Safe In NM

Creating Environments Free
of Substance Abuse

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SAFE in Northern Michigan exists to prevent youth substance use, increase community awareness and create change through collaboration, education, prevention initiatives and environmental strategies of tobacco, alcohol and other substance use in Antrim, Charlevoix and Emmet counties.


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SAFE After Hours - April 5, 2019

SAFE youth attend CADCA Conference

SAFE in Northern Michigan, a local collaboration of community leaders from various sectors working to combat youth substance use in the region’s communities, recently took four area youths to the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America National Leadership Forum in Washington, D.C. Representing SAFE in Northern Michigan were students Emma Decker, Audri Pulaski, Rylie Woodall and Madi Rosenow, as well as youth advisors Susan Pulaski and Sierra Hilt.
Pulaski, who serves as project coordinator of SAFE in Northern Michigan, said the experience was great for the youth. “They attended the conference, presented during the poster fair presentations three times, and participated in Capitol Hill Day where they met with Senator Gary Peters and the aide of Jack Bergman,” Pulaski said. “Each time they shared information about their concerns regarding vaping in schools and that flavors should be banned.”
CADCA conference featured in Petoskey News-Review

Current Campaign: Vaping Awareness

The SAFE Coalition is committed to making sure teens and families are aware of the dangers of vaping. Over this past year, the coalition has worked to increase awareness of the dangers of vaping through Public Service Announcements and media ad campaigns. View our most current video at right. Click here for information about vaping and ingredients in vaping devices and e-cigarettes. VAPING, SUBSTANCE USE AWARENESS VIDEOS

MiPHY survey: Local youth substance use snapshot available in new survey report

Sept. 27, 2018 - Newly released survey results about youth substance use – including marijuana, alcohol, vaping and prescription drugs – provides a snapshot of teen behaviors in Antrim, Charlevoix and Emmet counties.
The Michigan Profile for Healthy Youth (MiPHY) survey, developed by the Michigan Department of Education, was administered to students in grades 7, 9 and 11 in local school districts during the 2017-18 school year. Not all school districts participate, but those who do help to compile a glimpse into substance-use concerns for preteens and teens. The anonymous survey asks students to identify which substances they have used within the past 30 days of the survey. Among the report's most concerning trends are a high number of students reporting they had vaped in the prior 30 days, and also a decrease in teens' perception of risk of harm in using marijuana. READ THE FULL ARTICLE

Recent media attention to vaping

Local and regional media have recently been covering the growing concern of vaping, particularly among teenagers. Following are links to recent media around this topic:

Trends in youth substance use continue to evolve (February 2019)

Northern Express: The Vape Debate (January 2019)

Petoskey News-Review: Educating an Epidemic (Dec. 24, 2018)
The Petoskey News-Review attended the Charlevoix community forum and published an article, which can be accessed here.  

Vaping Forums held recently at many area schools; more planned

Charlevoix Middle High School and Boyne City High School recently held community forums on the growing problem of youth vaping, as well as other risky teen behaviors. In recent months, the trend of teen vaping has become a significant concern for school leaders around Northwest Michigan. Vaping contains many harmful chemicals, including nicotine. Vaping devices continue to change as well, making it challenging for parents, caregivers and school administrators to stay on top of current trends. Other area districts, including Petoskey, East Jordan, Ellsworth and Harbor Springs, have also held community forums on the subject. Other districts have forums planned in the new year. 

Marijuana Awareness Campaign

An important continuing SAFE campaign is related to the dangers of youth using marijuana. The accompanying 30-second Public Service Announcements (see link below) feature local youth educating others about the high levels of THC (main chemical in marijuana that causes the high) and the many changes in the makeup of current marijuana. This media campaign is being shared through digital ads, TV, radio, theaters, social media, billboards, banners and print ads. MARIJUANA, SUBSTANCE USE AWARENESS VIDEOS

Village of Bellaire joins growing list of tobacco-free communities

The Health Department of Northwest Michigan and SAFE in Northern Michigan recognizes the Village of Bellaire for its commitment to maintaining a healthy community. The Village Council recently passed a resolution prohibiting the use of all tobacco products—cigarettes, cigars, pipes, smokeless tobacco, e-cigarettes— in its parks and beaches, with the exception of rented outdoor spaces including the Richardi Park Gazebo, Pavilion and Craven Park Campground. The Village of Bellaire joins many other local jurisdictions in Northern Michigan by banning tobacco use in designated public areas. “We want to congratulate Bellaire for going tobacco-free, and we encourage other jurisdictions to do the same,” said Amy Brown , Community Health Coordinator at the Health Department and SAFE in Northern Michigan coalition member. “Banning tobacco in these areas is a giant step forward in protecting the health of our communities and the environment.”
Learn about other tobacco-free parks and municipalities in Northern Michigan - click here


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  • FACT: 83.6% of Charlevoix County high school students reported NOT using marijuana in the past 30 days.(MiPHY 2018)
  • FACT: 84.2% of Antrim County high school students reported NOT using marijuana in the past 30 days.(MiPHY 2018)
  • In the past 30 days, 35.2 percent of Charlevoix County High School students reported vaping. (MiPHY 2018)
  • In the past 30 days, 23.7 percent of Antrim County High School students reported vaping. (MiPHY 2018)
  • In the past 30 days, 24.7 percent of Emmet County High School students reported vaping. (MiPHY 2018)
  • FACT: 89.1% of Emmet County high school students reported NOT using marijuana in the past 30 days.(MiPHY 2018)