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A newsletter dedicated to promoting community-based best practices for youth substance abuse prevention.


SPRING | 2017 | ISSUE 1

When it comes to Prescription Drugs in your home, remember to be SAFE. Store your medications in a secure location, preferably in a locked cabinet or container. Always take the appropriate dose as it was prescribed by your doctor. Do not share your medications with anyone else. Frequently inventory your medicine cabinet. At least once a year, pull expired medications for safe disposal. Easy, safe disposal is now available for FREE in your community! See inside for a list of Drop Boxes in our region.

Prescription for Safety It’s time again for Spring-cleaning! As you get ready to clean out your closets and cupboards, add your medicine cabinet to your springcleaning list, and make sure that you take steps to keep your young children or grandchildren safe. Most of us have that one bathroom drawer or shelf in the medicine cabinet where we stow our unfinished medications, never giving them a second thought. Remember those painkillers you got after your root canal last year? Those could be accidentally ingested by a child or they might be a source of temptation for a curious teenager.

BACODA Community Coalitions have partnered with law enforcement across our region to place Prescription Drop Boxes. These Drop Boxes provide our citizens with a safe means to dispose of medications, which might otherwise find their way into the hands of our children, or end up in our wastewater systems or landfills. The simple existence of a “no questions asked” location for disposal of these potentially dangerous substances has been quite successful in encouraging the public help make a safer environment for everyone. Visit www.bacoda.org/ for more info!

Free Prescription Drug Drop Boxes are available in communities across our region. Visit www.bacoda.org/rxdisposal.html to find one near you!

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January 23-29 was National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week, and our Community Coalitions joined with schools, community leaders, and scientists across the country to spread sciencebased facts about drugs. In Galveston, Mayor Jim Yarbrough declared January 23rd through 29th to be National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week for the City of Galveston. In Baytown, we partnered with Communities in Schools to bring games and educational activities to Gentry Junior High School. Other schools distributed materials and participated in the National Chat Day event, where students were able to chat online with scientists from the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA). Thank you to all of our partners for NDAFW: The Center for Addiction Research at University of Texas Medical Branch, the City of Galveston, Galveston ISD, La Marque ISD, Santa Fe ISD, Dickinson ISD, Hitchcock ISD, Texas City ISD, Gentry Junior High School of Goose Creek CISD, Communities in Schools, Palacios Police Department, and Prevention Resource Center Region 6.

Keep your medicine out of the

hands of teens.

Know what you have and where it is. Always.

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Fast Facts: More than 249,000,000 prescriptions for opioids were written in 2013 -- enough for every American to have a bottle of pills. 2/18/14 10:10 AM

In 2015, opioids (including prescription medications and heroin) killed 33,000 people, more than any year on record. Source: CDC

In November 2016, Surgeon General Vivek Murthy released a new report, Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health. The report states that nearly 21 million people suffer from a Substance Use Disorder. This is more than 1.5 times the number of people who have cancer, and yet only 1 in 10 people with a substance use disorder receives treatment. This is due to many factors, one of the biggest being the stigma associated with substance use disorders. Individuals are unwilling to talk to their health care providers about substance use concerns, to seek or access treatment services, and to be open to loved ones about treatment and recovery needs. The Surgeon General’s Report calls for a culture change around how we talk about and treat addiction.

Source: TurntheTideRx.org

The Report has several recommendations for communities to address these issues. 1. Build awareness of substance use as a public health problem. This includes promoting an awareness of the medical nature of addiction and encouraging acceptance of opioid treatment programs and other substance use disorder treatment services embedded in the community. 2. Invest in evidence-based prevention interventions and recovery supports. Our Community Coalitions utilize current prevent research and bestpractices to develop strategies for community-based change. One example of this is our Prescription Drug Return Program. 3. Implement interventions to reduce harms associated with alcohol and drug misuse. Our Coalitions work on this as well with drunk/drugged driving prevention campaigns or promoting the use of naloxone, the opioid overdose reversal drug.

Did You Know? Over half of all teens who misuse prescription drugs say they got them for free

from a friend or family member, often without the other person’s knowledge. National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is April 29th from 10am - 2pm. Safely dispose of your unused medications for free with no questions asked. Drive Thru & Drop Off!

Visit www.bacoda.org for BACODA-sponsored locations.


In every issue of our newsletter, we will recognize one Community Star, a Coalition partner who has truly gone above and beyond to help make a difference in our community. Our first Community Star is The Dow Chemical Company, a member of Brazoria County Community Coalition. Dow is a key partner in our Prescription Drug Return Program, providing incineration services to all participating Brazoria County law enforcement. Since the program’s inception in 2015, Dow has incinerated more than 5,000 pounds of medication. Thank you to The Dow Chemical Company for all that you do to keep our youth healthy and safe!

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Dr. Thomas McLellan, Chairman Treatment Research Institute Philadelphia, PA Former Deputy Director of National Drug Control Policy, 2009-2012

This event is FREE and open to the public! 12pm-1pm

Levin Hall Main Auditorium UTMB Galveston Campus

For more information, visit www.bacoda.org or contact galveston.ccp@bacoda.org


For more information about your local coalition, please contact Coalitions@bacoda.org or call 800-510-3111.

What’s New in Your Community?

Our Opioid Overdose and Response Training on January 26th was a huge success. More than 70 people were in attendance from all sectors of the community. If you are interested in a training for your group, contact Kelley Ackley at Brazoria.CCP@bacoda.org or 281-919- 5598.

Galveston County Community Coalition brought National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week activities to Galveston County for the seventh year. We had more successful collaborations with Texas A&M Galveston for Mardi Gras and Safe Spring Break. We are getting ready to welcome Dr. Thomas A. McLellan to Galveston for a special presentation. For more information, email Galveston.CCP@bacoda.org.

PASADENA Upcoming Events April 18th

Generation Found at 7:30 p.m. at Gulf Pointe 30 IMAX 11801 S Sam Houston Pky E Houston, TX We are looking forward to Prescription Drug Take Back in Deer Park and Baytown. Email Coalitions@bacoda.org to join our mailing list and get information about an upcoming Town Hall in Deer Park and the latest news about our documentary, The Last High, about the dangers of smoking synthetics.

April 19th

Monthly Coalition Meeting at 10:30 a.m. at Pasadena Police Department, 1201 Davis St.

April 29th

Prescription Drug Take Back Day from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at The Summit, 1838 E. Sam Houston Pkwy S, Pasadena.

Students and Communities in School staff at Gentry Junior School pictured with Coalition Coordinator, Amber Buras.

Tri-County Community Coalition just partnered with Wharton County Junior College for their Safe Spring Break event for the fourth year. Over 100 people pledged to not drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol. We are looking forward to our Spring Drugged Driver Campaign. For more information, email coalitions@bacoda.org.


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