Wood County Prevention Coalition
Uniting For A Drug-Free Community Since 2004
WCPC Newsletter for February 9, 2016 Volume #2 issue #5
Wood County Prevention Coalition Graduates From the National Coalition Institute!
On February 2nd, The Wood County Prevention Coalition graduated from The National Coalition Academy (NCA)! The NCA is a comprehensive training program developed by CADCA’s National Coalition Institute and teaches leaders “what they need to know” (the core competencies) and “what their team needs to do” (the essential processes) to establish or maintain a highly effective anti-drug coalition.
The NCA is designed specifically for coalition staff and volunteer leadership. It combines three weeks of classroom training, three reinforcement on-line sessions and access to a web-based workstation. The Academy’s training curriculum is organized within SAMHSA’s Strategic Prevention Framework.
The Wood County Prevention coalition was one of 20 coalitions who graduated from Ohio and was part of one of the largest graduating classes ever from the National Coalition Institute. Thank you to all the coalition members who helped take part in the National Coalition Academy!
Ohio mom begs Congress to act on heroin epidemic
WASHINGTON — “Please, please do something to help our children.”
That plea came from an Ohio mother, Tonda DaRe, who fought back tears as she begged Congress Wednesday to respond more aggressively and urgently to the heroin epidemic that has ravaged communities across her state and the country.
Speaking to the Senate Judiciary Committee, DaRe described in heart-breaking detail how she found her daughter’s body, limp from a heroin overdose, and tried unsuccessfully to bring her back to life.
“When you find your 21-year-old on the floor blue, with bruises already on her forehead and her nose from slamming into the sink because she died so fast, that sticks with you for the rest of your life,” said the Carrollton resident. “We have to put a face to this. We have to help these kids.”
DaRe’s testimony came after the committee heard from top federal drug enforcement officials, addiction experts, and key lawmakers — a high-profile lineup that reflects a growing consensus in Washington that policymakers need to tackle the opioid and heroin epidemic in a more comprehensive way.
Committee members and witnesses alike said the federal government needs to increase federal spending on addiction treatment and prevention, curb easy access to potent prescription opioids, and crack down on heroin traffickers, among other steps.
“This epidemic is striking very close to home,” said Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, who testified in favor of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, or CARA. That bill, sponsored by Portman, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., and others, would:
•provide grants to states, local governments, and nonprofit groups for education and prevention efforts to combat opioid and heroin abuse;
•provide federal funding for alternatives to incarceration for those with substance abuse problems;
•expand first responders’ access to naloxone, a medication that can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose; and
•launch a demonstration program using medication-assisted treatment, a highly effective regimen for opioid addicts.
To read the remainder of the article click here: http://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/politics/2016/01/27/ohio-mom-begs-congress-act-heroin-epidemic/79395296/
Wood County Prevention Coalition Meeting
Friday, May 13th, 8:30am
1867 Research Drive
Bowling Green, OH
RSVPs are enabled for this event.
Our Vision: Helping youth be drug-free, productive and responsible citizens.
Our Mission: We are a coalition of compassionate community members working together to coordinate high quality programs for the prevention of youth substance abuse in Wood County.