Drug-Free Communities: A 10-Year Initiative of Healthy Androscoggin and Androscoggin County Partners

Since 2004, Healthy Androscoggin has been the recipient of the federal Drug-Free Communities Grant through the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP). The DFC grant program takes a comprehensive, multi-sector and data driven approach to prevent and reduce youth substance use/abuse in communities throughout the United States.  The two main goals of the program are:

  1. Establish and strengthen collaboration among communities, public and private non-profit agencies, as well as federal, state, local, and tribal governments to support the efforts of community coalitions working to prevent and reduce substance abuse among youth (18 years of age or younger).
  2. Reduce substance abuse among youth and, over time, reduce substance abuse among adults by addressing the factors in a community that increase the risk of substance abuse and promoting the factors that minimize the risk of substance abuse.

Over the past 10 years, Healthy Androscoggin has been the lead agency for the federal Drug – Free Communities Grant. In those 10 years, Androscoggin County has made great gains in improving the health, safety, and well-being of the youth in our communities. With the support of Project Unite!, a community task force consisting of over 20 partners, Healthy Androscoggin has provided education, support, prevention, and intervention programs to our community.

Healthy Androscoggin is extremely grateful for all of the support and partnership from the community, schools, municipalities, and other organizations throughout this ten-year project. Without their assistance, Androscoggin County would not have had as much of a success in reducing and preventing youth substance use.

To download the full report, click here: Final Report

Peter Lowe, employment lawyer, spoke to the L/A Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce

At the Thursday, April 13, 2017 L/A Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce Breakfast, Peter Lowe, employment lawyer for Brann & Isaascon spoke about “Workplace Safety Following the Legalization of Marijuana”. The biggest take-away, according to Peter, is that employers need to revise their drug and alcohol policy.  These include redefining “illegal drugs” and cover/name all substances; define impairment; have policy on how to get impaired employees home safely; and for marijuana specifically, state “no possession, no use, and discipline for impairment at work”.  Peter wrote two articles regarding this subject that can be found by clicking the links below. If you have questions or would like assistance in updating your policies, Healthy Androscoggin can help!  You can contact us by calling 777-5990.

Weeding Through Maines Legalization of Marijuana_Peter Lowe

Revisiting Your Drug and Alcohol Policy_Peter Lowe

Surgeon General Issues Landmark Report on Alcohol, Drugs and Health

Surgeon General Issues Landmark Report on Alcohol, Drugs and Health

“How we respond to this crisis is a test for America”

A new, landmark Surgeon General’s report finds alcohol and drug misuse and severe substance use disorders, commonly called addiction, to be one of America’s most pressing public health concerns. Nearly 21 million Americans – more than the number of people who have all cancers combined – suffer from substance use disorders.   “Alcohol and drug addiction take an enormous toll on individuals, families, and communities,” said U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy. “Most Americans know someone who has been touched by an alcohol or a drug use disorder. Yet 90 percent of people with a substance use disorder are not getting treatment. That has to change.”

Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Healthmarks the first time a U.S. Surgeon General has dedicated a report to substance misuse and related disorders.  For the full report and executive summary, visit https://addiction.surgeongeneral.gov/

ANDROSCOGGIN COUNTY LAW ENFORCEMENT TAKING BACK UNWANTED PRESCRIPTION DRUGS.

Contact:          Chief Deputy William Gagne
                        Androscoggin County Sheriff’s Department
                        (207) 753-2559 or wgagne@androscoggincountymaine.gov

 

ANDROSCOGGIN COUNTY LAW ENFORCEMENT TAKING BACK UNWANTED PRESCRIPTION DRUGS.

[AUBURN, MAINE] – On Saturday October 22, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. law enforcement agencies across the State of Maine including the Androscoggin County Sheriff’s Office, Auburn Police Department, Lewiston Police Department, Lisbon Police Department, Livermore Falls Police Department, Mechanic Falls Police Department and the Sabattus Police Department and in partnership with the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and Healthy Androscoggin will once again give the public an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous, expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.

The Drug Take Back Program is a national initiative that was formed through the federal Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and in 2015 DEA partnered with the Maine Sheriff’s Association and all 16 Maine Sheriff’s Offices are participating. Locally, Healthy Androscoggin continues to partner with local law enforcement in this very worthwhile cause. The “Drug Take Back” initiative by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration has been a highly successful national program. It is especially successful in Maine. When the Maine Sheriffs’ Association (MSA) learned that the feds were discontinuing the program, we stepped up and decided to continue this very worthwhile program. The “Drug Take Back” initiative by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration has been a highly successful national program. It is especially successful in Maine. When the Maine Sheriffs’ Association (MSA) learned that the feds were discontinuing the program, we stepped up and decided to continue this very worthwhile program. The “Drug Take Back” initiative by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration has been a highly successful national program. It is especially successful in Maine. When the Maine Sheriffs’ Association (MSA) learned that the feds were discontinuing the program, we stepped up and decided to continue this very worthwhile program.

The collection sites in Androscoggin County will be held at:

Auburn: Bedard Pharmacy 359 Minot Avenue

Lewiston: Farwell Elementary School, 100 Farwell Street

Lisbon: Lisbon Police Department 300 Lisbon Street

Livermore Falls: Livermore Falls Police Department, 2 Main Street

Mechanic Falls: Mechanic Falls Police Department, 108 Lewiston Street

Poland: Poland Town Office complex lot, 1231 Maine Street

Sabattus: Sabattus Police Department, 190 Middle Road

Turner: Turner Fire / Rescue Station, 19 General Turner Hill Road

 

For a complete listing of all sites in Maine please visit the Drug Enforcement Agency website at www.dea.gov and click on the Drug Take Back link.

Youth ENDS Use Increasing

Electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) are handheld devices that produce an aerosolized mixture from a solution typically containing concentrated nicotine, flavoring chemicals, and propylene glycol to be inhaled by the user. ENDS are marketed under a variety of names: electronic cigarettes, e-cigarettes, c-cigs, electronic cigars, e-cigars, electronic hookahs, e-hookah, hookah sticks, personal vaporizers, mechanical mods, vape pens and vaping devices.

For more information, read our literature review of youth use of ENDS.

National Prevention Week

May 15-21, 2016 is National Prevention Week.

National Prevention Week is an annual health observance dedicated to increasing public awareness of, and action around, mental and/or substance use disorders.

The overall theme for 2016 is “Strong As One. Stronger Together.”

Explore the National Prevention Week website to learn more about how you can get involved, from planning a community event to participating in the “I Choose” Project.

Learn more at http://www.samhsa.gov/prevention-week