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Family Day is This Coming Monday!

famFamily Day is this Monday, September 22, 2014! At meal times, please remember to sit at the dining room table with your kids and eat a leisurely meal instead of gulping down your food so everyone can hurry off to spend time with friends or to do other things. Use this day to spend time with your kids and get to know them! Taking the time to get to know your kids can keep them healthy, safe, and drug-free!  Fill this day with teachable moments that teach your kids about the dangers of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs! Make everyday Family Day!

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Published on September 18, 2014 at 4:04 pm | | 0 Comments

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Secondhand Smoke Is a Killer!

kidSECONDHAND SMOKE FACT: Secondhand smoke is classified as a “known human carcinogen” (cancer-causing agent) by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the US National Toxicology Program, and the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC – a branch of the World Health Organization)…
 
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Published on September 18, 2014 at 1:36 pm | | 0 Comments

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Join GFP for the “Red Ribbon Open House”!

rrAre you new to “Red Ribbon Week”? Looking for some Red Ribbon Week support materials? Greenville Family Partnership is hosting a “Red Ribbon Open House” on Thursday, October 2, 2014 from 9:00am – 7:00pm at the GFP located at 200 Mills Avenue!  Greenville County school teachers, counselors, principals, Red Ribbon Coordinators, and PTA Presidents are invited to attend! Attendees will be eligible to enter a contest to win some FREE “Red Ribbon” Storybooks...

 

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Published on September 17, 2014 at 6:52 pm | | 0 Comments

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Don't Forget About the "Green Valley Red Ribbon Golf Classic” 2014!

golf The "Green Valley Red Ribbon VIP Reception" will be held on Thursday, September 25, 2014 from 6:00pm – 9:00pm! The “Green Valley Red Ribbon Golf Classic” 2014 will be held the next day on Friday, September 26, 2014! Registration for the tournament will begin at 10:00am but the "game" will start at 12:00 noon. Proceeds from this event will support drug prevention; parenting; and youth programs in the community!

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Published on September 17, 2014 at 6:34 pm | | 0 Comments

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Your “Over the Edge” Party Is Just Around the Corner!

oteNow that your plans for your “Over the Edge” Viewing Party (Saturday, October 4th) are carved in stone, are you totally jazzed?! The “OTE” Party is going to be sooo great!  And there are only THREE WEEKS until THE BIG EVENT! Hopefully, all your friends and family who RSVPed will be able to attend and will find the food both healthy and delicious; the Bungee Décor right on target; and the LIVE local event featuring Delvin Choice entertaining in the XTREME...!

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Published on September 17, 2014 at 6:23 pm | | 0 Comments

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“Project Rx” is Back!

rxThe next “Project Rx: Take-Back” Event will be held on Saturday, September 27, 2014 from 10:00am – 2:00pm! Do your part to protect the water supply! Properly dispose of your outdated or used medications at the “Project Rx Take Back” Event! For a location near you, visit http://www.ariverremedy.org/!

Published on September 17, 2014 at 1:26 pm | | 0 Comments

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Link Between Parents' Medications and Youth Heroin Abuse!

rxParents can see their homes as a source of alcohol for their kids but they can’t see their homes as a source of prescription drugs for their kids! Youth access to prescription drugs is linked to parents' handling of unused, unwanted or expired medications! Mismanagement and/or non-disposal of prescription drugs allows teens in your home to gain access to potentially dangerous medications! Lock up or safely dispose of your meds…!

 

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Published on September 11, 2014 at 5:18 pm | | 0 Comments

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Anti-Drug Dodgeball Tournament Cancelled!

The Southside High School Lady Tiger Volleyball Team has cancelled the "Don’t You Dare Do Drugs" Dodgeball Tournament Fundraiser scheduled for Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 8:00am at Southside High School.

Published on September 10, 2014 at 4:19 pm | | 0 Comments

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E-cigarettes May Lead to Other Drug Addiction!

ecigE-cigarette Use Is Increasing Among Teens and Young Adults, Which May Lead to Other Drug Use and Addiction! That’s because e-cigarettes, which were intended as a quit smoking aide, are also a “nicotine delivery device” or “gateway drug” with the same effect on the brain as cigarettes so they make it more likely that a user will try other drugs, especially cocaine and marijuana…

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Published on September 5, 2014 at 4:44 pm | | 0 Comments

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The Drug Molly Claims More Lives!

xtcTwo teens have died and 19 have been hospitalized due to Molly or MDMA use at a day-long electronic dance festival. Apparently, club drugs are even more dangerous when taken in warm temperatures by users who are dehydrated and physically exerting themselves.


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Published on August 29, 2014 at 5:38 pm | | 0 Comments

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And You Thought There Was Only One Kind of Alcohol to Worry About!

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There’s a new powdered form of alcohol called “Palcohol” that may appear on store shelves in September. It can be mixed with water, sprinkled on food or snorted and comes in six flavors including rum, vodka, Cosmopolitan, Mojito, Powderita & Lemon Drop. Since it is packaged in a Kool-Aid sized packet that can fit easily into a pocket, it is feared that it may be too accessible to youth.

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Published on August 29, 2014 at 5:34 pm | | 0 Comments

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Dog Bite Leads to Important Discovery!

