A Drug Policy for the 21st Century

Illegal drugs not only harm a user’s mind and body, they devastate families, communities, and neighborhoods. They jeopardize public safety, prevent too many Americans from reaching their full potential, and place obstacles in the way of raising a healthy generation of young people. To address these challenges, the 2012 National Drug Control Strategy was released […]

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Debate Over Sale of Drug Paraphernalia

An increasing number of Minnesota cities are considering or have passed ordinances to prohibit the sale of drug paraphernalia. Store owners who sell bongs, cocaine spoons and other items have challenged these laws in court. The City of Red Wing expects that its new ordinance will be tested. However, local law enforcement and community coalitions […]

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Take Back Initiatives Turn to Permanent Collections

Prescription drug take-back events in Washington County, MN have led to a permanent collection box at the Sheriff’s Office! The program is expected to cost $18,000 per year and will be funded by the County’s waste disposal fees. The proper disposal of prescription and over-the-counter medications will both prevent substance use and protect the environment. […]

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Kanabec County Schools Make Strides in Bullying Prevention

Mora and Ogilvie schools have partnered with Drug-Free Communities (DFC) to implement the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program (OBPP). This program is will be used with students in grades K-12 both in the classroom and elsewhere on school grounds. A community-level component will reach out to parents and the community for involvement and support. All school […]

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Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist Training (SAPST)

Sara Rossow (Mora Schools), Patricia Beneze (Family Pathways) and Karla Filibeck (Public Health) attended a week-long training in St. Cloud in March to become Certified Prevention Specialists. Several other SACK coalition members have attended in the past. The training provides an overview of the history of prevention, current research, theories and practical approaches such as […]

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April SACK Meeting

More than twenty members attended SACK’s monthly coalition meeting at FirstLight on April 3rd! Topics included the history of prevention in Kanabec County, the coalition’s new structure, current funding sources and the Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF). Members identified 130 organizations or individuals to approach about SACK’s work! Local data sources were also identified and will […]

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