BSAN Meeting Minutes Jan 2017

BSAN Meeting Minutes, January 27, 2017

Forty-three people were present at the Morganton Community House on Friday, January 27, 2017 for this 7:30am breakfast meeting.

BSAN member Flynn Recovery Community board of directors member Derrick Reynolds offered the invocation.

Joseph Marks, Executive Director at Burke Recovery, welcomed the group requested updates from the group:

2016 Community Health Needs Assessment

Lisa Moore from Burke County Health Department updated the group on the work of the Burke Wellness Initiative, which is a partnership between Burke Health Department, Carolinas Healthcare System Blue Ridge, and a number of agencies and individuals who are stakeholders in the wellness in Burke County. The 2016 Community Health Needs Assessment is complete, and the 3 priorities identified were: 1 – Substance Use/Misuse, 2 – Mental Health and 3 – Poverty.  Burke Wellness Initiative is beginning to work on pulling action plans together for these priorities and is seeking people who are interested in participating in the action planning process. Volunteers should contact Lisa at lisa.moore@burkenc.org.

Blood Drive

Lisa Moore also announced that the County sponsored blood drive is today from 2:30pm to 6:30pm at the Cooperative Extension office.

Flynn Recovery Community

Joe Marks explained the 12-week recovery model used for the residents at Flynn Home and introduced this current group, who will go through the program’s commencement this afternoon and enter the larger community either locally or in their own home towns.

Sector Workshop – Building A Youth Coalition

Joe Marks described the Drug Free Community application process, which puts special emphasis on the establishment of a vibrant youth coalition. The group then divided into 10 sector breakouts for focused work from the perspective of that sector. The questions and their results, by sector, are listed below.

February BSAN Meeting

Next month’s BSAN meeting will be held Friday, February 24, 2017 at 7:30am. The Morganton Community House will be under renovations at that time so location will be determined and announced.

Building A Youth Coalition – Sector Workshop Results

  • Coalition Involvement Agreements
  • Sector organization 
  • Collecting data from sectors concerning marijuana and tobacco.

Out of 12 possible sectors, 10 sectors participated collaboratively.  The members of each sector joined and contributed while stating their opinions and reasons for choosing which substance (marijuana or tobacco) they felt was the biggest problem.  The members of each sector also had to decide which substance they felt their sector was more ready and willing to tackle along with the reasons.  Finally, the members of each sector named one thing they could contribute to a youth coalition.

Results:

Eight sectors chose tobacco as the biggest problem for the following reasons:

  1. Tobacco is a gateway to addiction
  2. Tobacco is easily purchased or acquired
  3. Tobacco is highly addictive
  4. They feel tobacco is more harmful than marijuana (More health risks)
  5. There are more tobacco deaths in the United States
  6. Tobacco is more prevalent in the school systems
  7. It is illegal for youth
  8. Second hand smoke is very dangerous
  9. Tobacco remains the highest offense in schools
  10. Tobacco is cheaper
  11. Parents are more lenient with their kids smoking tobacco than marijuana
  12. The huge nationwide medical expense due to marijuana
  13. Vaping is becoming more popular and has extreme concentrations of nicotine
  14. Tobacco is more socially acceptable

Seven sectors felt they had the most readiness and willingness to tackle tobacco for the following reasons: 

  1. Evidenced based studies provide proof concerning the negative side effects of tobacco
  2. Businesses have policies in place regulating tobacco
  3. Less evidence available showing marijuana being harmful
  4. Marijuana can be used medicinally in some cases
  5. The media already has successful campaigns in place regarding tobacco use
  6. Uncertainty on marijuana legalization
  7. Many feel we can readily identify tobacco usage
  8. Tobacco cessation programs and products are available
  9. More education is available concerning tobacco
  10. More staff awareness concerning tobacco
  11. Tobacco is sold in stores and can be better regulated
  12. Marijuana is currently perceived as less harmful
  13. Many believe if we can stop kids from using tobacco then we will be stopping them from further addictions
  14. Tobacco causes more deaths each year than any other addictive substance

