Tosa United-Wauwatosa School District

Tosa United-Wauwatosa School District Tosa United The abuse of alcohol, to***co and other drugs poses a serious problem to the Wauwatosa community and its citizens, especially youth.

As partners, various groups within the community such as parents, students, public and private schools, city and state government, the Health Department, the Police Department, churches and community organizations have joined together in an effort to address on a continuing and long-term basis the prevention of alcohol, to***co and other drug use by our underage population and its abuse in general within the community.

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02/01/2019

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Light Unite Red 2019. We hope to see you out Jan. 21 -27, 2019 shining a light on the dangers of substance abuse.  Follo...
01/18/2019
2019 Light Unite Red Tool Kit - Google Drive

Light Unite Red 2019.
We hope to see you out Jan. 21 -27, 2019 shining a light on the dangers of substance abuse.

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2019 Dual Call to action: Take the Drug IQ Challenge &
the Drug & Alcohol Free Pledge
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eligible to win special prizes.

Here is a guide to help you understand what va**ng is, its appeal to youth and research about both the risks and unknown...
11/30/2018
How to Talk with Your Son or Daughter About Va**ng

Here is a guide to help you understand what va**ng is, its appeal to youth and research about both the risks and unknowns. It identifies some signs to look for and what to do if you are concerned that a child may try or actually is va**ng, and offers advice on what to say when answering questions about va**ng.

CBD, short for Cannabidiol, is the largest non-psychoactive component of ma*****na. THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) is the mo...
11/08/2018

CBD, short for Cannabidiol, is the largest non-psychoactive component of ma*****na. THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) is the most well-known component of ma*****na, which produces the high. CBD is becoming more widely available, and like va**ng, is often marketed to young people. CBD is available as tinctures, edibles, sprays, va**ng liquid, capsules and items such as gels, hand lotions and shampoos. These are widely available, on-line and in local stores. They vary in price and CBD content.

CBD can be derived from either h**p or ma*****na. H**p derived CBD is legal in all states and ma*****na derived CBD is legal in some. The CBD here in Wisconsin comes from h**p, so can be legally sold in health food and other stores.

CBD can produce the medicinal benefits of cannabis without the high; especially for cancer, serious chronic pain and epilepsy. Youth in particular are using CBD as a homeopathic remedy for pain relief, depression and anxiety symptoms, acne, insomnia and boosting productivity. However, the CBD used in medical trials is much different than the CBD sold in stores to consumers. As with all supplements in the United States, CBD is not regulated by the FDA, thus users have to rely on the quality assurances of the companies that manufacture and sell them.

CBD does not appear to be dangerous in and of itself for short-term use, but many CBD products contain dangerous chemicals or synthetic CBD oil. For the most part, side effects from CBD alone are minor (dry mouth, dizziness, nausea), but they can be serious if the CBD products interact with other medications one may be taking.

It may be hard to know if one is consuming CBD because of the minimal side effects and absence of psychoactive effects. If you are concerned, talk with your youth about CBD just like any other substance. Start a conversation about why they’re interested in it, how it makes them feel and why feel the need to use it. Come from a place of understanding and patience, and work to help your son or daughter make healthy decisions.

The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids has more information at https://drugfree.org/parent-blog/what-parents-should-know-about-kids-using-cbd/

Five ways to build "digital resilience"; help them have digital wisdom, be ready for cyberbullying and make good cyber-d...
10/12/2018
Combating Cyberbullying with Digital Resilience - Sue Scheff Blog

Five ways to build "digital resilience"; help them have digital wisdom, be ready for cyberbullying and make good cyber-decisions.

In 2017 we heard a lot about digital resilience, but do we understand what it is? Helping our teens be ready for online hate and digital discourse offline can better prepare them when they are faced with it. Reality is that incivility exists – sadly this is a human behavior that we don’t have co...

10/02/2018
Substance Use | Wauwatosa, WI

Wauwatosa Health Department has published a Substance Use Information and a Resource Guide which can be downloaded or read via this URL. Print copies are available at their office.

Connecting you with resources about substance abuse is a priority of our Wauwatosa Health Department. Learn what help is available in your area.

Tosa's Green Summit and Med Collection, 2018
09/10/2018

Tosa's Green Summit and Med Collection, 2018

Tosa's Night Out, 2018
09/10/2018

Tosa's Night Out, 2018

Winter is coming. Clean out and make room in your garage for your car. Tosa Green Summit is this Saturday, 9/8, Shred, m...
09/04/2018
Tosa Green Summit: September 8

Winter is coming. Clean out and make room in your garage for your car. Tosa Green Summit is this Saturday, 9/8, Shred, med, electronics, bikes, haz waste plus exhibits.

