The Leeward Initiative
The Leeward Initiative is a local coalition working to prevent substance abuse in Mason County, MI. Since forming in April of 2016, the coalition is focused on reducing youth marijuana use, underage alcohol use, misuse of opiates among youth and adults, and synthetic drug use. The coalition is also working to improve access to recovery support, and reduce the stigma of addiction in Mason County.
Working together to achieve a reduction in substance use by increasing understanding, ensuring treatment services, and supporting our families and community.
The Leeward Initiative meets on the second Tuesday of every month at 9:00am at The Lakeshore Resource Network in Ludington, unless otherwise indicated. Contact us at the information below or follow us on Facebook to stay in the loop!
For more information:
Prescription Drug Disposal
Remember to monitor your prescription drugs, lock them in a secure place, and dispose of them properly. Mason County has five locations where you can drop off your unused or expired medications for free:
- Mason County Sheriff’s Department
- City of Ludington Police Department
- City of Scottville Police Department
- Walgreens Pharmacy
- Meijer Pharmacy
The three law enforcement agencies that accept medication for disposal recommend that you leave your medications in their original container until you arrive at the facility. Upon arrival, they will ask you to dump them out into their facility’s container. They will not ask to see your written prescription or your I.D.
Additionally, Mason County holds a Household Hazardous Waste Day where you can dispose of your unused or expired medications for free. This event is always the 3rd Saturday in August.
District Health Department #10
District Health Department #10 (DHD#10) is currently working to reduce access, change perceptions, help guide parents through challenging conversations, and rally community support for reducing tobacco, marijuana, alcohol and prescription drug misuse in our youth. DHD#10 can currently provide the following services at no cost:
- Education Sessions – sessions can be provided in any setting for small or large groups (Lunch and learn, community events, staff meetings, trainings, parent groups).
- Print Resources – provide the latest resources to help you and your agency stay current on drug trends and share accurate information.
- School Programming – provide evidence-based substance abuse prevention education to schools.
- TIPS Training – Training for Intervention Procedures trainings for local establishments that serve alcohol. The training helps people working in the service industry learn to responsibly serve alcohol and prevent underage consumption.
For more information:
Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator: Grace Richardson
Phone: (231) 316-8583