Dec 24

Holiday Safety

We wish you a happy holiday season.  Please be careful on the roads, the weather can be challenging this time of year.  Also, if you will be drinking alcohol or using other substances that alter perception, remember to designate a driver who will be sober and straight.

In addition, should you be hosting a holiday gathering, please understand that serving non-alcoholic beverages and plenty of snacks / food is an important part of caring for our friends and being a considerate host.

Enjoy the season!!!

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Nov 18

PRESCRIPTION DRUG ABUSE PREVENTION SYMPOSIUM

ON DECEMBER 10TH, THERE WILL BE A PRESCRIPTION DRUG ABUSE PREVENTION SYMPOSIUM.  WITH PRESCRIPTION DRUG ABUSE BEING THE NUMBER ONE REASON ADULTS SEEK TREATMENT SERVICES, WE ARE MEETING TO TALK ABOUT THE ISSUES AND LOOK AT MAKING IN-ROADS TO PREVENTING THIS HEARTACHE. 

THE SYMPOSIUM IS GEARED FOR THE MEDICAL COMMUNITY, WITH CMEs AVAILABLE THROUGH THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF FAMILY PRACTICE (pending).  THERE ARE CREDITS EXPECTED TO BE AVAILABLE FOR DOCTORS, NURSING, SOCIAL WORKERS, PHARMACISTS, DENTISTS, DENTAL HYGENISTS, COUNSELORS, AND PREVENTION SPECIALISTS.

REGISTRATION AND LUNCH WILL BEGIN AT 11:00, WITH THE SYMPOSIUM STARTING AT NOON.  WE WILL FINISH AT 5:00. 

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE SYMPOSIUM AND REGISTRATION, CONTACT JOHN KRONECK AT, 989-831-4591, JOHNKRONECK@CHERRYHEALTH.COM, or PO BOX 836, STANTON MI 48888.

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Sep 09

MONTCALM COMMUNITIES TOGETHER – SEPT 12TH

Hello Friends and Friends To Be,

 You are invited by Drug Free Montcalm to participate in a special day focusing on  our county and the various communities within it.  We truly hope you and anyone else, including youth, you would like to invite from your organization and/or community will be able to join with others from around the county for this learning, information sharing, and planning event.  We need your input to help develop plans to work collectively and in our individual communities to make them safer, healthier, and more connected for all.  We will be guided in our process of “grassroots” community organizing by Rhonda Molina Ramsey of CADCA, the national training and advocacy organization for the community coalition model.

 Should you have any questions, I would be very happy to answer them.  Please feel free to contact me.

 Also, we are asking that you share this information with any coalitions, groups, and/or individuals who may be interested.

 It would help us with accommodations and food if you could please RSVP.  Please include the number of people  you will be bringing on the 12thWe hope to see you there!

 Thank you,                          

Amy Buckingham
Drug Free Montcalm Coalition Coordinator/ Health Promotion

A Branch of Cherry Street Health Services

PO Box 836, 129 E. Main St., Stanton MI 48888
( 989.831.4591│6 989.831.5768 │* AmyBuckingham@CherryHealth.com

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Sep 09

OCTOBER IS NATIONAL SUBSTANCE ABUSE PREVENTION MONTH!

The federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is promoting the National Substance Abuse Prevention Month during October.  On the SAMHSA website, (www.SAMHSA.gov), they state the following.

  • An estimated 10 million people aged 12 to 20 report drinking alcohol during the past month. To put that in perspective, there are more Americans who have engaged in underage drinking than the number of people who live in the state of Michigan.
  • Approximately 23 million Americans—roughly the population of Australia—are current illicit drug users. Marijuana use and non-medical use of prescription medications are the most common types of drug use in America.
  • Almost 18 million Americans are classified with alcohol dependence or abuse.
  • Heavy alcohol use can cause serious damage to the body and affects the liver, nervous system, muscles, lungs, and heart.
  • Alcohol is a factor in approximately 41 percent of deaths from motor vehicle crashes.

This is just the beginning of the data highlighting the problems with substance abuse. The noted information, as well as access to further data, will be found through the SAMHSA website at http://www.samhsa.gov/prevention/nationalpreventionmonth/.

PREVENTION WORKS!  When we work together, we can make a difference in the lives of young people.  Again, SAMHSA identifies a number of ideas a local community or coalition might consider.  They have identified 14 ideas to get started.  You and people you know may also have additional ideas worth considering.  To find the ‘starter’ list, log on to SAMHSA at, http://www.samhsa.gov/prevention/docs/PreventionMonthActivities09192012.pdf.

PREVETNION WORKS!  We don’t need to be part of a coalition to make a difference.  Small and important steps can take place in our own homes with our families, friends, and/or neighbors.  Another idea from SAMHSA is to start with the PREVENTION PLEDGE.  Check it out at http://www.samhsa.gov/prevention/docs/PreventionPledge_09192012.pdf.  It’s easy and a simple way of sharing with others how important it is to make healthy choices.

PREVENTION WORKS!  Lastly, in local school survey data, 7th, 9th and 11th graders indicated they experience better grades and less alcohol, tobacco and other drug use when they have positive connections with caring adults.  It really doesn’t take a lot to make a huge difference for a young person.  But it does take adults being involved; reinforcing positive, life enriching choices.  Consider being one of these adults.  It can mean the world to a young person.

