Drug Free Council                                   Jackson County, Indiana
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Jackson County Drug  Free Council Meets, the 2nd Tuesday Of every month at 4:00 pm PO Box 915, Seymour,IN 47274    
COALITION DIRECTOR’S DESK  I am frequently asked about the types of drug abuse seen in Jackson   County and what the Jackson County Drug-Free Council is doing to address the   issues. It’s a complex issue that affects every county in our state, and likely   every state in our nation. There are various drugs that become fads,   seemingly new to us, that may have been around for generations or have   been compounded into a much more potent and dangerous chemical   then previously seen. Jackson County is no exception to the drug abuse that   plagues our nation.   So what do we do about it here? How can we make any   difference? What do we really accomplish? First of all, we don’t give up!   Just like an addict who continually seems to relapse despite their efforts to   remain clean and sober, you keep trying. As a group of volunteer   community members, we continue to meet every month, the second Tuesday at   4:00 p.m. in Seymour’s Community Foundation meeting room to discuss   what we are experiencing first hand in our community and what we are   doing to address it, from education of youth and adults to treatment,   arrests, probation, and incarceration. There are multiple ways that we   educate our youth, through special focus programs in school such as   Friendly PEERsuasion and D.A.R.E., to outpatient addiction counseling   and drug intervention programming in the Juvenile Detention Center.   Even random drug testing at Seymour High School has a deterrent factor   that gives our youth one more reason not to use drugs.   Adult alcohol/drug education is provided to intervene on substance abuse for   initial arrests through the Alcohol & Drug Court Services, and our   county sheriff and police departments work tirelessly to investigate and   arrest distributors of drugs in our community.    Many of these programs and agencies utilize funding through our   Community Drug Fund which Jackson County Drug-Free Council serves   as the resource for securing the funding. Grant applications for education/prevention,   treatment/intervention, and law enforcement/justice are made available   annually to service the needs of Jackson County.   Each of the 92 counties in Indiana   has a local coordinating council like ours  that independently operates to serve the  needs of its community.   The Jackson County Drug-Free Council also participates in community   events such as the annual D.A.R.E. Soapbox Derby, Day of Dance   Health Fair in Spring and Women’s Health Fair in Fall sponsored by   Schneck Medical Center, and National Night Out, to name a few. By meeting   monthly we have the unique opportunity to network with each other and learn   from the expertise of each individual at the table, whether they are an   addiction counselor, police officer, school teacher, pastor, nurse,   probation officer, parent, or teenager. Each person has a perspective and   insight that benefits others at the table. We encourage you to participate   with us in this life saving and challenging endeavor!  Brenda Turner Coalition Director 
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