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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Take a video tour of the Hidden in Plain Sight traveling teen bedroom

The SAFE collaborative has created a traveling teen bedroom to help parents learn about how their teens might be using substances, in plain sight. The "Hidden in Plain Sight" trailer is typically open for parent tours at events such as sporting activities and parent-teacher conferences. Due to COVID-19, the trailer is not on display publicly this year. However, SAFE collaborative member Trooper Corey Hebner, Michigan State Police, recently narrated a tour of the trailer and this video was created to share with parents. Please take some time to watch the video and let SAFE know if you would like more information, at safeinnm@gmail.com

Marijuana Awareness Campaign

An important ongoing 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

BE SAFE – New PSAs launched by SAFE Youth

In March 2020, the 'All SAFE Youth' meeting was held at the Genesis Center in Petoskey.  SAFE Youth members from all 11 school districts came together for a full day meeting of team building activities, project planning and learning. A large part of the day was spent working with the film crew from 9&10 News to film the newest PSA campaign, “BE SAFE.” The PSAs will be broadcast on TV, radio and before movies at the local movie theaters. This was a large effort, put together by youth, adult members and area sponsors!  Watch the new 30- and 15-second PSAs - click here

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

The Michigan Profile for Healthy Youth (MiPHY) 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 (MiPHY) survey, developed by the Michigan Department of Education, is administered to students in grades 7, 9 and 11 in local school districts every other year. The most recent MiPHY data available is from the survey completed in the 2017-18 school. The MiPHY will also be completed during the 2019-2020 school year, with results published during the summer of 2020.
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.
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

SAFE and RISE project coordinators attend CADCA training

SAFE and RISE project coordinators Susan Pulaski and Sierra Hilt joined more than 3,000 substance use prevention specialists and advocates from throughout the country for CADCA’s (Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America’s) 30th Annual National Leadership Forum in Washington, DC in January of 2020 (prior to the pandemic).  “We were so excited to be able to spend several days with other similar organizations from across the country, learning and honing our prevention skills so our community can be a better place, one that doesn’t suffer from the harms of substance misuse,” said Susan Pulaski, Project Coordinator for SAFE in NM. “We plan to come back reenergized with new strategies under our belt to tackle substance use in Northern Michigan.”  READ THE FULL MEDIA RELEASE

SAFE partners with Talk Sooner campaign

The SAFE Collaborative has partnered with a new organization, the Talk Sooner campaign 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 were placed at schools and organizations in late April 2019 as well.  Visit www.talksooner.org/parents to get started in learning how and what to say to your children, and when.
 

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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)
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