ASAP prepares for grant application at annual meeting

Photo by Curran McLaughlin

 

            It’s been approximately five years since the Hancock County Allies for Substance Abuse Prevention, ASAP for short, has embarked on its mission to help keep dangerous substances out of the hands of the youth.

            On Oct. 22, the coalition met for its annual meeting at the First Lutheran Church in Britt to look back on what they’ve accomplished and how to move forward as they look to apply for another five-year grant from Drug-Free Communities Support Program at the federal level.

            According to ASAP Director Karie Terhark, the coalition has made significant headway in the battle to prevent youth access to alcohol, marijuana and prescription medications.

            The reported number of youth abuse in Hancock County has plateaued.

            A focus of ASAP in the past has been encouraging policy changes within schools, medical facilities and businesses to better prevents youth access.

            Much of this has come with an increase in members and communication throughout the community to help influence safer practices.

            The group also celebrated putting in a drug deposit at the Britt police station to allow the community to safely discard prescription drugs.

Read the complete story in the Nov, 7 Leader.