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SUBSTANCE ABUSE PREVENTION

 

 

What can I do as an individual?

DON’T smoke, or use illegal drugs. DO consume alcohol in moderation, take prescriptions as directed, secure your medications and alcohol, properly dispose of medications, exercise – it releases natural endorphins, use other methods to manage pain/stress and model healthy behavior.

If you’re looking to volunteer, join the Clermont County Opiate Task Force and/or the Coalition for a Drug Free Clermont County.

 

What can we do as a family?

Talk with your kids about the harms of alcohol, medications and other drugs, set clear boundaries and expectations about risky behavior – set the norm of non-use, make a big deal if rules are broken, know your kids’ friends/parents, support your kids’ involvement in positive activities with positive peers/other adults, know the signs and symptoms of abuse, don’t forget your older adults – the body metabolizes drugs and alcohol differently as we age.

What can we do as a community?

  • Join the Clermont County Opiate Task Force and/or the Coalition for a Drug Free Clermont County. (For more information all Clermont County Public Health 513-735-8408.)
  • Host a drug diversion presentation. (For more information, call Clermont County Public Health at 513-735-8408.)
  • Distribute Opiate Task Force Fact Sheets to doctor and dentist offices and pharmacies. Click here to download.
  • Distribute “Monitor, Secure and Dispose” materials to doctor and dentist offices. Click here to download.
  • Participate and support the Prescription Drug Drop Off event to properly dispose of medications.
  • Host a permanent drug drop box at your police department or local pharmacy.
  • Start a neighborhood watch in coordination with your local police department.
  • Support prevention programming in schools.
  • Join a support group or advocacy organization such as SOLACE (513-516-7608).

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Law Enforcement

Traditional law enforcement methods have had little impact on this epidemic. As such, we’ve teamed up with everyone from local government to emergency personnel to medical professionals to not only understand addiction but also to learn how we can intervene, give medical aid (Narcan) and provide resources to both those addicted and their families.

If you are a police officer, firefighter, doctor, nurse, addiction specialist, member of Clermont County Public Health or other professional connected to this epidemic, please join our Task Force.

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Treatment

What can I do as an individual?

If you are concerned about your alcohol or drug use, talk to a professional about it. There is help available. Recovery is possible.

If you are in recovery, share your story of hope.

 

What can we do as a family?

If you are concerned about a family member or friend, learn about addiction and connect with available resources.

Regrettably, no family has innate knowledge of how to deal effectively with addiction. You can’t control someone else, but you can have influence. Get support for yourself.

What can we do as a community?

It takes a village to deal with addiction. Addiction is a public health problem that requires a community solution.

Learn what you can about this devastating illness.

We need available treatment for addiction just like we do for any other disease.

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Harm Reduction

Supporting the addicted individual and the community.

Drug addiction is a threat to the health and safety of our entire community. Injection Drug Users (IDU) are at-risk of overdose and contracting other chronic illnesses such as Hepatitis C and HIV. The general community and first responders are at risk from infections resulting in handling discarded needles, addicted individuals driving under the influence and supporting the cost of medical care associated with the complications of addiction.

The overall goal is to reduce the harmful effects of intravenous drug use and decrease the health risk to the community by supporting community-based Naloxone distribution, syringe exchange, community support, education and access to health care for intravenous drug users.

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