WCPC went dashing through December with all of our prevention work!
WCPC prevention staff accomplished many goals. One of the coalition’s goals has been to have representatives from the faith-based sector be members of the coalition. Aimee met with a local pastor who expressed interest in becoming a member of the coalition and playing an active role in the organization.
Additionally, another goal of the coalition has been to increase compliance checks in Weakley County.
In December, Aimee along with two minors and an officer from DPD conducted compliance checks in Dresden. Out of the eight businesses checked, four failed compliance checks which resulted in a $500 fine and 6 months’ probation.
A Christmas celebration was held by Cannon for youth coalition students who attend the Enrichment Academy to reward them for their hard work during the semester and to get them excited about the next semester.
We also conducted a social media challenge on underage drinking using a Christmas card campaign at all Weakley County high schools. Our winner was Baylah Petit! Additionally , WCPC released our holiday special featuring the Grinch himself for our youth led Five Facts Series. It covered prescription drug disposal and medicine security.
Lastly, coalition staff have been staying busy with many community meetings, substance-related trainings, media branding and more. 2020 is behind us now and we hope to make 2021 the best it can be and drug free!
Chris is continuing to partner with the Regional Housing Facilitator for West TN to create permanent housing for individuals in recovery. Currently, he is working with Tennessee Homeless Solutions in establishing housing for individuals that complete the treatment process.
Additionally, Chris is continuing his essential recovery services during these high- risks times for relapses and addiction development. Chris has remained essential to providing safety and security to those in the treatment process.
Our Regional Overdose Prevention Specialist (ROPS), Melesa Lassiter, continues meeting families where they are and doing Narcan trainings in her 9 counties. She also shared that there is a possibility that we will see another increase in overdoses as the second round of stimulus checks are issued based on data from the state. As a member, we ask that you spread the word on the importance of carrying Narcan (naloxone), as it could save a life.