On August 18, 2017 Prevention Works hosted Core Essentials for Coalitions, featuring Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) training Teresa Bishop. It was attended by 38 coalition and community members invested in youth development and substance abuse prevention.
We are so grateful to have been awarded a Community Wellness Investment Fund grant from the Columbia Pacific Coordinated Care Organization! This grant will fund our mORe campaign, which changes the narrative by focusing on how youth, parents, and community members are making positive, healthy decisions for the future. Thank you for supporting our youth and families in Clatsop County!
This post was written for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Clatsop Affiliate August 2017 newsletter. Thank you, NAMI Clatsop for featuring us!
We know that social change takes a village. Issues such as substance abuse are too large and overwhelming for any one person or organization to take on alone. By coming together, leveraging our resources, and including youth and families in the process, we will make lasting community-level change. We welcome everyone to partner with us and be part of the change.
The Clatsop County Department of Public Health is starting a syringe exchange program to reduce infectious diseases and improper disposal.
"With the growing use of heroin across the United States – a trend mirrored in Oregon and Clatsop County – public health agencies are seeing rising rates of infectious diseases that are often associated with injection drug use, including HIV, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, and syphilis. The rising drug use rates also pose a hazard to the rest of a community in the threat from improperly disposed of needles.
Oregon has joined the states raising the tobacco age to 21!
"Oregonians spend more than $3 billion a year treating tobacco-related illnesses [...] data shows increasing the tobacco sales age to 21 would cut down on those costs and could save tens of thousands of Oregonians from death due to tobacco-related disease."