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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2012 Spring ATOD Forum

Karla Filibeck and Lori Swanson (Public Health) attended the Spring ATOD Forum in Roseville on April 10th. This year’s theme is Bullying Research and Interventions: Connecting the Dots of Behaviors and Experiences. There are multiple opportunities to attend sessions statewide, and a list of upcoming dates and locations can be found here. Contact Karla or […]

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Alcohol Awareness Month

April is Alcohol Awareness Month! This year the National Council on Alcohol and Drug Dependence (NCADD) chose the theme: “Healthy Choices, Healthy Communities: Prevent Underage Drinking.” Many efforts to raise awareness are scheduled nationwide. Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) has designated April 21st PowerTalk21 day. To access MADD’s toolkit and initiate a conversation with the […]

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