Substance Abuse Coalition of Kanabec County (SACK) Drug Free Communities Grantee since 2010

In year two of the DFC grant, the Substance Abuse Coalition of Kanabec County (SACK) is working on strategies to reduce prescription drug abuse, particularly opioids.
A project is currently being conducted to educate and train all Public Health, and Social Services staff to use an adapted 5 A’s model of Ask/Assess, Advise/Agree, Assist/Arrange, to screen clients for use/abuse of prescription opioids, alcohol, and other drugs, assess client’s degree of risk and readiness for change, offer education, brief intervention, and referrals to prevent, reduce, and intervene on actual or potential prescription opioid/substance abuse. Data will be gathered and analyzed assessing for changes in knowledge and attitudes and outcome measures on the number of screenings preformed. The project will be measured from March 1- June 30, 2011. Data analysis and sustainability will be addressed beginning in July 2011.

Our local hospital and clinic are participating providers in the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program. In addition, this year our community will be participating in the National Drug Take Back Day on April 30, 2011 through the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

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