We have invested ourselves in prayer for the opioid epidemic in our city over the last thirty days. Our desire is to provide you with meaningful steps to put your faith into action. We are exploring a number of initiatives that you will hear more about soon.
Below is a list of resources to help you get started NOW on becoming more informed about how to help your faith community prevent and address substance abuse issues.
1. Add Samaritan CrisisCare to your phone: Samaritan CrisisCare is a 24/7 hotline providing information and referral to local substance use and mental health treatment options.
2. Learn more about treatment options: Montgomery County Alcohol, Drug Addiction, and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) maintains a list of local treatment options and online screening tools for substance use and mental health at www.mcadamhs.org under MyMontgomeryCounty.
3. If your physician is recommending a pain reliever: ASK if it is an opiate based medication, ASK if there is a non-opiate alternative.
4. Complete a Mental Health First Aid training: This 8-hour course will equip you on how to start a conversation with a family member, friend or co-worker when you recognize they may be experiencing a mental health or substance use crisis. To attend please contact Jennifer Cox at firstname.lastname@example.org or 937-443-0416 (our staff will complete this training on Tuesday, September 19).
5. Sign up for “Know!”: Cedarville University School of Pharmacy in Cedarville, Ohio and Drug Free Action Alliance have partnered to create Know! Tips for Faith Leaders and Communities, combining the family-oriented, prevention-focused message of Know! Parent Tips with verses from the Bible. Know! Tips can be passed out or emailed to members of your congregation. Access the Know! Tips for Faith Leaders and Communities by going to dvc.life/know
6. Carry Naloxone (Narcan): Project Dawn (Death Avoided with Naloxone) in Montgomery County offers FREE weekly naloxone overdose education and distribution every Wednesday at 12:00 p.m., 601 Edwin C. Moses Blvd, Floor F, CrisisCare entrance, Dayton, OH 45417. Please arrive 15 minutes early to register. Project Dawn will schedule trainings during evenings and weekends at the request of businesses, faith based organizations, service groups, and other community groups. Call 937-734-8333 for scheduling. In Greene County, Project Dawn training is offered by TCN. Training covers:
• Recognizing the signs and symptoms of overdose
• Distinguishing between different types of overdose
• Performing rescue breathing
• Calling emergency medical services
• Administering intranasal Naloxone
How can you receive training? We are currently offering training on an as needed basis. If you are a Greene County resident, agency, or community group please call or email: Chris Pinkelman, 937-376-8760, email@example.com; or Lynn Oliver, 937- 376-8729, firstname.lastname@example.org (our staff will complete this training on Tuesday, August 8).
7. Remove unwanted or expired pharmaceuticals from your house: 70% of teens report diverting medications from family and friends’ medicine cabinets for non-prescribed use or abuse, Unwanted or expired pills or patches can be properly disposed of in a Drug Drop Off box. Citizens are encouraged to package their unwanted medications in a clear plastic bag. A list of locations is available on www.mcadamhs.org. You may also utilize a Medication Disposal System pouch—these are available at most Kroger Pharmacy and Good Will stores in the greater Dayton area.
8. Use Medication Lock Boxes: Purchase a lock box for your homes and/or anyone you are a caregiver for to safely store and secure access to prescribed medications.
9. Celebrate Recovery: A Christ-centered recovery process for anyone with hurts, hang-ups, or habits which have interfered with their relationship with God or others. We offer Celebration Place for children (nursery-5th grade), The Landing for teens (6th-12th grades), and recovery groups for adults. We begin with a meal at 5:45pm every Wednesday at our Riverdale Community Site, 1222 N. Main St. in Dayton. We are looking for people to serve on our Food Team and Veterans to begin a Welcome Home group. Questions? Contact Eugene & Karen Waugh by phone at 937-867-5142 or via email at email@example.com.
10. Faith-based Toolkit: Published by Prevention First in Cincinnati, the Toolkit is not a curriculum and does not need to be implemented from beginning to end. It is a collection of things people have found helpful in bringing prevention into the faith community. The Toolkit was designed to give you: important background information that will help you feel more comfortable with bringing prevention into your faith community, tools to choose from to teach or implement the information, and resources to learn more or take the concepts further. Learn more at dvc.life/toolkit
11. Talk with someone: Contact Kevin R. Hoffman, Congregational Care Pastor, Vineyard Church; email firstname.lastname@example.org or text/call: 937-520-8496