Stopping the disease of addiction before it starts to ensure healthy futures for America's teens

Flights Above Addiction

Flights Above Addiction is a traveling teen art and aviation program that informs communities that addiction is a preventable chronic brain disease contracted in adolescence 90% of the time.

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Media $500 Contests

Media $500 Contests invite secondary students to produce compelling art and media illuminating the risk of early alcohol, tobacco, and other drug exposure.

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Science of Addiction

Addiction is a chronic, relapsing brain disease characterized by compulsive drug seeking and use, despite harmful consequences.
 

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Flight Above Addiction #6 Destination Santa Ynez, California

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Santa Ynez Area Youth to Inspire Peers Through Aviation and Art

Paint Our Plane to Prevent Addiction

SafeLaunch is bringing its “Flights Above Addiction” to Santa Ynez Airport on Saturday, May 17, 2014 and everyone is invited! Beginning at 0900 hours, local teens will begin painting a real airplane with real paint at the Santa Ynez Airport Day.

This will be the sixth SafeLaunch “Flight Above Addiction” event in California, where teens are invited to paint retired Navy Commander Ron Cuff’s Cessna Skylane N521DJ with their own designs for a healthy future, one free from the disease of addiction. The Cessna is a focal point for the primary addiction prevention organization SafeLaunch, co­founded by Ron Cuff and Janet Rowse.

SafeLaunch uses art and peer to peer messaging to raise awareness about the threat of addiction to young brains. “A 14 year old’s brain, if exposed to any addictive substance, is up to six times more susceptible to this incurable disease than an adult’s” according to recent research from the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University, Cuff says.

“The kids will be invited to focus on the beauty of life, and the many ways that youth can gain a natural high. SafeLaunch encourages the community to learn the facts about addiction, and to do everything they can to stop addiction where it starts 90% of the time… with early exposure to alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs,” stated Rowse. Youth from the Lompoc Boys and Girls Club will be painting their designs on one side of the plane from
9­11am and the public is invited to paint the other side from 9am­12pm.

The public and press are invited to see the artists at work between 10:30 and 12:00 noon. The finished work will be on display between noon and 5PM.

For information about Santa Ynez Airport Day, contact Robert Perry at  captainbobsplanetalk@gmail.com.  For information about SafeLaunch, contact Janet Rowse at  info@SafeLaunch.org.

On Noozhawk: SafeLaunch Cotton Bag Service – All of the Convenience, None of the Plastic

 

cotton bags

SafeLaunch’s cotton bags are available for free at Lazy Acres Market. (SafeLaunch)

 

The Santa Barbara single-use bag ban is officially here.

As opposed to a restriction, this ordinance provides an opportunity for every business not only to embrace reusable bags, but to participate in a great new concept that defines the passion and values of our community: the SafeLaunch Cotton Bag Service.

This free shopping bag service is sponsored by SafeLaunch, its participating business partners and Ablitt’s Cleaners.

The bags enhance customer convenience and protect the marine environment, while at the same time serving our community’s youth.

The mission of SafeLaunch is to prevent teen addiction through education about adolescent brain development. The bags are currently available free of charge at Lazy Acres Market and available to every store that sponsors them.

For more information, email info@safelaunch.org.

Dogs and Cats are Happy without Drugs and Alcohol!

Turn up the volume and enjoy!