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WCHS YES Youth Council Training

The Webster County KY-ASAP True Blue Coalition, YES Youth Service Center, and the Webster County Extension Agents collaborated to provide the annual youth training on August 10, 2021. The training included skill building/enhancement in teamwork, strategic planning, confidentiality, and substance misuse education.

Webster County High School students, grades 9-12, have the opportunity to apply for the Youth Council each May for the upcoming school year. The students who are selected become a part of the YES (Youth Experiencing Success) Youth Council and serve as the Executive Crew for the Webster County High School True Blue Crew.

The Executive Crew will be inviting youth from the high school to join their Youth Coalition Prevention efforts throughout the school year. Students who are interested in participating in the True Blue Crew should contact an executive crew member, Courtney Menser, or Donna Bumpus,

TRUE BLUE Camp

Earlier this month, a few of the TRUE BLUE Crew members met to learn the Chatter 4 Change podcasting process. The graduating seniors worked with younger students to provide a smooth transition for the new podcast crew. In addition to the podcast training, True Blue Crew members made Substance Prevention PSAs. Chatter 4 Change podcasts will return in late July after our crew enjoys a short summer break.

Mini-Mini TLC

The past year has taught us that we can do successful prevention work even in times of a global pandemic. This year the Webster County KY-ASAP True Blue Coalition was unable to implement some of the traditional prevention programs, so the program committee went to work to alter the plans. Since the Mini TLC was cancelled due to the event being a large group activity, the ASAP board collaborated with the middle school to implement a Mini Mini TLC with Hello WCMS in small groups. The Mini Mini TLC was held at the football field and in the middle school gym where 6th grade students were able to participate in character building, decision making, and team building activities with the leadership of the YES Youth Council True Blue Crew and the Webster County Extension Staff. (One underlying objective in ALL the Webster County True Blue Crew’s activities is that younger students see the high school crew have an abundance amount of fun without using substances — and what a FUN day!)

Celebrate FREE!

Webster County KY-ASAP True Blue Coalition developed the Celebrate FREE campaign in 2019 to encourage youth and their families to enjoy their accomplishments substance-free. Prom, Senior Night, Graduation are milestone events that should be celebrated safely. Parents, monitor gatherings to assure your youth are free of unhealthy and illegal substances. The Webster County KY-ASAP True Blue Drug Free Communities program would like to remind adults that alcohol possession and/or consumption is illegal for anyone under the age of 21.

The 2021 Celebrate FREE campaign is sponsored by United Community Bank.

Take-back day — everyday in WC!

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In Webster County, prescription medications may be taken to the following permanent locations:

Dixon Drug Store – Monday-Friday, 9:00-5:00

Clay Drug Store – Monday-Friday 9:00-5:00, Saturday, 9:00-12:00

Bell’s Drug Store (Sebree) – Monday-Friday 9:00-5:00

Thrifty Pharmacy (Providence) – Monday-Friday 8:30-5:30, Saturday 8:30-12:00

Providence Police Department – Monday-Friday, 9:00-5:00

Webster County Sheriff’s Department

Don’t let others misuse unused prescription medications from your home!

TRUE BLUE Day

The first day of each month is TRUE BLUE Day when we encourage all Webster County residents to wear royal blue in support of a drug free community.

Some background information — Webster County KY-ASAP was funded in 2002 through the Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy. The key concept for KY-ASAP is changing policy around substance misuse. True Blue Drug Free Communities is in year 4 of the 5 year federal grant that promotes substance free living for all youth. The True Blue concept is around the notion that if youth are true to their family, faith, school, community, and/or future they will be less likely to experiment with substances. True Blue implemented Character Counts curriculum in all Webster County schools grades K-12 to better equip students to make positive choices and to be of good character.

Webster County KY-ASAP True Blue Drug Free Communities funds substance prevention and education programs in the local schools and community such as: Mini Teen Leadership Conference for 6th grade students, 5th grade Health Fair, Truth and Consequences for 8th grade students, Project Northland Slick Tracy for 6th graders, Community Town Hall meetings, various trainings/Lunch and Learns, supports law enforcement, supports treatment, hosts Chatter 4 Change podcast, and supports the True Blue Youth Crews in grades 4-6, 7-8, 9-12, and early college.

To learn more about the Webster County KY-ASAP True Blue Drug Free Communities Coalition contact our coordinator at donna.bumpus@webster.kyschools.us.

