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SUBSTANCE ABUSE: FROM PROBLEMS TO SOLUTIONS OPERATION: MEDICINE CABINET Detective Gregg Mehling Lorain County Drug Task Force Nancy Pommerening Drug Awareness.

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1 SUBSTANCE ABUSE: FROM PROBLEMS TO SOLUTIONS OPERATION: MEDICINE CABINET Detective Gregg Mehling Lorain County Drug Task Force Nancy Pommerening Drug Awareness & Prevention Inc.

2 FROM TEACHER …

3 WITH A STUDENT AT-RISK…

4 …TO A PREVENTION SPECIALIST Our mission is to lessen the demand for illicit drugs through education and prevention strategies.

5 DRUG ABUSE $193 BILLION A YEAR IN THE U.S.A. Societal Costs Courts, Jails, Police Dangerous streets Child neglect Domestic violence Lost Productivity Medical Costs Emergency Room Overdose Rehab treatment

6 DRUG ABUSE IN THE WORK PLACE INDUSTRY COSTS: $165 BILLION A YEAR IN THE U.S.A. Source: The Drug Testing Network ABSENTEEISM ACCIDENTS THEFT HEALTH CARE INCREASED WORKERS’ COMP LOSS OF PRODUCTIVITY

7 IN THE WORK PLACE 84% Employers who drug tested new hires 39% Randomly tested employees who were hired 73% Tested workers when drug use was suspected 58% Required testing after accidents on the job survey - Society for Human Resource Management

8 FUTURE EMPLOYEES YOUTH RISK BEHAVIOR SURVEY YRSB 2012

9 YRSB 2012 MARIJUANA PERCEIVED RISK

10 MARIJUANA BRAIN IMAGES 18 YEAR-OLD USE: 4X WEEKLY FOR 3 YEARS NIDA – SECT SCAN

11 YRSB 2012 RX, OTC, ILLICIT

12 LORAIN COUNTY

13 SOLUTIONS: WHAT WORKS IN PREVENTION? SAMHCSAP - Key strategies: 1. Information Dissemination 2. Prevention Education 3. Alternatives 4. Community-based Process 5. Problem I.D. and Referral 6. Environmental Strategies

14 ENVIRONMENTAL STRATEGIES

15 AVON LAKE COLLECTION

16 PREVENTION EDUCATION Preventing Drug Abuse in Children and Adolescents In School If possible, school-based prevention programs should be integrated into the school’s academic program…* * Preventing Drug Abuse among Children and Adolescents U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health

17 BRAIN POWER BY THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON DRUG ABUSE * Multi-Media * K-12 Science Curriculum

18 BRAIN POWER CURRICULUM

19 ORC Chapter 123:1-76 Drug-Free Workplace Program

20 LEGISLATION – OHIO GENERAL ASSEMBLY House Bill 193 (Pill Mills) Senate Bill 57 (Naloxone) House Bill 153 (Marijuana)

21 QUESTIONS? COMMENTS?

22 CONTACT INFORMATION Nancy Pommerening 4320 Payne Avenue Cleveland, OH Phone: Website:

23 CONTACT INFORMATION Detective Gregg Mehling 9896 Murray Ridge Road Elyria, Oh 4035 Phone: Website:


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