Wauwatosa Police Department
05/02/2018

Wauwatosa Police Department

The Drug Take Back Day event last Sat. brought in 362.6 lbs of unwanted/expired medications for safe, responsible disposal. Thank you to all involved- your efforts prevent contamination of our water supply, and prevent the abuse of these drugs/meds. Photos courtesy of Peter Zuzga

A lot of good information about opioid abuse and addiction at this site.
04/20/2018
Dose of Reality Week | Dose of Reality WI

A lot of good information about opioid abuse and addiction at this site.

DOSE OF REALITY WEEK offers an opportunity for youth, parents, coaches, educators, the medical community, businesses, seniors, senior caregivers, law enforcement and everyone in Wisconsin to learn more about the dangers of prescription painkiller abuse and addiction, and what actions can be taken to...

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) is investigating cases of severe bleeding from people who have used sy...
04/19/2018

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) is investigating cases of severe bleeding from people who have used synthetic cannabinoids, also known as K2, spice, or fake w**d.

Illinois has had over 100 cases, including two deaths related to severe bleeding from reported use of synthetic cannabinoids. These products are found in convenience stores, gas stations, drug paraphernalia shops, novelty stores, and online.

https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/chemical/synthetic-cannabinoids.htm

Using indoor tanning beds before age 35 can increase one’s risk of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, by 59 pe...
02/19/2018
Research Sheds Light on Parents’ Views of Indoor Tanning

Using indoor tanning beds before age 35 can increase one’s risk of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, by 59 percent, and this risk increases with each use.

This study looks at parental views of indoor tanning and suggests it is important for all parents to understand the dangers of tanning at a young age and communicate those dangers to their children.

A survey of more than 1,200 parents indicates that some groups are more likely than others to have favorable attitudes toward adolescent indoor tanning, which can increase young people’s risk of developing skin cancer later in life.

01/29/2018
Juuling: New high-tech fad among teens

A newscast from St. Louis area about an e-cigarette that’s now popular with a lot of teens, including those in our area, called a “Juul.” The Juul e-cigarette is sleek, tiny, and can be mistaken for a thumb drive. Smoking this is called "Juuling." Each pod, called a "Juulpod" contains ni****ne (along with other toxins) in an amount equal to 200 cigarette puffs. That’s like smoking a pack a day in one Juulpod.

Juuling is a discreet way of va**ng that's popular with teenagers, but it's a phenomenon most parents haven't heard of.

01/26/2018

Saturday, Jan. 27; free Resource Fair for parents and youth at Southridge Mall (Boston Store end), 10 am–3 pm. Includes a special performance at 1:30 pm with teens sharing drug facts and a choreographed line dance. The day will also include other creative works from youth, sharing the passions they pursue rather than substance use.

Do you know the facts? Take the 2018 IQ Challenge and test your knowledge on drugs and alcohol.
01/23/2018
2018 National Drug & Alcohol IQ Challenge

Do you know the facts? Take the 2018 IQ Challenge and test your knowledge on drugs and alcohol.

Because of a lapse in government funding, the information on this website may not be up to date, transactions submitted via the website may not be processed, and the agency may not be able to respond to inquiries until appropriations are enacted.

It’s National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week! Join us in helping teens get the facts about drugs and alcohol:
01/22/2018
Learn About NDAFW

It’s National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week! Join us in helping teens get the facts about drugs and alcohol:

In addition to the Wauwatosa Police lobby, here is a map of free drug take-back drop-off sites in Milwaukee County. Let'...
01/18/2018
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In addition to the Wauwatosa Police lobby, here is a map of free drug take-back drop-off sites in Milwaukee County. Let's make a resolution to safely dispose of unwanted and unused medication in 2018.

Making it easier for Milwaukee County residents to combat the opioid crisis by safely disposing of unused prescription medicine at a growing network of drop boxes.

This Alcohol Treatment Navigator can help guide a treatment-seeker with important questions to ask and quality indicator...
01/02/2018
NIAAA Alcohol Treatment Navigator

This Alcohol Treatment Navigator can help guide a treatment-seeker with important questions to ask and quality indicators to look for when choosing which treatment program is the right fit.

Searching for alcohol treatment can be overwhelming. The Navigator will help you focus your search to find higher quality treatment, which can increase the odds of success.

