October 2014 Newsletter


October Offline Happenings!

Thursday, October 2, 10:30 a.m.
Bully Prevention Community Coalition
Siouxland Chamber of Commerce, 101 Pierce Street
Sioux City, Iowa

Thursday, October 2, Noon
Siouxland CARES Advisory Board

Siouxland Chamber of Commerce Building, 101 Pierce Street
Sioux City, Iowa

Thursday, October 2, 7 p.m.
State Legislators Debate

Western Iowa Tech Cargill Auditorium, sponsored by the League of Women Voters
Sioux City, Iowa

Friday, October 3, 8:15-4:15 p.m.
Protecting Families Fall Conference

Sioux City Convention Center, sponsored by Mercy Medical Center
Sioux City, Iowa

Tuesday, October 7, 7 p.m.
Woodbury County Supervisor’s Debate

Western Iowa Tech Cargill Auditorium, sponsored by the League of Women Voters
Sioux City, Iowa

Wednesday, October 15, Noon
Siouxland Council on Child Abuse and Neglect

Siouxland Chamber of Commerce Building, 101 Pierce Street
Sioux City, Iowa

Monday, October 20, 7 p.m.
Sioux City Mayor’s Youth Commission Full MYC Meeting

City Hall, 405 6th Street, Council Chambers
Sioux City, Iowa

Monday, October 27, 5- 7 p.m.
Red Ribbon Week Kick Off Family Event

Sponsored by Elks, Siouxland CARES and Sioux City Mayor’s Youth Commission
Long Lines Family Rec Center
Sioux City, Iowa

Tuesday, October 28, 5:00 p.m.
Dakota County Teen Court
City Hall, 1615 First Avenue
South Sioux City, Nebraska

Siouxland Celebrates Red Ribbon Week

October 23-31 is Red Ribbon Week
“No Use of an Illegal Drug…No Illegal Use of a Legal Drug”

On Monday, October 27, Siouxland will kick off Red Ribbon Week.  Join us for fun, games provided by area agencies, drug dog demonstration, Sioux City Musketeers autograph signing, free climbing wall (parent permission forms must be filled out), and free food at the Long Lines Family Rec Center, 401 Gordon Drive, Sioux City, Iowa.  This event is sponsored by the Elks, Siouxland CARES and the Sioux City Mayor’s Youth Commission.

It’s More Than Just a Red Ribbon.
The Red Ribbon Campaign originated when Federal Agent Enrique Camarena was murdered by drug traffickers in 1985.  He spent his life dedicated to making a visible effort to eradicate illegal drugs from our communities.  In response to his death, communities across the country began wearing Red Ribbons as a symbol of the commitment to raise awareness of the killing and destruction caused by drugs in America.  Red Ribbon Week is dedicated to teaching drug prevention in our school systems and community. 

Use Red Ribbon Week as an opportunity to talk to your children about alcohol and other illegal substances.  Talking with children about drugs is not as difficult as you may think, but it is not as simple as delivering one message (“Don’t do drugs”).  Ongoing communications that “grows” with your child is important!  

Keep Our Children Safe & Healthy!!

College Drinking

Virtually all college students experience the effects of college drinking – whether they drink or not.

College drinking problems

College drinking is extremely widespread:

  • About four out of five college students drink alcohol.
  • About half of college students who drink, also consume alcohol through binge drinking.

Each year, drinking affects college students, as well as college communities, and families. The consequences of drinking include:

  • Death: 1,825 college students between the ages of 18 and 24 die each year from alcohol-related unintentional injuries.
  • Assault: More than 690,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 are assaulted by another student who has been drinking.
  • Sexual Abuse: More than 97,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 are victims of alcohol-related sexual assault or date rape.
  • Injury: 599,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 receive unintentional injuries while under the influence of alcohol.
  • Academic Problems: About 25 percent of college students report academic consequences of their drinking including missing class, falling behind, doing poorly on exams or papers, and receiving lower grades overall.
  • Health Problems/Suicide Attempts: More than 150,000 students develop an alcohol-related health problem and between 1.2 and 1.5 percent of students indicate that they tried to commit suicide within the past year due to drinking or drug use.

Source: NIAAA Understanding the impact of alcohol on human health and well-being


Each month we will share another consequence that we hope parents will discuss with their children.   

Consequence-Did You Know?  Alcohol is a factor in the deaths of approximately 4,700 young people in the United States per year, shortening their lives by an average of 60 years.  


Jackson Recovery Centers Prevention Department is able to provide your staff Responsible Beverage Service Training (RBST).  Dates are October 22 & 29 and November 3.  This training is FREE, compliments of the IDPH SPF SIG grant.

Woodbury County businesses should contact Davidson Wissing, Jackson Recovery Centers, at 712-234-2327 or email dwissing@jacksonrecovery.com. Plymouth County businesses should contact Joe Maffit, Jackson Recovery Centers, at 712-234-2326 or email jmaffit@jacksonrecovery.com




80% of 10th graders in the tri-state area have NOT used alcohol
in the past 30 days.  This is up from 70% in 2010! 

Source:  Siouxland CARES’ Youth Survey taken in April/May 2014 

Looking for some helpful websites?



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

If you think someone is a victim of human trafficking, call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center, 1-888-3737.888, yo obtain information and to access supportive services for the victim.  www.acf.hhs.gov/trafficking  

Find out more about the beSomebody campaign by connecting to the Siouxland CARES website at www.siouxlandcares.org 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!! 

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