Building Community Support for Law Enforcement April 10-12, 2012 Walt Disney World Swan Resort
Accepted Learning Objectives:1. Outline drug abuse prevention and intervention strategies relevant to all communities.2. Describe the creation and implementation of community education kits as an effective means of engaging multiple stakeholders.3. Explain opportunities for law enforcement officials to enlist community partners in developing education and prevention strategies.
Disclosure StatementAll presenters for this session, Officer CullyDesmond, Rebecca Heuser, Mike Mayerand Dan Smoot have disclosed no relevant,real or apparent personal or professionalfinancial relationships
Building Community Supportfor Law Enforcement – Mike Mayer• Ozaukee County Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drug (ATOD) Prevention Consortium, coordinated by Starting Point of Ozaukee County, was created to oversee ATOD prevention and early intervention programs and activities in Ozaukee County, WI.• Membership consists of representatives from: business, clergy, medical, law enforcement, youth organization, human services, public health, parent networks, recovering community, all five school districts, university extension, media and community volunteers.
Building Community Supportfor Law Enforcement – Mike Mayer • Address the growing public health problem of prescription drug abuse in Ozaukee County, WI. • In Ozaukee County, 13% of sixth to twelfth graders indicated in a recent survey (2010-11) having tried pharmaceuticals in the last year.
Building Community Supportfor Law Enforcement – Mike Mayer • Using a Drug Free Communities Support Program grant from SAMSHA, the ATOD purchased six MedReturn Drug Collection Units for placement in various law enforcement agencies throughout Ozaukee County, WI. • Locations include police departments in Mequon, Thiensville, Port Washington, Saukville and Grafton. The Ozaukee County Sheriff’s Department also has a unit.• Named the OzMed Drop Project, this program offers year round prescription drug collection through local law enforcement agencies for the convenience of their residents and their health and safety, especially the youth in the community.• Drugs collected are monitored and appropriately disposed of by each collaborating law enforcement agency.
Building Community Supportfor Law Enforcement – Mike Mayer“We are grateful for the enthusiasm and cooperation the public and our communitypolice departments have demonstrated for the OzMedDrop Project. It has exceededall expectations. We feel confident that this ongoing effort will reduce risks for ouryouth and our environment.” Gail J. Bruss, Ozaukee County (WI) ATOD Prevention Consortium
Building Community Supportfor Law Enforcement – Mike Mayer“As the commander of the Ozaukee County Sheriff’sDepartment’s Anti Drug Task Force I have found that the abuseof prescription medications has become one of the top twodrug abuse problems in Ozaukee County. Prescription drugabuse is often a precursor to heroin abuse. The deadlycombination of prescription medication and heroin overdosesare destroying the lives and families of too many OzaukeeCounty residents.The program effectively allows families an environmentalfriendly option in disposing of unused medications in a timelyfashion. It assures that family members, friends or other guestwho may be an addict don’t have an opportunity to get theirhands on unused prescription medications.From my perspective if the take back program can preventeven one tragic overdose death then it will have been worth it.” Lt. Rodney Galbraith, Ozaukee County (WI) Sheriffs Department, Detective Bureau/Drug Unit
Building Community Supportfor Law Enforcement – Mike MayerOther county-wide programs:Bucks County, PA“This will certainly help get rid of unused and expired prescriptionsand put them out of reach of young people. However we hope thiseffort is duplicated throughout the region so even more people canafford themselves of the opportunity to properly dispose of theseprescriptions on any given day.” Lee Rush, Community Organizer, Upper Bucks Healthy Communities Healthy Youth Coalition, Bucks County, PA Bucks County, PAKennebec County, MEPrescription drug drop boxes have been placed in 12 locations throughout KennebecCounty to properly dispose of unwanted and unused prescription drugs. "Prescription drugs have been a big issue, and there have not been any permanent ways for people to get rid of them. Consequently ... people keep them in their cabinets where theyre accessible to people who shouldnt get them." Nancy Findlan, prevention director for Greater Waterville (ME) Communities (from Portland Press Herald)Norfolk County, MAMedReturn Drug Collection Units are available for residents to dropoff unwanted medications throughout Norfolk County, MA PoliceDepartments. Norfolk County, MA
Building Community Supportfor Law Enforcement – Mike MayerMedReturn Drug Collection Units located in Florida: Dade City Ocala Unit purchased by Dade City Police Department and the Pasco County Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention (ASAP). Delray Beach Winter Park Chrissie Parris, Coalition Coordinator of ASAP, believes that it is imperative to do everything possible to change the devastating Live Oak reality of the number of deaths associated with prescription drugs. West Palm Beach - 10 units Inverness Boca Raton Palm Springs Lake Mary Oviedo Altamonte Springs New Port Richey Dade City, FL Fort Lauderdale Police Chief Oviedo Ray Velboom & Chrissie Parris Tarpon Springs of ASAP Fernandina Beach