Anti-drug collaboration sought

ELLSWORTH — The recently initiated county-wide community coalition on substance prevention has Healthy Acadia working in partnership with schools, law enforcement and treatment providers to implement a variety of strategies and objectives in local communities and schools.

According to Healthy Acadia’s Project Coordinator Denise Black, “When community partners work towards a common goal, we have the opportunity to make a difference. And when law enforcement partners join in the prevention effort, our chances of success increase tremendously, and long lasting community change can occur.”

Healthy Acadia and local law enforcement are partnering on significant prevention efforts in 2015. Activities include law enforcement education in schools, increased community presentations on substances, working together on social media efforts, increased Alcohol Enforcement Team efforts and school presentations to parents regarding hosting and furnishing laws, including the importance of talking to your teens about substance use.

Educational school programs for youth will begin in March with Hancock County Sheriff and certified D.A.R.E instructor Scott Kane taking the lead.

“I believe that the youth of our communities need as much information and support as possible,” said Kane.

In addition to providing education, law enforcement will work through their partnership with Healthy Acadia’s Drug Free Communities Coalition to support the expansion and efforts of the Alcohol Enforcement Team (AET). AET is a county-wide underage drinking task force involving a variety of police departments and officers. They will work collaboratively, coordinating details to enforce underage drinking laws, party patrols, compliance checks with retailers.

Ellsworth Police Department and Healthy Acadia are working together to be among the first in the state to offer a newly developed and specialized Drug Impairment Training for five Hancock County schools. Developed for staff and teachers, the school trainings will be offered by Sgt. Glen Moshier, a certified Drug Recognition Expert. The goal of the program is to enable educational professionals to identify chemically impaired individuals for the purpose of ensuring a safe learning environment.

To find out more, contact Denise Black at 667-7171 or [email protected]

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