For more information on how to be involved contact SAMHSA or the Cherry Street Health Promotion office nearest you: Kent County -   or, Montcalm County – 989-831-4591, JohnKroneck@CherryHealth.com.

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Aug 02

Insights from a National Epidemic: The Medicine Abuse Project

On Thursday, September 5th, from 3:00 to 4:00 pm a webinar will be held on the topic of Prescription Drug Abuse prevention.  It will be held at the Mid-Michigan District Health Department in Stanton, MI.  YOU ARE INVITED!  For more information contact John Kroneck at 989-831-4591 or at JohnKroneck@CherryHealth.com.  Together we make a difference.

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Jul 25

Special Event and YOU are INVITED!

On Thursday September 12th, the national coalition academy, CADCA, is sending a trainer to talk about promoting grass roots involvement in coalitions.  Any who are interested are invited to attend.  Contact the Drug Free Montcalm (DFM) Coordinator,  Amy Buckingham, at 989-831-4591 or AmyBuckingham@CherryHealth.com.

The specific information used will be pertinent to Drug Free Montcalm, however, the dynamics presented are applicable to all coalitions.  Therefore, DFM is opening the training to all who are interested in learning how to work at the “grass roots” level.

Also, on Friday September 13th, the presenter will be working with those who are interested in more of the details.  That is, Thursday will be the overall concepts and Friday will be the implementation details related to the concepts.  People can choose to participate in one or both days.  Talk to Amy for more details.

Hope you can make it!

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Jun 20

Edmore Adds a Medication Drop Box …

 

Soon people living in the Edmore area will have a convenient location to bring unwanted and outdated medications for disposal.  The village police department is currently in the process of installing a Medication Drop Box at the Curtis Community Building.  This will be the 6th site in Montcalm County.  By dropping off unneeded and expired medications at a drop box, these medications will no longer be available to youth or others to be abused.  Nor, will these drugs end up in our water systems or land fills.  Therefore, when we use the Medication Drop Boxes, we are preventing substance abuse and protecting the environment.

THANK YOU!

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Jun 20

OVER 500 POUNDS!!!

 

WHEN THE MEDICATION DROP BOX PROGRAM WAS STARTED IN OCTOBER OF 2013, THE THINKING WAS THAT OUR TARGET FOR THE YEAR SHOULD BE COLLECTING 500 LBS OF MEDICATIONS.  IN LESS THAN FIVE MONTHS WE HAVE ALREADY SURPASSED 500 LBS  OF MEDICATIONS COLLECTED.

THIS MEDICATION IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE FOR ABUSE BY YOUTH.  IT IS ALSO NOT IN THE WATER SYSTEMS OR LANDFILLS.  BY TAKING UNNEEDED AND EXPIRED  MEDICATIONS TO ONE OF SIX MEDICATION DROP BOXES IN MONTCALM COUNTY, AN INDIVIDUAL IS PREVENTING SUBSTANCE ABUSE AND PROTECTING THE ENVIRONMENT.

THANK YOU!!!

THE SIX DROP BOX LOCATIONS ARE:

1) THE VILLAGE OF HOWARD CITY OFFICES

2) THE VILLAGE OF LAKEVIEW OFFICES

3) THE CURTIS BUILDING IN EDMORE

4) THE CITY OF CARSON CITY OFFICES

5) THE CITY OF GREENVILLE OFFICES

6) THE SHERIFF’S OFFICE IN STANTON

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Feb 27

100% SUCCESSFUL

DURING THE LAST COUPLE OF WEEKS IN FEBRUARY, MONTCALM PARTICIPATED IN A STATE WIDE SURVEY TO CHECK THE PERCENTAGE OF TOBACCO VENDORS WHO WOULD SELL TOBACCO TO MINORS.  OUR PART OF THE STATE SURVEY INCLUDED SEVEN SITES. 

FOR THE SIXTH YEAR IN A ROW, NONE OF THE STORES IN MONTCALM SOLD!!!!  THANK YOU BUSINESS OWNERS – KEEPING ACCESS OF TOBACCO FROM YOUTH HELPS SAVE LIVES.

ALSO, FOR THE FIRST TIME AS A REGION, NONE OF THE STORES SOLD IN THE SIX COUNTY AREA.  CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL!!!  AND THANK YOU EVERYONE FOR ALL THE WORK YOU DO TO INCREASE THE HEALTH AND WELLNESS IN OUR COMMUNITIES.

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Jan 22

NEW COALITION COORDINATOR

Drug Free Montcalm has a new coalition coordinator.  Amy Buckingham has signed on to serve the coalition and help us reach our goals — welcome Amy and thank you.  Amy has experience in substance abuse prevention as she served as the Ionia County Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator for five years.  She also has worked as the Ionia County AmeriCorps Program Director for five years.  As director of AmeriCorps she helped coordinate various activities with 100′s of community volunteers.  We are fortunate to have her talents and insights.

If you would like to wish Amy well and/or say hello, you can reach Amy at 989-831-4591 or AmyBuckingham@CherryHealth.com.

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