Two Sectors chose marijuana as the biggest problem for the following reasons: 

  1. Marijuana is mind altering causing impairment
  2. Marijuana is a gateway drug
  3. Marijuana is illegal
  4. Marijuana is becoming more socially accepted
  5. Marijuana is becoming less criminalized in court system
  6. Marijuana is readily available

Three Sectors felt they had the most readiness and willingness to tackle marijuana for the following reasons:

  1. Law enforcement/marijuana is still illegal
  2. Tobacco has less harmful options available like nicotine lozenges
  3. Police can refer offenders to counseling services
  4. Marijuana is less likely to be allowed in a home
  5. Institutions (Prisons etc..) can help educate in high schools
  6. Stress management techniques are available with Yoga and other physical activities offering alternative endorphin release strategies while connecting to kids.

The one thing each sector named as their potential contribution to a youth coalition:

  • Youth Serving Organization Sector: Local efforts supported to encourage others (Positive reward system for opting out of tobacco/drug use)
  • Youth Sector:  Education in school (Cessation programs for youth, coping strategies, speakers)
  • School sector: Open doors for conversations with the youth to discuss a youth coalition
  • Parent sector: Youth awareness along with community support while being involved and engaged
  • Healthcare Professional Sector: Education (Smoking cessation classes, teaching others about cessation products)
  • State/Local/Tribal Government Sector: Education (Peer involvement, counseling)
  • Media Sector: Connection to News Herald
  • Business Sector: Money and possibly internships
  • Other Organizations Involved In Reducing Substance Abuse Sector: Education by all involved to targeted populations (Youth, seniors, hospitals, doctor offices, pharmacies) while utilizing Medical Information Sheets
  • Law Enforcement Sector: Provide data and information

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Sector: Other Organization Involved in Reducing Substance Abuse 

This sector chose tobacco as the bigger problem for the following reasons:

  1. They feel tobacco is a gateway drug because an addictive mindset can easily start with tobacco.
  2. Tobacco is easily purchased or acquired.
  3. Tobacco is highly addictive

The members of this sector also believe they have the most willingness and readiness to tackle tobacco for the following reasons:

  1. It is highly present in Burke County Schools.
  2. Tobacco health cost is over 100 Billion dollars per year
  3. Tobacco causes more deaths each year than any other substance abused.

 

One thing the members of this sector believe they can contribute to a youth coalition:

  • Education by all involved to targeted populations (Youth, seniors, hospitals, doctor offices, pharmacies) and utilizing Medication Information Sheets.

Sector: Law Enforcement  

This sector chose marijuana as the bigger problem for the following reasons:

  1. They feel it is a gateway drug.
  2. It is becoming more socially accepted.
  3. It is readily available
  4. It is becoming less criminalized in the court system.
  5. Marijuana causes impairment.

The members of this sector feel they have the most readiness and willingness to tackle marijuana for the following reasons:

  1. Enforcement is their profession and marijuana is illegal.
  2. Tobacco has less harmful options available like nicotine lozenges.
  3. They can refer offenders to counseling services

One thing the members of this sector believe they can contribute to a youth coalition:

  • Provide data and information

Sector: School

This sector chose tobacco as the bigger problem for the following reasons:

  1. Health risks of tobacco
  2. They feel it is a Gateway drug
  3. It is Illegal for youth
  4. It is easily hidden in schools
  5. Second hand smoke is dangerous
  6. It’s ease of access

The members of this sector believe they have the most readiness and willingness to tackle tobacco for the following reasons:

  1. Tobacco free rules and policies are already in place
  2. The known health risks and cancer education
  3. They believe if we can stop kids from using tobacco then we are preventing them from using other drugs as well.

One thing the members of this sector believe they can contribute to a youth coalition:

  • Open doors for conversations with the youth to discuss the youth coalition.

