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Fall Planning Retreat: Drug Use in Schuyler County
Monday, November 14, 2016 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Schuyler County Coalition on Underage Drinking and Drugs’ annual Fall Planning Retreat will be held Monday, November 14th, 2016 from 3-5pm at the Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel. RSVP is required by November 1, 2016 by calling 607-535-8129. This year’s presenters include Schuyler County District Attorney Joseph G. Fazzary and Schuyler Teens against Alcohol, Nicotine, and other Drugs (STAND).
Fazzary will be presenting on the State of Drug Use in Schuyler County. “I have been District Attorney for nearly 20 years now. During that tenure, I have seen nearly every illegal drug in existence used and sold in this county. Over the last year, it is clear that the use of opioids is on the rise, which is of great concern to me. Heroin is killing people all around us. It is causing otherwise good people to commit crimes. This is something that, as a community, we need to address before our citizens start dying. Slowly, law enforcement is getting a handle on this problem but we need to, and can, do more.”
STAND will be presenting on the Medicine Safety Youth Educators Program. Research has shown that youth begin to self-medicate around the age of 11. By the age of 16, about 90% of youth report self-administering over-the-counter (OTC) medications. If not equipped with the proper knowledge, mistakes can happen. Local youth, Amber Updike and Kelsey Kernan were trained to be peer leaders and are currently educating Schuyler County 5th and 6th graders with support from their adult advisor. It is the hope of both girls that the Medicine Safety Program will have the greater impact of “helping our community by preventing any future addiction to prescription drugs”.
SCCUDD was formed in response to the Schuyler County Public Health Department’s Community Health Assessment showing concerning youth outcomes. Part of this Assessment included a public opinion survey that showed the number one health concern of Schuyler County residents was the use and abuse of alcohol and other drugs. The mission of SCCUDD is to prevent, reduce and delay the onset of substance use among Schuyler County youth by collaborating with community partners, promoting prevention education and substance-free activities and implementing environmental strategies.
SCCUDD’s vision is a connected community where youth have education, resources, and drug-free options to help their journey to become happy, healthy adults. For more information, or to become involved with SCCUDD, visit SCCUDD online at www.schuylercounty.us/sccudd, or follow SCCUDD on Facebook and Twitter.
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