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Thank you for helping prevent youth substance abuse
by Dannielle Meyer, Mary Beth Trevino, Amber Buras
Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Thank you for helping prevent youth substance abuse in Brazoria County.

Written by: Dannielle Meyer, Coalition Coordinator, BACODA

 

As 2017 draws to a close, Brazoria County Community Coalition (BCCC), of the Bay Area Council on Drugs and Alcohol (BACODA), would like to thank all of you for a great year. Our mission is to mobilize community resources in an effort to reduce the harmful impact of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs in our communities.  This year, because of support we have received from Brazoria County citizens and organizations, we have achieved several key accomplishments toward that mission.

 

We spent much of the year focused on combatting prescription drug misuse and safe disposal of unused medications. During our Fall Prescription Drug Take Back Event, citizens returned 1,400 pounds of medications for safe disposal. We have a comprehensive Prescription Drug Return Program with seven drop boxes throughout the county. Citizens have used the drop boxes to dispose of 3,000 pounds of unused and expired medications this year.

 

Additionally, we have done extensive education on Naloxone, a medication that reverses opioid overdose until an individual can receive emergency care. This life-saving medication is now available in first-aid kits at Richwood Police Department and West Columbia Police Department. Additional law enforcement have committed to carrying it as well.

 

Special thanks go to the following individuals for helping us create a safer environment for the youth of Brazoria County: Tonya Heard, Gayle Stein, Allison Jasso, and Molly James with Brazosport ISD and Dani and Buck Gilcrease at Alvin ISD for continued promotion and support of prevention education to their staff, students and parents. We want to recognize Medic One Pharmacy, Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy, Serenity Light Recovery, Keep Pearland Beautiful, Alvin Police Department, Manvel Police Department, Angleton Police Department, Angleton ISD Police Department, ACC Police Department, Alvin ISD Police Department, Freeport Police Department, Clute Police Department, Richwood Police Department, West Columbia Police Department, Iowa Colony Police Department, Lake Jackson Police Department, Sweeny Police Department, Hillcrest Village Police Department, and Constable Buck Stevens for their commitment to focus on the opioid epidemic within each of their communities.  All of these agencies and individuals are bombarded with topics and tasks but continue to dedicate time towards this worthy cause.  We also want to thank Alvin Police Department for their consistent participation in the Responsible Service Campaign to eliminate the selling of alcohol and tobacco to minors.  Thanks to the following community groups for always saying "yes" to whatever we need: Knights of Columbus in Alvin, Angleton Rotary, Zeiglar's Graphics, Stephen F Austin Health Center, Delma Garza Brazoria County Counseling Center, and the following volunteers who a always say yes too:  Andrea Barajas, Courtney Voss, and Dominique Meyer.

 

We are looking forward to big things in 2018, and we would love for you to be a part of our efforts. Please contact Brazoria County Community Coalition at coalitions@bacoda.org or visit www.bacoda.org.

Guest Editorial: Thank you for helping prevent youth substance abuse in Galveston County.

Written by: Mary Beth Trevino, Coalition Coordinator, BACODA

 

As 2017 draws to a close, Galveston County Community Coalition (GCCC), of the Bay Area Council on Drugs and Alcohol (BACODA), would like to thank all of you for a great year. Our mission is to mobilize community resources in an effort to reduce the harmful impact of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs in our communities.  This year, because of support we have received from Galveston County citizens and organizations, we have achieved several key accomplishments toward that mission.

 

In March, we brought Dr. Thomas McLellan, co-author of the Surgeon General’s Report, Facing Addiction,  to University of Texas Medical Branch. In a reception before the talk, students presented their latest research on various addiction topics. Dr. McLellan spoke to a full auditorium about substance use disorders and the importance of prevention. We followed with a luncheon to recognize other partnerships and strategies for prevention in Galveston County. We are deeply grateful to Dr. McLellan and UTMB’s Center for Addiction Research for making this event possible for our community

 

We were honored to be listed as one of sixteen Communities in Action in the National Prevention Week Outcomes publication put out by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. They recognized our event with Dr. McLellan and the coalition’s strategies to prevent opioid misuse.

 

Special thanks go to the following individuals and organizations for helping us create a safer environment for the youth of Galveston County: Special thanks go to the following organizations for helping us create a safer environment for the youth of Galveston County: Mary Moody Northen Endowment, for providing office space, as well as the following partnering organizations: University of Texas Medical Branch, the Center for Addiction Research, Texas A&M Galveston, Galveston County Mutual Assistance Partnership, La Marque Police Department, Galveston Police Department, Santa Fe Police Department, City of Galveston, City of La Marque, Galveston County Community Resource Coordination Group, local school districts, area Chambers of Commerce, and our many other Coalition members.

We are looking forward to big things in 2018, and we would love for you to be a part of our efforts. Please contact Galveston County Community Coalition at coalitions@bacoda.org or 800-510-3111.

Guest Editorial: Thank you for helping prevent youth substance abuse in Southeast Harris County.

Written by: Amber Buras, Coalition Coordinator, BACODA

 

As 2017 draws to a close, Southeast Harris Community Coalition (SEHCC), of the Bay Area Council on Drugs and Alcohol (BACODA), would like to thank all of you for a great year. Our mission is to mobilize community resources in an effort to reduce the harmful impact of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs in our communities.  This year, because of support we have received from Southeast Harris County citizens and organizations, we have achieved several key accomplishments toward that mission.

 

In January, we partnered with Communities In Schools Baytown at Gentry Junior High to participate in National Drug Facts Week. Special thanks to Jasara Scates, Case Manager with CIS Baytown, Student Guidance and H.E.R.O student clubs and sponsor Patricia Authement. Over 500 students participated in drug free activities during their lunchtime.

 

In April, we hosted a red carpet event for The Last High documentary premiere in Baytown at Lee College. This event was a huge success with over 300 community members in attendance. The coalition would like to thank many partners for the success of this event: Lee College Performing Arts Center, Lee College Drug Free Campus Committee, City of Baytown Mayor Stephen DonCarlos, City Manager Rick Davis, Baytown Police Department and Chief Keith Dougherty, Baytown Fire and EMS Department and Assistant Chief Dana Dalbey, LaPorte Police Department, Chief Adcox and Matt Daeumer, LaPorte EMS department, Innovative Linens and Susan Shultz, Houston Methodist San Jacinto Hospital, Exxon Mobil, Baytown Municipal Police Association. The coalition would also like to thank Director, Glen Muse, of Texas Pictures; The Last High team of student producers; and executive producer, Aaron Crowell. Screenings are still available for this important documentary on synthetic cannabinoids.

 

In June, we partnered with Lee College's Drug Free Campus Committee to host a Summer Bash on campus. The summer bash is an annual event to encourage college students to have a safe summer and provides them with drug and alcohol educational information and resources from many community partners. The coalition would like to thank Dr. Rosemary Coffman and the Drug Free Campus Committee members.

 

In October, we partnered with Deer Park and Baytown police departments for the bi-annual Prescription Drug Take Back event. Deer Park police department collected 265 pounds of unwanted, unused prescription drug medications. The coalition would like to thank Deer Park Police Department, Chief Grigg, Officer Tina Taylor, Sheila Plovanich, and Deer Park Citizen's Police Academy. The coalition would like to thank Baytown Police Department, Sergeant John Butler, and Officer Stewart Beasley for their continued hard work on these events.

 

We are looking forward to big things in 2018, and we would love for you to be a part of our efforts. Please contact Southeast Harris County Community Coalition at coalitions@bacoda.org.

 

 




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