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Talbot Parent Coalition Undertakes Project to Educate Parents and Youth About E-Cigarettes and Flavored Cigars

MK_180x180_TPC_2 imagesTalbot Parent Coalition Undertakes Project to Educate Parents and Youth About E-Cigarettes and Flavored Cigars

The Talbot Parent Coalition, which is part of the Talbot Partnership, has received a grant from the Maryland Cigarette Restitution Fund of the Talbot County Health Department to educate parents and youth about the dangers from flavored e-cigarettes and flavored cigars and their growing use among teens.

“Just as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s latest National Youth Risk Behavior Survey tells us that cigarette smoking has decreased to below 16 percent among high school students, we are facing new threats to our youth’s health from flavored e-cigarettes and flavored cigars,” said Mary Kramer, Chairman of the Talbot Parent Coalition.”

Nationally, e-cigarette use more than doubled among middle school and high school students from 2011 to 2012. More than 75 percent of these users also smoke conventional cigarettes.

“Talbot County is reflective of what is going on in the nation as a whole,” says Kramer. “There is evidence in the County that wherever teenagers gather there will be some who are smoking flavored e-cigarettes or the flavored cigars. We hope to educate parents about this threat and have them join in the effort to understand by making use of the resources available through the Coalition.”

Kramer says the public education effort will be carried out through information on the organization’s Web site, Facebook page, and newsletter. Concerned parents should bookmark the Web site (parentscoalitionoftalbotpartnership.org), follow the TPC Facebook page Talbot Parents Coalition, and subscribe to the free e-newsletter for the most current, ongoing information.  Text TPC + your email address to 16782493375 to subscribe to the e-newsletter.

Just as the federal government is in the process of setting rules that would ban the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors, a new study shows that TV ads for the products have increased dramatically during programs most likely to be watched by adolescents and young adults. According to the study by the journal Pediatrics, exposure to e-cigarette TV ads increased by 256 percent among adolescents ages 12 to 17 and by 321 percent among young adults ages 18 to 24 from 2011 to 2013.

The proliferation of and demand for e-cigarettes – which can be customized by the user using sweet and familiar flavors – has given rise to a new part of the retail industry. E-cigarettes have moved beyond convenience stores to specific businesses that specialize in selling these products.

Flavored cigars also are a looming threat because – like e-cigarettes – they can be altered with familiar candy-like flavors. According to the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, there is a disturbing trend in Maryland of underage youth smoking cigars – including cigarillos and little cigars – at the same rate as cigarettes.

A majority of youth e-cigarette and cigar smokers are using flavoring in these products. The sweet flavorings mask the harshness of the tobacco and make the products more enticing. These products are attractive, accessible, and affordable for young people. They come in fruit and candy flavors, in brightly colored wrapping, and they often cost less than an ice cream cone or candy bar.

Many young people wrongly believe that cigars are safer than cigarettes, but all cigars – including those that come in fruit and candy flavors – are addictive and cause cancer and heart disease – just like cigarettes. The jury may be out about the dangers of e-cigarettes, but indications are pointing to them being a gateway to cigarette usage – and that is not a healthy practice.

The 2014 “Prescription to Addiction” Awareness Golf Tournament

TP-Banner-2The 2014 “Prescription to Addiction” Awareness Golf Tournament April 25, 1:00pm River House at Easton Club, Easton, Maryland in support of Talbot Parent Coalition.

 

 

 

$100 includes Golf, Gift Bag, Lunch, Hors d’Oeuvres & Prizes

Tournament Schedule

11:30a.m. Golfer Registration, Lunch & Practice Range Open

1:00p.m. Shotgun Start-Scramble Format

6:00p.m.  Hors d’Oeuvres, Prizes & Silent Auction

Silent Auction Items include:

Golf for 4 at Harbourtowne Golf Resort

Golf for 4 at The Talbot Country Club

Prizes Include:

$25 Gift Card for Graul’s Market in St Michaels

$20 Gift Card for Athlete at VP Shoes in Easton MD

$20 Gift Card for CrackerJacks | Toys & Childrens Books

$27 Full Service Wash Package at Wet Dog Car Wash – Easton

$25 Gift Card for  Julia’s – Easton, MD – Sandwich Shop

3 Month Membership to YMCA of the Chesapeake

1 of a kind Cartoon by Rick Kollinger

$25 Gift Certificate to  Soda Fountain at Hills

For more information, including tickets and sponsorships, please visit the Parent Coalition Website!

