October 26, 2017

WTOL News 11 interviewed AWAKE executive director, Amy Barrett and the Deputy Chief for Whitehouse Police, Todd Kitzler, about the new drug tip line and resource app. By texting or calling, community members can leave anonymous tips about drug abuse, drug trafficking, or even information on someone struggling with addiction. Read more about the tipline here. AWAKE’s new resources were also featured in The Mirror Newspaper. Read the full article here.


Drug Free Cecil was recognized in the Cecil Whig for their collaborations with local schools. This school year, Cecil College and Cecil County Public Schools will introduce new lessons and new resources specifically aimed at addressing the opioid epidemic. The Cecil County Public Schools Superintendent stated in the article that the partnerships with the Cecil County Drug Free Communities Coalition and other community organizations are essential as both the CCPS and Cecil College look to reach students in a variety of ways in many different settings. Read more here.


The Times (Trenton, NJ) wrote an article promoting Mercer Council’s 2017 International Overdose Awareness day event, a candlelight vigil.  An NJ Advance Media analysis found statewide drug overdose deaths likely topped 2,000 in 2016 which is the highest ever recorded in New Jersey. The event also had recovery resources and a prescription drug drop box available. Read more about the event here.


KQWC radio and The Daily Freeman Journal featured Power Up Youth’s efforts to proclaim September as National Recovery Month. From now on, September will serve as a time for their community to celebrate recovery and the efforts people have put into their recovery. Read the full article here.


The Swanton Enterprise highlighted the “Campus is Tobacco Free” campaign and promoted SACC’s 5th Quarter Event. At 5th Quarter, all Swanton High School students are invited to join SACC for a fun filled, substance-free night with great food after football games. See the article here.




The Steuben Courier Advocate wrote a front page article highlighting the recent town hall meeting held. There are high levels of underage drinking in Steuben County so professionals and parents met to discuss how to tackle this problem. Read more here (pg 1).




Van Buren County SAFE Coalition had an article in the newspaper explaining the Life Skills Curriculum and what is happening with it this year at the VBCSD Middle School. The coalition also had articles in the newspaper about marijuana concentrates and THC and its dangers, and about their work at the NPN Conference.



Winona Daily News wrote an article featuring Winona ASAP’s HIPS exhibit and about general ATOD use and the prevention efforts of the coalition. In the article, Winona ASAP’s Program Coordinator, Phil Huerta, stresses the importance of collaboration in prevention. Read more here. Winona Daily News also published an article providing information about prescription drug abuse and the new drop box installed. Read about the new dropbox here.


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Photo Credits (in order of appearance): The Mirror Newspaper, Cecil Whig, The Times (Trenton, NJ), Winona Daily News