Coalition town hall focuses on drugs and alcohol

The Jones County Safe and Healthy Youth Coalition will be hosting a town hall on drugs and alcohol in our community on Tuesday night, Oct. 15 at the National Motorcycle Museum in Anamosa. The event will start at 5:30 with a free dinner for everyone. From 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. there will be a volunteer and health fair. Find out about many resources in Jones County and opportunities to make a difference. At the health fair, ASAC will be providing mini-naloxone (Narcan) trainings with a free voucher to get Narcan. (Narcan is the opioid overdose reversal medicine.) 

Information on the vaping issue, mental health and other hot topics will be provided by the Coalition and ASAC at the health fair, as well as resources and information about programs from Jones County Department of Public Health, the Jones County Volunteer Center, HACAP, the Jones County Conservation Board, ARC of East Central Iowa, Hillcrest, Lutheran Services of Iowa, Riverview Center and more local human service and youth-serving agencies. 

From 6:30 to 8 p.m., three powerful speakers will be sharing their stories and information with the audience. Rod Courtney was a probation officer from Cedar Rapids for most of his career. He will talk about his family’s story of alcohol use disorder, other substance misuse, and losing their son to a heroin overdose. Courtney and his wife, Debbie, are amazing people now running the organization CRUSH of Iowa (Community Resources United to Stop Heroin). 

Lindsey Powers is a police officer from the Cedar Rapids Police Department and director of the Eastern Iowa Heroin Initiative. Powers speaks to many school groups across Eastern Iowa and will fill the audience in on some important facts about local drug issues. 

Finally, Jeffrey Stamm, the director of the Midwest HIDTA (High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area) will be coming from Kansas City. He will be talking about the trends HIDTA is seeing with THC, meth and more. 

There will also be an opportunity to discuss these issues in our community with the panel of speakers. 

The Coalition will also be giving some awards to community organizations that have gone above and beyond in their support of the Coalition’s work to reduce youth substance use. 

For more information or questions about this event or other work of the Coalition call 319-462-4327 ext. 202. 

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