Community Concerns

News from the Community Concerns Department

Leaders have celebrated Red Ribbon Week for over THREE decades! Join the virtual celebration through a variety of resources provided by the U.S. Department of Education and DEA. This interactive PDF offers virtual celebration ideas, program and contest themes, and ways to bring the message of Red Ribbon Week into your community.


National Take Back Day is Saturday, October 24
10 a.m.–2 p.m. According to the 2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 9.9 million Americans misused controlled prescription drugs. The DEA’s Take Back Day events provide an opportunity for Americans to prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths.

Results of the October 2019 18th National Take Back

  • Total Law Enforcement Participation: 4,896
  • Total Collection Sites: 6,174
  • Total Weight Collected: 882,919 lbs.  (441.5 Tons)

More information on National Take Back Day is available at DEA Take Back Day and the San Diego Country Prescription Drug Task Force.

Flyers available in English and Spanish.

Operation Prevention San Diego has a variety of virtual curriculum on drug prevention and drug smuggling.

Make sure that you have the California
Poison Control Center hotline
number posted near each
telephone in your home. If
your child does put something
poisonous in his or her mouth, call the
Center immediately.
California Poison Control Center
Hotline 1-800-222-1222

Ponga cerca de cada teléfono
de su casa el número de la
línea abierta del Centro de
Control de intoxicaciones y
envenenamientos de
California. Si su niño se mete algo
venenoso en la boca, llame a este
número inmediatamente:
1-800-222-1222

How to talk to Your Kids About Vaping

Vaping Guide pdf

Although it has been around for over a decade, vaping’s popularity exploded in 2017, taking many families, schools and healthcare providers by surprise. Vaping, or Juuling as it is often referred to by teens and young adults (named after a popular vape device called JUUL), is the inhaling and exhaling of an aerosol produced by using a vape device.

For every story or article touting the benefits of vaping, there are an equal number raising concerns about the risks of vaping, especially for teens and young adults. Click the icon to the right to download a guide intended to help you understand what vaping is, its appeal to youth and what research has to say about both the risks and unknowns, due to the lack of long-term vaping studies.

Live Well San Diego 

Live Well San Diego is the County of San Diego’s vision for a region that is Building Better HealthLiving Safely and Thriving. It aligns the efforts of individuals, organizations and government to help all 3.3 million San Diego County residents live well. Please click here to see the August report which includes lots of great Safe Routes to School Information.

School Attendance is Important

Click the flyers below to download a copy to distribute.

Attendance flyer (English)
Attendance flyer (Spanish)

California State PTA Resources

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