On October 26, 2017, President Trump declared a public health emergency to deal with the opioid epidemic, freeing up som...
11/01/2017
Opioids

On October 26, 2017, President Trump declared a public health emergency to deal with the opioid epidemic, freeing up some resources for treatment. More than 140 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

But what exactly is an opioid? This article explains.

Opioids are a class of drugs that include the illegal drug he**in as well as pain relievers available legally by prescription, such as oxycodone (OxyContin®), hydrocodone (Vicodin®), codeine, morphine, and many others. These drugs are chemically related and interact with opioid receptors on nerve ce...

How Teachers And Schools Can Help When Bad Stuff Happens
10/06/2017
How Teachers And Schools Can Help When Bad Stuff Happens

How Teachers And Schools Can Help When Bad Stuff Happens

Whether it's a hurricane, a mass shooting, racial and political violence or family trauma closer to home, teachers can be helpers. Here's our roundup of what you can do in these difficult situations.

10/05/2017
Advice for Parents on Talking to Children about Violence and Mass Tragedies

When a tragedy strikes, such as the recent attack in Las Vegas, young children will look to their parents to interpret the world for them. Here are some tips.

When a tragedy strikes, young children will look to their parents to interpret the world for them and parents may struggle to find a way to help their children understand a world that could suddenly seem like a very threatening place.

Med Collection and Green Summit, 2017
09/15/2017

Med Collection and Green Summit, 2017

Healthy Wauwatosa
09/01/2017

Healthy Wauwatosa

Join the Health Department at the Green Summit on September 9 to drop off any unused prescription and over the counter medications.

Tosa's Night Out 2017
08/08/2017

Tosa's Night Out 2017

Teens and 20-year-olds can now attend music festivals at private venues where alcohol is served without their parents ac...
08/08/2017
Wisconsin teens can now attend private music festivals that serve alcohol

Teens and 20-year-olds can now attend music festivals at private venues where alcohol is served without their parents accompanying them (Assembly Bill 194, which was signed into law in May).

Private music festivals now join other venues that have an exception to the state law which prohibits patrons under 21 from being in bars and other businesses that serve alcohol.

Saturday's topic is Promotion of Mental Health & Wellness. Over 1 of 2 (60%) recently surveyed youth described their men...
05/18/2017
Mental Disorders - Teen Mental Health

Saturday's topic is Promotion of Mental Health & Wellness. Over 1 of 2 (60%) recently surveyed youth described their mental health as “not good” on one of the previous 30 days.

Here is a guide to help recognizing the signs of depression, one of the more common mental health challenges in teens, and how to help. https://www.helpguide.org/articles/depression/teen-depression-signs-help.htm

Here, and linked below, is more information about other mental health disorders http://teenmentalhealth.org/learn/mental-disorders/

The biggest barrier is stigma, not knowing what to say or fearing what you do or say will make matters worse. It’s time to have honest conversations about mental health, and this illustrated alphabet might help http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/mental-health-illustrations-sonaksha-iyengar_us_58bebda3e4b033be14687560?section=parents&

Saturday's topic is Promotion of Mental Health & Wellness. Over 1 of 2 (60%) recently surveyed youth described their men...
05/18/2017
Mental Disorders - Teen Mental Health

Saturday's topic is Promotion of Mental Health & Wellness. Over 1 of 2 (60%) recently surveyed youth described their mental health as “not good” on one of the previous 30 days.

Here is a guide to help recognizing the signs of depression, one of the more common mental health challenges in teens, and how to help. https://www.helpguide.org/articles/depression/teen-depression-signs-help.htm

Here, and linked below, is more information about other mental health disorders http://teenmentalhealth.org/learn/mental-disorders/

The biggest barrier is stigma, not knowing what to say or fearing what you do or say will make matters worse. It’s time to have honest conversations about mental health, and this illustrated alphabet might help http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/mental-health-illustrations-sonaksha-iyengar_us_58bebda3e4b033be14687560?section=parents&

Tomorrow, Friday's, topic is Prevention of Su***de. To a recent youth survey question which asked "if, in the last 12 mo...
05/18/2017
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Tomorrow, Friday's, topic is Prevention of Su***de. To a recent youth survey question which asked "if, in the last 12 months, they felt sad or hopeless almost every day for 2 weeks or more in a row that they stopped doing usual activities", over 1 in 4 (27.7%) answered yes which increased from 18% in 2010. Also, over 1 in 10 (13.2%) said they had seriously considered attempting su***de in the last 12 months.