Coalition work Continues through Covid-19

Though meetings have looked different, Webster County KY-ASAP Coalition has continue to meet during the Covid-19 pandemic. Starting in May, the Coalition’s bi-monthly meeting moved to Zoom. Virtual meetings have continued with both in-person and Zoom being offered for the November meeting. With the surge in cases locally, the January meeting was via Zoom only.

Just a few additional adaptations the coalition has made: online trainings for teachers and youth instead of in-person, Zoom meetings for Youth True Blue Crew members, Chatter 4 Change podcast providing information and support to youth, education provided to parents through handouts with food deliveries/pick-ups, faith-based meetings to collaborate resources, social media updates, Character Counts through Google classrooms.

A few True Blue activities during the pandemic:

American Cancer Society sponsors Great American Smokeout

For more than 40 years, the American Cancer Society has hosted the Great American Smokeout on the third Thursday of November.  The Great American Smokeout is an opportunity for people who smoke to commit to healthy, smoke -free lives – not just for a day, but year round. The Great American Smokeout provides an opportunity for individuals, community groups, businesses, health care providers, and others to encourage people to use the date to make a plan to quit, or plan in advance and initiate a smoking cessation plan on the day of the event. The Great American Smokeout event challenges people to stop smoking and helps people learn about the many tools they can use to help them quit and stay quit.

For more information visit: https://www.cancer.org/healthy/stay-away-from-tobacco/great-american-smokeout.html

Ep. 4- A Dose of Prevention

Source: Ep. 4- A Dose of Prevention

The Dose of Prevention Challenge is a CADCA sponsored opportunity for coalitions to highlight their work during National Medicine Abuse Month each October. WC True Blue’s Chatter 4 Change Podcast Episode 4 is dedicated to prescription and Over-the-counter medicine misuse with guest speaker, Trina, a local pharmacist and the mother of Youth True Blue Crew Member and Podcaster Ryan. Check out this episode and more at Chatter 4 Change on Podbean or click the above link.

National DFC Research Team visits WC (virtually)

The Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) selected School Sector Engagement as a priority focus area this year.  Site visits were planned to allow researchers to provide detailed examples to ONDCP regarding the type of work that some DFC coalitions are doing and offer the chance to learn from the people who are doing coalition work—about how coalitions operate, their challenges and successes, the strategies used to accomplish missions, and lessons that can be shared with other DFC-funded coalitions.

In late July, Webster County KY-ASAP True Blue DFC was contacted by the National DFC Research Team announcing the coalition’s selection as a virtual site visit location. The Research team selected True Blue based on information submitted in recent Progress Reports. The virtual site visit occurred during September with five focus groups of youth TB Crew members, parents, community stakeholders, coalition members, and school administrators; and extensive interviews with DFC staff and coalition leaders. Over the next few months, the Research team will complete data analysis and written dissertation to share with coalitions across the United States.

A few memories of the focus groups:

Webster County Youth Executive True Blue Crew
Tyler Kuykendall presenting to the DFC National Research Team
KY-ASAP Coalition Member Cameron Edwards joining the focus group
Raygan Ranes presenting to the Research Team
Seth Ranes and True Blue Crew member Gabriel Gonzalez
Katelyn Hensley and True Blue Crew members
KY-ASAP Coalition Members and Stakeholders
Ryan Warford explaining the Kentucky Incentives for Prevention (KIP) Survery

CADCA Mid-year Training Institute

Webster County KY-ASAP True Blue DFC was represented at CADCA Mid-year for the third year. This year, Melea Ramin, Coalition Chairperson, Melissa Wolfe, Courtney Menser, Carolyn Sholar, Dianne McFarling, Caroline Denham, and Donna Bumpus attended CADCA’s virtual institute. Participants had the opportunity to view approximately 80 training sessions.

Too Good for Drugs!

Webster County Ky-ASAP True Blue DFC collaborated with River Valley Prevention Center to provide TOO GOOD FOR DRUGS training (via ZOOM) for a group of teachers on August 12, 2020. Webster County Schools will implement this program in grades K-4 initially, adding additional grades later in the school year.

DEA launches SECURE YOUR MEDS campaign, calls on Americans to keep medications safe

WASHINGTON – With families encouraged to stay at home due to the nationwide health crisis, the Drug Enforcement Administration is asking Americans to keep prescription medications safe and secure until they can properly dispose of them.

