“What Were You Thinking?!”

By Barbara Stoefen, Meth Action Coalition This is the quintessential utterance of every parent, to every teenager that has ever lived. It’s behavior that mystifies, that defies all the elements of common sense. What were you thinking when you jumped off the roof into...

Mixed Age Parties: Plan for Success

By Officer Lee Gilbert, Redmond Police Department High school graduation comes in June, along with many other opportunities for us to celebrate the accomplishments of our youth. Throwing a party for your kids is a great way to show how proud you are, and reward them...

Curb the Supply of Alcohol to Teens

By Sue Meyer, Cascade Security and Investigations, Inc. Prom, graduation, end of the school year...each is a part of growing up, and each is deserving of a celebration. Unfortunately, each of these rites of passage also brings temptations for risky behaviors,...

Alcohol and Holiday Behavior

By Officer Lee Gilbert, Redmond Police Department Winter time in Central Oregon brings cold weather, shorter days, and the holiday season. Families throughout the High Desert join together to celebrate the holidays, usher in the new-year, and reflect on the past. Most...

Tips for Hosting Legal and Safe Parties

By Sue Meyer, Cascade Security and Investigations The holidays are here and Central Oregon is a wonderful place to celebrate! Did you know that in addition to the 22 holidays most Americans celebrate, Central Oregonians host more than 300 events every year? Bottom...

Fostering Smart Choices and Healthy Environments

By Lee Gilbert, School Resource Officer, Redmond Police Department Have you ever heard the phrase, “bad habits are hard to break”? As young people grow and develop into adults they make lifestyle choices that often stick with them for the rest of life. With so many...

DUII – What is the real impact?

By Captain Shane Nelson, Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants (DUII) brings a host of consequences. If you are charged with DUII, you may face severe punishment, including fines, license suspension and jail time. These legal...

Binge drinking – Wha’s Up?

By Randy Johnson, MA, MAC, Lucivity Many of us have encountered the following perceptions, or perhaps, we’ve even found ourselves saying them: I only drink on weekends. I grab a 6-pack for the football games. Yea, I get buzzed, but what’s the harm – I don’t drink on...

Teen Parties: Take Away The Alcohol, Not The Keys

By Julie Spackman, Certified Prevention Specialist, Deschutes County Health Services. Taking away the car keys before your teen parties with alcohol does not remove all potential harm from the situation. In October 2012, the CDC released a study announcing that teen...

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