Learn how drugs impact the brain at presentation

May 9, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. May 9, 2015

Chemical dependency counselor Jerry Blackburn will share how drug use impacts the brain at a May 11 presentation.

In “The Neurological Aspects of Drug Abuse,” Blackburn, a faculty member in Bellevue College’s chemical dependency counseling program, will explain complicated neurological concepts in a way that’s easy to understand.

The presentation, which includes a light dinner, is from 5-6 p.m. May 11 at Issaquah City Hall’s Eagle Room, 130 E. Sunset Way. After the presentation, community members are welcome to stay for the regular meeting of the Issaquah Drug Free Community Coalition.

Email Pat Castillo at bjager1205@gmail.com to RSVP for the presentation.

Role model shows recovery is possible

March 25, 2015

Most substance abusers think recovery is impossible, or simply not worth it. Jerry Blackburn tells his story to prove everyone wrong.

Erika Kumar Skyline High School

Erika Kumar
Skyline High School

He started abusing substances as a teenager, and understands the painful downward cycle of addiction.

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Supporters still pushing for larger skate park

February 24, 2015

Supporters of a bigger footprint for the proposed new Issaquah skate park have taken their case to the Internet and hope to take it directly to Issaquah Mayor Fred Butler.

As of Feb. 23, backers had 1,272 names on an electronic petition supporting the larger skate park, resident and park enthusiast Theresa Stoppard said.

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Skate park supporters seek more features, space

February 3, 2015

Supporters and skateboard enthusiasts once again are urging the Issaquah City Council to move forward with a large-footprint skate park in Tibbetts Valley Park.

Supporters made their thoughts known at a council meeting in late January.

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Editorial — Skate park a good start for teen-safe locations

February 3, 2015

It looks like construction for a new skate park in Issaquah will start this year. But it also looks like it will be smaller than supporters had hoped for.

The City Council has approved $350,000 for the new park, which may be built in stages, so supporters could end up with what they want down the road.

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New blog hopes to reach teens with mental health, drug issues

December 30, 2014

With topics ranging from managing panic attacks to managing eating disorders, a new blog site for Issaquah- and Sammamish-area students already is covering a lot of ground.

“‘Mindfulness’” should have been the 2014 Word of the Year, because I’m seeing it everywhere. There’s even a new magazine called ‘Mindful,’ available on newsstands…”

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Speaker gives useful drug abuse speech

April 22, 2014

While Issaquah High School sophomores were slogging through HSPE testing and upperclassmen were enjoying a few more hours of sleep last month, freshmen had an array of morning activities throughout one week.

While many initially groaned about the activities, some of the speakers that they got to listen to had an influential message to impart.

Madeline Wells Issaquah High School

Madeline Wells
Issaquah High School

One of the speakers, Jerry Blackburn, is a faculty member in the Addiction Studies Program at Bellevue College. Blackburn is a teacher, community educator, and health and wellness consultant. His presentation focused on the damaging effects of substance abuse.

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Liberty teens get candid about marijuana use

February 11, 2014

By Christina Corrales-Toy Liberty High School students (from left) Jenna Purkis, Neil Chakravarty and Ashton Herrild talk about the effects the legalization of marijuana has on teens at a Drug Free Community Coalition forum held at Liberty on Feb. 6.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
Liberty High School students (from left) Jenna Purkis, Neil Chakravarty and Ashton Herrild talk about the effects the legalization of marijuana has on teens at a Drug Free Community Coalition forum held at Liberty on Feb. 6.

Not much has changed about the perception of marijuana among teens since voters elected to legalize the drug with the passage of Initiative 502 in 2012.

If anything, legalization has made the drug seem more acceptable, according to a group of Liberty High School students at the third and final forum hosted by the Drug Free Community Coalition Feb. 6.

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Liberty hosts teen marijuana forum

February 4, 2014

As cities continue to grapple with the ramifications of Initiative 502’s legalization of marijuana in 2012, communities across the state are looking inward to determine how it affects its men, women and children.

The voter-approved initiative legalized recreational marijuana use for adults, but it still remains illegal for teens and is technically a federal crime.

The Issaquah Community Network will explore how legal marijuana affects local adolescents with a teen forum Feb. 6 at the Liberty High School Performing Arts Center.

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