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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.

Take-back day — everyday in WC!

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October 26, 2019 is National Take-Back Day, but in Webster County you can drop prescription medications at these 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

Webster County Sheriff’s Office – Monday-Friday, 8:00-4:00

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

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

WCMS True Blue Crew

The Webster County Middle School True Blue Crew recently participated in the APEX after school program. Crew members served as peer leaders introducing team building and Character Counts activities to their classmates.

True Blue in 2020

On December 9, 2019, Judge Executive, Steve Henry, proclaimed the first day of each month in 2020 TRUE BLUE DAY in Webster County. On the first day of each month, all Webster County citizens are encouraged to wear royal blue in support of a drug free community. When the first falls on a weekend, we celebrate on the Friday prior to the first.

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October: National Medicine Abuse Month

October is “National Medicine Abuse” Month. According to surveys from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, 20 percent of teens say they have taken a prescription drug without having a prescription for it themselves, and 5 percent report abusing OTC cough
medicine to get high.

Help prevent medicine abuse: TALK to your teen about prescription and OTC cough medicine abuse. Teens listen, even if they act like they don’t. In fact, teens who learn about the risks of drugs from their parents are 50 percent less likely to use drugs.

Learn more: FactSheet-Teens (1)

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