FDA approves “heat-not-burn” tobacco devices.

Devices that heat a rod of tobacco without burning it have been approved for sale in the US by the FDA.  These devices have been sold in other countries as a ‘safer, healthier’ alternative to conventional cigarettes based on the claim that the inhaled material has fewer levels of some toxins than the smoke that comes from burning tobacco.  The devices are being marketed under the brand name IQOS and the tobacco cartridges are marketed ad HEETS. Learn more here:

Manufacturer Phillip Morris has already been forced to suspend their IQOS social media campaign after using young ‘influencers’ to market the device.

American Academy of Pediatrics urges firm rules against teen drinking.

“The teen years are a critical time for brain growth, when connections responsible for emotional regulation, planning and organization are being formed and fine-tuned,” Joanna Quigley, MD, lead author of the policy statement, said.  Download the policy statement here.


Want to learn more strategies to address underage drinking?  Check out Partnership for Drug-Free kids FREE Guide to Underage Drinking   It’s not too early to start talking!  Kids who start drinking at 15 are 4 times more likely to have alcohol dependence later in life.

Something to think about:  Tobacco use in movies influence kids to start smoking

Want to learn more about Vaping and Public Policy?

The Evidence Based Health Policy Project,  a partnership of the UW Population Health Institute, the Wisconsin Legislative Council and the LaFollette School of Public Affairs, hosted a Capitol Briefing on November 19.  Materials and a video of the briefing are available on the EBHPP web site.  Capitol Briefings are free and open to the public!  Check the EBHPP site for upcoming topics and dates!

October Drug Take Back Day Success!

OregonCARES in collaboration with the Oregon Police Department hosted a Drug Take Back Day on October 26 and collected over 160 pounds of medications!  Overall in Dane County more than 1150 pounds were collected in events in Oregon, Stoughton, Belleville, Cross Plains and Madison.  Thanks to Safe Communities for providing lock boxes for safe storage and to the UW School of Pharmacy students for helping with the collection.  

You can dispose of unwanted or expired medications throughout the year at the Oregon Police Department drop box during lobby hours. 

Our next take back event will be in April 25




OregonCARES Community Mapping Part 2!
OHS Innovation Center
Come and help us map our community’s “hot spots” and learn about the “frog and pond” approach to community change! 



Power in Prevention Regional Training

March 25-26,2020

Hilton Garden Inn, Northwest Milwaukee

An intensive training to network, gain information and learn strategies to prevent substance use/abuse at the community level.  Agenda and more information here.

OregonCARES is offering a limited number of scholarships to pay for the cost of registration. To apply, please email