Contact:

Mary Kramer, Event Chairman, essd09@gmail.com, 410-725-6350, www.talbotpartnership.org

 

 

Talbot Parent Coalition Invites All Parents to Learn the Facts About Teenage Alcohol Use and Abuse in Talbot County on Monday, December 3, 2013, at 7 PM

~Panel Discussion Will Follow Presentation

Mary Kramer, Chairman of the Talbot Parent Coalition, announced today that the Coalition will present UNDERAGE DRINKING — a PARENTS360 module that is part of the PACT (Police and Communities Together) 360 program. The PACT360 program consists of research-based, multimedia community education presentations designed to engage and educate all entities in a community (including parents and teens) about the dangers of alcohol, drugs, and other dangerous substances that adversely affect young people.

“This presentation on underage drinking is just one of the modules that Talbot Parents’ Coalition will be taking into the community — to all types of groups and organizations — to educate Talbot County residents about the dangers of substance abuse among young people,” Kramer said recently. “All of the modules deal with substance abuse of one type or another, and each has been tailored to present data and information relevant to Talbot County.”

The presentation begins with a two-minute preview of the PACT360 video WRECKED and ends with an open panel discussion. The panelists are Gary Peace, Director of the Talbot Partnership; Beth Williams of Check Yourself Talbot; Gabriel D. Rose, Addictions Program Care Coordinator for the Talbot County Health Department; and a representative (to be announced) from the County’s Emergency Medical Technicians community.

DETAILS
Date: Monday, December 3, 2013
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: The cafeteria at Easton Middle School, 201 Peachblossom Road, Easton
Refreshments will be served

OTHER NEWS FROM THE TALBOT PARENT COALITION

>>>The 2013 “Prescription to Addiction” Awareness Golf Tournament planned for Friday, November 1, has been rescheduled for Friday, April 25, 2014.

>>>Talbot Parent Coalition Chairman Mary Kramer is seeking Talbot County parents and other interested adult to serve on the organization’s steering committee. The work being done by the Coalition is important to the health and welfare of all County residents – especially the young people – and the work cannot continue without solid community support. Anyone who can serve on the steering committee should contact Mary Kramer at 410.725.6350.

About the Talbot Parent Coalition
Since its founding, the Talbot Parent Coalition has been working with the Talbot Partnership for Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Prevention to help parents have an active and effective role in understanding, preventing, and dealing with drug, alcohol, and other abuses by their children. Visit them on the Web at parentscoalitionoftalbotpartnership.org

 

Talbot Parent Coalition Supports National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

From 10 AM to 2 PM on Saturday, October 26, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Justice, will conduct a National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of out-of-date or unwanted over-the-counter and prescription drugs.

“This DEA initiative puts the spotlight on the prescription drug problem in our County and around the Country at the same time that we are bringing attention to the problem with our 2013 ‘Prescription to Addiction’ Awareness Golf and Gala event,” said Mary Kramer, Chairman of the Talbot Parent Coalition. “We support the DEA’s efforts, and we hope every family in Talbot County will take this opportunity to clean out their medicine cabinets and take all unneeded over-the-counter and prescription drugs to one of the collection points.

“Parents need to understand that overwhelming evidence shows that abuse of prescription and over-the-counter medicines by young people may lead to heroin use. Studies have shown that 19 percent of teenagers — almost one out of every five — have used prescription medicines to get high. And teens are more likely to abuse medications than they are to use illegal drugs such as Ecstacy, cocaine, or heroin.”

