Watch a story of a Woodbury, MN family whose daughter died from a synthetic drug overdose, and now the parents want to raise awareness along with community stakeholders. This is a very informative and compelling feature, especially considering the proximity to our community.
I am excited to introduce myself as the Program Coordinator for the Winona County Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention (ASAP)! In addition, I’m thrilled to once again announce that our coalition has received $500,000+ of federal funding to address alcohol, tobacco, and other drug (ATOD) issues among youth, aged 12-17. You must know that volunteers before me have worked incredibly hard to make this possible, and we are all eager to see community-wide involvement to address these issues.
The Winona County ASAP began meeting in the summer of 2012—consisting of community volunteers from different sectors (e.g. law enforcement, treatment providers, policymakers etc.)—and I began attending coalition meetings in the fall of 2013 as a graduate student. I was studying Addiction Counseling through Winona State University, and obtained an internship experience at the Family & Children’s Center with the help of a coalition member. In the last 12 months, I completed my internship working with adolescents, and became a MN Licensed Alcohol & Drug Counselor (LADC). I am pleased to help our community learn about and address these issues, as many of us know at least one individual that has been affected by alcohol or other drug abuse.
Let’s make 2016 different!
Program Coordinator, Winona County Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention (ASAP)
619 Huff Street (Live Well Winona)
Winona, MN 55987
Throughout history, prevention programs have tried to scare teens away from using alcohol and other drugs. Our goal is not to scare you or make you feel judged but instead to facilitate an open conversation about the realities around alcohol and other drug abuse. Each month we will talk about the questions that local teens bring up. Below are some examples of topics we’ll cover:
- What are warning signs of harmful use?
- Who do I talk to if I think someone is using?
- What are the policies on alcohol?
- How does using affect my relationships?
- How can I make a positive difference?