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CCSAP staff, board members and task force members attended a presentation and panel discussion on substance abuse, suicide awareness and mental health recently at Pamlico County High School. The program was called Start the Conversation: Crisis in our Community. Nicole Cox, a certified youth mental health trainer, spoke about her brother’s suicide and her family’s struggles with mental health. Henry Rice with Pamlico County Schools was the panel moderator, and the panel included Pamlico County Sheriff Chris Davis, Nicole Cox, parent Roxanne Watts and Chris Meadows, principal of Pamlico County High School. Adam Caldwell from the office of U.S. Senator Thom Tillis attended the event.
CCSAP staff was honored to participate in the Rethink that Drink event on base. It was a privilege to speak with these young adults.
CCSAP staff and Jeff Sieber from the Onslow County Task Force spent the day at Richlands High School asking students to sign the I PROMise pledge. Students from the SADD club (Students Against Destructive Decisions) volunteered to gather kids around our table to talk about the important decisions they will be making this weekend. CCSAP also took the message to West Craven High School this week. Have a SAFE, fun weekend!
Thank you, Amanda Thames, for the wonderful story in the Jacksonville Daily News about our SAPHE youth participating in Sticker Shock. Click below to read the story.
CCSAP’s SAPHE youth from Richlands High School participated in the Sticker Shock campaign at the Richlands Piggly Wiggly in May. SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) club students placed warning stickers on sugary alcoholic beverages that did not appear to contain alcohol. The SADD club advisor is Jacqueline Gaddy. Participants in the campaign were Alexandria Humphrey, Laycee Adkins, Shelby Barney, Dani Middleton and Kyra Fromke.
Students at Havelock High and New Bern High signed the Prom Pledge presented to them on Monday and Tuesday in anticipation of pressures they will face at prom this weekend. CCSAP and Craven County Task Force members set up a large banner for students to sign in addition to a small pledge they could take with them to remember their promise. On the back of the prom pledge was a list of tips to remember in an effort to say no to drugs and alcohol.
Some students walked by, but many stopped to read the pledge and sign. It read:
I recognize there are consequences for every decision I make. I promise not to drink alcohol or use drugs, because I know they are both harmful and illegal for me to use. I promise to call my parent/guardian for a ride if I feel unsafe. I commit to living in a safe and healthy way. I promise to always wear a seatbelt, not text while driving and to never ride with an impaired driver.
We even heard from students who just wanted to talk about tragedies that are unfolding around them every day. One student shared that he lost his brother just this week to a drug overdose. Another found out that his mom’s friend had died of alcoholism.
It’s stories like this that encourage us to push forward for this cause–preventing substance abuse before it ever starts. We are making an impact! Thank you to all the volunteers who helped with this prom pledge drive. We look forward to visiting West Craven High School in May.
On Saturday, April 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. CCSAP, local businesses, area law enforcement and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its 13th opportunity in 7 years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Call 1-800-882-9539 to find the closest location for safely disposing of your medications. (The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.) The service is free and anonymous, and no questions will be asked.
Last October, Americans turned in 366 tons (over 730,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at almost 5,200 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,000 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its 12 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 7.1 million pounds—more than 3,500 tons—of pills.
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. 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. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.
For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the April 29 Take Back Day event, go to the DEA Diversion website.