it probably should, but I am hooked. :) It keeps me busy and I truly enjoy doing it.
How did you become a board member of CCI? I was the past Director for CCI and currently act as Treasurer.
What are your personal goals serving on the board? Keeping CCI as a valuable and well-respected organization is most important to me. We have come a long way and it is such a great organization to be a part of.
What do you hope to accomplish during your time on the board? I would like to see us continue to be able to offer the in-person training and opportunities for networking. This is a valuable service for our coalitions and helps to keep our efforts and coalitions united.
What do you do for fun? In the summer you will most likely find me out on our boat waterskiing, fishing, or just relaxing. The Hayden Lake is my happy place. I also love being outdoors and love to travel. I hope to be doing much more traveling as soon as my husband finally decides to retire. Most of all, I love spending time with my family. My kids and grandkids are my world and they are lots of fun to be around. We really have a great time when we all get together.
What do you do when you're not at work? I spend time with my family and take care of my puppy dogs. They keep me busy during the day and are great company for me. Marc is usually on the road so I talk to my dogs. A lot!
What are some hobbies or activities you enjoy? I love staying in by the fire during the winter. I enjoy reading, making jewelry, oil painting and love working in my boutique. I also love spending time with my grandkids. They make me smile and I love spending time with them. I love going to places that I have never been and am always game for a new adventure. My hubby and I just received our DNA results and plan to go to the countries where our ancestors came from. Looks like Italy, England, Sweden, and Ireland is on our bucket lists. We are also going to Hawaii in the spring so I am pretty excited about that.
Idaho State Board of Pharmacy Newsletter
The Idaho State Board of Pharmacy has released its December 2018 newsletter.
Here are some of the topics for this month:
Common Compliance Issue: Removing Expired Drug Products
Free Online Continuing Education on Opioid Abuse and the Idaho PMP
SAMHSA Publishes Guidance for Treating OUD
U.S. Surgeon General Advisory Urges More Individuals to Carry Naloxone
KeepIdaho.org was created to share facts about marijuana legalization that are not always publicized; especially the impact on communities in neighboring states where recreational marijuana is legal.
We are surrounded by states that have experienced the process, politics, and promises that marijuana brings; from the introduction of medicinal marijuana to full-on recreational legalization, and we believe Idaho can learn from them in determining the future we want for Idaho.
Based on what we’ve learned from Colorado, Washington, Oregon, and Montana, we want to make sure our fellow Idahoans have access to real, hard truths that will help you better understand what’s at stake for our state.
"This new Evidence-Based Practices Resource Center aims to provide communities, clinicians, policy-makers and others in the field with the information and tools they need to incorporate evidence-based practices into their communities or clinical settings. The Resource Center contains a collection of scientifically-based resources for a broad range of audiences, including Treatment Improvement Protocols, toolkits, resource guides, clinical practice guidelines, and other science-based resources."
Coalitions in Action:
Bonneville Bounces Back Event
Bonneville Bounces Back focuses on building resiliency skills in Bonneville county youth, to promote positive involvement and community collaboration in efforts to prevent youth substance abuse and suicide. It engages youth by providing a monthly workshop, taught by a community member and followed by a hands-on activity to reinforce the lessons being taught. On November 14, Liza Raley from Classy 97 spoke about, Restart your day every day followed by activities for youth.
"The feedback was very positive from the students," Coalition Coordinator, Chari Plyler said.
Here are some quotes from youth after the event:
“Everyone has struggled, but we will all learn how to pull through in time.”
“Even if I’ve been given a hard trial, I can turn it around and do good things.”
“I would come back because it is a place that I can learn about myself and other people.”
“We can make good things happen if we apply ourselves.”
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All of the following are Idaho specific foundations who have listed substance abuse prevention or a related subject as their fields of interest. If you are interested in any of the following foundations, email email@example.com
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