Oceana LEADS (Leading Efforts Against Alcohol and Drugs)

Oceana LEADS, Oceana County’s substance abuse prevention coalition, is a team  of community members who want to help prevent youth substance abuse. Oceana Leads is an opportunity for multiple sectors to work together to keep youth safe and healthy.

Oceana Leads’ efforts are guided by a community-owned strategic plan. Our plan was developed over the course of three meetings between April 2016 and October 2016. Through the planning process we crafted a mission statement, two priority areas, and strategies within each priority area. Youth alcohol and marijuana use and opiate overdoses were determined to be the greatest area of concern for our community. Strategies like a social hosting coaster campaign with local restaurants, hosting community education events such as Keep Out: The Teen Room Project and substance-free events for youth and families will work to improve these priority areas.

Mission

Working together to achieve a measurable reduction in youth drug and alcohol use by empowering our community to embrace and engage in effective, local, data-driven strategies.

Want to get involved?

Oceana LEADS meets quarterly (Jan, Apr, Jul, Oct) on the second Wednesday at 9:00am at the District Health Department #10 Hart office, unless otherwise indicated. Can’t attend meetings?  There are other ways to help out, contact us at the information below or follow us on Facebook to find out about other involvement opportunities!

For more information:

Coalition Coordinator: Kortni Garcia, MS, CHES
Phone: (231) 902-8539
Email: kgarcia@dhd10.org or oceanaleads1@gmail.com
Facebook: oceanaleads


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:

  1. Education Sessions – sessions can be provided in any setting for small or large groups (Lunch and learn, community events, staff meetings, trainings, parent groups).
  2. Print Resources – provide the latest resources to help you and your agency stay current on drug trends and share accurate information.
  3. School Programming – provide evidence-based substance abuse prevention education to schools.
  4. 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: Katie Miller, MPH, CHES
Phone: (231) 316-8567
Email: kmiller@dhd10.org
Facebook: DHD10


Oceana Prevention Partnership for Change (TOPPC) Youth Committee

TOPPC is a group of high school students from Pentwater, Walkerville, Shelby and Hart High Schools and serves as the foundation for youth prevention in Oceana County. These youth are empowered to promote healthy lifestyles and prevent risky behaviors in the areas of substance abuse, teen pregnancy, suicide, bullying, nutrition, physical activity and more. They do this through community events, school education, social media, and word of mouth.

For more information:

Website: http://www.oceanatoppc.org
Facebook: TOPPC – Oceana Solutions
Twitter: @oceanasolutions
Email: toppcyouth@gmail.com


Prescription Drug Disposal

Remember to monitor your prescription drugs, lock them in a secure place, and dispose of them properly. Oceana County has two locations where you can drop off your unused or expired medications for free:

Michigan State Police Post
3793 W Polk Rd, Hart
231-873-2171

Oceana Sheriff Department
216 Lincoln, Hart
231-873-2121

Our local law enforcement agencies 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, Oceana 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.