GAPP notes successful Drug Take Back Day

greater augusta prevention partners.cdrGreater Augusta Prevention Partners applauds the Waynesboro Police Department for collecting 559.6 pounds of old or unwanted pharmaceuticals on national Drug Take Back Day this past Sept. 26.  This is the most ever collected by the Police Department at a single event.

Not only was this the biggest collection of unwanted prescription drugs by the Waynesboro Police, but the department ranked second in their district, following Albemarle County, for the most prescription drugs collected.  More astonishing is the fact that the Waynesboro Police Department ranked 10th in the State regardless of population for the most prescription drugs collected.

The amount of drugs collected is not a representation of the availability of prescription drugs in our community but rather a representation of the prevention work done by Waynesboro Police.  Too often the positive prevention work done by the Police Department is lost among the headline news of criminal activity.

In President Barack Obama’s weekly address for September 26, he states why Drug Take Back Day is so important. “Here’s why this matters.  More Americans now die every year from drug overdoses than they do in car crashes.  And most of those deaths aren’t due to drugs like cocaine or heroin – but rather prescription drugs.  In 2013 alone, overdoses from prescription pain medications killed more than 16,000 Americans.  And most young people who begin misusing prescription drugs don’t buy them in some dark alley – they get them from the medicine cabinet.”

Promotion of the event, collaboration with Greater Augusta Prevention Partners, and volunteers made this event a success.  Flyers, Facebook postings, and email alerts were used to educate the public about the event.  For more information on GAPP visit valleyprevention.com or contact Keri Jones at the Office on Youth at 540-332-3806.


Let’s be the Influence to be focus of town hall meeting on underage drinking

greater augusta prevention partners.cdrGreater Augusta Prevention Partners and the Central Shenandoah Valley Office on Youth are hosting a town hall meeting on underage drinking that will be held on Thursday, Aug. 20, at Wilson Middle School.

Speakers at the town hall meeting include Anne F. Reed, a local juvenile justice attorney, Derek Almarode from the Augusta County Sheriff’s office, and more.

The event, part of the Let’s be the Influence campaign from GAPP and the Office on Youth, is scheduled for 6-8 p.m. The public is invited.

The town hall meeting is aimed at bringing the community together around the issue of underage drinking. Participants can learn about what is being done about underage drinking and the pressures youth face to drink.

Light dinner served at 5:30 p.m. Childcare and children’s activities provided.

More online at ValleyPrevention.com.

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AFP: GAPP campaign featured in magazine

The Let’s be the Influence campaign launched by the Greater Augusta Prevention Partners has a story in Augusta Free Press: The Magazine. The underage drinking campaign is included as a feature story and has an in-kind ad on the back cover.

View the magazine online now.


Let’s be the Influence campaign in Chamber newsletter

The Greater Augusta Chamber of Commerce featured the Let’s be the Influence campaign in their Weekly Newsletter Tuesday.

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Let’s be the Influence campaign setting up at Augusta County Fair this week

greater augusta prevention partners.cdrGreater Augusta Prevention Partners will be promoting the Let’s be the Influence anti-underage drinking campaign at the Augusta County Fair in Fishersville the week of Aug. 4-8.

The month-long campaign began August 1.

GAPP and the Office on Youth will have a booth at the Augusta County Fair in the Exhibit Hall with staffers on hand to discuss the importance of parents engaging their children and teens on the dangers of underage drinking.

More online at ValleyPrevention.com.


Let’s be the Influence campaign participating in National Night Out

greater augusta prevention partners.cdrGreater Augusta Prevention Partners and the Central Shenandoah Valley Office on Youth will be promoting their Let’s be the Influence anti-underage drinking campaign in the National Night Out event scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 4, in the Target parking lot on Town Center Drive in Waynesboro.

The Let’s be the Influence campaign is aimed at encouraging parents to talk to children and teens about the dangers of underage drinking. The GAPP Coalition is engaging the local community in a month-long campaign to highlight the influence that parents can have on youths to prevent underage drinking.

More online at ValleyPrevention.com.

The local National Night Out event is being organized by the Waynesboro Police Department, Staunton Police Department, Augusta County Sheriff’s Departent and Target.

The event runs from 6-8 p.m., rain or shine.

National Night Out highlights Law enforcement demos and exhibits, child fingerprinting, library exhitis, child safety seat checks, food for sale, fire and rescue exhibits, blood drive, K-9, pet adoptions, drug take back and more.

The local event also features a live performance of the National Anthem by the Faithful Men and a special appearance by AirCare 5.

 

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News Virginian: Area campaign to prevent underage drinking launched

News Virginian reporter Bob Stuart writes about the regional campaign aimed at getting parents to discuss underage drinking with their teenage children.

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AFP: GAPP campaign aims to engage parents to prevent underage drinking

AugustaFreePress.com reports on the Let’s be the Influence campaign launch held on July 31, 2015 at City Hall in Waynesboro.

Get the full report here.


Let’s be the Influence campaign featured on local podcast

AugustaFreePress.com editors Chris and Crystal Graham discuss the Let’s be the Influence campaign and the Greater Augusta Prevention Partners at the top of their news podcast. Recorded on July 30, 2015.

 

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NBC29: Augusta Co. Working to Fight Underage Drinking

NBC29 WVIR Charlottesville, VA News, Sports and Weather

NBC29 featured the Greater Augusta Prevention Partners and the Let’s be the Influence launch on their newscast. NBC29’s Tara Todd filed this report on the underage drinking prevention campaign running in August in Waynesboro, Staunton and Augusta County.

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