Rotarian Action Group Addiction Prevention
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Newsletter January 2017
Chair of the Board: Yvan De Baerdemaecker

News from the Board

Dear members of RAG AP.
First of all we wish you and your families a wonderful 2017.

The year of 2016 was for our organization very important.The main event is of course the recognition by Rotary International. Changing Prospective Rotarian Action Group Addiction Prevention (PRAG AP) to Rotarian Action Group Addiction Prevention (RAG AP) gave us the opportunity to grow  to a higher quality level. At the same time we could improve our administration by creating an INPA (International Not for Profit Association), accepted by RI.
Our past chair and PDG Dirk Schockaert resigned and accepted his nomination as honorary founding president. The secretary Jacques De Maen resigned and his function is taken by Paul Smitz, also responsible for Membership. We welcome a new member on the board, Johan Denolf, with the function of International Relations which includes the coordination of the work of the regional responsible.
Report of the Executive committee meeting of 17/01/2017.
The main points on the agenda were: Looking for new members for the international board. Preparations of shooting a film in schools where prevention programs are in use. The follow up of the publications on the social media. Preparation for contact with a new potential sponsor. Waiting for new information concerning Global Grant of Brindisi (Italy) and Beirut (Lebanon). Program of suicide prevention RC Vilnius (Lithuania) must be broader then suicide prevention. Therefore seeking contact with the District. Global Grant RC Maldegem/Mumbai concerning training addiction prevention will be discussed on next meeting of the commission Grants in RC Maldegem.


Richard DeVito, a member of Weston-Wayland Rotary followed Senator Lewis with a presentation about his work on pain management and opioid addiction.  Mr. DeVito was a founder of the International Conference on Opioids and his company publishes the Journal of Opioid Management. He showcased the Rotarian Opiate Safety Card Project. He is leading, and provided details on how clubs can help get this addiction-prevention resource into every household in the Commonwealth and beyond.  He spoke about balancing patients’ needs while reducing risk, abuse and death due to addiction.

Heidi Heilman, the final speaker of the evening and also a member of Weston-Wayland Rotary, spoke about the International Rotarian Action Group for Addiction Prevention (RAG AP), her work at the United Nation's Global Assembly Special Session on Drug Policy and the statewide network of the Massachusetts Prevention Alliance, an organization made up of leading stakeholders in almost every community in the Commonwealth working to address local youth risk, drug use and addiction.

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Informative Video's

Francis Dykmans, regional coordinator South America found interesting video information from the Khan Academy Health and Medicine.

Risk factors for drug use and drug abuse

The development of substance use - Why do people use legal and illegal substances?

Drug use prevention - school programming and protective factors 

How does substance use develop into substance abuse?

 Discussion Group

The Rotarian action Group Addiction Prevention coordinates a Rotary International discussion group Addiction Prevention. You can join the group via , my rotary, exchange ideas, discussion group.
Executive Committee: Paul Smitz, secretary/membership; Johan Maertens, managing director, Yvan De Baerdemaecker, Chair of the Board. Meeting of February the 1st
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