WCPC has been working hard to continue our prevention efforts
during the month of November!
In November, our Martin Enrichment Academy youth coalition met to discuss prescription medicine safety and how to prevent abuse and overdoses. WCPC partnered with Healthy Hawks at UTM on a Great American Smokeout Booth in the campus UC building. We presented the dangers of tobacco and cigarettes to over 200 participants that stopped by on November 19th! The local boy scouts chapter completed their MedWise Prescription Medicine Safety Training and 12 scouts received their MedWise patch and honors!
Additionally, we released episode 2 of our youth coalition coordinated Five Facts Series. It covered prescription drug abuse and medication safety. We appreciate your support for our videos which help keep us connected when we cannot present in person!
Our winter update for the prevention monitors has increased the total number of prevention messages to over 75 unique infographics, announcements and even memes! These prevention messages stream to the students of all Weakley County middle and high schools and have been well received by school staff members and student bodies. We are proud of our accomplishments and work as a difficult 2020 draws to a close.
Chris is continuing to partner with the Regional Housing Facilitator for West TN to create permanent housing for individuals in recovery. Chris is also currently working with Tennessee Homeless Solutions in establishing housing for individuals that complete the treatment process. Chris is continuing his essential recovery services during these high-risks times for relapses and addiction development.
The ROPS was able to help behind the scenes on the National Rural Health Day Meetings. Each event went off with great success and we were able to cover many needed topics. Melesa was able to partner with the TN Department of Health and is finding some other speakers in specific areas of need. Some of the presentation titles she assisted were the following: We Need the Outdoors Now More Than Ever, Tennessee Tobacco QuitLine & Rural Health, Community Spotlight Panel Youth Engagement in Carter County: Meeting Them Where They Are, and 12 others.