Embrace after-school activities!

A well-rounded education isn’t made up only of academics. Sure, it’s really important to study and make good grades — but personal and professional success also stem from activities outside the regular classroom. (more…)

Drug-promoting media need dose of ‘Parent Power’

Parents have much more influence on their children’s decision-making than they often think they do, and they need to embrace their “Parent Power” to help their kids navigate media that promote and glorify substance use, writes Joseph A. Califano, Jr., author of the revised and updated book, How to Raise a Drug Free Kid: The […]

Hancock Co. sheriff offers safe disposal of prescription meds

The Hancock County Sheriff’s office now offers a simple and safe way to dispose of out-of-date and/or unused prescription drugs. The sheriff’s office, 875 State St., Garner, is accepting prescription and over-the-counter drugs for disposal 24 hours a day, seven days of the week. You can protect your family, community and environment by disposing of […]

Standing by: The Bullying Helpline

The Bullying Help Line is a resource for youth and their families, educators and people throughout our community. This support service, operated by Crisis Intervention Service, can be reached 24 hours a day, every day, by calling (641) 424-9071 or 1-800-479-9071. (more…)

Clarity in marijuana prevention

Frances M. Harding, director of the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, issued this important reminder about how federal dollars may be spent to promote “clear and consistent prevention messages” about marijuana to the general public. We have pasted the full text here. We also invite you to […]