Parents in Talbot County have access to two year-round collection points as well as the two collection venues that will be in operation on National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. The secure Talbot County Drug Drop Box is available daily from 5 AM until 9 PM in the lobby of the Talbot County Public Safety Center, 115 West Dover Street in Easton. Unused or out-of-date prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and pet medicines can be dropped off and will be safely disposed of.

Hill’s Drug Store at 30 East Dover Street accepts unused and expired medications from any drug store/pharmacy year-round. The medications must be in their original containers.

As part of the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on October 26th, materials can be dropped off from 10 AM until 2 PM at the Maryland State Police Barracks at 7053 Ocean Gateway in Easton or at the Easton Police Department, 106 West Dover Street. All drop-offs can be conducted anonymously.

The Miles River Sail and Power Squadron, supported by the Talbot County Sheriff’s Office, will collect prescription medicine for disposal on Wednesday, October 23 from 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM at the Talbot Senior Center, 123 Brookletts Avenue in Easton and on Friday, October 25 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM at the Easton Safeway located at 139 North Washington Street.

Talbot Bar Association and Talbot Partnership Will Hold Golf and Gala Event to Benefit The Talbot Parent Coalition

The 2013 “Prescription to Addiction” Awareness Golf and Gala — to be held on Friday, November 1, 2013 at the River House in Easton – will benefit the work being done by The Talbot Parent Coalition to provide Talbot County parents with the information and resources necessary to combat teenage drug and alcohol addiction.

“We are immensely grateful for the support that the Bar Association and the Partnership are giving us by planning this exciting event,” said Talbot Parent Coalition President Mary Kramer recently. “Dick Phillips, Gary Pearce, and their staffs and volunteers and the staff at The River House are hard at work planning something very special for the golf tournament, the dinner, and the auction that will make up this event.

“The proceeds from the event will go a long way in supporting the important work that The Parent Coalition is doing in the Talbot County community to make parents aware of the depth and breadth of the problem of teen drug use and addiction in this County. One of the most insidious aspects of addiction is that it can start when teens have access to prescription and over-the-counter drugs in the family medicine cabinet. The path from prescription to drug use and addiction can be very short for teenagers; parents must be aware of this, and they need to prevent it. We provide the information and resources to deal with this and other alcohol and drug problems that our teenagers face.”

The day will begin with a golf tournament at The River House’s challenging 18-hole, par 71 championship golf course that can be enjoyed by all levels of golfers. A dinner and auction will be held in the evening, starting with cocktails on the beautiful River House terrace. The dinner and auction are open to all – even those who have never in their lives swung a golf club!

Auction items include a two-night stay at the Bay Creek Resort in Cape Charles, a hunting trip, and golf packages for four players at the Talbot Country Club. More items are being added every day.

The Scoop…
Event: 2013 “Prescription to Addiction” Awareness Golf and Gala
Place: The River House
Date: Friday, November 1, 2013
Times: Golf Tournament – 10 AM; Dinner – 6 PM; Auction following.
Cost: (All proceeds benefit The Talbot Parent Coalition)
Golf Tournament – $135 per player; $475 for four golfers
Gala dinner and auction – $75 per person, $70 each additional guest
Golf and gala combo ticket — $175 per person
Further information and sponsorship opportunities are available at http://parentscoalitionoftalbotpartnership.org or by calling Mary Kramer at 410.725.6350.

Mid-Shore Community Foundation (MSCF), a 501(c)(3) charity, is providing fiscal sponsorship support for Talbot Parent Coalition’s 2013 “Prescription to Addiction” Awareness Golf & Gala. The net proceeds of the November 1, 2013, event will support Talbot Parent Coalition’s mission to raise awareness of drug abuse in Talbot County.

Next Parent Coalition Meeting is July 31

The Talbot Parent Coalition will be holding their next meeting on July 31 at 5:30 in the Easton Middle School gym. The Parent Coalition is a group of parents, under the support of Talbot Partnership, who are working to get the issues of drugs and alcohol on the table. Everyone is invited to join the group to discuss what more we can do to better understand the challenges and opportunities our youth face, tips for monitoring and safeguarding our youth and discussing how our community can engage teens in discussions about influence and ways to “stay above it.”