The Secure Your Meds awareness campaign addresses a vital public safety and health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. The campaign also prompts families to discuss the issue of controlled prescription drug abuse.

“Protecting the health and safety of our communities is DEA’s top priority, especially during the unprecedented public health emergency,” said DEA Acting Administrator Uttam Dhillon. “With Americans at home, families need to be even more vigilant and keep prescription medications safe, secure, and out of reach of children and others in the household.”

DEA holds its National Prescription Drug Take Back Day twice a year. However, because of the current nationwide coronavirus pandemic, DEA postponed the 2020 Spring Take Back Day, originally scheduled for April 25, 2020. DEA will reschedule Take Back day for a date shortly after the health crisis recedes and national emergency guidelines are lifted.

In the meantime, DEA wants to remind Americans to clean out their medicine cabinets and secure unused, unwanted, and expired prescription medications for the next National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, on a date to be determined.

Rates of prescription drug abuse in the United States are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.

Once the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lifts restrictions, DEA will reschedule Take Back Day. More information on the Secure Your Meds campaign and Take Back Day is available at http://www.DEATakeBack.com.

Webster County KY-ASAP has partnered with the Dixon Drug Store to provide a drive-thru drop-off location for unused medications during regular store hours. Unused prescription medications may also be returned to Clay Drug Store during regular business hours.

National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week provides Family Fun Activities

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Monday

Play Kahoot! Marijuana Myths: Can You Tell Fact From Fiction?

 

Tuesday

Take the National Drug & Alcohol IQ Challenge

Wednesday

Play the Jeopardy-style interactive game: Drug Facts Challege!

Thursday

Take an exploration on Brain Power! to learn the effects of drugs on the body

Friday

Have fun on social media by printing these fun “Not everyone’s doing it” cards and uploading a picture with your child holding these cards to brag how they are not engaging in drugs or alcohol! Make sure to include #NDAFW in your posts.

CHARACTER COUNTS: 6Pillars of Character

Webster County KY-ASAP True Blue DFC and Webster County Board of Education developed a plan in 2017 to implement Character Counts for all students, grades K-12.  Character Counts is framework for developing positive character traits and may be implemented in schools, homes, and communities.

For more information and Character Counts activities visit charactercounts.org or on Facebook @CharacterCounts.

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Webster County Students attend Dover Youth2Youth Training

March 10-12, 2020, Lily Martin, Raygan Ranes, and Seth Ranes attended the Kentucky Dover Youth2Youth Training in Louisville. Youth representing each Regional Prevention Center in Kentucky were asked to attend this training.  The students were trained in Youth Recruitment, Policy Change, Presentation Skills, and Developing Community awareness and Media Campaigns.

Lily, Raygan, and Seth are members of the YES Youth Council and the WC True Blue Crew. They will collaborate with Dianne McFarling, River Valley Prevention Center Director, and Cora Cain, River Valley Youth Empowerment Prevention Specialist, to train Western Kentucky youth.  River Valley Regional Prevention Center serves Daviess, Hancock, Henderson, McLean, Ohio, Union, and Webster.  Webster County middle and elementary True Blue Crew members will also be trained using the Youth2Youth Toolkit.

WC True Blue attends 30th Annual CADCA National Leadership Forum

WC True Blue was represented at the annual CADCA Forum, February 2-6, 2020, by Melea Ramin, Coalition Chairperson, and Donna Bumpus, DFC Coordinator.  Participants attended workshops on Youth Vaping; Gen-Z Marketing: Engaging the next Generation; Impacts of Marijuana Legalization; Addressing the Opioid Crisis in Rural Communities; Building Partnerships with Law Enforcement; and Exploring the Intersections of Opioids, Adverse Childhood Experiences and Suicide.

While attending the conference, WC True Blue was recognized as Runners Up for the National Dose of Prevention Award. The Dose of Prevention Award is sponsored by the Consumer Healthcare products Association (CHPA) and CADCA, this award recognizes member coalitions that have helped raise awareness about the dangers of over-the-counter cough medicine misuse and prescription drug misuses in their community during National Medicine Abuse Awareness Month in October, 2019.

TRUE COLORS WEEK

October 25-29, is TRUE COLORS WEEK in Webster County. True Blue and FRYSC kicked-off the week with assemblies at the elementary schools. During the assemblies, the YES Youth Council presented skits and substance prevention messages for the fifth and six grade students. Below is the list of activities and a few pictures of students participating.