The Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition of Ontario County continues to work on prevention throughout our county.
This past April, we released our 2017 Community Engagement Report. If you did not receive it, please click on this link to learn about our accomplishments last year.
With summer quickly approaching, we are excited to announce that we have updated our perception of risk advertisements on various social media outlets and we will be relaunching at the end of June. We are very thankful for our on-going partnership with Butler Till and Soucier Design who have help us continue to engage youth and young adults ages 12 – 25.
Our “Monitor, Secure and Dispose” campaign continues to help drive community members to secure their medication and safely dispose of it in one of the 17 medication drop boxes across Ontario County.
The coalition has received many requests related to the newest trend, Vaping & JUUL. We have partnered with the Tobacco Action Coalition of the Finger Lakes, Ontario County Public Health and the University of Rochester’s Preventive Medicine Department to raise awareness about the dangers of this trend in schools and community settings.
Finally, with graduation season and summer upon us, please take a moment to talk to the youth and young adults in your life about the dangers of drug and alcohol use. Set expectations and have a plan if they find themselves in a difficult situation. A great resource is the OASAS “Talk2Prevent” facebook page or the SAMHSA “Talk They Hear You” campaign.
Enjoy the nice weather and check out the information below. If you have any questions, let us know!
~ Petrea Rae, Coalition Coordinator
Interested in joining the coalition?
What does being a coalition member/volunteer mean?
The coalition has members who serve in a variety of roles, each valuable to our work in preventing substance misuse & abuse in Ontario County.
Coalition members can choose their level of “engagement.” Below are some examples of how you can help:
– Attend the monthly coalition meeting (3rd Wednesday of each month at 4pm, locations vary – see schedule below)
– Join a work group and help plan coalition efforts
– Volunteer at an event or tabling opportunity
– Deliver brochures and other materials to locations within Ontario County
– Host a cafe or training
– Help us craft press release, social media messages or other awareness building materials
The list is endless! To learn more, email Petrea at email@example.com.
Coalition Meeting Schedule
June 20, 2018 – Wood Library
July 2018 – NO MEETING!
August 15, 2018 – Wood Library
(Please note, August will be a focus group with our federal evaluator)
September 19, 2018 – Clifton Springs Library
October 17, 2018 – Wood Library
November 14, 2018 – Wood Library (Pot Luck Celebration)
December 19, 2018 – Wood Library
Thank you to everyone who supported our Spring Take Back Events. See our amazing volunteers below who endured two very rainy days to collect unwanted medication.
Pictured on the Left: Canandaigua Wegman’s event on April 28, 2018 – 850.5 pounds of medication collected and destroyed.
Pictured on the Right: Richmond Town Hall event on May 19, 2018 – 89.5 pounds of medication collected and destroyed.
Special thanks to the following sponsors:
– Ontario County Sheriff’s Department & their recruits
– Canandaigua Wegmans
– Town of Richmond
– Honeoye Lake Rotary
– Office for the Aging
– Canandaigua Police Department
– Council on Alcoholism and Addictions of the Finger Lakes
– Home Depot (Boxes)
If you missed the medication take back event, you can drop off your unwanted medications at any of the 17 locations across Ontario County. Click here to find a location close to you.
Monitor, Secure and Dispose Campaign
Do you own a business, coffee shop, doctor’s office, veternary clinic, realtor office, funeral home or any place we can advertise our brochures?
We are happy to bring you a display featuring any of our campaign materials, see the list below and email Petrea at firstname.lastname@example.org to place an order for your location.
– Medication Safety Tips
– Pet Medication Safety Tips
– Medication Safety Tips for a Time of Loss
– Medication Safety Tips when Selling Your Home
– Medication Safety Tips for Hospice/Nursing Care
– Tips for Parents (Conversation Starters plus MSD Campaign and Drop Box Locations.
– Bookmarks with Drop Box Locations
– Flyers with Drop Box Locations
Brochures are available in both English and Spanish.
Education & Awareness:
Educating the community is the key to our efforts. This past quarter, we have been welcomed into a number of schools and community locations to raise awareness about substance misuse & abuse. A special thank you to our coalition partners in Public Health, TACFL, FLACRA, STOP DWI, Law Enforcement, Serturner Consulting and the Council on Alcoholism and Addiction of the Finger Lakes for joining us and making these opportunities possible.
Brian Hadsell, Spring Intern
Thank you to Brian Hadsell for his dedication during his field period/internship with the coalition. Brian is studying Chemical Dependency at FLCC. He helped educate the community on a variety of topics including local data, school presentations and employability factors related to substance misuse & abuse.
We wish Brian the best on his future endeavors.
Our community partners are offering Narcan Training this summer, see the list below: