Be sure to check out S.A.D.D. Hot Springs (Students Against Destructive Decisions) Facebook page and see what the youth have been involved in! 

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Toys for Tots

Well its that time of year again.  Toys for Tots distribution is set for December 20th at the Mueller Civic Center at 10am.  You can sign up by emailing the attached form to , via phone or by coming into the EMPOWER Coalition office at 646 Jennings Ave., Suite 1, from 9 to 3:30 Monday  thru Thursday.  Applicants must pre-register prior to December 16, 2014.  Thank you and have a Happy Holidays!!



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We need concerned citizens and parents to change the Alcohol and Drug Abuse issues in our community.  
Coalition membership is open to the public and meeting dates are at the bottom of this screen.  For inquiries call 605-745-3082. 


Inform Parents: Social Host Law in Effect

ã No person acting as a social host may knowingly permit a person under the age of eighteen to illegally consume any alcoholic beverage. This is a Class 1 Misdemeanor: one year of imprisonment in a county jail or two thousand dollar fine or both.

ã No person acting as a social host may knowingly permit any person aged 18, 19, or 20 to illegally consume any alcoholic beverage. Class 2 misdemeanor: thirty days imprisonment in a county jail or five hundred dollars fine, or both.

ã immediately upon learning of the illegal consumption, the social host will take effective and appropriate action to stop the illegal consumption and to secure or attempt to secure contraband alcoholic beverages.

ã If the social host was off the premises but knew of the illegal consumption of alcohol, he/she is still liable.

October 2014 - Fall Awareness Campaigns

  1. Domestic Violence Awareness Month
  2. Red Ribbon Week
  3. Character Counts Week
  4. Mental Illness Awareness Week
  5. National Bullying Prevention Month

Stomp out Bullying Bison!

Monthly Meetings are the 1st Monday of the month at noon in Simco Plaza Conference Room.

Cannabis 'may trigger a heart attack': Risk increases FIVE-fold in the hour after drug is smoked 

  • Marijuana could trigger a heart attack, according to a new report
  • Risk increases by 4.8 times in the first hour after smoking
  • A healthy 21-year-old man had a heart attack after smoking cannabis
  • Doctors said the drug was to blame, and pointed to other similar cases

By Madlen Davies for MailOnline

Smoking cannabis can have a devastating effect on the heart, new research has warned.  Doctors say the risk increases by almost five times in the first hour after the drug is smoked.  They cite the case of a 21-year-old man who had a heart attack after smoking cannabis - and say the drug was to blame.  The report, published in the Journal of Emergency Medicine, described the man as a regular marijuana and cigarette smoker.


He arrived at the emergency department at the University Hospital Wales in Cardiff complaining of a sharp pain on the left side of his chest that lasted for half an hour.  He said the pain started after he played a game of football.  A month before, doctors at the same hospital had diagnosed him with muscle pain after he went to the emergency department complaining of the same symptoms after playing football.  But this time, tests showed his triglyceride and cholesterol levels fats in the blood - were much higher than normal.  He was rushed to the nearest cardiology centre, where an X-ray of his coronary arteries revealed a blood clot blocking the hearts blood supply, which resulted in a heart attack.

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EMPOWER Coalition of the Southern Hills (ECOSH) is a rapidly growing community prevention coalition. Over the past two years we 
have grown into a broad-based, grassroots coalition and are expanding our prevention efforts thoughout the Southern

Every community, no matter where it is located, has its own specific set of issues and problems and we are no different. The nature of the problems vary from place to place, such as one community may be thriving economically versus another that desperately needs  low-income housing. While the issues may change, the need to deal with them remains the same. ECOSH was founded to unite community strengths/resources and bring together to solve community problems.

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