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October 2013 Newsletter |
October 31, 2013
In This Issue
notMYkid in the Community
notMYkid Hosts Educational Luncheon With Dr. Drew 
notMYkid staff and amplif(i) peer educators with Dr. Drew Pinsky

Last Friday, notMYkid had the honor of hosting an educational luncheon at Paradise Valley's Montelucia Resort, featuring one of America's most well-known and respected addiction experts, Dr. Drew Pinsky.  The star of VH1's hit show "Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew" and host of HLN's "Dr. Drew on Call" shared his expertise on substance abuse and addiction while engaging the audience and offering hope and positive solutions to those in attendance.

notMYkid Goes International With Guatemala Presentation

(Left to Right): notMYkid founder Steve Moak, YPO Day Chair Maureen de Riojas, notMYkid founder Debbie Moak, Manager of amplif(i) Sarah Tisdon, notMYkid Manager of Parent and Faculty Programs Sam Burba
From October 17th through the 21st, notMYkid made a special visit to Guatemala City to deliver substance abuse presentations to over 850 students at the American School of Guatemala, and a group of 30 students and 30 parents at a Young Presidents Organization (YPO) event.  The results and feedback were fantastic, and notMYkid has been informed that it was the highest-rated event that YPO Guatemala has had this year.  

This trip was made possible due to our gracious hosts from the YPO Guatemala Chapter.  notMYkid would like to extend a big "thank you" to YPO Day Chair Maureen de Riojas and Alfredo Asturias of the Centro de Rehabilitación Proyecto Ariadna treatment center for their hospitality and hard work in organizing and hosting this event.  We would also like to thank First Check for their donation of drug test kits to be given away during this event, and throughout the year.

Private Breakfast at Snooze Eatery to Benefit notMYkid 

Our friends at Snooze A.M. Eatery are hosting a very special private breakfast to benefit notMYkid.  Join us on November 21st between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. for a whole new breakfast experience.  This event is sure to fill up fast, so be sure to reserve your spot ASAP by clicking here.  Those with questions about this event are encouraged to email
Parent Alert


"Molly" (MDMA): New Name, Same Danger


Recent high-profile deaths have brought "Molly" (MDMA) to the forefront of discussions about drugs and substance abuse in the United States.  In the past, MDMA was primarily known by the slang term "Ecstasy," and was most frequently seen in the form of small, colored tablets, often with images stamped on them.  Now it has returned as Molly, a primarily powder-based form of the drug, that is purported to be pure.  However, evidence has shown that its current version is still frequently being adulterated with other substances, including the synthetic drug "bath salts."


Even when MDMA is not mixed with other drugs, it remains dangerous.  Effects of MDMA can include seizures, cardiac arrest, and hyperthermia.  Depression, including long-term depression, is another common side effect due to MDMA's effect on serotonin.


MDMA is just part of an ever-growing line of synthetic and designer drugs, which includes bath salts, spice, n-bomb, etc.  All of these drugs are incredibly dangerous and known to have detrimental effects on both the mind and body. 


It is crucial that parents are aware of synthetic drugs' effects, various forms, and prominence in pop culture, in order to most effectively communicate with their children about the dangers involved with these drugs.  We encourage you to stand with notMYkid in preventing synthetic drug abuse





Chicago Tribune - Drug 'Molly' is Taking a Party Toll in the U.S. 

Forbes - Recent Concert Deaths Highlight Dangers of Molly

Fox News - Miley Cyrus Sings About Molly Again; Experts Warn of its Dangers

WMAR (ABC 2 - Baltimore) - Molly, MDMA Use on the Rise


notMYkid Updates

notMYkid Receives $100k Grant from Arizona Diamondbacks 


On September 18th, the notMYkid staff had the honor of walking onto Chase Field prior to the Diamondbacks-Dodgers game in order to receive a $100,000 grant from the Diamondbacks. The grant is part of a partnership between the Diamondbacks and notMYkid in order to "strike out bullying" in Arizona schools.  Thanks to the generosity of the Diamondbacks, notMYkid will be able to offer a free three-part (student/parent/faculty) bullying prevention presentation series to 80 schools throughout the state.  notMYkid would like to extend a big "thank you" to the Diamondbacks for allowing us to reach even more people than ever before with our message of positive life choices.  
notMYkid Donor Spotlight: Phoenix Suns Charities
What a year it's been for notMYkid. Our amazing 2013 continued on October 28th, as Phoenix Suns Charities presented notMYkid with a generous $5,000 grant. Development Manager Jansen Neff and Senior Development Manager Lindsay St. Clair were on hand at the U.S. Airways Center to receive the grant. Tomorrow (11/1), notMYkid will return to the U.S. Airways Center for the Suns-Jazz game, to take part in a special pre-game reception as well as an on-court grant presentation.  We are incredibly grateful and honored to have been selected for this grant. 
National Bullying Prevention Month and Red Ribbon Week
October is National Bullying Prevention Month, and notMYkid has been doing its part by hosting 40 bullying prevention presentations for students, parents, and school faculty throughout Arizona.  It's our goal to not only prevent bullying, but to change the culture that allows it to exist.
Likewise, notMYkid has played a role in Red Ribbon Week (October 23-31), a campaign created in 1985 to raise awareness of the destruction caused by drugs in the U.S. During this year's Red Ribbon Week, we have raised awareness of the need for substance abuse prevention during nine presentations throughout the state.
You make it possible for notMYkid to take a message of hope and positive life choices to students, parents, and educators in Arizona.  It's because of your generosity that notMYkid is able to reach so many young people across the state and prevent the pain, sorrow, and even death that can result from destructive youth behaviors. 
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Your donation is tax-deductible.  Please click the button above to support notMYkid's prevention education programs.  

At notMYkid, we inspire positive life choices by educating our community about the consequences of destructive youth behaviors. Young adults who have overcome life-controlling addictions and behaviors share their personal stories with middle and high school students. In an effort to promote our prevention message we educate adults on the same addictions and destructive behaviors. Our goal is to increase awareness of the challenges kids face, provide information, and offer resources to support the success of students, families and educators.

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