Schuyler County Coalition on Underage Drinking and Drugs
Volume 3, Issue 1, October 2016
New SCCUDD Project Coordinator
Introducing our new SCCUDD Project Coordinator Casey Allen. Casey is from Dundee, NY. She graduated from SUNY Cortland with a BS in Health Education and from Keuka College with a MS in Childhood Education. Casey has been working as a public school teacher for the last 14 years. She is very excited to begin this new adventure working with SCCUDD.
Schuyler County Teens Hone Leadership Skills and Learn How to Prevent Substance Use at National Conference
Members of the Schuyler County Coalition on Underage Drinking and Drugs (SCCUDD), including three Schuyler County teens, attended CADCA’s (Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America) 2016 Mid-Year Training Institute. At the week-long training, participants learned how to address one of the biggest public health challenges facing the country – youth drug use.
The Schuyler County teens who attended the training took part in the Advanced National Youth Leadership Initiative. While there, they learned about leadership and substance use prevention. Kelsey Kernan, a teen from the Watkins Glen Central School District said about the training that “you have to take in everything you can learn from it”.
Amber Updike, another student from the Watkins Glen Central School District agreed, “I learned a lot at the Mid-Year Training Institute. I can’t wait to return home to implement the drug use prevention strategies I learned.”
Nearly 200 youth took part in the National Youth Leadership Initiative at CADCA’s Mid-Year Training Institute. “It was really eye-opening to see youth from around the country come together around one cause,” shared Kassandra Snyder, a recent graduate from the Odessa-Montour Central School District. “It was really empowering and I learned a lot about leadership and advocacy”.
From left to right: Amber Updike, Kassandra Snyder, Kelsey Kernan
Changes to the meeting structure were approved at the September 20th Coalition Meeting. Starting in 2017, all subcommittees will be meeting during the Coalition meetings. The full group will convene, then break into subcommittees, then gather again to report out and have further discussion.
The Coalition also voted to remove Marijuana from the Action Plan and replace it with Prescription Pain Relievers and Heroin. The Coalition felt that this change in focus made sense considering recent events in the community and the far reaching impact of the Opioid Epidemic nationwide.
Saturday, October 22, 2016 is National Drug Take Back Day sponsored by the Schuyler County Sheriff's Department. There will be two collections sites: Odessa and Tyrone Fire Departments. Collection times are from 10am until 2pm.
Shining Star Recognition Award
In July, SCCUDD decided to present a Shining Star Recognition Award to the Glen Mountain Market. They received this award due to their commitment to the community.
Their coffee sleeves (shown below) showed their interest in improving the health of children and teens in Schuyler County. For this reason, SCCUDD has chosen the Glen Mountain Market as a Shining Star Recognition Award recipient.
On behalf of the Schuyler County Coalition on Underage Drinking and Drugs (SCCUDD) Executive Board, staff, and volunteers, we thank the Glen Mountain Market for their efforts in making the community a healthier and safer place.
Meet a Member Get to know the people in SCCUDD
Name:Sarah Robbins Occupation:Southern Tier Tobacco Awareness Coalition Community Engagement Coordinator and Chemung County Health Department Public Health Educator Why did you decide to join SCCUDD:I am passionate about improving the health and wellness of our communities and our youth have the power to help us make a real difference. Hobbies:During my free time I try to enjoy the outdoors any way that I can, spend time with family and friends, and read. Favorite Food:Chicken and biscuits Do you have any pets:I have a 15 year old cat named Maggy. What is one interesting thing people should know about you?Hmmm, this is a hard one. Well, I come from an aeronautical family and am very comfortable flying in helicopters and planes of all sizes. Family reunions are held at a family airstrip in Pennsylvania. I’ve taken one flight lesson and hope to someday fulfill a bucket list goal of obtaining my pilots license.
SCCUDD Youth Selected to Participate in National Over-the-Counter Medicine Safety Pilot Program
STAND, SCCUDD’s youth subcommittee, is proud to announce that SCCUDD is one of a select few coalitions nationwide that has been offered the opportunity to participate in the Medicine Safety Youth Educators pilot program in partnership with Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America, the American Association of Poison Control Centers, and Scholastic. Research has shown that youth begin to self-medicate around the age of 11. By the age of 16, about 90% of youth report self-administering over-the-counter (OTC) medications. If not equipped with the proper knowledge, mistakes can happen. Over half of all cases managed by America’s poison centers for children ages 6-19 involve medication errors and misuse.
As part of the Medicine Safety pilot program, local youth Amber Updike and Kelsey Kernan were trained this summer to be peer leaders for the OTC Medicine Safety Program while attending CADCA’s Mid-Year Training Institute. The girls now look forward to spending time this fall educating their Schuyler County peers with support from their adult advisor. It is the hope of both girls that, while teaching youth about OTC medicine safety, the Medicine Safety Program will have the greater impact of “helping our community by preventing any future addiction to prescription drugs”.
The OTC Medicine Safety Program is a comprehensive, evidence-based program for 5th and 6th grade students with take-home materials and resources for both the students’ educators and parents. It is based on the concept that earlier education for children on safe OTC medicine use will increase the probability that they will practice safe medicine-taking behaviors later on. By the end of the course youth will be familiar with Drug Facts labels, be able to identify safe storage strategies, and understand the importance of proper dosage measurements. The program places special emphasis on the message that youth should only take OTC medications with the permission and supervision of parents or guardians.
For more information on the OTC Medicine Safety Program please contact SCCUDD’s school liaison, Kali Beilman-Martin, at (607) 962-8459 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday, November 14, 2016 Fall Planning Retreat from 3-5pm
at the Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel (RSVP Required)
Tuesday, January 17, 2017 Coalition Meeting from 3-4:30pm
at the Shared Services Building Conference Room