Parent group texting network
Utilizing a messaging platform called Nixle, TASK educates parents regarding substance use trends seen locally in our schools and community. Through Nixle we provide information about drugs, links to evidence based studies, and resources in our local area for assistance in treatment. These texts are available in English and Spanish and provide the groundwork for improved communication between parents and children when addressing the topic of substance use.
National Drug Takeback Days
TASK works in partnership with the South Tahoe Police Department to host biannual Drug Take Back Days. During these events, community members can dispose of unwanted prescriptions or other drugs without penalty. TASK has worked to install permanent drug take back bins at the South Lake Tahoe Police Station and El Dorado County Sheriff's Office in South Lake Tahoe.
Sponsor Youth Leadership clubs at South Tahoe Middle School and South Tahoe High School
With a strong focus on prevention, TASK sponsors the middle school's Club Live and high school's Friday Night Live clubs that inspire young leaders through healthy activities and drug prevention education. These youth participate in harm reduction activities on school campuses and promote positive, drug-free alternatives for teens.
Community events and involvement
Throughout the seven-year history of TASK in South Lake Tahoe, the Alliance has worked to be present at community events such as the annual the Drug Store Project, Day of the Young Child, Earth Day Celebration, Community Health Fairs, National Night Out, and back to school nights. Additionally, TASK members attend city council, school board, and Community Health Advisory Committee meetings to impact decisions which may affect the healthy development of our youth.
Harm Reduction Activities
TASK has worked with our community partners to bring educational speakers to the students. We have also been instrumental in seeing the opioid reversal drug Narcan is more readily available in the community.