March 2012 Newsletter

March’s Offline Happenings!
March 1, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Siouxland CARES Advisory Board/SPF SIG Committee

Siouxland Chamber of Commerce, 101 Pierce Street
Sioux City, Iowa
March 5, 7:00 p.m.
Sioux City Mayor’s Youth Commission Executive Council

Siouxland Chamber of Commerce, 101 Pierce Street
Sioux City, Iowa
March 14, 6:30 p.m.
Siouxland CARES 25th Anniversary Celebration!!
$50.00 ticket includes one meal, one reverse raffle ticket and a $25.00 donation to Siouxland CARES.  Only 250 Reverse Raffle tickets will be sold for a grand prize of $2,500.  To reserve your ticket, call Siouxland CARES at 712-255-3188, email
Sioux City Convention Center
March 17, St. Patrick’s Day
Celebrate with Care!
March 18 – 24
Poisons and Inhalants Prevention Week
March 19, 7:00 p.m.
Sioux City Mayor’s Youth Commission

City Hall
Sioux City, Iowa
March 25, Friends of Recovery Banquet
Social at 5:30 p.m., Dinner at 6:30 p.m.,
Tickets are $30 ticket/Table of 8 – $220
RSVP by March 19 by e-mailing 
Upcoming Dates!!
April 20, Global Youth Service Day
Every 7 seconds, someone is bullied.  Support the anti-bullying campaign in your school and participate in the event.   The Stand for the Silent program addresses the issue of school bullying with an engaging, factual, and emotional methodology.  On April 20th, the schools that have started chapters of their own SFTS, stand together outside for 7 seconds and on the 7th second release balloons to represent “lifting up the victims”.  For more information contact Heather Millard, RISE Specialist, (402) 412-3601, ext. 22.
April 20, 7:45 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Protecting Families Spring Conference

Sioux City Convention Center
Call Mercy Medical Center’s Education Department
at (712) 279-2507, or e-mail
June 4, 2012 
CSADV  2nd Annual “Driving Out Violence” Golf Classic

Sioux City Country Club

MYTH:  Sniffing glue gives an instant rush so there isn’t time for it to hurt you.
FACT:   Inhalants enter the blood and go through the body in seconds.  Sniffing large amounts can cause a heart attack or death from suffocation because inhalants, like glue, replace oxygen in the lungs.

 National Poison Prevention Week
This year, March 18 –24, 2012 marks the 50thAnniversary of National Poison Prevention Week.  Each year, more than 2 million poisonings are reported to the 57 poison control centers across the country. More than 90 percent of these poisonings occur in the home. The majority of poisonings occur in children younger than six years old.  And, poisonings are one of the leading causes of death among adults. 
Most poison situations could be avoided with education and preventive measures.  Simple steps such as using child-resistant packaging, locking up medicines and household chemicals, and reading labels help minimize poison accidents.  Be prepared for a poison emergency by programming phones with the poison center number and posting the poison center number on or near telephones. 
If you have a poison emergency, call 1-800-222-1222.  The Poison Hotline is free, can be reached from anywhere in the United States, and is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.  Contact your local poison center for phone stickers, magnets and other poison prevention materials or to get involved in National Poison Prevention Week activities.
Fact Sheet:  Synthetic Drugs in Iowa
Two relatively new and rapidly evolving types of synthetic drugs—cannabinoids and cathinones have grown to be popular drugs of abuse in our nation and in Iowa.  The abuse of these drugs has led to an increasing number of calls to the Iowa Statewide Poison Control Center. 
Synthetic Cannabinoids are commonly found in products sold under the guise “herbal incense” or “potpourri” to mask their intended purpose.  Popular product names include K2, Spice, and Kryptonite and often carry warnings stating “not for human consumption” to avoid regulations.  These products contain a mixture of dried leaves from traditional herbs and other plant materials that are enhanced with an active synthetic cannabinoid ingredient that mimics the hallucinogenic effects of marijuana.  Packages usually do not mention synthetic cannabinoids as ingredients. 
Like marijuana, synthetic cannabinoids are usually smoked, but the synthetic material is far more potent that marijuana causing adverse effects such as panic attacks, agitation, rapid heart beat, elevated blood pressure, severe vomiting, hallucinations and possible seizures. 
Synthetic Cathinones are most commonly products marketed as “bath salts”.  Don’t be fooled by the name as these bath salts are not the kind you would use to soak in the tub with.  Product names include Ivory Wave, Cloud Nine, Vanilla Sky and are sold in a powder form primarily at smoke shops, convenience stores and over the Internet.
Synthetic cathinones stimulate the body’s nervous system.  The effects produced are similar to amphetamines or cocaine, including fast heart beat, chest pain, increased blood pressure, agitation, extreme paranoia, delusions, and psychosis.
The Iowa Statewide Poison Control Center wants parents to know just how dangerous these drugs are. Here are a few tips on what they are and the dangers surrounding them:
  • Be on the lookout for these products in your child’s bedroom and backpack. Be particularly skeptical of items labeled “incense” or “bath salts.”
  • These drugs are not detected in a standard urine drug test.
  • Know the signs and symptoms that someone is using these drugs, such as paranoia, changes in personality, agitation and anxiety.  
  • Talk with your child about the dangers of these products. These drugs are not a “safe” or harmless alternative to other drugs. They can cause hallucinations, agitation and severe paranoia.
  • Keep your poison center’s number near your phone: 1-800-222-1222. Call right away if you think someone has been exposed to these or any other drugs of abuse.
Nominate a Student Today for the Sioux City Young Ambassadors’ Program

