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*Welcome to the April edition of the Drug Free Action Alliance **E-Newsletter.
You are receiving this monthly email due to your dedication to
the promotion of healthy alcohol and drug-free lifestyles and your
commitment to the improvement **of your community. Please feel free to
forward to others **who may benefit from this information.*

 *Midwest Alcohol Policy Summit - Huge Success!*

 The inaugural Midwest Alcohol Policy Summit (MAPS), hosted by Drug Free
Action Alliance, with support from the MAPS Planning
a huge success. The inaugural conference brought together 300 attendees,
representing 26 states. According to Drug Free Action Alliance Executive
Director, Marcie Seidel, "MAPS redefined the Midwest, invigorating
attendees from coast to coast, and brings attention to successful alcohol
policy efforts at both state and local levels".

 Highlights of the conference include plenary presentations from nationally
known speakers, including: Bob Brewer, Jermaine Galloway, Vincent DeMarco,
David Jernigan and Steve Schmidt. International speaker and author of
Drink: *The Intimate Relationship Between Woman and Alcohol*, Ann Dowsett
Johnston, spoke about the need to identify and change societal norms
related to alcohol.

 Additional information about MAPS, including the Networking
breakout session presentations are available at

  *April is Alcohol Awareness Month: *
 *Are you aware of alcohol's female effect?*

 When it comes to problem drinking, many people assume it mostly involves
males. That assumption however, is false. In fact, when it comes to young
females, girls have not only caught up to boys when it comes to drinking,
but in many cases have surpassed them. According to results from the 2012
National Survey on Drug Use and Health, among youth aged 12 to 17, the
percentage of females who were current drinkers (13.2 percent) was higher
than their male counterparts (12.6 percent). When it comes to women and
alcohol, 60% of U.S. women report having used alcohol over the past year.
Among those women, 13 percent said they had more than seven drinks per week
(which goes beyond the recommended limits published in the Dietary
Guidelines for Americans, issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and
the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

 Research also shows that while alcohol use among males and females is
leveling out, alcohol's impact on their bodies and brains are not. Females
are more vulnerable to alcohol's effects than males, and here's why:

   - Females have less water in their bodies to help dilute the alcohol in
   the bloodstream;
   - Females absorb alcohol at a slower rate;
   - Females naturally produce less "alcohol dehydrogenase" (a gastric
   enzyme that breaks down ethanol in the stomach - that otherwise is toxic).

What this means is that a female and male of the same size and weight can
drink the same amount of alcohol and yet the female will have a higher
concentration of alcohol in her blood. It also means that females who go
"drink-for-drink" with males are likely to become intoxicated more quickly
and are more susceptible to alcohol poisoning.

 Females are also more sensitive to alcohol-induced brain damage than
males. Research has found that females who drink heavily for long periods
of time may experience a reduction in their corpus callosum (a band of
nerves deep within the brain that connect the left and right hemispheres of
the brain to communicate and coordinate one's activities), whereas males do

 Females also struggle more than males to break down fatty acids in the
body, therefore resulting in a higher number of adult women who develop
liver diseases after comparatively shorter periods of heavy drinking than
men. But even young ladies in their late teens and early 20s who
chronically abuse alcohol are at increased risk for ulcers and other
gastrointestinal problems.

 Underage drinking is damaging and dangerous. Parents are encouraged to
talk early and often, sharing clear anti-use messages with daughters and
sons alike; including in your talks, especially with our daughters, the
fact that that drinking impacts females more intensely.

 Moderate drinking is defined as no more than seven drinks per week and no
more than three on any given day. However, women 21 and over who chose to
drink alcohol need to be aware that there is no one-size-fits-all when it
comes to the how often and how much she can "safely" drink. It depends on:

   - Individual weight and health;
   - Personal genetic makeup and family history;
   - The time since eating;
   - Medications she may be taking;
   - And for pregnant women, no amount of alcohol is deemed safe.

According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA
), an estimated 5.3 million women in the United States drink in a way that
threatens their health, safety and general well-being.

 Drug Free Action Alliance encourages you to share this information with
the females in your life to arm them with knowledge and help them make
healthy, positive lifestyle decisions.

 For more information on risks and guidelines for women and alcohol, please


Additional Sources: 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Summary of
National Findings. Girls, Women and Alcohol: Making Informed Choices
resource from Healthy Child Manitoba. NYU Langone Medical Center - The
Child Study Center: Girls and Alcohol.


 Did you know that medicines in the home are a leading cause of accidental
poisoning?  Just as disturbing, are the alarmingly high rates of
prescription drug abuse among teens.  A National study, conducted last year
by The Partnership at Drugfree.org and the MetLife Foundation, found that
49% of teens who misuse or abuse prescription medicines get them from a
family member or friend.  More often than not, these drugs are found in our
medicine cabinets.

 This year's U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA) National
Prescription Take-Back Day will be held on Saturday, April 26th from 10
a.m. to 2 p.m.

 We encourage you to visit
click on the National Prescription Take-Back Partnership Toolbox to help
spread the word on this important opportunity for your communities to
dispose of potentially dangerous unwanted and expired medicines.


KNOW! empowers parents to raise their children to be substance-free with
twice monthly alcohol, tobacco and other drug-related information tips
designed to get conversations between parent and child started and to keep
them going.

