Members of the Alliance for a Drug-Free Owensboro-Daviess County are working to create a 2019 strategic plan that may embody particular efforts to handle a wide range of substance abuse points.
The company creates a strategic plan yearly. Final yr, for instance, a serious objective of the alliance was to advocate for a needle trade program for intravenous drug customers within the county. A needle trade program opened on the county Neighborhood Well being Middle on Breckenridge Road earlier this month.
Up to now, the group has additionally advocated for including digital cigarettes to the countywide smoking ordinance and has held a number of seminars on opioid abuse.
Dianne McFarling, director at RiverValley Regional Prevention Middle, stated the group members have been involved in taking extra in-depth seems to be at how sure substance abuses have an effect on the area, and has fashioned a number of small subgroups to review tobacco use, alcohol use, methamphetamine dependancy, prescription drug abuse and marijuana use, McFarling stated.
“It is a course of we observe on an annual foundation,” she stated. “We have a look at the place we have been.”
The company has labored on every of the problems previously. However the subgroups will research and acquire info on every subject in depth and current findings to your entire Alliance board.
“The consensus was the group wished to do one thing particular on these specific substances,” McFarling stated.
The teams had a big deal with opioid abuse in recent times. “Or opioid (effort) has been pushed by state and nationwide knowledge,” McFarling stated. “Now we have to control what’s occurring there, however we notice we’ve these different issues as nicely.
“Proper now, we’re taking a look at strategic issues we are able to do sooner or later,” McFarling stated.
The Alliance will set strategic targets after the 5 subgroups end their analysis, McFarling stated.
“I do not suppose we’re to the purpose of getting these smaller targets but,” she stated, and the subgroups are nonetheless “figuring out the necessity” they see in every space.
“We’re the Alliance .. so our large objective is to lower (the usage of) substances which can be detrimental to group members,” McFarling stated. “We have not modified our focus, we’re nonetheless dedicated to prevention, therapy and restoration. We’re simply looking for a extra targeted manner” to handle every space.