Sector: Parent

This sector chose marijuana as the bigger problem for the following reasons:

  1. Marijuana is mind altering
  2. Marijuana is a gateway drug
  3. Marijuana is illegal

The members of this sector feel they have the most readiness and willingness to tackle marijuana for the following reasons:

  1. It is less likely to be allowed in a home
  2. Modeling as parents and building relations with kids
  3. Communication and providing early education

One thing the members of this sector believe they can contribute to a youth coalition:

  • Youth awareness along with community support while being involved and engaged.

Sector: Healthcare Professional 

This sector chose tobacco as the biggest problem for the following reasons:

  1. They feel tobacco is more harmful and can lead to more diseases like asthma and COPD.
  2. There are more tobacco related deaths in the United States
  3. Tobacco use is more prevalent in our school systems

The members of this sector feel they have the most readiness and willingness to tackle tobacco for the following reasons:

  1. There are more resources available along with national campaigns
  2. Tobacco is sold in stores and can be better regulated
  3. Since marijuana has medicinal purposes, it is currently perceived as less harmful.

One thing the members of this sector believe they can contribute to a youth coalition:

  • Education. ( Smoking cessation classes, teaching others about cessation products)

Sector: State/Local/Tribal Government

This sector chose tobacco as the biggest problem for the following reasons:

  1. Confinement
  2. Corruption
  3. Extortion

The members of this sector feel they have the most readiness and willingness to tackle tobacco for the following reasons:

  1. Cameras
  2. Staff awareness
  3. Education

One thing the members of this sector believe they can contribute to a youth coalition:

  • Education (Peer involvement, counseling)

 

Sector: Media

This sector chose tobacco as the biggest problem for the following reasons:

  1. They feel it is a gateway drug
  2. It is more accessible
  3. It is legal for those 18 years and older

The members of this sector feel they have to most readiness and willingness to tackle tobacco for the following reasons:

  1. Media has increased its presence in tackling tobacco
  2. It is a gateway to further drug use
  3. Better outcome of their investments

One thing the members of this sector believe they can contribute to a youth coalition:

  • Connection to the News Herald

Sector: Business

This sector chose tobacco as the biggest problem for the following reasons:

  1. They feel it is a gateway to addiction
  2. They feel it is more carcinogenic
  3. More marketing educating the youth

The members of this sector feel they have the most readiness and willingness to tackle tobacco for the following reasons:

  1. Uncertainty on marijuana legalization
  2. They feel we can readily identify tobacco usage
  3. Several programs are already in place for tobacco cessation

One thing the members of this sector believe they can contribute to a youth coalition:

  • Money and possibly internship

Sector: Youth 

This sector chose tobacco as the biggest problem for the following reasons:

  1. Looking at BCPS in school violations, tobacco remained the highest
  2. Tobacco is more easily accessible and cheaper
  3. Parents are more lenient with their kids smoking/using tobacco than marijuana
  4. Large medical expenses due to tobacco
  5. Vaping: Higher concentration of nicotine

The members of this sector feel they have the most readiness and willingness to tackle tobacco for the following reasons:

  1. Evidenced based studies have been performed on the negative side effects of tobacco
  2. Businesses have policies in place.  Tobacco can be better regulated
  3. Marijuana can be used medicinally in some cases and the harmful side effects have no evidence based studies.

One thing the members of this sector believe they can contribute to a youth coalition:

  • Education in school (Cessation programs for youth, coping strategies, speakers)

Sector: Youth Serving Organization 

This sector chose tobacco as the biggest problem for the following reasons:

  1. New products that seem to catch the eye.
  2. It is very accessible and addictive
  3. It is more socially acceptable (less strictness)

The members of this sector feel they have the most readiness and willingness to tackle marijuana for the following reasons:

  1. We can work with hospitals and institutions providing education to high schools
  2. Stress management techniques are available with Yoga and other physical activities
  3. The ability to offer alternative endorphin release strategies that kids can connect to

One thing the members of this sector believe they can contribute to a youth coalition:

  • Local efforts supported to encourage others (Positive reward system for opting out of tobacco/drug use).

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