 *Know! Your Family History and Share It*

 Most families are well aware and proud to point out the talents and
passions that have been passed on from generation to generation (athletic
ability, musical gifts, artistic skills, etc.). Most are also well aware of
specific health issues that run in the family (cancer, diabetes, heart
disease, etc.), and many are conscientious to not only share such
information with their children, but to encourage by example, healthy
behavioral choices to avoid them. But how often do people talk about their
family's history of alcohol dependency? And how many of those with family
history are aware of the increased risk of younger generations also
developing alcohol problems?

the full Know! Parent Tip.

sign up for FREE Know! Parent Tips.

order the Know! Workbook.


*Start Talking!* is an effort being championed by Gov. John Kasich and
First Lady Karen Kasich, aimed at preventing drug abuse among our children.
Under Gov. Kasich's leadership, and in partnership with the Ohio General
Assembly and other statewide officeholders, Ohio has made it a priority to
attack our state's drug problem.

This new youth drug prevention initiative encourages Ohioans to embrace
programs focused at raising awareness and encouraging conversation to stop
drug abuse before it starts. Know! Parent Tips and TEACHable Moments are
two of the spotlighted programs as part of the Start Talking! initiative.

To get signed up for Know! Parent Tips, Know! TEACHable Moments or for more
information on Start Talking!, please visit


The Start Talking! Initiative (featuring Drug Free Action Alliance's Know!
Parent Tips and TEACHable Moments) was created to engage parents, teachers,
community leaders and students in conversations about alcohol and drug

 Please, give us a thumbs-up, "like" us on Facebook at


 *Statewide Motorcycle Rally*

 *Saturday, June 21, 2014*

 Click here to REGISTER NOW!

 Supporting the G.A.P. Network; a network for
 families focused on stopping opiate abuse.

 *Rally Time*: 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

 *Where*: A.D. Farrow Co., The Shop at NorthStar,
 7754 State Rt. 37 E., Sunbury, OH 43074

 *Event Cost*: FREE to attend Regional Kickoffs and
 Central Ohio Celebration
 $20 per motorcycle rider,
 $10 per motorcycle passenger (for T-Shirt and catered lunch)

 *Host*: Drug Free Action Alliance  & A.D. Farrow Co.

 *Regional Partners and Local Rallies Taking Place*:
 Coalition for a Drug-Free Greater Cincinnati (Cincinnati)
 Cole's Warriors/Family and Youth Initiatives (Springfield)
 SOLACE - (Portsmouth)

 We invite you to Rally with us on Saturday, June 21st for Solace on the
Solstice, in an effort to raise awareness about the dangers of opiate abuse
and stop this drug epidemic in its tracks.

 Families who have lost loved ones to opiate misuse will be speaking out at
the rally to help change this dangerous trend. We hope that you will join
us too. Whether you are in recovery, have been touched by the disease of
addiction through a family member or friend, or you simply have a passion
to help us overcome and defeat prescription drug abuse, we invite you to

 No motorcycle, no problem! Regardless of how you get there, the rally
welcomes families and children of all ages. While we know we still have
work to do, we want to celebrate the great strides that have been made thus
far in local communities throughout Ohio. Early morning kickoff rallies
will take place in Cincinnati, Portsmouth and Springfield.

 *Cincinnati Kickoff*:
 Hosted by Coalition for a Drug-Free Greater Cincinnati
 Location: Center for Chemical Addiction Treatment
 830 Ezzard Charles Dr. Cincinnati, Ohio 45214
 Check-In begins at 8:00 a.m., Kickstands up at 8:55 a.m.

 *Portsmouth Kickoff*:
 Hosted by SOLACE
 Location: Bikers for Christ - Welcome Home Christian Fellowship
 10073A US Rt. 23
 Lucasville, OH 45648
 Check-In begins at 7:30 a.m., Kickstands up at 8:30 a.m.

 *Springfield Kickoff*:
 Hosted by Cole's Warriors and Family and Youth Initiatives
 Location: Mid-Ohio Harley Davidson
 2100 Quality Lane
 Springfield, Ohio 45505
 Check-In begins at 8:30 a.m., Kickstands up at 10:30 a.m.

 Then beginning at 11:30 a.m. join us in central Ohio at A.D. Farrow Co.
for a variety of fabulous food, fun activities for adults, teens and the
little ones and don't miss your chance to win a brand-new Harley!

 All funds raised will support substance abuse prevention efforts.

 Click here to *REGISTER NOW!

 For more information visit


 *Calendar of Events*

Drug Free Action Alliance offers exceptional, cost-effective trainings and
presentations for a wide array of audiences. Whether you want to build the
capacity of coalition members, key gatekeepers, or your prevention
workforce, we can help.

details on topics, fees and CEU's.

We also encourage you to regularly visit our online calendar for updates on
what's happening in and around your community!

check out the DFAA community calendar now!

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 *In This Issue:*

*MAPS* <#14590340881e9d1c_maps>

*April is Alcohol Awareness Month* <#14590340881e9d1c_april>

*ONDCP* <#14590340881e9d1c_ondcp>

*Know!* <#14590340881e9d1c_know>

*Start Talking* <#14590340881e9d1c_talk>

*SOLACE on the SOLSTICE <#14590340881e9d1c_solace>*

*Calendar* <#14590340881e9d1c_date>

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