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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Youth Met DJ a Special Airplane at the Paso Robles Airfest

On Saturday, August 26, families in Paso Robles enjoyed a fun day with some very special airplanes and pilots under the hot California sun at Airfest 2017. The SafeLaunch plane was there to inspire the most important safety lesson of all- how to keep children safe from drugs and alcohol to ensure that they will soar into healthy productive lives.

Paso Robles Event: Kids can get close to a very special local airplane, and they can even paint it!

On Saturday, August 26, 2017 from 9am-4pm, SafeLaunch invites families to come out to the Paso Robles Airfest Fly In, find the all white Cessna named “DJ”, grab a paint brush and paint her up!


Retired Navy Commander Ron Cuff, a Paso Robles local and SafeLaunch co-founder, is the owner of “DJ”, a Cessna 182. He tells young plane painters that, “A great life is like a great flight– you have to train for it, pick a destination and stay mentally sharp”.


SafeLaunch will offer parents attending the Airfest some navigational tools to assist them in their mission of launching children safely into a healthy, addiction-free life. Co-founder Janet Rowse says, “The U.S. opiate epidemic is leaving no community untouched. Science tells us that the seeds of addiction are sown in adolescent exposure to drugs and alcohol, but the good news is that this is 100% preventable. The SafeLaunch Flights Above Addiction program offers parents an opportunity to learn about youth addiction risk and what they can do to give their children a better chance for a beautiful future.”


The SafeLaunch message is just as clear as the Paso Robles’ summer sky: the best way for youth to launch into a fun, healthy and productive life is to ensure that they keep their minds clear of drugs, make a life plan, and never go off course.


Cost: Free
Paso Robles Municipal Airport
4912 Wing Way
Paso Robles, CA 93446
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Kids and Aviation Come Together with SafeLaunch & Signature Flight Support

On Saturday, August 5, 2017 from 9 to noon local youth will paint their dreams for a healthy life at Signature Flight Support at the San Diego International Airport. Free admission!

SafeLaunch and their partner Signature Flight Support will arrive in San Diego, California, as part of their West Coast “Flights Above Addiction Tour,” in the effort to stem adolescent drug and alcohol exposure and addiction.

Local youth, parents and community leaders will participate in an interactive experience: learning the science of addiction and how exposure alcohol and drugs impact the brain while it’s still developing. Youth will have the opportunity to paint their dreams of a healthy, addiction-free future on a Cessna Skylane, the “Flights Above Tour” plane.

In addition, SafeLaunch “Wing Parents” (parents whose children lost their lives to addiction) are invited to see their children’s names on the wings and share their experiences to educate others.

SafeLaunch co-founder and retired Navy commander Ron Cuff inspires attendees to focus on
launching kids safely, just as the aircraft carrier crews did for him over 120 times. Cuff tells the youth, “A great life is like a great flight. You must train for it and choose a destination, but most of all, you must keep your head clear and your brain healthy. Never forget.”

“Parenting was never easy, but it’s even harder in today’s technology-focused culture,” said Janet Rowse, SafeLaunch co-founder and parent. “It takes a committed village to raise healthy children, so we are especially appreciative of Signature Flight Support for partnering with us to inform families that mixing developing minds with any kind of intoxicant, is a recipe for addiction.”

The United States is in the midst of an addiction epidemic. Due to the escalating use of opioids, experts estimate that as many Americans are expected to die from overdose in 2017 as died in the Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan wars combined. Thankfully, slowing the disease of addiction is within our grasp. Research has shown that adolescents have up to a 600 percent greater risk of developing chemical dependency than adults. Therefore, when parents and schools are educated about the root of addiction, protecting youth from early drug and alcohol exposure is entirely possible.

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