Fort McCoy News July 12, 2013

'101 Critical Days of Summer Campaign' begins

Fort McCoy's Army Substance Abuse Program (ASAP), and the Army Center for Substance Abuse (ACSAP) 2013 "101 Critical Days of Summer Safety Campaign" remind everyone to keep focused on- and off duty.

Summer is a dangerous time of year for the Army with notable increases in off-duty accidental fatalities. Festivals, road trips, swimming, fishing, hiking, boating, camping, and motorcycle riding are common outdoor summer activities. Intense planning often goes into making these activities a success. When making plans, remember the effects of alcohol or prescription drugs, and identify the risks associated with impairment while participating in various activities. Always remember to make responsible decisions while enjoying summer activities.

Summer celebrations often include barbeques, picnics, water sports, vacationing with Family and friends, and fireworks. However, many holiday weekends can be filled with tragedy instead of celebration.

This summer, don't let your celebrations end in an arrest or tragedy. The consequences are serious and real. Not only do you risk injuring yourself or someone else, but the trauma and financial costs of a crash or an arrest for driving while impaired can be significant and not the way to celebrate the summer season.

For more information in the Fort McCoy community, call Gail R. Zuege, Directorate of Human Resources, ASAP, drug test technician, 608-388-5955.

Websites with information about these topics include www.acsap.army.mil, https://www.militarymentalhealth.org/resources/harmful-interactions-mixing-alcohol-with-medications.aspx and http://www.cdc.gov/motorvehiclesafety/impaired_driving.

(Submitted by the Fort McCoy Army Substance Abuse Program.)