November 16, 2017

Channel 9 WCPO featured Boone County Alliance to kick off red ribbon week. The week included a trip to the zoo and a scavenger hunt as part of a unique way to discourage drug abuse. BCA chair, coordinator, and 2 BCHS students were interviewed for the story. Watch the interview here.


The Acting National Czar visited for the community’s drug take back event. The Cecil Whig highlighted the event that allowed residents to safely discard unwanted or expired prescription medications. Read more here. Also, Civic Representative, Lorri Irrgang, of the DFC writes a monthly article in the Cecil Whig concerning substance abuse. See this month’s article here.


The coalition was featured in several area newspapers for their Red Ribbon Week proclamation and school activities.



The Bellefontaine Examiner wrote an article about Healthy Habits CHOICE labeling and quick tips in locally owned grocery stores. Logan County CAP installed signage in area stores to promote healthier food choices for consumers. Read the full article here.


The Mitchell News-Journal highlighted the Mitchell-Yancey Substance Abuse Task Force’s Red Ribbon week activities and Drug Take Back Day. They hosted a Y2Y speaker for Red Ribbon Week. Read about the speaker here.


The Mercer Council hosted a Knock Out Opioid Abuse town hall meeting highlighting the Coalition, prosecutor’s office, the health care partners, and recovery partners involved in reducing opioid deaths. The opioid epidemic is real, and it is here, and Mercer County is responding. Read more about their efforts here.


Northern Orange Partnership was featured in the guest column in News of Orange. The column focused on best practices for alcohol sales at community events. They will also be launching a Lock Your Meds campaign in conjunction with a local high school.


The Daily Freeman Journal ran an article to share Iowa Youth Survey data about the mental health needs of county youth. The coalition believes that a mentorship program is a possible preventive solution to their problem.


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Photo Credits (in order of appearance): WCPO Cincinnati, Cecil Whig,, Bellefontaine Examiner