Monday, July 27, 2015

Run, Example, Run

On Saturday Example participated in FAN's Run Drugs Out of Town event.  Current and former Lutheran North students showed up to support families who have been impacted by drug abuse.  Thank you to Lutheran North students, parents and alumni for supporting both Example and Families Against Narcotics.
It was a great day to help run drugs out of town!

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Parents, this post is for you

This article written by Sue Birkenshaw and published on Narconon's Addiction and Recovery blog is something we would rather not have to know about.  However, the more information we know about drug use the better we can help people avoid its tragic consequences. 

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If you’ve ever suspected one of your children of using drugs, you may have tried going through their pockets and their backpacks for pills, weed or other drugs. The sad truth is that any teen who wants to hide drugs has the ability to hide them so well that even a thorough search by a concerned parent won’t find them.
How do they figure out where to put them? If they have the ability to access the internet for research or to buy a book, they have access to detailed instructions on how to hide drugs (or anything else) in places parents are unlikely to ever check.
A quick search of the resources available will give any parent a sinking feeling when they consider trying to confiscate drugs from a child who really wants to keep them hidden. Online forums dedicated to the use of drugs are a fertile place to start looking at the instructions available. Here’s just a few of the hiding places suggested by these sites:
1. Inside a dried-out marker or highlighter. Just cut out the foam and replace with drugs.
2. Behind a plate covering a light switch or electrical outlet.
3. Inside a disposable lighter. Just pull off the plastic cover on the bottom.
4. Above the ceiling, accessed through a bathroom vent.
5. Inside air conditioner ducts.
6. Buried in the back yard.
7. Inside old VHS or cassette cases.
8. Inside electronic devices like computer cases, speakers, game devices.
9. Inside a stick deodorant case, lip balm case or other similar item.
10. Hollow out an old iPod and fill it up.

Specially Purchased Items Enable Easy Concealment

There’s even specially made underwear with a zipper pocket for concealing anything from drugs to cash. One person advised others trying to smuggle drugs into drug-free music festivals that this underwear was his usual solution. Pre-hollowed lighters for drug storage (that will still light a cigarette or joint) can be purchased on, along with hollowed pens, hairbrushes, car cigarette lighters and even brand name water bottles that allow you to hide drugs under the section covered by the label. Just go to and type in “diversion.” You’ll find more than a thousand results for concealment. Some may be specifically designed to hide cash or firearms, but any of them can be used to conceal drugs, often in plain sight.
Something as innocent looking as a metal travel mug could provide a hollow container for concealing enough drugs to get through the day. If this mug is carried into work, no one will even give it a second glance. Fake sprinkler heads could be buried in the yard and never create suspicion, but allow someone to hide a small stash outside the home.
Perhaps the most distressing resource on hiding drugs is a series of videos on YouTube created by a former police officer. These videos provide instruction on how to hide your drugs in your car. This officer spent several years busting people for possession of drugs before deciding to make these videos. He even offers a video on hiding the heat emissions from illegal indoor marijuana grows so a building will never get raided.

So What Are Your Options?

You have a few choices. The first is to become just as adept as your child at hiding drugs. Especially if you have already found your child using or hiding drugs, you may not really have a choice. Do the same research your child may have done, make a list of possible hiding places and then look for the same items in your home, your child’s room or on her person. Try going to any search engine and typing in “where can I hide drugs from my parents.”
This Akron, Ohio newspaper reports on a display offered by a local children’s hospital that teaches professionals in the area to identify hiding places in a child’s room: The educational display recreates a typical teenager’s bedroom and then invites parents and professionals to find the concealed items. This educational opportunity is often offered by anti-drug coalitions and law enforcement groups around the country. Watch your local newspaper for any such displays in your area.
If you have the means, you can consider hiring a company to screen your home with a drug-sniffing dog from time to time. You can learn more about this activity in this article from National Public Radio:
A better choice is to help your son or daughter leave drugs behind. This may have to be a gradual process but is the best possible solution. If your child is over 18 years old, Narconon can help. There are Narconon drug rehab centers in several parts of the US and others in Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa and South America. For those who are under 18, find a reputable teen program with recommendations from several parents who have sent a child there.
If you have a young teen, start now to teach them how dangerous drugs can be. Be truthful and don’t exaggerate the dangers. If you need some guidance on how to start this conversation, this guide can help and is free to read online:
The Narconon Parent Center has many other resources to help you prevent drug abuse by your children. You can find those resources here:
We understand that keeping children drug-free until they are adults is more challenging today than it ever was in the past. We offer our these resources for your success.

About Sue Birkenshaw

Sue Birkenshaw has worked with Narconon in the drug prevention and rehabilitation field for nearly three decades and has extensive experience in drug education programs with both school based programs as well as broad public outreach.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Today's To-Do List

Today's to-do list: 

Attend FAN's presentation, Operation Rx: Solution to the Silent Epidemic 
at 7:00 pm at the Clinton Macomb Library, North Branch.

Families Against Narcotics has been a great resource for Example.   FAN has addressed our student body and parents numerous times.  This is a presentation you do not want to miss.

Go here for more information

Find out how you can help reduce prescription drug abuse.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Where do you store prescription drugs?

Your unused medication doesn't always go unused. Remember to always store your prescriptions securely and dispose of them properly when they are no longer needed.  
Awareness is key...


Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Athletes Abusing Stimulants Warned of Summer Overheating Dangers

Parents, coaches and athletes:

Are you aware of the risk that stimulants like Ritalin, Adderall, Concerta and Vyvanse "may have the dangerous effect of clouding one’s perception of heat stress. In other words, a person may be suffering from increased stress from a hot day combined with their own exertion and not even be aware of it"?

