March 2013 Newsletter

March’s Offline Happenings!

Poisons and Inhalants Prevention Week
March 4, 7:00 – 8:00  p.m.
Mayor’s Youth Commission Executive Council

Siouxland Chamber of Commerce, 101 Pierce Street
Sioux City, Iowa
March 7, 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 16, 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Held on Saturdays:  Apr 13, May 11, June 15, July 20, Aug 24, Sept 14, Oct 19, Dec 7
Boot Camp for New Dads
Leiter Room, Mercy Medical Center, Sioux City, Iowa
Pre-registration required by e-mailing or call 712-279-2507
March 18, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Mayor’s  Youth Commission Meeting

City Hall, 405 6th Street
Sioux City, Iowa
April 5, 2013
Protecting Families Spring Conference
Sioux City Convention Center, 801 Fourth Streest
Sioux City, Iowa

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.

Calls to Poison Centers Each Day

National Poison Prevention Week

This year, March 17 –23, 2013 marks the 51st Anniversary 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. Traditionally, poisonings are thought of as happening mainly to children, but people of all ages are exposed to poisons. 

Poisonings are now the No. 1 cause of
accidental death nationwide, ahead of even car and motorcycle accidents.

Most poison situations could be avoided with education and preventive measures.  Simple steps such as reading labels and directions before using chemicals and taking medicine, storing medicines and household chemicals up high and out of reach of children, and using child-resistant packaging help minimize poison accidents. 
The Iowa Statewide Poison Control Center experts recommend being prepared for a poison emergency by adding the number to cell phone contacts.  Follow the Iowa Statewide Poison Control Center on Facebook for breaking news, safety tips, recalls and trivia questions.  Be poison smart! 
If you have a poison emergency, call 1-800-222-1222. Don’t waste time searching the internet.  When every minute counts, calling the experts before consulting a search engine is crucial. 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. 



Siouxland Fact 

82% of students who took the Greater Sioux City Metro Area Youth Survey in 2012 believe their parents would feel it is wrong or very wrong for them to drink alcohol.  Our goal for 2013 equals 100%.

Prom Dates 2013:
Bishop Heelan  April 20
East  May 4
North  May 4
West  May 11
Akron-Westfield  May 4
Dakota Valley  April 27
Elk Point Jefferson  April 20
Gehlen Catholic  April 13
Hinton  April 20
Homer  April 20
Kingsley-Pierson  April 27
Lawton-Bronson  April 20
LeMars Public  May 4
Maple Valley  April 13
Sergeant Bluff  April 27
South Sioux City  April 27
Remsen St. Mary’s  April 20
Remsen Union  April 20
River Valley  April 20
West Monona  April 6
Westwood Sloan  April 20
Whiting  April 27
Woodbury Central  April 6

Bullying Information
Contact the Boys Town National Hot Line,
1-800-448-3000 or
the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline,
1-800-273-8255 or
A Youth Counseling Hotline,
Additional Resources:

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



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