011416 Coalition Notes

Kim Crowder, Kingsport Family Recovery Associates, talked about the recovery process as practiced at their clinic. From several assessments performed by different staff members, a plan of treatment, weekly visits, comprehensive urine analysis, group sessions, long term relationships with staff; to training required of staff and turning away patients who are not ready to participate in their own recovery; Kim acknowledged that different treatments are needed by different patients and some need medication to maintain their sobriety. She recognizes that pill mills do exist in Sullivan County, but believes more treatment options are needed. From abstinence to medication assisted treatment, people deserve support from the recovery that works for them.

Sullivan East HOSA students presented information about their anti-tobacco activities. They are currently surveying students about cigarette, tobacco and e-cigarette use, distributing pledge forms to either not use or to quit (with a random drawing for prizes), and have created posters placed throughout the schools to bring attention to their cause.

Keddrain Bowen, Appville 101, presented the new SCAD Coalition app that his company has developed for the Coalition. The app will give coalition and community members an opportunity to provide information about activities in the community and a way for the coalition to send important information to app users.

The app is available in the Google Play Store and on iTunes.
Prescription Drug Abuse Work Group

Present: Linda Brittenham, Patricia Dean, Leslie Earhart, Mark Stevans and Alice McCaffrey

The PDA-WG reviewed the notes from the December 16 meeting, noting the Count It, Lock It, Drop It activities within Sullivan County and the region. Then a "Safe Medication Practices for Life Medication Disposal Grant Program  was reviewed for feasibility and other ideas that could be implemented in addition to our current strategies.

A new product called Deterra was discussed as a possible safe home disposal practice. These pouches deactivate prescription drugs, rendering them ineffective for abuse and safe for the environment. Although the new grant would not cover the cost of these pouches, it could cover the media campaign to get the word out.

Following an in-depth discussion about the grant and new opportunities for getting the message of lowering the risk of addiction through safe storage and disposal, the group recommended looking into getting the product for distribution with our other strategies and writing a proposal for the grant which might help get the message out.