JRTC AND FORT POLK ARMY SUBSTANCE ABUSE PROGRAM
Inside this issue:
Red Ribbon Week
What is Spice?
December is Drunk, 2 and Drugged Driving Month Tasty Alcohol -Free Holiday Beverages
Red Ribbon Photos
Red Ribbon Week Celebrated October 23-31 saw a number of great activities that involved the JRTC and Fort Polk community in celebration of Red Ribbon Week. Public Service Ad (PSA) contests were offered to students in Beauregard and Vernon Parish schools. Congratulations to the winners: Billboard - Camile Johnson, Vernon Middle School
Army Substance Abuse Program Mary Thompson Prevention Coordinator
337-531-2031 mary.t.thompson @conus.army.mil
7700 Alabama Ave. Bldg. 1947 Suite 104 Fort Polk, LA 71459
Video PSA - East Beauregard High School, Ms. Morel’s Media class Radio PSA - South Beauregard High School, Ms. Schultz’s Drama class The 5k race was a great way to start the day for many Soldiers.
Major Martin and SGT Dawn Williams took top honors in the male and female winners circle. The week ended with a Red Ribbon Volksmarch which brought out many community members in a visible stand against drugs as a Red Ribbon was created around the golf course. Walkers were treated to a demonstration by the Fort Polk K9 team. In conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Agency, a National Prescription Take Back Day was hosted by ASAP and the 91ST MP at the Commissary. The collection allowed a safe way to dispose of unused or expired medications.
What is Spice? “Spice” is a mixture of herbs and spices that is typically sprayed with a synthetic compound chemically similar to THC, the psychoactive ingredients in marijuana. Known on the street as Black Mamba, Bombay Blue, Fake Weed, Genie and Spice. The drug is usually smoked in joints or
pipes and was sold legally until 2011. The new law criminalizes “entire groups” of chemicals that could be used to make the pseudo-marijuana. This change came after the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) determined the substance to be unsafe. Psychological effects are simi-
lar to those of marijuana and include paranoia, panic attacks, and giddiness. Physiological effects include increased heart rate and blood pressure. Spice appears to be stored in the body for long periods of time and the long term effects on humans are not fully known.
Army Substance Abuse Program
December is National Drunk and Drugged Driving Month December is annually designated as National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month (often referred to as 3D Month). Every day, almost 30 people in the United States die in motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver. This amounts to one death every 48 minutes, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
Some 3D tips to keep in mind.
Prior to any drinking, designate a nondrinking driver when with a group. Don’t let your friends drive impaired. Take their keys away. If you have been drinking, get a ride home or call a taxi. If you’re hosting a party where alcohol will be served, remind your guest to plan ahead and designate their sober driver; offer alcohol-free beverages; and make sure all guests leave with a sober driver.”
Alcohol-Free Holiday Beverages CRANBERRY HOLIDAY PUNCH
CINNAMON WINTER CIDER
1 - 3 oz package of cherry flavored gelatin 1 cup of boiling water 1 - 6 oz can of frozen pineapple-orange juice concentrate 3 cups of cold water 1 quart bottle of cranberry juice cocktail, chilled 1 pint of ginger ale, chilled
1 - 12 oz frozen cranberry juice 1 - 6 oz frozen lemonade 1 - 12 oz apple juice concentrate (thawed & undiluted) 9 cups of water, 5 (3-in) sticks of cinnamon 6 whole cloves 1 tsp. of ground nutmeg 1 cup of sugar (optional)
2 quarts lime sherbet 2- 6 oz cans frozen lime juice 2- 6 oz cans frozen lemon juice 6 juice can of water 4 quarts ginger ale, chilled green food coloring (optional)
Dissolve gelatin in boiling water. Stir in juice concentrate. Add the cold water and the cranberry juice cocktail. Place in large punch bowl with two tray of ices cubes or a molded ice ring. Slowly pour in chilled ginger ale. Garnish with fruit.
Combine all ingredients in a large pot; bring to a boil. Cover; reduce heat, and simmer 15 minutes. Serve warm.
Left : BooGator and Camile Johnson, winner of the Billboard contest, enjoy the day at the Red Ribbon Volksmarch. Right: The 91st MP K9 team demonstrates the various skills the dogs have.
Soften sherbet in fruit juices and water. Add ginger ale just before serving. Pour over large block of ice in punch bowl. Punch will bubble during early part of serving.