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Teens in small towns across America are challenging age-old perceptions about “junkies” on the street in the worst way possible… by dying from heroin

In this NPR story from Kutztown, PA, guidance counselor Andrew Brett shares, “Kids aren’t afraid of it,” he tells me. “Years ago, it was,’Well, heroin is for junkies.’ And you had to be pretty low, and that was the perception. Well, that’s not the perception. It’s available and it’s cheap. And it’s readily available in our community.” He goes on to say that he has seen a recent pattern: kids who start with pot may pivot to prescription painkillers and sometimes — across the spectrum, from the highest achievers on down — to heroin.

When the student assistance team wants to intervene, they approach the student’s parents first, and school superintendent Kathy Metrick says that conversation doesn’t always go so well: “I sat across the table from a parent whose child had been found in possession of all sorts of paraphernalia, and she said he was picking up trash off the street, that he would never do that.”

Metrick goes on, “The denial is just so powerful. And you want to say, ‘Please save your child!’ Because, if we’re wrong, yay! That would be the best news ever. But gosh, if we’re right and we have a chance to step in now before it’s too late, let’s do that.”

From Aircraft Carriers to Civilian Life Ron Cuff is Committed to Serve

The San Luis Obispo Journal Plus Magazine published this story on SafeLaunch Co-Founder Ron Cuff. Click the image below to read what inspired him to become a leader in substance abuse prevention after his career as a U.S. Navy pilot. In it, he shares how 30 years of service to other nonprofit organizations, which were focused on education, affordable housing, and child abuse led him to focus on the common denominator – addiction.


From aircraft carriers to civilian life, Ron Cuff is committed to serve

Holiday Pop Up Boutique to Benefit SafeLaunch

2015 Art & Jewelry Boutique - A benefit for SafeLaunchJOIN US!
On Sunday, December 13 from 2 to 6pm, Paradise Cafe in downtown Santa Barbara is sponsoring the 3rd Annual SafeLaunch Holiday Art & Jewelry fundraiser to support SafeLaunch teen substance abuse prevention programs.

On display and for purchase will be jewelry, art cards, and prints created by these local artisans: Christine McTague, Hsiu Zu Ho, Jan Edens, Patricia Geyling and Erin Balint. Along with browsing the items in the boutique, guests will have the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets for some extra special gifts while enjoying refreshments provided by Paradise Cafe.


The raffle items are shown clockwise from the top left — Earrings of jade, turquoise and Austrian crystal; Earrings of citrine, marcacite and Austrian crystal, both by Janzu Designs; Moroccan silver pendant on a necklace of African copper and silver faceted beads, crocheted onto brown Gore-tex thread, and oval silver hoop earrings by ERB Jewelry; Framed giclee print “Lilac Meadow” 12″x15″ by Hsiu Zu Ho Fine Art; Pendant of sterling silver, wire and mystic black spinel by Bijouxx Jewelry.


Paradise Cafe is located at 702 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara, CA, 93101. Phone: 805-962-4416.