April is Alcohol Awareness Month

This is a good time to reflect on your drinking pattern and the role that alcohol plays in your life. Most adults in Wisconsin who drink alcohol drink moderately and without complications. At the same time, alcohol-related problems are among the most significant public health issues in Wisconsin.
• For most women, moderate drinking is no more than one standard drink a day.
• For most men, moderate drinking is no more than two standard drinks a day.
A standard drink is equal to 14.0 grams (0.6 ounces) of pure alcohol. Generally, this amount of pure alcohol is found in
• 12 ounces of beer (5% alcohol content).
• 8 ounces of malt liquor (7% alcohol content).
• 5 ounces of wine (12% alcohol content).
• 1.5 ounces or a “shot” of 80-proof (40% alcohol content) distilled spirits or liquor (gin, rum, vodka, whiskey).

Protect Your Brain from Addiction Policy Forum YouTube video

The adolescent years are marked by dynamic brain changes. An important aspect of the maturing brain is the development of connections or networks that link different parts of the brain. It takes two an half decades to hook up each of the parts of the brain to each other, like slowly building and linking the parts of a force field over 25 years. Before the force field is in place, teens can get addicted harder, stronger, faster, and longer than adults. But neuroscience can teach us ways to reduce risks and help teens navigate this tricky time.

December is National Impaired Driving Prevention Month

Both Drunk Driving and Drugged Driving are Dangerous

Alcohol and drugs affect the way you drive—putting you, your passengers, and other drivers on the road at risk. Drugs can alter your perception, attention, balance, coordination, reaction time, and the other skills you need to stay alert and safe.

What is drug-impaired driving? Driving under the influence of over-the-counter medications, prescription drugs, or illegal drugs.
More and more studies of drivers killed in motor vehicle accidents have found an increasing number of these drivers testing positive for at least one drug.
According to the GHSA’s “Drug-Impaired Driving” survey, 43.6 of drivers tested after a deadly car crash had drugs in their system.
Using any mind-altering drug makes it unsafe to drive a car—just like driving after drinking alcohol!

More Information:

The Great American Smokeout® November 18, 2021

Quitting smoking isn’t easy. It takes time. And a plan. You don’t have to stop smoking in one day. Start with day one. Let the Great American Smokeout event on the third Thursday in November be your day to start your journey toward a smoke-free life. You’ll be joining thousands of people who smoke across the country in taking an important step toward a healthier life and reducing your cancer risk. Plus, the American Cancer Society can help you access the resources and support you need to quit.

**Urgent** Press Release and Public Safety Alert Issued by the DEA

Publication Date: Sep 30, 2021
Sharp Increase in Fake Prescription Pills Containing Fentanyl and Meth
DEA Warns that International and Domestic Criminal Drug Networks are Flooding the United States with Lethal Counterfeit Pills
September 27, 2021 – The Drug Enforcement Administration warns the American public of the alarming increase in the lethality and availability of fake prescription pills containing fentanyl and methamphetamine. International and domestic criminal drug networks are mass-producing fake pills, falsely marketing them as legitimate prescription pills, and killing unsuspecting Americans. These counterfeit pills are easy to purchase, widely available, and often contain deadly doses of fentanyl. Pills purchased outside of a licensed pharmacy are illegal, dangerous, and potentially lethal. This alert does not apply to legitimate pharmaceutical medications prescribed by medical professionals and dispensed by pharmacists.

Resilient Farms and Families

Resilient Farms & Families: Responding to Stress – Farm Management The ongoing economic conditions in agriculture are taking a toll on farm families and their rural communities. The associated chronic stress is also impacting mental and physical well-being, relationships, and decision-making. Extension helps farmers, families, businesses, and communities remain resilient by learning how to manage stress and use planning tools to make sound decisions and create a road-map for the future. Find out more at the link below!

Medication Safety

Safeguard Medications in your Home
Tuesday, October 26th at 1:30 PM via ZOOM

Over 95% of U.S. opioid exposures for kids occur at home.

Attend this informational Zoom program with Susan Mahaney of Unified Community Services to find out how to keep your family safe and receive a FREE lock bag. Register by calling the library at 608.723.7304 or kholman-steffel@swls.org

Funded by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant and the Wisconsin State Opioid Response Grant

Drug Take Back Day, October 23, 2021

Too often, unused and unwanted medications find their way into the wrong hands. That’s dangerous and often tragic. Bringing unused and unwanted medications to a Drug Take Back Day collection site protects you, your family, and your community. The next Drug Take Back Day is October 23, 2021.
Find a collection site near you at https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/opioids/drug-take-back-day.htm

Take Back Day Event in Iowa County:
Highland Village Police Department
530 Main St.
Saturday, October 23, 2021, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Iowa, Grant and Lafayette County Drop Off Locations:

QPR’s Suicide Prevention Program

with Susan Springer Jud Sunday, September 19th at 1:30 pm Susan from the Iowa County Suicide Prevention Coalition will teach us how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help. All ages are welcome to this very important workshop.

Registration is Appreciated,
Email Kristin at kholman-steffel@swls.org
or call at 608.723.7304