The speaker for that evening will be Suzanne Fischer, LPC, LCADC. Suzanne recently moved to the Eastern Shore from Pennsylvania. She is the former Managing Director of Daytop New Jersey, which is both a residential and out patient program which provided treatment to adolescents who were in need of Substance or co-occurring treatment. Daytop offered a wide range of services, including working with not only the client but also their families. In April Suzanne opened a private practice in Easton .

In addition, there will be representatives from the Talbot County Addictions Program and local police agencies providing information on Signs of Use/Addiction and what enforcement is seeing/what parents can look for. There will also be an opportunity for parents to ask questions

The mission of the Talbot Parent Coalition is to inform parents about teen drug and alcohol abuse and to give parents the resources and tools to cope with these new realities of teenage life. We invite you to explore our website for information and the tools you need to cope. Teenage behavior is perplexing at the best of times; it can become overwhelming when you add the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.

To RSVP, email at mary@easternshoreparent.com or contact Talbot Partnership at 401-819-8067. For further information on the Parent Coalition, visit our website or Face book, or contact parentcoalition@talbotpartnership.org

Talbot Parent Coalition Galvanized by Recent Drug Issues in County

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAA record turnout at the Talbot Community Center of concerned citizens is galvanizing Talbot Parent Coalition to find even more ways to help support parents around the issue of drug and alcohol abuse in Talbot County. Although the Coalition began in October 2012, recent drug-related deaths in the county have raised the concern of many parents about whether they are doing enough to protect their children against the realities of today’s drugs.

The mission of the Coalition is to inform parents about teen drug & alcohol abuse, and give parents the resources and tools to cope with these new realities of teenage life. Goals established so far are prevention, education and what to do if your child is using. The Coalition will use its website and Facebook pages to engage parents.

Gary Pearce, director of Talbot Partnership for Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Prevention, who supports the Talbot Parent Coalition, commented, “Drug overdoses now surpass car accidents as the leading cause of death in our state.”

Many parents expressed frustration in keeping up with the new social media being used by teens and how these media can be vehicles for teens connecting to drugs. They also raised concern that keeping up with trending drugs was difficult.

Beth Williams, a Community Organizer for Check Yourself Talbot and the person hired to implement the Strategic Prevention Framework Grant addressing binge drinking for young adults, ages 18 to 25, led the discussion about parents’ concerns. Williams said to the group, “We need you to help us help you.”

The next Talbot Parent Coalition meeting is July 31, 2013 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Easton Middle School gymnasium. The Coalition needs the community’s help to create smaller support groups for parents who are dealing with specific issues related to drug and alcohol use. The Coalition is in need of steering committee members to coordinate these groups.

For further information about the Talbot Parent Coalition, contact mary@easternshoreparent.com or contact Talbot Partnership at 401-819-8067. Visitwww.parentscoalitionoftalbotpartnership.org or the Facebook page TalbotParentsCoalition. Parents may sign up at all of these places to receive e-newsletters from the Coalition.

In photo: Pictured is Gary Pearce, director of Talbot Partnership, speaking to a large crowd at a recent Talbot Parent Coalition meeting. The next meeting of the group is July 31, 2013 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Easton Middle School gymnasium. A time and location will be announced soon. A record turnout at the Talbot Community Center of concerned citizens is galvanizing Talbot Parent Coalition to find even more ways to help support parents around the issue of drug and alcohol abuse in Talbot County.

Town Hall Meeting Scheduled to Discuss Drug Problem

The Talbot County Health Department and Talbot Partnership for Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Prevention will hold a town hall meeting from  7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. TONIGHT on Wednesday, July 17 at the Easton Middle School gymnasium (across from the YMCA) to address the growing issue of drug abuse in the county.

The goal of the meeting is to openly discuss the substance abuse problem in Talbot County and begin to identify new short- and long-term ideas that provide a continued emphasis on reducing the substance abuse problem in the community.

