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RAG Addiction Prevention • Newsletter May 2016

Recognition by the Rotary International Board January 2016

In the name of the board and the management of the Rotarian Action Group Addiction Prevention I may announce you the very good news that the Rotary International Board recognized the Prospective Rotarian Action Group Addiction Prevention as a formal new Rotarian Action Group Addiction Prevention during the Board meeting of January.
Dirk Schockaert
PDG D-1620
Chair RAG AP

Rotary day at the United Nations in New York on November the 07th of 2015

The Rotary day at the United Nations held in New York on the 7th of November 2015 was attended by the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Prospective Rotarian Action Group Addiction Prevention ( PRAG AP ) .
The theme of the day was “ Celebrating Rotary’s Global Women of Action “ with special focus on “ Women and the UN Sustainable Development goals : areas of pressing need “  and “ Rotary’s Response : How Rotary women are addressing these challenges “ .
The International President K.R. Ravindran urged clubs to become mixed as soon as possible. After an update of Polio focused on the milestones toward eradication and the efforts of local health workers.
The items of the different breakout sessions were: Basic education and literacy, disease prevention and treatment, economy and community development ,maternal and child health, peace and conflict resolution and water and sanitation.
At the closing session Ed Futa, Dean of Rotary International external relations called for SUSTAINABLE  ACTION.
The PRAG AP picked up his message and proposed to join the United Nations call for action focusing on sustainable development goal “ Good Health and Well-Being “.

PRAG AP proposed collaboration with Rotary International to find out what Rotary could add to the efforts of civil society in preventing addiction especially to illicit drugs as the UN will focus on during UNGASS 2016(United Nations General Assembly Special Session)  on drug policy.
The PRAG AP strongly advises Rotarians involved in international Non Governmental Organizations and organizations active in the field of addiction prevention and treatment to meet during the UNODC ( United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime) : Commission on Narcotic Drugs, 59th session and UNGASS Preparation Vienna March 2017.

The Prospective Rotarian Action Group Addiction Prevention is looking for members willing to support the Action Group in several activities and tasks. If it appeals to you please register on the website  using the registration form mentioned below.

Global Grant Project

The board of Rotary club Maldegem decided to initiate a global grant project:

Organize the training of Rotarians and the training for the evaluation of club actions regarding addiction prevention.
Rotarians will be trained to become the responsibles for addiction prevention in their clubs and/ or districts.
The training will also be open for students and young professionals.

A second part of the project will be about the evaluation of the effectiveness of the actions  of the Rotary clubs in the field of addiction prevention. With the feedback from the evaluation Rotary clubs can learn how to improve the effectiveness of their actions.

If your club might be interested to join the project, please contact

Rotary Club Toledo

Rotary Club Toledo supports 2 addiction prevention and treatment programs in Lucas county Ohio
John Tharp "Heroin Epidemic and DART (Drug Abuse Response Team)"..
Sheriff John Tharp will discuss the heroin epidemic in Lucas County and the Lucas County Sheriff’s Office Drug Abuse Response Team (DART) program.

Sheriff Tharp was assigned to Field Operations, Narcotics Squad, Drug Task Force, and the Homicide Squad.

The addiction resource unit was recently named DART.
Sheriff Tharp has received the following awards: TPS’ Silver Slate and Apple, the PDK Educator of the Year, Pat Miller Foundation Service and the 2012 Jefferson Award.
Cynthia Brown-Chery "Lucas County Heroin & Opiate Initiative"

The use of heroin and other opiates is a public health crisis in Ohio.

 People are overdosing at alarming rates in Lucas County.

The Lucas County Heroin & Opiate Initiative, a program of Harbor Behavioral Health, Affiliate of ProMedica, will address the growing epidemic with funding through the Mental Health and Recovery Services Board.

The presentation includes a video, a discussion of the current statistics related to heroin and prescription painkillers in Ohio and Lucas County, the profile of the new heroin user, how to safely dispose of unused prescription medications, and where to get information on heroin and opiate treatment and resources in Lucas County.

Cynthia P. Brown-Chery is a Prevention Educator at Harbor Behavioral Health, the largest behavioral healthcare group in Northwest Ohio.

She is an Ohio Certified Prevention Specialist II and a National Certified Counselor, with over 30 years of experience in counseling, teaching, substance abuse and violence prevention.

Discussion Group

The Rotarian action Group Addiction Prevention coordinates a Rotary International discussion group. You can join the group via , my rotary discussion group.

Parent Programs

News from the Prevention Hub Issue 39, 2015:

Parent Action on Drugs (PAD) has recently produced a colourful Fact Sheet in response to the five youth deaths at Canadian music festivals last year. PAD encourages parents to talk with their youth about safer partying and includes the following advice:
  • AVOID using any drugs when attending summer music festivals.
  • IF using drugs, go slowly. Overdoses are often a result of using too much.
  • IF using drugs, avoid mixing with alcohol and other drugs. Chemical reactions are unpredictable.
  • Drink 500mL of water each hour to prevent dehydration.
  • Take breaks from dancing every so often and cool off.
PAD develops and provides innovative, evidence-based programs, services and resources for youth, families, professionals and community members concerning issues that impact substance use and youth. PAD is an Ontario-wide organization whose programs and resources are used in communities across Canada. Peer Education Programs, Youth Engagement Programs and Resiliency-Building Programs are available for use by those who work with youth in different capacities. Parent resources include: Building Resilience in Youth, Parent Action Pack and An Early Start for parents of children up to age seven.

For a full range of programs, services and resources visit
By Zach Patterson - Prevention Hub Canada
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