Somerset Coalition May – June 2016 Outcomes
Alcohol: Essay contest winners awarded at May Freeholders meeting. Incorporated perception questions on alcohol survey; surveys are now distributed at bi-monthly IDRC sessions. Purpose of these survey questions is to gather data about adult perception on underage drinking.
Prescription Drugs/Illicit Drugs: Met with Somerset County Prosecutor and RWJUH - Somerset about distributing START packets through ER Department.
Marijuana/Tobacco: Social norms poster created for RVCC showing that the vast majority of RVCC students don't use marijuana. Flyers clearly displaying RVCC tobacco policy (including vaping) were posted around campus.
CADCA National Youth Leadership Initiative (NYLI):Presented by CADCA for high school youth from Hunterdon and Somerset counties. 75 Somerset youth attended 2-day training. The purpose of this training was to engage youth, using the SPF model, and have them assess their community/school to identify local drugs/alcohol and where/when/how they are being abused. This event also helped to build capacity of the YC and to give youth a voice.
Youth Coalition (YC): Administered 50 Rx Drop Box surveys at Bernards Township Charter Day; a separate survey was made for underage teens. Five (5) of our YC members attended the NYLI; 28 teens signed up to join the YC after attending the NYLI. Members attended Montgomery fireworks event; 29 Rx Drop Box surveys were completed.
HOPE Club: Eight (8) RVCC (2 of whom are HOPE Club members) students attended 3-day NJ Peer Institute held at TCNJ and received peer leadership training. All passed the Certified Peer Educators exam and received their certificates.
Marketing and Public Relations: Rack cards printed, to be used in lieu of Coalition brochures. Coalition mentioned in article on NYLI. 336 Likes on Facebook (increased by 16 since April). Our Instagram page now has 261 Followers.
Rx Boxes: A total of 1228 lbs. of medications were collected throughout Somerset County:
- Somerset County Sheriff collected 272 lbs. at the Somerville Rx box location; an additional 292 lbs. was collected from senior centers and at various Rx Drive-Thru Medicine Drop Offs held throughout the county.
- Branchburg PD collected 90 lbs.
- Franklin PD collected 288 lbs.
- Hillsborough PD collected 181 lbs.
- North Plainfield PD collected 105 lbs.
Partners/Collaborators: Bernards Township Municipal Alliance, Blue Force Promotions, Carrier Clinic, EmPoWER Somerset, Family and Community Services of Somerset, Franklin Township Municipal Alliance, Franklin Township Parks and Recreation, Grief Recovery After a Substance Passing (GRASP) Support Group, Hillsborough/Millstone Municipal Alliance, Hillsborough Police Department, HOPE Club, Jewish Family Service, Middle Earth, Narcotics Anonymous, Parents 4 Substance Free Kids, Princeton House, Raritan Valley Community College, Somerset County Department of Human Services, Somerset County High Schools, Somerset County Police Departments, Somerset County Probation, Somerset County Prosecutor's Office, Somerset County Realtors Association, Somerset County Sheriff's Office, Somerset County Superintendent's Office, Somerset County Vo-Tech, Somerset County Office of Youth Services, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset, Somerset Municipal Alliance, Walgreen's, Watchung Hills Regional Municipal Alliance, Weinfeld Consulting