"The book is called opportunity, and it's first chapter is New Years Day" - Edith Lovejoy Pierce
The holidays are a great time to reconnect with family and friends and celebrate the accomplishments of the year behind you. It's a refreshing time filled with closed doors and new beginnings. Unfortunately, for many families it's also a time of great sorrow...a time that opens up a wound that's impossible to close. According to Post-Dispatch, compared to the average weekend night, the 12-hour window between 6 p.m. on December 31st and 6 a.m. on January 1st tends to have about 71% more crashes where alcohol or drugs were listed as a contributing factor. January 1st is the day of the year with the highest percent of deaths related to alcohol. An alarming average of 140 people are killed in alcohol related crashes on New Years Day.
If you do plan on drinking this holiday season, here are a few tips to assure a safe night and a good start to 2018:
If you're anything like us, you're anxiously counting down the days until holiday break...17 to be exact! It's one of our favorite times of year, where we can create new memories with friends and family and eat enormous amounts of food without any judgements placed against us.
Inevitably, another thing that quickly comes to mind when most of us think of the holiday season is alcohol. We're here to remind you that you don't need the wine with family or beers with friends this holiday season to have a great time. Grab a mug of hot cocoa and listen up - we have some great ideas to make your sober Christmas a holiday to remember.
We could go on and on about all of the fun things there are to do this time of year, but we have decorating to get done and you have activities to partake in! Gather up as many Christmas movies as you can find and share this list with friends. There's so much fun to be had this holiday season!
Have another holiday idea that doesn't involve drugs or alcohol? Tell us in the comments below!
We sat down with Derek Foss to find out why he enjoys being a coalition member.
What Sector of the community do you represent at the coalition meetings?
County Public Health
Why do you feel passionate about the youth in our community?
Youth are the future of our community. If we have healthy and empowered youth, our entire community will benefit.
Why do you feel strongly that the youth in our community should be alcohol, tobacco, and drug free?
Drug, alcohol, and tobacco use as a youth can lead to lifelong addiction and potential legal consequences that can severely inhibit a person's ability to be a success. I want to see all of our youth be successful and live long, healthy lives.
In your opinion, what are you most proud of that the coalition has done or is working on?
I am very impressed by the Outdoor Experiential Education program implemented at Rainy River Community College and how well it has been received.
What has been your favorite project so far?
The Outdoor Experiential Education program
What impact do you believe the coalition is making on the community?
I believe that this coalition is bringing up a topic that everyone knows about but doesn't talk about. It brings the "elephant in the room" to the forefront of conversation. The coalition has been essential in showing youth and adults that their beliefs about alcohol use may not be accurate.
Learn more about what our Kape Coalition members are doing and our mission!
It's summer! There are so many fun ways to spend your summer without drugs or alcohol...
Like, hit the beach
go for a walk
cool down at the movies
eat ice cream
we know there's more... share your ideas!
The KAPE Coalition was established in 2015 through the Koochiching County Public Health Department. At the same time, the coalition was awarded a Partnerships for Success Grant for Rainy River Community College. One year later, the coalition was awarded a Planning and Implementation grant for the International Falls Area High School.
Funded by the MN Deparment of Human Services-Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division
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