Safe In NM

Creating Environments Free
of Substance Abuse

Welcome to SAFE in Northern Michigan!

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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Marijuana Awareness Campaign

An important continuing SAFE campaign is related to the dangers of youth using marijuana, with new videos released for the 2019-20 school year and new billboards set to go up around the region. 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

Vaping Awareness campaign

The SAFE Coalition is committed to making sure teens and families are aware of the dangers of vaping. The coalition and its youth continue to work hard 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.  

SAFE partners with Talk Sooner campaign

The SAFE Collaborative has partnered with a new organization, the Talk Sooner campaign, this Spring for a new project that encourages parents to begin having important conversations with their children starting at a young age. Talk Sooner gives parents talking points and ideas for conversations at all age ranges. To help parents and caregivers remember to have these conversations, SAFE has sent out postcards to all students in grades 3-5 throughout Char-Em ISD schools. Yard signs will be placed at schools and organizations in late April 2019 as well.  Visit to get started in learning how and what to say to your children, and when.

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


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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)