Kanabec County prevention efforts continue to grow

This article was published in the Kanabec County Times on December 5, 2013. Click here to view the original article.

Kanabec County Public Health (KCPH) will have additional resources for prevention, particularly to reduce underage and binge drinking among youth and young adults. Kanabec County was one of eight communities to receive a Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentives Grant (SPF SIG) from the MN Department of Human Services, Alcohol & Drug Abuse Division in 2012.

The grant’s end date was recently extended by one year to June 30, 2015.

In the grant’s first year, KCPH and the Substance Abuse Coalition of Kanabec County (SACK) completed a community assessment of needs and resources as well as a strategic planning process.

This included the selection of several strategies to combat underage and binge drinking. Among them are quarterly alcohol compliance checks, responsible beverage server training, a mass media campaign on impaired driving, and public awareness of existing social host ordinances. While some of these strategies will be continued or expanded, others are new.

In addition, SACK continues to address marijuana and prescription drug abuse among youth under its Drug Free Communities (DFC) grant and assists the Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP) with tobacco prevention efforts.

To learn more about SACK or to become involved, contact Karla Filibeck at 320-679-6321.

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