Carter County Substance
Abuse Prevention Committee
The Carter County Substance Abuse Prevention Committee (CCSAPC) was founded in 2008 as a subcommittee of the Carter County Turning Point Coalition. Our coalition is made up of professionals and community members from Carter County who have been working to prevent the non-medical use of prescription medication and the misuse of alcohol.
Our coalition has forged partnerships with key stakeholders in the sectors of healthcare, education, treatment, media, law enforcement, faith, business, recovery, civic, judicial, youth-serving, and tribal. Through these partnerships, we have seen many accomplishments, including multiple Drug Take-Back Events, the First Annual Carter County Substance Abuse Memorial, the First Annual Operation Prom, as well as a local PMP Training for Prescribers and Providers.
Our Community-Based Efforts
CCSAPC works to prevent the non-medical use of prescription medication and the misuse of alcohol through research, education, and strategy.
Non-medical Use of Prescription Medication
Research has shown that some Carter County residents are unaware of the dangers of sharing prescription medication, as well as being unsure of how to properly store and dispose of their prescription medication. Educating residents on these issues is a proven strategy for reducing the non-medical use of prescription medication.
Educating residents on the dangers of the non-medical use of prescription medication involves providing Carter County residents with information on:
The dangers of sharing prescription medication;
How to properly store prescription medication in the home;
How to properly dispose of prescription medication at home;
Where local prescription drug drop boxes are located (for proper disposal of prescription medication outside of the home).
CCSAPC has provided 1,206 free prescription drug lock boxes/bags to Carter County residents, since August 2017. Our coalition has also provided 935 free medication disposal kits to Carter County residents to utilize in their homes, to dispose of their unused or unwanted medication in a safe and convenient manner.
CCSAPC uses proven strategies to reduce the occurrence of the misuse of prescription medication and the misuse of alcohol in our county.
CCSAPC has also begun working on raising awareness of local treatment facilities that help those who are suffering from opioid addiction, as well as raising awareness of the life-saving medication Naloxone. Naloxone is an easy to use medication which is utilized to reverse opioid overdoses.
Misuse of Alcohol
The Carter County Substance Abuse Prevention Committee meets on the first Wednesday of every month, at 9:30 am. These meetings occur in the Smith Room of the Ardmore Public Library and are open to the public. Join us as we work towards a better tomorrow!
If you would like additional information about our coalition or you would like to subscribe to our quarterly newsletter, CCSAPC Reporter, e-mail us using the form below.