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Sign Up Now To Participate In Hoosier Upland's Safe Night Event
Updated March 1, 2016 4:14 PM | Filed under: Event
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(BEDFORD) - Safe Night is an evening promoting the prevention of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs and promotes non-violence among youth in the community and supports healthy lifestyles as well.

Again this year Hoosier Uplands is encouraging the community to participate.

Safe Night will be held June 11 at the Lawrence County Fairgrounds from 6 p.m. till 11 p.m., but those wanting to participate need to sign up now.

The registration form needs to be returned by April 29 to Nichole Krahenbuhl at the Mitchell Hoosier Upland Office on Main Street or faxed to 812-849-6974 or emailed to nkrahenbuhl@hoosieruplands.org

Link: Safe Night Request Form | Safe Night Request Letter

Safe Night is an evening promoting the prevention of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs. It also encourages non-violence among youth in our community. Because of dedicated community champions, Hoosier Uplands is able to provide an evening to youth and families at no cost.

Students from both North Lawrence and Mitchell Community Schools have reported prevalence rates higher than the state's rates for cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, cigars, illicit drugs, and prescription drugs.

A survey conducted by the Indiana Prevention Resource Center reported in August 2015 concluded the average age for reporting first use of "gateway" drugs (alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana) is 12-14 years old. By 12th grade, more than 50 percent report having used alcohol in their lifetime. Alcohol and other drug use have been shown as significant risk factors for delinquency, dropping out of school, teen pregnancy, and violence. Although the survey shows the prevalence of alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use is on the slow decline, these statistics show us that there is more work to be done.

Safe Night is now a more crucial event than ever. Many lack the knowledge of the dangers associated with drug, alcohol, and tobacco use; therefore, they continue the cycle of substance use and abuse. To overcome this barrier, Safe Night requires all booths give out messages that encourage healthy living to the patrons of the event. By doing this, last year with more than 50 booths, impacted the lives of 3,500 community residents.

In addition to spreading drug, alcohol, and tobacco use prevention, Safe Night gives local businesses/groups an
opportunity to reach consumers through private booths and advertising at the event.

The primary focus of Safe Night is to encourage the youth in our community to refrain from alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs and to make healthy lifestyle choices. Therefore, vendors are asked to include some type of information related to this topic at their booth, but don't worry if you struggle with choosing a message, Hoosier Uplands will help if needed.

If you would like to have a booth at this year's Safe Night, please return the completed form by April 29.

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact Nichole Warren-Krahenbuhl, 15 Safe Night Coordinator GROW Coordinator at (812) 849-4447 ext. 382 or email her at nkrahenbuhl@hoosieruplands.org



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