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PACE Event Calendar

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White Ribbon Campaign to end gender-based violence.

Welcome to PACE Coalition

We are a nonprofit coalition of parents, educators, business leaders, law enforcement, and people from many community sectors who work to strengthen families in Elko, Eureka, and White Pine counties and keep youth substance free.

HouseTobacco-Free Rentals

For information about Elko area tobacco-free rentals, call (775) 777-3451 or email Laura L. Oslund.

Nevada Tobacco Helpline

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Resources Directory link buttonElko County Resource Directory

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PACE Coalition's
2016 CCPP

What do you know about domestic violence?

Get the facts about domestic violence in the U.S.

Know the 8 caution signdanger zones facing teen drivers? Find out on our Teen Driver Safety page.


Check out the widgets on our Quick Health & Prevention Information Page.

Link to Elko County drug disposal sites

PACE Coalition's monthly newsletter is back. We plan to include information about our programs, partners, upcoming events, calendars and more.
Click here to sign up for our newsletter.

infographic thumbnail link What does excessive alcohol use look like?

Check out the infographic to find out.



e-cigarette exploded viewTeen e-cigarette use rising rapidly

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Statewide youth logo & video contests announced

Nevada Children's Behavioral Health Consortium (NCBHC) wants Nevada youth to design a statewide logo for Youth Mental Health Awareness Day, May 4th, 2017. The consortium is also looking for youth to submit a video focusing on mental health awareness. Announcement | Logo Contest | Logo Contest Entry | Video Contest

Dipping may make vaping more dangerous for teens

e-cigarette illustrationA study involving Connecticut high school students found that 26 percent of those who have used e-cigarettes or vape pens have tried a practice known as "dipping" in which the user drips the vaping liquid directly on the exposed heating element of the device and quickly inhales the resulting vapor. Users report more intense, better flavor and stronger sensation in the throat when inhaling the nicotine vapors. For more, read the USA Today article.

Opioid Safety and How to Use Nalaxone

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Guide for Patients and Caregivers Click here



Incidence of marijuana-related illness rising

marijuana plantCBS news reports on an illness related to heavy marijuana use that is becoming increasingly common in emergency rooms in Colorado and in other states where the drug has been "legalized."

It may be showing up in other states where doctors are less familiar with the symptoms and less likely to diagnose the illness. For the story, click here.

Cannabis SativaWhat is meant by a 'gateway' drug?
What about marijuana?

PACE Director Laura L. Oslund addresses the issue in this Elko Daily Free Press article.

Click here to read the article.

International No Smoking symbol If you missed The Great American Smokeout, don't worry. You can still join the community of quitters.

For the Huffington Post's list of 17 tips to help you quit, click here.

Local youth help with 300-ft. Elko mural

Four youth volunteers pose in front of art wall.

Some Elko kids showed up at the art wall to help artist Brent Johnson paint a mural on a retaining wall at the south end of the Elko County Fairground. The artwork will highlight the many Family Traditions enjoyed by the residents of Elko County. For more photos, visit the photo gallery.



Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) is available in Elko and Spring Creek areas

The Children's Cabinet's home visiting program helps parents in their role as their child's first teacher. HIPPY promotes an variety of tools and activities to help prepare children for school. All services are free for qualifying families. To learn more or discover if your family qualifies for HIPPY, call Amber at (775) 738-8998.

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This report is from The Guardian, April 15, 2016

Cannabis: scientists call for action amid mental health concerns

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PACE Coalition adds its voice to Wendover's 'Two Cities, One Community' event

Dylan Gaddis and Mary Ann Martinez stand before the PACE Coalition display at 1 City, 2 Communities in Wendover, Nev.PACE Coalition joined with the Wendover Prevention Group and Utah's Parents Empowered to support alcohol-free youth and educate the public about the risks associated with underage alcohol use.

PACE staff gave visitors educational materials and promotional items during the 5-hour event. About 300 people stopped by the PACE booth.

2015 Youth survey raises concerns in Nevada

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Loving Foster Parents needed

Abused and neglected children who are removed from their families often need to live outside of their communities, away from everything familiar.
In Nevada’s rural communities, many children, including teens and sibling groups, are in need of a safe and nurturing home. Foster parents provide a temporary home so these children can heal and feel supported.
Foster parents can be single or married, male or female. They can be working, or a stay-at-home parent. They can also be retired with grown children.
There are many types of care that may be more suitable for your home situation:

To learn more on how you can become a licensed foster parent with the State of Nevada, please call 1-888-423-2659, or go to

Research finds correlation between marijuana use and damage to critical brain structures

Image of brain in skullIn December, NBC News reported that according to researchers at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, heavy marijuana use may damage brain structures critical to memory formation and cognitive function. The research was published in the journal Schizophrenia Bulletin last month.

The study found that regular marijuana users perfomed worse than non-users on tests of cognitive function even months or years after last use of the drug. The report came out just as Colorado prepared to begin the sale of marijuana for recreational use and other states continue to look at legalizing marijuana sales.

To read the full NBC story, click here.