Our expert team is ready to offer free guidance on creating a policy that works for your entity and community. We can also help you update your current alcohol, tobacco, or drug policy or provide you with a sample policy to adapt.
I Alert is a tool that can also point you in the right direction. This tool is designed to help on-premises retail licensees (e.g. bars, restaurants, sporting venues, etc.) and off-premise retail licensees (e.g. convenience stores, grocery stores, liquor stores, etc.) develop a guide for their business to stay compliant with the Iowa liquor laws. It also assists in creating a uniform policy and best practices for employees regarding the responsible sale of alcoholic beverages.
Vaping products are becoming more and more common in Northeast Iowa. The Smokefree Air Act currently does not include dangerous e-cigarettes. This means your employees and customers can legally use these vaping products in your establishment unless you have a policy.
Protect your business and the health of your employees and customers by creating a tobacco-free workplace policy that includes all types of tobacco.
We want to work with everyone to end all tobacco use and prevent others from ever starting. To do this, we can provide you with these tools for free:
"No Smoking" Window Clings | Clearly post at your business or event in entrances to areas where smoking is prohibited.
Quit Kits | Quitting tobacco use is tough, especially without the support of others. It takes an average of eleven quit attempts before success. So whether this is your tenth or your first attempt to quit, these kits can help you overcome your addiction. These kits include:
Important tobacco facts
Guides to quitting for chew or smoke tobacco
Connection to free phone counseling
Access to free nicotine replacement therapy resources like gum or patches through Quitline
Alcohol Diversion is for youth, under age 18, who have received a first time minor in possession charge, or who have been referred by school authorities for an alcohol-related incident.
This program is meant to be a diversion from the court system and, with successful participation, youth can have the offense removed from their juvenile record. Parent or guardian attendance is required.
One of the most serious threats to our youth may be lurking in your medicine cabinet. Prescription drug abuse has quickly become a major focus of concern. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's research shows that, “Every day 2,500 youth age 12 to 17 abuse a pain reliever for the very first time. More teens abuse prescription drugs than any illicit drug except marijuana.”
Before, during, and after school programs are offered throughout our service area. Each program is designed to equip students of specific ages to prevent or end abuse or use of a variety of substances.
>See all available Prevention School Programs.
Nearly each county we serve in has an independent county-run volunteer coalition. Our staff serve as members of these groups, and help organize and implement local initiatives to prevent substance abuse.
I learned things about my children that I never knew—and I consider myself a well-informed, very involved parent. Their being able to discuss some of these issues and then spend time with us immediately following was very beneficial. Thank you.
Strengthening Families Class Participant, Dubuque County
When I asked my son what things he does to fit in and is drinking, using tobacco, trying other drugs one of them, he said, ‘No. I just be myself.'
Alcohol Management for Fairs and Festivals
Alcohol license holders carry the primary legal responsibility for compliance with alcohol laws. This booklet provides festival planning groups with information to develop alcohol policies that can be implemented to increase profits, while decreasing problems at their event. >Download Alcohol Management for Fairs and Festivals Booklet
Responsible Drinking Guidelines Card
This wallet-sized card identifies ways different groups can help prevent alcohol overconsumption. It also defines how many drinks per sitting people can consume responsibly. >Download Responsible Drinking Guidelines Card
Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Card
This card suggests three strategies to end tobacco's preying on the health of a community. It also provides details on how to get free cessation tools. >Download the Tobacco and Cessation Card
Stop OTC and Prescription Drug Abuse Booklet
Created originally as a training booklet for retailers, these pages help people identify the dangers, side effects, and types of drugs commonly abused. Suggestions are made for ways to retailers can prevent this abuse. >Download the OTC and Prescription Drug Booklet
Guidelines to Properly Disposing Medications
Contrary to public believe, flushing your old medications is not the right way to get rid of them. This simple brochure explains two safe alternatives to treating your unwanted drugs like a dead goldfish. >Download the Guidelines
With graduation parties around the corner, Helping Services wants to remind parents about the Social Host Law in the state of Iowa. If you allow youth to drink alcohol in your home or on your property, you are a social host. It is now a criminal offense...