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SUBSTANCE ABUSE PREVENTION

What Can I Do as an Individual?
  • DON’T smoke, or use illegal drugs.  DO consume alcohol in moderation, take prescriptions as directed, secure your medications and alcohol, properly dispose of medications, exercise – it releases natural endorphins, use other methods to manage pain/stress, and model healthy behavior.

 

  • If you’re looking to volunteer, join a drug prevention coalition in your neighborhood.

 

What Can We Do as a Family?
  • Talk with your kids about the harms of alcohol/medications/other drugs, set clear boundaries and expectations about risky behavior – set the norm of non-use, make a big deal if rules are broken, know your kids’ friends/parents, support your kids’ involvement in positive activities with positive peers/other adults, know the signs and symptoms of abuse, don’t forget older adults – the body metabolizes drugs and alcohol differently as we age.
What Can We Do as a Community?
  • Use your voice – let others know why prevention is important to you, your family and your community, don’t let the myths fool you – educate yourself before signing a petition or voting, support events that practice best prevention practices.

 

  • Be a responsible workplace – implement your drug free workplace policies consistently, support your employees and your community to build a better working environment.

 

  • If you are a faith leader, speak from the pulpit on health & wellness practices, provide pro-social opportunities for youth, and support treatment & recovery of your members.

 

  • Schools have a captive audience – opportunities to develop refusal skills, leadership skills, and other pro-social positive youth development activities happen there.

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Law Enforcement/Cutting Supply

Because heroin trafficking has become so widespread, the majority of investigations done by the Northern Kentucky Drug Strike Force center on heroin.

 

Heroin also is available in greater quantities, and at a lower price per gram, than it was two or three years ago. Moreover, there are established drug trafficking organizations that have networks in place, capable of distributing large quantities of heroin throughout the Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati region.

 

Heroin traffickers on the street in Northern Kentucky may have suppliers in Cincinnati or Lexington, and that’s why it is so vital for law enforcement to work cooperatively across county lines.

 

The Northern Kentucky Drug Strike Force serves the Northern Kentucky communities within Campbell, Kenton, and Boone Counties.

 

Staff and task force officers are committed to making Northern Kentucky a safer community through aggressive investigation of drug traffickers and by providing training and educational resources to law enforcement and community partners.

This Includes:
    • Ensuring that cross-county collaboration among local law enforcement and regional drug enforcement agencies are strengthened.

 

    • Developing and implementing strategies to reduce the supply of heroin and other drugs.

 

    • Encouraging community residents to watch out for each other, their property, and any suspicious activity.

 

  • Facilitating community partnerships among businesses, law enforcement, and all sectors of the community to prevent crime and to deter the re-sale of stolen property.

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TREATMENT

What Can I Do as an Individual?
  • If you are concerned about your alcohol or drug use, talk to a professional about it. There is help available. Recovery is possible.

 

  • If you are in recovery, share your story of hope.
What Can We Do as a Family?
  • If you are concerned about a family member or friend, learn about addiction. Regrettably, no family is born with the knowledge of how to deal effectively with addiction.

 

  • You can’t control someone else, but you can have influence.

 

  • Get support for yourself.
What Can We Do as a Community?
  • It takes a village to deal with addiction

 

  • Addiction is a public health problem that requires a community solution.

 

  • Learn what you can about this devastating illness.

 

  • We need available treatment for addiction just like we do for any other disease.

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Harm Reduction

Supporting the Addicted Individual and the Community

Drug addiction is a threat to the health and safety of our entire community. Injection Drug Users (IDU) are at-risk of overdose and contracting other chronic illnesses such as Hepatitis C and HIV. The general community and first responders are at risk from infections resulting in handling discarded needles, addicted individuals driving under the influence and supporting the cost of medical care associated with the complications of addiction.

The overall goal is to reduce the harmful effects of intravenous drug use and decrease the health risk to the community by supporting community-based Naloxone distribution, syringe exchange, community support, education, and access to health care for intravenous drug users.

To learn more about these programs in Northern Kentucky, contact the Northern Kentucky People Advocating Recovery at nkypar.org