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Local group aims to prevent youth substance abuse (Audio included)

The Prevention and Education Committee of the Coalition for Opiate Relief Efforts (CORE) is working to delay the onset of youth substance abuse.

The group hopes to prevent youth substance abuse by increasing the disposal of unused or expired prescription drugs. The group also hopes to increase the level of developmental assets for kids because research shows that more assets give children a better chance of making better choices.

The committee has teamed up with Mary Rutan Hospital and the Bellefontaine Police Department as part of the National Drug Take Back Day on October 28th. The local event will be from 11 am to 1 pm. Bring any unused or expired prescription medications to the canopy in front of Mary Rutan Hospital and a Bellefontaine Police Officer will dispose of the medication. No liquids or inhalers will be accepted.

Two drop boxes are provided in Logan County to dispose of unwanted prescription drugs throughout the year. One is located in the lobby of the Logan County Sheriff's Office and can be accessed 24/7. The other box in is the Russells Point Municipal Building. It can be reached from the hours of 9 am to 4 pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.

A youth council is also being developed by the committee. Letting kids have a say can be very impactful on keeping them away from drugs. The group has accepted 30 applications for the youth council. The kids range from grades five to twelve and are from the county schools. The goal is to help them learn to recognize and fix social issues within the community.

The committee conducts a study on the county’s eighth, tenth, and twelfth graders every two years. The last study was conducted in 2016. The results showed that 25 percent of students tested had consumed alcohol in the past 30 days; the next prominent drug was marijuana. In regards to opiates and other drugs the study showed that five percent of twelfth graders tested positive.

The prevention and education committee is only one part of CORE. The organization began in 2012 and is using many different approaches to counter the opiate issue facing the community.

The committee meets each month on the 3rd Wednesday afternoon at the mental health board at 3:30.

CORE meets quarterly on the second Wednesday of October (October 11th), January, April, and July at 5 pm.

Committee Co-Chair Stacey Logwood and CORE Co-Chair Tammy Nicholl discuss the group.

The Prevention and Education Committee of CORE is the October recipient of the Community Spotlight Grant sponsored by Liberty National Bank and Logan Dental Care.

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