Staying Safe This Summer

A Guest Blog by Officer Perez, Buckeye SRO

Author: Larry Tracey

Posted on 5/9/2016

The Way Out West Coalition has a great relationship with law enforcement and many in city government. Part of the benefits is our ability hear from those who are on the front lines dealing with alcohol and substance use. The following blog entry is from one such officer, an SRO in Buckeye’s schools. What follows...

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What’s New In Brain Science and Addiction?

Reblogged from NIDA

Author: Larry Tracey

Posted on 5/3/2016

Every once in a while, we like to reblog moving or important blogs.  Here’s one from NIDA concerning a new study that’s being done right now. Although it will take some time for it to be completed, the results should be far reaching. Source: National Institute on Drug Abuse; National Institutes of Health; U.S. Department...

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WOW’s Winter Work

What We Did in the Third Quarter

Author: Larry Tracey

Posted on 4/18/2016

The winter quarter is busy for the Way Out West Coalition. As those who read our blogs know, we divide our work into three areas with a staff member in charge of each area. That staff member works with a team of coalition members in a subcommittee. So, what have we done? Get in the...

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Buckeye Teens and Rx Abuse

Top Five Stats You Should Know

Author: Larry Tracey

Posted on 4/11/2016

Prescription drug misuse and abuse is a real issue, and many dangerous myths exist about this issue. According to the recent WOW coalition survey of Buckeye adults, a significant portion of adults in Buckeye believe prescription drugs are not as dangerous as illicit drugs. However, misused or abused prescription drugs are as—or more—dangerous than illicit...

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Getting to Know Us

The Coalition Building Subcommittee

Author: Larry Tracey

Posted on 4/4/2016

Subcommittees—Yeah! Wait! Don’t click off the blog yet! Subcommittees are where we get our work done. So far, we’ve blogged about the Advertising and Social Marketing subcommittee (officially, the ID or Information Dissemination subcommittee), and the Party-Patrol subcommittee (officially, the Environmental subcommittee). Today’s blog is about the third and final one, the Coalition Building subcommittee....

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Buckeye Teens and Marijuana

Part 2 - Consequences and Help

Author: Larry Tracey

Posted on 3/28/2016

Last week, we learned about marijuana trends and access in Buckeye. This week, the focus is on consequences and help. Local Consequences Many consequences of using marijuana affect our teenagers in Buckeye. It is the leading substance for driving under the influence, according to police. As stated last week, one officer went so far as...

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Buckeye Teens and Marijuana

Part 1 - Trends and Access

Author: Larry Tracey

Posted on 3/21/2016

A few weeks ago, we posted a two-part blog entry on Buckeye teens and alcohol, which was the first in the series on Buckeye teen attitudes towards substances. Today’s topic is the second: marijuana. And, frankly, the attitudes and numbers are disturbing. Trends Marijuana use in Buckeye, according to the Arizona Youth Survey (AYS survey)*...

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Buckeye Adult Attitudes on Youth Substance Use

A 2015 Way Out West Survey

Author: Larry Tracey

Posted on 3/16/2016

In 2015, the Way Out West Coalition surveyed the Buckeye community about attitudes on youth alcohol and substance use. In general, the results were very positive. Buckeye adults overwhelmingly hold attitudes discouraging youth alcohol and substance use, including prescription drugs. Check out the following stats on Buckeye adult attitudes! A Look at the Statistics The...

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Did You Know Buckeye Has a Party Patrol?

Author: Larry Tracey

Posted on 3/8/2016

Since 2010, the Way Out West Coalition has funded Buckeye Party Patrol, who are officers from the Maricopa County Sheriff’s office and/or Buckeye Police Department. While the title may conjure ideas of police rushing across the city, breaking up any party they can find, the truth is a little different. Providing Information Party Patrol has...

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I Raised an Addict

What Could I have Done Differently

Author: Larry Tracey

Posted on 2/29/2016

The following has been re-blogged with permission. The original author is Patricia Byrne and she posted this blog on her site, July 10, 2015.  Her story is both moving and informative concerning the dangers of Rx drug misuse and abuse, and especially the connection between pain killers and heroin. ~~Christian Wilder Today’s thought: What could...

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