Send a letter of recommendation for a student in grades 4th – 7th during the 2011-2012 school year.  Students must be enrolled in a Sioux City public or parochial school, or reside in Sioux City and attend a school outside of Sioux City, or be home schooled in Sioux City.  The student must be available for the recognition event on Monday, October 15, 2012.  The recommendation may be written by a teacher, family member, or anyone associated with the child who is aware of how the child demonstrates one of the six pillars of character (respect, responsibility, trustworthiness, fairness, caring, citizenship).

Please send the letter of recommendation to:  Sioux City Young Ambassadors, c/o Sioux City Mayor’s Youth Commission, P.O. Box 3763, Sioux City, Iowa, 51102, by May 1, 2012.  Please include the child’s name, address, grade in school, school and parent(s) name, along with your name, address, phone number and e-mail address.




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7% of the students who took the Siouxland CARES Youth Survey in 2011 reported they had taken prescription drugs without a prescription in the past 30 days.  7% also reported that they had taken over-the-counter drugs to get high in the past 30 days.  That means nearly 270 students have abused prescription drugs and over-the-counter drugs.
Source:  Siouxland CARES Greater Sioux City Metro Area Youth Survey



Bullying Information
Contact the Boys Town National Hot Line

Find out more about the beSomebody campaign by connecting to the Siouxland CARES website at or or Like us on beSomebody Facebook page.

Sioux City Schools:
Bishop Heelan, May 5
East, May 5
North, April 21
West, April 21
Area Schools:
Akron-Westfield, May 5
Dakota Valley, April 21
Elk Point Jefferson, April 21
Gehlen Catholic, April 14
Hinton, April 21
Homer, April 21
Kingsley-Pierson, April 28
Lawton-Bronson, April 21
LeMars Public, May 5
Maple Valley, April 14
Sergeant Bluff, April 21
South Sioux City, April 28
Remsen St. Mary’s, April 21
Remsen Union, May 5
River Valley, April 21
West Monona, April 21
Westwood Sloan, April 28
Whiting, April 28
Woodbury Central, April 21 

Tri-State Curfew
The following curfew is now in effect in Sioux City, Sergeant Bluff, and Woodbury County, Iowa, North Sioux City, South Dakota, South Sioux City, Nebraska, and Dakota County, Nebraska. Please enforce these times in your home.

 10:00 p.m. for minors under the age of 14
11:00 p.m. for minors ages 14 and 15
Midnight for minors ages 16 and 17  

About Siouxland CARES.
Siouxland CARES (Community-wide Awareness, Resources, Education and Support) About Substance Abuse is a community coalition comprised of 350 volunteers. Volunteers for Siouxland CARES (representing 12 community systems) and staff contributed 16,845 hours in 2011 to CARES programs and services. The mission of CARES is to improve the quality of life in Siouxland by eliminating the abuse of alcohol and other drugs and related violence.

The Anti-Drug is Communication.
Ask Who? Ask What? Ask Where?
It’s not pestering, it’s parenting!

Trustworthiness:   Think it.  Be it.
Respect:  Give it.  Get it.
Responsibility:  Take it.  Teach It.
Fairness:  Share it.  Practice it.
Caring:  Show it.  Receive it.
Citizenship:  Have it.  Honor it.

Make Your Character Count in Siouxland!!





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