DrugFreeLex relies on partnerships within the community to function. We are always interested in working with individuals and organizations to reach the common goal of reducing the impact of substance use in Lexington/Fayette County. The board meets on the third Tuesday of every other month from 8:30 AM to 10:00 AM. Continue reading
Substance abuse is a family disease – it impacts not only the individual struggling with addiction but everyone around them. When someone you love is struggling with substance abuse, it is important to find support. PAL Lexington is a support group that meets every Monday at the Voices of Hope Office. They are here to remind you that you are not alone.
Join the Community Action Council for an Empowerment Resource Fair on Tuesday June 4, 2019 from 2PM to 6PM at 913 Georgetown Street, Lexington, KY. Resources available will include jobs, clothing, health, housing, youth services, and finance. Free food and activities are also included!
The mission of the Community Action Council is to “prevent, reduce, and eliminate poverty among individuals, families, and communities through direct services and advocacy.” They believe that the individuals effected by poverty must be active participants in the solutions to poverty and they seek to empower community members to find those solutions. Their core service areas include Lexington-Fayette County, Bourbon County, Harrison County, and Nicholas County.
Join Andrew Hager Live on Saturday June 8 at Journey Church in Versailles for an event honoring the countless innocent children affected by addiction. Listen as local children affected by the opioid crisis share their testimony. And offer your support to those with no voice who are often left behind. The event will last from 12PM – 5PM
Antagonist Productions presents Last Call, a musical written by by Soni Cantrell-Smith, John Kito, and Margo Buchanan. Set in an AA meeting, the story follows a group of attendees struggling to stay sober through many challenges.
The production team is taking donations to help bring their art to life this fall. If you would like to donate, visit their GoFundMe page:
Date: April 16, 2019
During this meeting, members broke into groups and discussed next steps. I have included a brief summary of each group’s work below.
- Working to develop itemized budget for Youth Summit
- Transportation was a major expense last year – looking into options for transportation this year
- Plan to meet with T.C. Johnson to go over Youth Summit plans
- Plans to revamp resource fair (this did not work well last year)
- Plans to survey students before and after event
- Targets of Youth Summit include: mental health, coping mechanisms, suicide prevention, drug use prevention
- Develop speakers bureau to send out in order to satisfy requests for substance use education in community
- Need to include money in the budget to pay for speakers
- Include funding for fentanyl test strips
- Job fairs/ training/employment
- Develop business cards for needle exchange (hours/location, what to do if you see an OD)
- Fund overdose prevention event
- Workplace training for second change employment
- Develop survey to address community hesitance/stigma around NEP
Marketing & Awareness
- Bailey is working on design of brochures, shirts, business cards, and pens
- We need photos – if anyone has any please send them to me!
- Upcoming events we plan to attend:
- Police Picnic – May 18
- Public Safety Day – June 12
- Ideas for future events:
- Lexington Legends
- Goal to attend at least 1 event each month
- Plans for next FY budget:
- Boosting FB posts: $200
- Sponsorships/paid booths: $500
- Promotional Materials: $1000
- (brochure holders, website domain, etc.): $300
- Consider student intern to help manage social media, attend events, and take photos.
- Members of this committee were unable to attend the April meeting.
February 26, 2019
Lexington-Fayette County Health Department, Rice C. Leach Community Room
ANTAGONIST PRODUCTIONS – REQUEST FOR FUNDING
- Promote local actors/the arts
- Present the “I Come From” plays in prisons in Liberty, KY
- Soni Cantrell-Smith and Margo Buchanan – writers of “The Last Call” musical coming to Lexington in September 2019
- Resources will be available after productions for those seeking help
- $15/ticker or pay what you can
- 12 character – all local
JUUL PSA VIDEOS
- 3 videos created to target parents and teachers to provide information about Juuls
- Videos to be posted to DrugFreeLex social media
NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF DRUG ABUSE HEAL GRANT UPDATE
- Upcoming meeting to discuss grant money for evidence-based programs in 18 counties, overdose prevention, incarcerated individuals, and needle exchange
- Marketing/Awareness: reviewing bylaws. Need more exposure for DFL. Considering purchase of promotional items: shirts, pens, bumper stickers
- Stigma Reduction: Needle Exchange is target. Why are folks that need exchange not coming?
- Membership: Get the right people at the table. Need specific representatives from certain places on the committee.
- Strategic Planning: Will submit next plan in June. How will we spend our money?
- Youth: Want to get the new youth worker at Bluegrass on board with committee. Have been discussing this year’s youth summit. How will we get the youth more involved?
We have funding available that must be assigned. Suggested to use some funding for “The Last Call” musical “Director’s Chair” Sponsorship. Recommended by board to ask for full page ad. Unanimous vote of “Yes.”
Learn the skills to recognize those who are at risk of suicide and help them to create a safety plan. Our community is stronger when we work together and protect each other. See the flyer for more details.
Full Board Meeting Minutes
January 15, 2019
At the January meeting, the Board welcomed guest speaker Shawn Freeman from the Prevention Department at Bluegrass.org. Shawn spoke to the group about her prevention staff, the prevention service area, and the type of work done in her department. See below for a brief summary of her presentation:
- Service areas: 17 KY counties
- The Prevention Team assists coalitions (and ASAP boards) and communities with drug prevention
- Target: Youth
- Looking at individual environment and shared environments of clients
- The Prevention Team oversees the KIP survey (Fayette County did not participate this year)
- Grants that fund the Prevention Team: 10
- Funding sources: SAMHSA, CSAP, CADCA, ONDCP/KY-ODCP
- “Too Good for Drugs”: K-12, developmentally appropriate prevention curriculum
- “Sources of Strength”: Suicide prevention, peer driven
Following the discussion with Shawn, the board broke into subcommittees to begin work. A brief summary of the topics covered by each committee is listed below. Updates about the committees’ progress will be shared at the next meeting in February.
- Membership: evaluate current membership and identify gaps
- Strategic Planning: creating a 3-5 year plan for DrugFreeLex
- Marketing/Awareness: improve the presence of DFL in the community
- Youth: reach out to the youth in our community
- Stigma Reduction: primarily focusing on reducing stigma around the Needle Exchange Program
The next meeting will be held on February 26 from 8:30 to 10:00 AM at the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department.