Our Coalition

The Substance Abuse Coalition of Kanabec County (SACK) provides innovative programs and services that help keep Kanabec County residents strong and resilient against alcohol, tobacco and other drugs (ATOD). SACK meetings occur monthly and include representation from community members and organizations that are working to build a healthier environment for all people in Kanabec County.

SACK strives to include: Youth, Parents, Businesses, Media, Schools, Youth-Serving Organizations, Law Enforcement, Justice/Corrections, Faith-Based Organizations, Civic and Volunteer Groups, Healthcare, State and Local Government, Other Organizations Involved in Reducing Substance Abuse, and High-Risk Sub-Populations.

SACK members also meet monthly in one of two formal workgroups.  These include:

♦  Communications Workgroup – The purpose of the workgroup is to: 1) recruit new members to SACK; 2) promote and protect our mission; 3) promote the work of SACK members.

♦  Epidemiological Workgroup – This group began meeting in April 2012 to guide the coalition in its efforts to make data-driven decisions.  They assist with data collection, analysis, and dissemination efforts.

Ad hoc committees of coalition members are also formed as needed to work on specific policies or other initiatives.  For example, coalition members are currently working on a permanent drop box for prescription drugs.

Meetings

Meetings occur monthly.  For time and location please click here.

Funding

SACK currently receives funding for its prevention efforts from the following: 

Drug-Free Communities (DFC) – The Drug-Free Communities Support Program (DFC) is a collaborative effort between the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). 

The purpose of DFC funding is to address two major goals:

1) Establish and strengthen collaboration among communities, public and private non-profit agencies, and Federal, State, local and Tribal governments to support the efforts of community coalitions.

2) Reduce substance abuse among youth and, over time, among adults.

History

Concerned community members formed the Methamphetamine Task Force in 2002.  SACK was established in 2006 when community members expanded their mission to also prevent alcohol, tobacco and other drug use.  Many efforts to educate, change policies, and provide help for those in need have been, and continue to occur, through the work of our local community members.

This website was developed, in part, under a grant number SP015660-04 from the Office of National Drug Control Policy and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Admini-stration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  The views, policies, and opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of ONDCP, SAMHSA, or HHS.  Funding for this website is provided, in part, by the Minnesota Department of Human Services, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division.

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