Sun Valley Road Rally
After a wildly successful debut in 2009, the Sun Valley Road Rally will once again transform Highway 75 into a “no speed limit” zone to benefit The Drug Coalition. Drivers will hurl themselves down the highway in search of their cars’ top speeds, past cheering spectators, all for a good cause. The Sun Valley Road Rally and Ketchum Cruise & Car Show take place on July 22nd/23rd, 2016 in Ketchum, Idaho. The event raises money for The Drug Coalition, helping the organization raise awareness about substance use, addiction and recovery among youth. The funds received from the Sun Valley Road Rally provide the resources to bring nationally recognized speakers to the Wood River Valley community, work with schools developing and implementing substance curriculum for youth, and collaborate with stakeholders to improve policies surrounding this important health issue facing the families in Blaine County.
The Drug Coalition – ‘Building A Positive Community’ – 2016 Programs Overview
- Idaho Drug Free Youth (iDFY)- Middle School and High School leadership clubs. Students participate in regular meetings, community service, and attend leadership seminars around the state. Youth opt into random drug testing and participate in Crossfit programs to continue their commitment to a drug-free healthy lifestyle.
- B.R.A.V.E. (Balanced, Responsible, Active, Valued, Enlighten)- Mindfulness based- substance abuse curriculum and community connection for adolescents struggling with substance or substance related issues.
- Parent Project- Classes for parents of strong-willed children. “Loving Solutions” is a 10-week class for parents of children age 5-10. Taught in English and Spanish. “Changing Destructive Adolescent Behavior” is a 10-week class for parents of teens also taught in English and in Spanish.
- Impact Speaker Series- Drug Coalition and partner organizations bring speakers to our community to talk about issues related to youth substance abuse and use.
- Harm Reduction Seminar- Every Spring, Drug Coalition puts together a panel of experts, including Emergency Room doctors, first responders, 911 operators and Social Workers to discuss “what to do when you find yourself in a situation involving underage drinking or other substance use”. This workshop helps youth be prepared for these situations to minimize risks involved.
- Wellness Curriculum- Drug Coalition staff works with teachers and social workers at WRMS, WRHS, Silver Creek HS, Carey School, Community School, and Sage School to deliver wellness/substance curriculum throughout the school year.
- Compliance Checks/Shoulder Taps- Assist and support local law enforcement to conduct compliance checks and shoulder tap operations 4 times per year. Undercover law enforcement agents attempt to purchase alcohol from all convenience stores, grocery stores, liquor stores and bars, using real ID’s (as opposed to fake ID’s). Compliance is monitored and fines are given to establishments not in compliance. Also, the undercover agents ask adults in proximity of convenience stores, liquor stores and grocery stores to purchase alcohol for them.
- Social Hosting Ordinances- Work with local governmental entities to draft, develop, adopt and monitor Social Hosting ordinances. These ordinances attach criminal liability to the knowing host of underage drinking parties. Without a social hosting ordinance in place, the host of an underage drinking party is only liable if law enforcement can prove that the host “furnished” the alcohol. These ordinances close that loophole by making the host of the party liable for the act of providing the venue for the underage drinking. Ordinances have been passed in Blaine County, the City of Bellevue, and City of Hailey. WE plan to bring ordinances in front of the cities of Sun Valley, Ketchum, and Carey in 2016.
- Prescription Medicine Abuse Campaign- Working with our medical community, including pharmacists, the Drug Coalition is conducting an awareness campaign surrounding the issue of prescription medicine abuse by youth. By providing information about abuse by youth of prescription medicines, educated the public about securing and disposing of unused medicines properly, we believe we can reduce the supply of prescription pain killers and anti-anxiety medicine and stimulants. Disposal boxes are purchased for law enforcement agencies and pharmacies (the only type of establishments allowed to to have drop locations under DEA regulations), and information about locations and office hours for these locations are provided to the public. All of this information is distributed through inserts into pharmacy bags, advertisements on public transportation (buses), posters in doctors’ offices and exam rooms, as well as presentations to schools, doctors, and the public. Also, doctors at St. Luke’s are analyzing their prescribing practices and their patient information sessions to decrease the inventory of meds, and teach their patients about abuse, as well as proper securing disposal of unused medication.