Everyone from the community is invited to attend.

The meeting will include three short presentations to introduce and summarize the issue. Kathy Foster, Talbot County health officer, will discuss trends. Sgt. Prendi Garcia, from the Maryland State Police Drug Task Force, will discuss what enforcement is seeing and what parents can look for. Lauren Carter, a local addictions counselor, will talk about the many reasons why kids use.

There will then be a panel of representatives and community leaders to address questions, concerns and recommendations from the community in an open forum. This panel is intended to include representatives from the schools, county council, courts, law enforcement, social service agencies, mental health, youth, Shore Health, business and more.

The next Talbot Parent Coalition meeting is July 31 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Easton Middle School gymnasium. The Coalition needs the community’s help to create smaller support groups for parents who are dealing with specific issues related to drug and alcohol use. The Coalition is in need of steering committee members to coordinate these groups. The Talbot Parent Coalition meets bimonthly at the meeting room at Denny’s in Easton.

For further information about the Talbot Parent Coalition, contact mary@easternshoreparent.com or contact Talbot Partnership at 401-819-8067.

Next Talbot Parent Coalition Meeting is June 26th

clip_image002[2] (59 x 72)The Talbot Parent Coalition will be holding their next meeting on June 26 at 12:00 noon at Denny’s in Easton. The Parent Coalition is a group of parents, under the support of Talbot Partnership, who are working to get the issues of drugs and alcohol on the table. Everyone is invited to join the group to discuss what more we can do to better understand the challenges and opportunities our youth face, tips for monitoring and safeguarding our youth, and discussing how our community can engage teens in discussions about influence and ways to “stay above it.” Click here to read the Summer edition e-newsletter and be sure to subscribe.

The mission of the Talbot Parent Coalition is to inform parents about teen drug and alcohol abuse and to give parents the resources and tools to cope with these new realities of teenage life. We invite you to explore our website for information and the tools you need to cope. Teenage behavior is perplexing at the best of times; it can become overwhelming when you add the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.

To RSVP, email mary@easternshoreparemt.com or contact Talbot Partnership at 401-819-8067. For further information on the Parent Coalition, visit our website www.parentscoalitionoftalbotpartnership.org, Facebook page TalbotParentsCoalition, or contact parentcoalition@talbotpartnership.org

 

Parent Coalition Offering Tools to Parents

The newly formed Talbot Parent Coalition has announced a number of new tools available to parents who are concerned about possible drug and alcohol use by their children. In addition to the resources and information provided on their website and Face book, the Parent Coalition is now offering free sample Alcohol and Drug testing kits.

According to Beth Williams, Steering Committee member, parents feel they need not only more information about the drug and alcohol problems in Talbot County, but also more tools to deal with suspected activity both in their home and in the community. The free sample Alcohol and Drug testing kits can be obtained from Talbot Partnership, located at 8 Goldsborough Street 410-819-8067

In addition to making these sample Alcohol and Drug testing kits available to parents, the Coalition has developed tools to anonymously notify other parents of concerns that they might have regarding other youth using drugs or alcohol, or parents illegally allowing or providing alcohol or drugs. Parents can access these tools through the Parent Coalition website or Face book.

The Parent Coalition was formed under the support of Talbot Partnership, a 501c3 non-profit organization, to get the issues of alcohol and drugs on the table and discuss what more parents can do to better understand the challenges and opportunities our youth face. Talbot Partnership, which was founded in 1991 as a community coalition, encourages the community to recognize the problems and implement solutions related to alcohol, tobacco and other drug abuse by implementing policies, promoting early intervention programs and building a community culture that favors drug-free youth.

Community members and parents are welcomed and encouraged to get involved. Our next Parent Coalition meeting will be in February. Sign up for our e-newsletter on our facebook page “Parents’ Coalition of Talbot Partnership”

For further information on the Parent Coalition, visit our website or Face book, or contact parentcoalition@talbotpartnership.org