Hello and welcome
Welcome to the Straight Up blog! We are excited about this opportunity for teens and young adults to share their view points, opinions and experiences and to help facilitate important community dialog around the issues of underage and binge drinking, impaired driving, marijuana use, prescription drug abuse, and other issues.
Writing for Straight Up
We are always looking for volunteers to write letters, opinions, articles and blog posts for Straight Up! Fill out the volunteer form and express your interests … and we’ll get right back to you.
Our goal at Straight Up is to change social norms that encourage, accept and allow underage and binge drinking, impaired driving, Rx drug and marijuana use and reduce the problems and tragedies that result from these dangerous activities. These serious issues are not just concerns for a few “troubled” youth and their parents. The problems and tragedies affect all of us and it will take our community working together for things to change.
The blog will be a resource for educators, for youth, for parents — for anyone with an interest in change. We’ll feature regular columns by youth contributors, valuable resources and articles, editorials — a variety of voices.
Got something to say and want somewhere to say it? Contact me to be a contributor to the Straight Up blog.
We are so proud of the important work Straight Up young people are doing in Ventura County and find their contributions and insights around these issues to be vital to county-wide prevention efforts and making change happen. We hope you will visit our blog regularly and participate in the community dialog they are facilitating here.
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Many adults feel drinking and drug use is a rite of passage. They assume teen parties are the same as when they were young. Straight Up youth want parents to face the current realities of today's "out of control" teen parties – competitive drinking games, fights, random hookups, and even
*Post by Straight Up team member, Evan Proffer.
Last week I attended an important community event. Ventura County Behavioral Health put on the Opiate Solutions Summit and I must say, it was certainly a privilege to attend. Sam Quinones and Danny Trejo gave keynote talks that beautifully illustrated the quiet epidemic that
If you live in California and voted last year (or pay any level of attention to the news), you're probably aware that California voted to legalize recreational marijuana. Before you either lament or celebrate that knowledge, know that like any drug, there are regulations that come with this passing.
Impaired driving is operating a vehicle under the influence of any mind altering substance - not just alcohol.
"A sobriety checkpoint is a predetermined location at which law enforcement officers stop vehicles to check whether the driver is impaired. They either stop every vehicle or stop vehicles at some regular interval, such as
Opioid and prescription drug abuse is a rising issue across all demographics, but especially a problem among teens. In 2011, studies found that 2 million student-aged youth were abusing prescription drugs (Source). Adults and parents with legitimate prescriptions often don't consider the abuse potential here and neglect to take precautions with