VINTON — Safe take-back and disposal of unused medications will be among the activities scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 29 in Vinton Community Park as part of “A Dose of Prevention,” a program for adults and children offering expert information on drug abuse and its effect on local families.
The take-back will be supervised by the Gallia County Sheriff’s Department and Sheriff Matt Champlin is expected to be on hand for the event, slated for 2 to 4 p.m. and featuring speakers, children’s activities, food and music, the latter provided by DJ Rockin’ Reggie.
“It’s a go,” Crime Watch President Brandi Whealdon said of the unused prescription collection.
“A Dose of Prevention” is a collaborative effort between Huntington-Morgan Crime Watch and the Gallia Citizens for Prevention and Recovery Coalition. The program will be presented rain or shine in order to help individuals and families coping with drug abuse issues. It is being staged in conjunction with October’s observation of National Medicine Abuse Awareness Month.
“If this can help at least one person, that’s all I want,” said Whealdon. She’s been working with the coalition in organizing the event, seeking donations and arranging speakers involved in drug recovery or with experience in overcoming substance abuse problems. Among the scheduled speakers are Champlin and Kevin Dennis of Vinton Baptist Church’s Field of Hope.
Among the organizations distributing information at tables in the park are the Prevention and Recovery Coalition, Field of Hope, Integrated Services, NA/AA, Smith Family Healthcare LLC, Spectrum Outreach Services, Treatment Alternatives to Street Crime (TASC) and Wing Haven. The sheriff’s office will also have K-9 demonstrations.
Puppet shows and games are available for children. Whealdon said earlier that the message of “A Dose of Prevention” is geared toward students sixth grade and up as well as adults who are invited to learn about substance abuse prevention, treatment and recovery.
Anyone interested in donating food, drink or other items related to “A Dose of Prevention,” or for more information, can call 740-339-9878. Whealdon offered her thanks to those individuals who have pledged donations.
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