What does the coalition do? — The mission statement says it best: “A coalition promoting responsible behaviors to reduce/prevent substance abuse and other risky activities among youth/adults in Grant County”. Look at our “Who we Are” page for more information.
What kind of drugs are in our area right now? — Read this statement shared by Boscobel Cheif of Police, Todd Stenner: “Drugs commonly used in our community are marijuana, K2, Adderal, Ritalin, Morphine, Oxycodone, Hyrodcodone, Oxycotin, Heroin, Methadone, Suboxin, Cocaine/Crack Cocaine, Crystal Meth/ Methamphetamines, Ecstasy/Amphetamines, and Anti-Anxiety and Anti-Depressants…The police department has investigated 4 drug overdoses in the past 14 months. Those overdoses consisted of use with Fentanyl patches, K2, and Morphine. ” This type of drug use in spread throughout our county.
What can I do to help? We are always looking for volunteers. Here are some ideas:
- Prepare float/signs and/or march in area parades to get the “word out” about substance abuse and other risky behavior issues.
- Help prepare/implement the daylong PLUNGE event, which shows first-hand the dangers of Underage Drinking. (Involves mock crash, EMT/hospital ER, funeral home, and a mock trial at the court house in Lancaster as well as powerful speakers.)
- 3. Work with youth to prevent/reduce substance abuse and other risky behaviors through:
The summer 2 ½ day Youth Leadership Conference (YLC) at Bethel Horizons Retreat Center.
Help youth implement their YLC action plans in their schools/communities.
Help with classroom presentations during the school year.
Help chaperone the Grant County Fair Teen Dance.
Help Riverway Communities of Hope (coalition member/partner) to prepare/implement Early Release programs for elementary/middle school youth in Muscoda.
Assist with the Teen Court program – See also #11.
- Use graphic arts skills to create coalition newsletter, flyers, posters, and website announcements of coalition activities and events.
- Help update the coalition website calendar of events and other info on the coalition website.
- Update/communicate with coalition members/partners via Face Book.
- Prepare displays and “man” the coalition booth at a variety of community events to distribute information.
- Help the coalition do research on the latest drug trends and marketing to help target our services.
- Help meet with legislators and other community leaders to educate them on the importance of policies, etc. to improve the health and safety of our communities.
- Be trained to conduct alcohol and tobacco compliance checks with law enforcement to curb access of these products to minors.
- Assist with the Teen Court program to help high school youth assign consequences to youth offenders, ages 10 – 18 years. (Youth are more inclined to be impacted by their younger peers than they are with adult interventions.)
If interested in an internship or volunteering for any of the above activities (or others) with the S.A.F.E. Grant County Coalition, please contact Kathy Marty, Projects Director, at (608) 723-6416 at the Grant County Health Department.
I know someone that’s using drugs. Where can I send them for help?
Call 211 and they can find help for free. The call center simply needs to know your location so they can find nearby services. Visit http://www.211wisconsin.org.
Consult Teen Challenge. Even though the name implies they only work with teens, this is not the case. They work with adults and teens struggling with life-controlling addictions.