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Curt Schilling, former major league baseball player with the Boston Red Sox, was recently treated for oral cancer and points to his use of smokeless tobacco for more than 30 years as the cause for an illness of which he was unaware. Luckily, a dog bite brought it to his attention…

 

 

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Published on August 20, 2014 at 7:24 pm | | 0 Comments

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Join GFP for the Red Ribbon 5K Run & Fun!

runGFP is sponsoring an “Inaugural Red Ribbon Run & Fun” in tribute to Sean Reeves who helped many youth at-risk for substance abuse. This event will be held on Saturday, November 1, 2014 at 10:00am in Trail Blazer Park at 115 Wilhelm Winter Street in Travelers Rest, SC...

 



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Published on July 7, 2014 at 9:12 pm | | 0 Comments

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Kids Today

In my opinion, a lot of kids today seem to have the attitude that they can do whatever they want whether it’s talking disrespectfully to adults and, especially, to their own parents; tuning out or dropping out of school like, “It’s no big deal. I can get a GED”; cheating in school because everybody does it; breaking curfew; violating the “no cell phone, no texting rule”; or engaging in underage drinking and drug use.

Maybe they have been given too much in their short little lives and so think they deserve to have whatever they want at the moment despite the consequences it may bring. Or, maybe their parents never told them there were any consequences for their actions or never enforced any consequences against them. Or, maybe it could be that their parents actually shield them from suffering the consequences because, “Heaven forbid that their precious child should be unhappy. That just wouldn’t do!”

These kids actually have a “laissez fair” attitude about everything that they do – even if it verges on the illegal like underage drinking and drug use; texting while driving; or driving under the influence.

Sometimes, I think the media plays a part in this attitude… Teens go to the movies or watch TV Shows where teens are the center of the universe and parents only exist on the sidelines so teens can have a mansion to live in; gourmet food to eat; designer clothes to wear; the ultimate cell phone to talk /text on all day; an expensive car just to drive to school in; and the ability to come and go as they please. So, teens may also be getting this attitude towards life from watching what they perceive as their “peers” on both the small and big screen. Ah, the magic of Hollywood... It takes me back to those “Brat Pack” Movies of years past, which were said to actually mirror teen angst...

Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like teen attitudes are going to change any time soon because some parents are either in denial about what’s going on; don’t seem to be too inclined to do anything about it; are making excuses about having to work all day so they don’t have time to parent their own kids; think that their son / daughter is old enough to take care of themselves; or think that teachers or other adults need to parent their kids.

In spite of the impression this gives, I still think that the majority of young people out there don’t have an attitude; aren’t disrespectful to their parents and other adults; excel in school because they value education and want to succeed in life; think that cheating is wrong no matter how you look at it; and don’t drink or use drugs because they are aware of the consequences. But we don’t hear about these teens because you don’t make the news for doing positive things. You don’t get attention when the media focuses on negative not positive behavior - and bad news sells. So, the bad behavior of a few puts the majority in a negative light. I don’t think that’s right, do you? I still believe there are a lot of good kids out there who will one day run this country but sometimes it’s hard to think that when teens are perceived so negatively.

It’s tough to get the truth out there... What do you think?

Published on September 12, 2012 at 3:07 pm | | 2 Comments

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Jersey Mike’s GFP "Month / Day of Giving" Charity Fundraiser!

jmJersey Mike’s has raised over $12,000 in support of GFP through its "Month / Day of Giving" Charity Fundraiser! These funds will be used to help GFP keep kids in the community alcohol, tobacco, and other drug-free! Thank you for making a BIG difference in the community, Jersey Mike's!

 

 

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Published on June 12, 2014 at 5:26 pm | | 0 Comments

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Easley Gymnastics Is Tobacco-Free!

clipEasley Gymnastics is also the winner of the “Field of Dreams” Tobacco-Free Video Clip Contest! So, join GFP in congratulating this team of tobacco-free gymnasts! To view the video, visit GFP's Tobacco section.

 

Published on June 9, 2014 at 9:09 pm | | 0 Comments

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50 Years of Research on Smoking and Health!

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Join the CDC in celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking and Health! To learn more, visit http://www.surgeongeneral.gov/initiatives/tobacco/index.html.

Published on April 21, 2014 at 8:46 pm | | 0 Comments

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SMOKE FREE in Greenville County

blog-rssWouldn’t it be great to be able to walk into any restaurant in all of Greenville County and not have to worry about breathing in smoke?

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Published on April 9, 2014 at 5:10 pm | | 0 Comments

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GFP Raises Awareness Concerning Secondhand Smoke!

Greenville Family Partnership is also dedicated to raising awareness concerning tobacco use BUT there is one aspect to its use that affects people who don't smoke or use any tobacco products of any kind... It's secondhand smoke, which is far more dangerous than most people realize. So, for the next few weeks, this web site will feature some important facts concerning its dangers...

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Published on June 19, 2014 at 5:14 pm | | 0 Comments

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General Prevention Newsletters!

newsClick here for general alcohol, tobacco & other drugs and parenting related news!

Published on December 20, 2013 at 6:07 pm | | 1 Comment

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Community Events Calendar

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Click here for GFP-related and other community events; parenting workshops; and national drug prevention dates of interest.

Published on January 2, 2014 at 5:50 pm | | 0 Comments

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