Coalition draws crowd at town hall event


The Safe and Healthy Youth Coalition held a town hall on Oct. 15 in Anamosa. The panel of speakers included, from left, Rod Courtney with CRUSH, Lindsey Powers with the Eastern Iowa Heroin Initiative, and Jeffrey Stamm with the Midwest HIDTA. (Photo courtesy of Anamosa Journal-Eureka)

ASAC Prevention Specialist Amy Doerrfeld (right) facilitates Narcan training to Anamosa State Penitentiary employees during the Coalition health fair. Several health and human service agencies were on hand during the event. (Photo submitted)

Seventy community members attended the Jones County Safe and Healthy Youth Coalition’s town hall meeting on drugs and alcohol on Oct. 15 at the National Motorcycle Museum in Anamosa. 

The health fair beforehand was busy with several people receiving naloxone/Narcan training, and everyone networked about mental health resources in the community. 

Three speakers presented during the event: Lindsey Powers, Eastern Iowa Heroin Initiative; Rod Courtney from CRUSH (Community Resource United to Stop Heroin); and Jeffrey Stamm, from the Midwest HIDTA (High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area). The panel also answered several questions from the audience. 

Some comments from the evaluations for the event included: “I admired the courage it takes to talk about a personal story involving substance abuse.” 

“I liked the officer as she has been out and involved and does teaching as to what can happen if you do use substances.” 

“Teaching the families, parents and kids the dangers of drugs and alcohol and how the brain starts to need something stronger and more of how drugs lead to stronger drugs and how the brain is affected.” 

“That a person is three times more likely to use drugs if they use marijuana.” 

The Coalition also presented awards to several community individuals and organizations: 

• Jill Parham and the National Motorcycle Museum. Parham was recognized for her generosity toward the Coalition. Accepting the award on Parham’s behalf was Bill Barber with the Museum. 

• Employees of the Anamosa State Penitentiary and Iowa Prison Industries. They were recognized for their donations and fundraisers benefitting the Coalition. 

• The incarcerated individual population of the Anamosa State Penitentiary. Recently, 138 of those serving time participated in a fundraiser to support the Coalition’s work to reduce youth substance use. 

• City of Cascade. They were recognized for their support of the Coalition’s efforts and the city’s National Night Out events. 

• Morley City Council. They were recognized for their care of youth in the community. 

• Wyoming City Council. They were recognized for passing the Responsible Beverage Service Training ordinance, to ensure that alcohol sales and service is safe in their community. 

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