March 2014 Newsletter


March Offline Happenings!

Thursday, March 6, Noon
Siouxland CARES Advisory Board

101 Pierce Street (lower level)
Sioux City, Iowa

Thursday, March 13, 10:00 a.m.
Bully Prevention Community Coalition
Siouxland Chamber of Commerce, 101 Pierce Street
Sioux City, Iowa

Thursday, March 13, 10:00 a.m.
Dakota County Juvenile Services Team

South Sioux City Law Enforcement Center
South Sioux City, Nebraska

Monday, March 17, 7 p.m.
Sioux City Mayor’s Youth Commission Meeting
City Hall, 405 6th Street, 5th Floor
Sioux City, Iowa

Wednesday, March 19
Kick Butts Day

For more information, contact Becky Carlson at Siouxland District Health Department, 712-279-6119.

Saturday, March 22
Boot Camp for New Dads

12:30-2:30 p.m., Mercy Medical Center Leiter Room

Saturday, March 22
Jackson Friends of Recovery Banquet

5:30 p.m., The Marina Inn and Conference Center, $40 per ticket, $300 per Table of Eight,  call 712-234-2308 or go to

Poison and Inhalant Prevention Tips from the Iowa Poison Control Center

If you think someone has been poisoned, call 1-800-222-1222 right away.  Serious poisonings don’t always have early signs.

• Add 1-800-222-1222 into your cell phone contact list and post the number near home phones.
• Keep medicines and household products in their original containers and in a different place than food.
• Always read the label and follow any directions.
• Keep household products and medicines locked up. Put them where kids can’t see them or reach them.
• Buy products with child-resistant packaging.  But remember, nothing is child-proof!
• Never call medicine “candy.” Poisons may look like food or drink. Teach children to ask an adult before tasting anything.
• Learn about products and drugs that young people are using to get “high.” Talk to your teen or pre-teen about these dangers.
• Have a working carbon monoxide alarm in your home.

Common Methods of Administration 

In general, inhalation is by nose or mouth (bagging or huffing). More specifically, methods of administration include:
● Sniffing/inhaling directly from the container
● Sniffing/inhaling from plastic bags over head
● Sniffing/inhaling from cloth/clothing saturated with the substance
● Aerosol inhalation (directly spraying into mouth or nose)
● Inhaling from alternative containers (e.g., balloon filled with the substance)

 Signs of Use

There is a common link between inhalant abuse and problems in school—failing grades, chronic absences and general apathy.  Other signs include the following:

  • Paint or stains on body, clothing rags or bags
  • Spots or sores around the mouth
  • Red or runny eyes or nose
  • Chemical breath odor
  • Drunk, dazed or dizzy appearance
  • Nausea, loss of appetite
  • Anxiety, excitability, irritability
  • Missing abusable household items

Products That Are Abused As Inhalants

Adhesives: Model airplane glue, rubber cement, household glue
Aerosols: Spray paint, hairspray, air freshener, deodorant, fabric protector, computer cleaning spray
Solvents and gases: Nail polish remover, paint thinner, type correction fluid and thinner, pure toluene, cigar lighter fluid, gasoline, freon, fuel gas
Cleaning agents: Dry cleaning fluid, spot remover, degreaser
Food products: Vegetable cooking spray, dessert topping spray (whipped cream), whippets
Gases: Nitrous oxide, butane, propane, helium

Marijuana Myth
Facts from Project SAM Continued

Myth–“Legal marijuana will solve the government’s budgetary problems”.

Fact–The public health costs of both alcohol and tobacco far outweigh their revenues.  The number of alcohol-related arrest is over 3x the number of marijuana-related arrests (despite it being legal and regulated).


Local Businesses Complete Responsible Beverage Service Training 

Eight Woodbury County businesses have completed Training for Intervention Procedures also known as TIPs, through Jackson Recovery Centers.  Most recently the Sioux City Country Club had 19 employees trained on February 20th, and 24th. Other businesses include Sergeant Bluff Blvd Hy-Vee, Sam’s Mini-Mart , Greenlee’s Little Siouxloon, Weber’s Bar & Grill, Runts Bar & Grill, Valero, and Smithland Country Store.
TIPs teaches employees how to recognize intoxicated or underage customers and how to minimize risk when selling alcoholic beverages to customers.  Business owners, therefore, save money by reducing property damage, employee turnover and insurance rates.  This training also helps establishments prepare for random alcohol compliance checks conducted by law enforcement agencies. Most importantly, the training helps increase the health and safety of the Siouxland community.

TIPs is available for FREE until June 2014 for on-premise liquor license holders such as restaurants, bars, and hotels, and off-premise liquor license holders such as grocery stores, liquor stores, and convenience stores. A total of 251 businesses in Woodbury County qualify for this training. 
TIPs training is provided through Jackson Recovery Centers. It is funded by Iowa Department of Public Health, through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  For more information please contact Davidson Wissing, SPF SIG Coordinator in Woodbury County, at or 712-234-2327.



Wednesday, March 5th, has been proclaimed Take Five Day by Governor Terry Branstad, to remind Iowans that by taking a few minutes to talk with children about drugs they can help prevent substance abuse.  Studies show teenagers who learn at home about the dangers of drugs are up to 50 percent less likely to ever use drugs.
For a copy of the Take Five tips or additional substance abuse help, go to

Looking for some helpful websites?

Other Resources
Contact the Boys Town National Hot Line,
1-800-448-3000 or
the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline,

Find out more about the beSomebody campaign by connecting to the Siouxland CARES website at or Like us on the beSomebody Facebook page.  JOIN the beSomebody initiative today and text “41411” and type in besomebody to received weekly text messages (rates may apply).

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 13,996.25 hours in 2013 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.
RespectGive it. Get it.
ResponsibilityTake it. Teach It.
FairnessShare it. Practice it.
Caring: Show it. Receive it.
Citizenship: Have it. Honor it.

Make Your Character Count in Siouxland!! 

This entry was posted in General. Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post. Both comments and trackbacks are currently closed.