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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 a drug prevention coalition in your neighborhood.

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 and 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?

Use your voice – let others know why prevention is important to you, your family and your community. Don’t let the myths fool you – educate yourself before signing a petition or voting, support events that practice best prevention practices.

Be a responsible workplace – implement drug-free workplace policies and support your employees and your community to build a better working environment.

If you are a faith leader, speak from the pulpit on health and wellness practices, provide pro-social opportunities for youth and support treatment and recovery of your members.

Schools have a captive audience. Opportunities to develop refusal skills, leadership skills and other pro-social positive youth development activities happen there.

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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.

We’re working to aid first responders with tools, knowledge and resources in an effort to intervene while on the scene of an overdose. We understand that addiction is better treated as a medical condition than a crime.

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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.

Don’t give up. There is help available.

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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.

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