October 2015 BSAN Meeting Notes

Please note that these meeting notes include a proposed revision to the BSAN mission statement. We appreciate questions and input about, and support for this change by BSAN members.
Please also note that due the upcoming holidays, the November and December BSAN meetings will be held a week earlier. The next two meetings will be held on Friday, November 20, and Friday, December 18.

BSAN Meeting Minutes, October 2015

Fifty five people were present at the Morganton Community House on Friday, October 30, 2015 for this 7:30am breakfast meeting.

BSAN member and United Way Board member Dorian Palmer offered the invocation.

Joe Marks, Community Relations Director for Burke Recovery welcomed the group and began the meeting by offering coalition members introduce themselves and provide the group with updates on their sectors and within their agencies.

Rhonda Cook introduced Montez Lane who is visiting Burke County from NCCI funding for a Year 2 site visit and status update. Montez thanked the BSAN for the work that our community is doing engaging youth in our substance abuse and use problems.

Montez led the group though an interactive exercise to illustrate what happens when people come together with a common goal, but without understanding of the strategies and without communication. Her point was that by strategizing together and communicating, we will see the best possible outcomes from our community’s efforts. This principal defines the power of coalitions to create real community change.

Joe announced that with with BSAN’s youth initiatives and other opportunities for community change, it will be imperative that BSAN members organize a fundraising committee to insure sustainability of our programs. Joe then publicly thanked the Community Foundation of Burke County for their generous donation of $15,000 to support a middle school counselor.

BSAN Mission Statement Edit

Joe Marks submits a request to revise the BSAN mission statement. This will bring our mission more closely in alignment with what it is we do.

We propose changing the current mission:

Burke Substance Abuse Network (BSAN) is a coalition of providers, support groups, related agencies and other stakeholders who come together to:  (a) network; (b) identify gaps in service; and (c) strategically plan response to community needs as they relate to the reduction of substance abuse in youth, young adults, their families, and all citizens of Burke County.

Proposed change to:

Burke Substance Abuse Network (BSAN) is a coalition of providers, support groups, related agencies and other stakeholders who come together to:  (a) network; (b) identify gaps in service; and (c) strategically plan response to community needs as they relate to the reduction of substance abuse and use in youth, young adults, their families, and all citizens of Burke County for long term community health.

Anyone with a concern or question, or who opposes this change should email bcacdjoe@gmail.com

PRESENTATION: NEONATAL ABSTINENCE SYNDROME

Joe Marks introduced Karen Nolder, NNP, BC, neonatal nurse at Mission Health in Asheville. Karen presented on Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome, which are due to withdrawal effects on a baby born to an active drug user. For many reasons, since the year 2000, there has been a dramatic rise in opioids prescribed to pregnant women. She described the current scope of the problem:

Pregnant women, ages 15-44:

  • 15% used tobacco (16% in 2006) (24% of non-pregnant women used)
  • 9% used alcohol (12% in 2006) (55% non-pregnant)
  • 5.4% used illicit drugs (4.4% in 2006) (11.4% non-pregnant)
  • Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Admin (SAMHSA) > Results from 2013 national survey on drug use and health: national findings > 15-30% used a prescription opioid

The most common prescription narcotics are

  • Oxycodone (OxyContin)
  • Oxycodone + Acetominophen (Percocet)
  • Hydrocodone + Acetominophen (Vicodin)
  • Fentanyl (patch)
  • Tramadol (Ultram)
  • Methadone
  • Buprenorphine (Subutex)

She described Congress’s 2003 Keeping Children & Family Safe Act. The act requires each state (as a condition of receiving federal funds) to develop policies and procedures “to address the needs of infants born and identified as being affected by illegal substance abuse or withdrawal symptoms resulting from prenatal drug exposure.”

Video about drug dependent infants: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2eP5EnFSG0c


 

Upcoming Coalition Events:

Underage Drinking Initiative will sponsor a luncheon during the Carolina’s Conference on Wed. November 4th at 12:30pm. Special guest speaker is Jim Gardner, chairman of North Carolina’s ABC commission. More Information is here:  https://burkesubstanceabusenetwork.wordpress.com/2015/10/14/abc-chair-jim-gardner-to-address-addictionrecovery-conference-about-underage-drinking-114/

People interested in attending should reply to bcacdrcook@gmail.com.

Parents Inspire Prevention will host a session for parents and for youth called “How to Talk to Your Teens & Preteens about Underage Drinking and Drugs” at Patton High School on Mon. Nov 9th from 5:30-7pm. Pizza will be provided and a focus group for youth will take place in another room so parents can interact freely. More information about this event is here: https://burkesubstanceabusenetwork.wordpress.com/2015/10/16/parents-free-pizza-bring-your-teenspre-teens-how-to-talk-mon-nov-9/

17th Annual Carolinas Conference on Addiction & Recovery runs from Wed. November 4 – Fri. November 6. Details and a schedule of events is here: http://www.carolinasconference.org

Events include:

  • Speaker: Thurs Nov 5th @ 11am – Jimmy Cioe on The Anonymous People: Creating and Sustaining Recovery Communities
  • Workshop: Thurs Nov 5 @ 2pm – Dr. Bill Mock on Addiction is a Family Disease & Recovery a Family Process
  • Recovery Rally: Thurs Nov 5 @ 6pm

Joe Marks closed the meeting with a statement of gratitude to all BSAN members and guests who are making a difference by the work they are doing.

November and December meeting change:

Note that due the upcoming holidays, the November and December BSAN meetings will be held a week earlier. The meetings will be as follows:

  • Friday, November 20
  • Friday, December 18

 

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