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Chemicals in Our Communities: Stunning, Shocking and Dangerous Facts

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A Virtual Informational Event with Stephanie Siete

January 24, 2023
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Chemicals of Concern and Common Sense

Provisional data from the CDCs National Center for Health Statistics indicate that there were an estimated 100,306 drug overdose deaths in the US during the 12-month period ending in April 2021. This is an increase of 28.5% from 78,056 deaths during the same period the year before.

Drug use is prevalent in the US. Some of the deadliest drugs are the legal ones, from prescription painkillers to tobacco and alcohol. Legal doesn’t mean safe. Technically, fentanyl is medically used to ease pain; but abuse has recently surged on the street. It is potent and fatal. Synthetic opioids, primarily fentanyl, caused nearly two-thirds (64%) of all drug overdose deaths in the same 12-month period referenced above, ending in April 2021.

People can no longer experiment or try just once, as one pill can kill. Many drugs are cut with fentanyl and other chemicals. Marijuana is synthetically altered with butane to give it the wax like look. The butane alone can cause psychosis. Diamonds are the new marijuana with almost 100% THC concentration. It looks like methamphetamine but even Crystal Meth has evolved as it has an entirely new recipe resulting in mental deterioration immediately.

Vaping among our youth and young adults continues to be on the rise and electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) are flavorful, hard to detect and can be used with all the chemicals discussed above. Most vaping use begins because it tastes good. Nicotine is cherries, bubble gum, Oreos and ice cream these days, while the liquid nicotine is a much higher concentration causing quick onset addiction.

Drug use is NOT a normal behavior. This deadly epidemic is killing many and impacting all. It is not a youth problem; it is a community problem. Attend this class to learn the facts and trends. Take home resources and information that can be lifesaving.


Stephanie Siete

Public Information Officer

Stephanie is a passionate speaker about the impact of drug abuse on American culture today.

Stephanie Siete began her career with Community Bridges, Inc. (CBI) in 2002 as a drug prevention specialist and has worked her way up in the prevention field educating students, teachers, parents, police and universities about drug dangers and trends. Over the years, she moved into the roles of the Public Relations Director and Community Education Director to her recent position of Public Information Officer (PIO). In an ever-changing world of substance abuse, the role of the PIO is to inform the public, first responders and corporate offices (etc.) via media and trainings about new drugs, risks to use and exposure, and provide resources for help on care and addiction. She has spent her career training and networking with local and national police and fire departments, healthcare providers and governmental agencies. She has hosted seminars for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Arizona School Resource Officer Association (ASROA), High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) in Florida and Ohio, International Narcotics Interdiction Association (INIA), and International Latino Gang Investigators Association (ILGIA). Her work with the FBI earned her the honor of the 2016 FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award – Phoenix Division. She was recognized in Washington DC by former FBI Director, James Comey, in April 2017. https://www.fbi.gov/about/community-outreach/dcla/2016/phoenix-stephanie-siete And in late 2017 also received the Sierra Tucson Hope Recognition Award from her colleagues in the field of addiction. She became a member and speaker for PAVE (Parents Against Vaping and E-Cigs) and TFK (Tobacco Free Kids) in 2020.