Recognize warning signs https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/child-and-adolescent-mental-health/index.shtml and how to help http://www.preventsu***demke.org/resources/

Please consider taking our Youth Mental Health First Aid course to be a community first responder to provide help and hope to youth who may be having behavioral or mental health questions, concerns, or difficulties http://www.wauwatosa.k12.wi.us/pages/Wauwatosa_School_District/Departments/Student_Services/Project_TEAMS

>For Life Threatening Emergencies Call 911< MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS RESOURCES – GREATER MILWAUKEE AREA 24/7 Su***de Prevention and Other Crisis Hotlines National Su***de Prevention Lifeline– 1-800-273-TALK (8255) TTY Accessible 1-800-799-4TTY

Tomorrow's National Prevention Week topic is Prevention of Illicit Drug Use & Youth Ma*****na Use.  Youth survey respond...
05/17/2017
Teens: Facts on Drugs and Their Effects | NIDA for Teens

Tomorrow's National Prevention Week topic is Prevention of Illicit Drug Use & Youth Ma*****na Use. Youth survey respondents reported "using a drug one or more times in their lifetime" at fairly consistent levels over the seven years of the survey; co***ne 2.5%, inhalants 4.5%, he**in 0.6%, and hallucinogens 4.4%. However, reported one-or-more time use of ma*****na (36%) has increased from 2015 (30%). Additionally 19% of respondents (2 of 10) reported using ma*****na at least once in the previous 30 days, a 4% increase from 2015 but consistent with 2012 and 2010 survey results. Also, 59% said they "think most or all of the people their age would say it is ok to smoke ma*****na." Here is a resource for facts about how drugs effect the brain and body. For more information on ma*****na here is this resourcehttp://www.wauwatosa.k12.wi.us/files/_cPBbA_/f8a69727b74e3f853745a49013852ec4/Ma*****na_Talk_Kit.pdf

A recent study by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health showed 6 in 10 adults who were prescribed opioid p...
05/17/2017
www.wauwatosa.k12.wi.us

A recent study by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health showed 6 in 10 adults who were prescribed opioid painkillers have leftover pills, and many save them for later use.

The study further found that nearly half of those surveyed reported receiving no information on how to safely store their medications, either to keep them from young children who could accidentally ingest them or from adolescents or other adults looking to get high. Nor were they given information on how to safely dispose of their medications.

Here is information to help you and others (parents, grandparents) safeguard medication in their home. And how to safely dispose of medication 7 days per week in this depository at the Tosa PD lobby.

Of Tosa youth surveyed, 11% report taking a prescription drug without a doctor's prescription one or more times in their...
05/17/2017
Get the Facts | Dose of Reality WI

Of Tosa youth surveyed, 11% report taking a prescription drug without a doctor's prescription one or more times in their life. Of those that used prescription drugs inappropriately: 37% said they received, purchased, or stole them from friends or relatives.

Here is some information about the risks and dangers of using prescription narcotics, as well as signs of abuse. There is information on the following:
General Information and Dangers
Safe Acquisition
Safe Storage
Appropriate Use

Get the Facts It is important to get your DOSE OF REALITY about the risks and dangers of using prescription narcotics, as well as the signs of abuse, before it

A number of research studies have shown that kids who have conversations with their parents about the dangers of alcohol...
05/16/2017
Underage Drinking | SAMHSA - Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

A number of research studies have shown that kids who have conversations with their parents about the dangers of alcohol and drug use are 50% less likely to use than those who don’t have such conversations.

Here are some guidelines for a conversations:

1. Listen Before You Talk: As parents we want to have all the answers. We are so anxious to share our wisdom or our opinion that we don’t take the time to listen. For kids, knowing that we are really listening may be the most important thing we can do to help.

2. Ask Open Ended Questions: Talk to children about their feelings, their friends, and what’s happening in general in their daily lives. Avoid simple yes/no questions to get them talking as much as possible.

3. Be Involved: Get to know your children’s friends and their parents, and don’t hesitate to reach out to check on a gathering they’re hosting or confirm plans of your children going somewhere together.

4. Set Expectations, Limits and Consequences: Make it clear that you do not want your children drinking or using drugs, as well as the consequences should the rules be broken.

This resource is designed to help you start talking to your -children early about the dangers of alcohol.

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Tosa United at the Wauwatosa School District engages youth, family, and community members as partners in the students’ educational journey.

These partners, as mentors to students, are allied with the schools, as we seek to help students find success both academically and personally by reducing unhealthy youth risk behavior and promoting healthy decisions.

Programs, events, and ongoing communication will help partners identify, discuss, understand, and get help for risk behavior such as; alcohol, to***co, and other drug use; injury, violence, harassment, or an unhealthy diet; stress, depression or other mental health/behavioral challenges.

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