"Parents who learn about this risk need to talk to their kids about the effects of abusing these stimulants and the increased heat injury risk that accompanies their use. This is especially true of someone who is engaged in athletics over the summertime."

Read more about this risk and what you can do as a parent, coach and athlete.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Help Example Run Drugs Out of Town

Lace up your running shoes or tighten the walking shoes and be a part of this great event.   Families Against Narcotics is hosting its annual Run Drugs Out of Town event.  Sign up with Team Lutheran North Example and meet us at Fraser High School on Saturday, July 25.
Compete in the 5k or 10k race.
Enjoy the comforts of a 5k walk.
Choose any three options for a win/win/win.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Kicking and Screaming Their Way to a Championship

Kudos to team Kicking and Screaming as members of this eclectic band of kickballers kicked and screamed their way to the 2015 Example Kickball Championship.
On a beautiful May afternoon Example hosted its last event of the school year. Their were laughs, outs, errors, laughs, pizza, disputes, dispute resolutions, pizza, laughs and plenty of encouragement to have fun without the pressure and potentially tragic decisions of using drugs and alcohol.

Seniors, thank you for being a part of Example.  Your leadership and desire to make a difference helps make Example successful. God's continued blessings and protection as you move into the next phase of life.  Remember, you are always welcome to any event.  Check this blog, Facebook or Twitter to see the schedule of events.  For those of you attending college, we would love to invite you back to Lutheran North and share your experiences about the importance of living a drug and alcohol free life on campus.

Have a fun and safe summer.  We will see you in the fall.


Saturday, April 25, 2015

More Example Encouragement for Prom

Hello, everyone. 
My name is Tyler and I would like to tell you why I will not be just another silent voice in the crowd. 
I invite you to join me in not drinking before, during, or after prom. It may seem that all anyone can talk about at this time of the year is where the good parties are and where the best place is to get “totally smashed.” But the truth is, a lot of people actually make the decision NOT to drink at prom, even if drinking seems to be the only way to be cool, fit in, keep up your street cred, or whatever. 
Honestly, why would you want to just blend in and be like everyone else Where’s the fun in that? If drinking at prom seems to be the thing that everybody’s doing, I encourage you to be yourself…because everyone else is already taken. 
The choice that you make on prom night is your own – not anyone else’s – so that means that you must deal with the consequences. 
Thank you and have a great prom.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The Vocal Majority is Getting Larger and Louder

Hi everyone,
I’m Kayla and I will not be drinking before, during, or after prom this year.

“People of character do the right thing even if no one else does, not because they think it will change the world but because they refuse to be changed by the world.”  As Christians, we are constantly told not to conform to the patterns of this world.  For those of you who are already planning on staying sober on prom night, I affirm you for taking such a bold step.  Contrary to former belief, those of you who made this decision are in fact a part of the majority, so don’t be discouraged just because the biggest parties are always the stories that sell.  On the very first day of Prom week, nearly forty students made the decision not to drink after prom, and therefore signed the PROMise contracts that Mr. Brandt has been advertising.  Not only does it make us accountable for our actions, but it also encourages others to follow the Example that is set simply by our signatures.  What a great way for us to witness to our classmates!  Whether you sign a contract or not, I hope you make a decision that will be pleasing in the eyes of your parents, teachers, and God on Prom night.
 Seniors, you’ve finally made it to your last LHN dance, and one of your final milestones in high school. Congratulations!

I hope you all have an amazing time at Prom tomorrow, and truly make the night a safe and memorable experience for all the right reasons.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Meet Some of the Vocal Majority

Example is doing everything it can to encourage other students not to drink or use drugs during prom this weekend.  Each day before chapel, several students face the entire student body and explain why they have decided to avoid drugs and alcohol during Prom weekend. The goal is to encourage students and help them realize that the majority does not drink or use just to have a good time.
These students are using their courage and their voices to create a vocal majority.

On Monday, Lauren shared these words with LHN: 

Hi, everyone.  My name is Lauren and I'm choosing not to drink at Prom.

I want to encourage you all to remember the love from God that we are shown daily.  In response to this love, we need to love others and follow His commands.  We can love others by looking out for our friends on Prom night and by not putting any of them in dangerous situations involving alcohol.

We can follow God's commands by not engaging in underage drinking that is harmful to our bodies, and to those around us.  We are blessed to be surrounded by teachers and peers that care about us and want us to succeed.  In order to succeed, we need to make God-pleasing decisions and encourage others to do the same.
So have fun at Prom and if you are put into a difficult situation, remember the love God has for you, trust that He knows what's best for you and make your decision based on His will.

On Tuesday, Nicole addressed the student body: 

My name is Nicole Ignasiak and I will not be drinking before, at or after prom this year.  I’m not going to stand up here and tell you guys why you shouldn’t drink.  Instead, I’m just going to tell you a few reasons why I’m not going to drink at prom.  As a senior, this is one of my last big events at North before graduation and I want to remember every part of it.  I don’t want to think of it as a great night just because I was drinking or just because others told me it was a good night. I really want to remember it.  I also don’t want to risk getting in trouble on such an important night. 

Trust me, cops know it’s prom season.  They’re not dumb. My track coach is a cop and he tells the team every year how busy he is this time of the year and all the different ways he can pull someone over if he suspects drinking. 

I also don’t want to risk harming myself or others. I don’t want to harm this body that God has entrusted me with.  I don’t want to purposely poison and damage it. I truly believe that I am a unique child of God full of potential washed in the blood of Christ and I don’t need to compromise that by drinking at prom.

Thank you