Breakout Drug Free

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Take A Stand Project 2013-2014

Take a Stand Project The Take a Stand Project  gives students a platform to share their reasons for not drinking or using drugs.  On a 12×12 dry erase board, students complete the following sentence:  “I am taking a stand against alcohol and drugs because…”  Breakout staff take pictures of each student,  and their statement, and upload them to the Breakout Facebook page.    To date, 793 students have participated.

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Celebrating 20 years of Service to the Community

The Breakout Program is preparing to enter it’s 20th year of drug prevention education in the schools. Since 1991, the Breakout Program has served approximately 55,000 youth in middle school and high school. Thank you Jackson for your continued faith and support!

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Marijuana: The Truth Hurts

Over the past several years, alcohol and tobacco use among teens has steadily gone down. That’s the good news. The bad news is that by the time Jackson County youth have reached the 11th grade, approximately 42 percent of them have used marijuana. Additionally, eight percent of Jackson County youth have tried marijuana before the age of 13.
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Changes to the Michigan Laws

(adapted from an article by Jessica Sipperley | Jackson Citizen Patriot.)
On Dec. 10th a new statewide smoking ban was signed into law and will take effect May 1st of this year . The law states that smoking will be prohibited in all workplaces, including bars and restaurants. The “workplace” is defined as any place that serves food or drink and has at least one employee.
People are still allowed to smoke in vehicles, home offices, the gaming floors of the three Detroit casinos, cigar bars and specialty tobacco shops. Michigan is the 38th state to pass some type of smoking ban.
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Talking to your kids about alcohol and other drugs

If you Google the word “parenting” there are hundreds of sights that appear about helpful advice on nutrition, potty training, sibling conflicts, fun family activities, nurturing a child’s creativity, manners and family friendly pets. Most parenting sights offer you step-by-step guides and “how to” advice that’s easy to follow and even easier to track the results. For example, if you’re looking for advice on potty training, several websites offer clear “how to” advice that is consistent among the various sites. However, if you’re looking for advice on how to talk to your kids about alcohol and other drugs, the advice varies among the sites and it’s not always clear. One thing that is clear is that talking with your kids about drugs and alcohol can be difficult. It is a highly sensitive topic, but the possible consequences of drinking and taking drugs are far too dire for you to ignore.
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New Tobacco Product targets Youth

Just when it feels like we are gaining ground in the fight against tobacco addiction, tobacco companies find new ways to market and sell their scientifically-proven deadly products. This time, they may have gone too far. R. J. Reynolds is test marketing a new product called Orbs: flavored, dissolvable nicotine pellets, strips or sticks that so closely resemble candy that critics are calling foul.
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