Genesee County Prevention Coalition Newsletter
October 2020

GCPC October News & Updates

In response to the ongoing circumstances related to  COVID-19 the GCPC will maintain regular office hours Monday - Thursday 8:30 am - 3:00 pm. If you need assistance outside of these hours, please call 810-285-9047 to make arrangements. Our primary goal is to continue to maintain prevention services and resources to our community. Please reach out to us if we can be of assistance in providing information and support for addressing substance use and mental health concerns during this difficult time.
** All meetings will be held online through Zoom until further notice. Workgroup members will receive a meeting notification with the Zoom link. **
October Meeting Schedule 

GCPC Community Partner Meeting Tuesday, October 13th, 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.

You must register in advance for this meeting - click on the link below to register:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Community Partner Presentation: Liz Josaitis and Jim Harrington, MSU Extension
Michigan Substance Use Prevention, Education, and Recovery (MiSUPER) project.
To address the opioid epidemic across Michigan, Michigan State University Extension, Michigan State University's College of Human Medicine and the Northwest Health Department of Michigan are offering opioid misuse prevention education to Michigan communities through the Michigan Substance Use Prevention, Education, and Recovery (MiSUPER) project.

  • Prescription Drug Workgroup: Tuesday, October 20, 9:00 to 10:30 a.m.*
  • Underage Drinking Workgroup: Tuesday, October 27, 9:00 to 10:30 a.m.*
  • Marijuana/Vaping Awareness Workgroup: No meeting scheduled for October
*If you would like to join a workgroup Zoom meeting and are not currently a member of a workgroup, please contact Andrea Keller at to be added to the email distribution list.
National Medicine Abuse Awareness Month
Did you know that one in 30 youth ages 12 through 17 has misused over-the-counter (OTC) cough medicine for its dextromethorphan (DXM) ingredient and one in five young adults has misused a prescription drug?

Help raise awareness of the dangers of over-the-counter (OTC) cough medicine and prescription (Rx) drug misuse during National Medicine Abuse Awareness Month (NMAAM) in October. Take part in the Dose of Prevention Challenge, which promotes community engagement through a variety of virtual events and activities. Learn more here!

Bringing Prevention Virtual
The resources on this site were created by the PTTC Network to assist prevention professionals as they transition to delivering services and programming from face-to-face to virtual settings. Select the title of a resource to be redirected to view or download that resource. Additional resources will be added to this site as they are developed by our Network. Access materials here
National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is October 24th
The next National Take Back Day will be October 24, 2020. This event is a safe, convenient, and responsible way to dispose of unused or expired prescription drugs at locations in communities throughout the country. 

The October 2019 Take Back Day brought in 882,919 pounds (almost 442 tons) of unused or expired prescription medication and vape devices. 

Read more about the most recent Take Back Day totals here.

Check DEA's official Take Back Day website for more information and to find year-round collection sites near you.

The 2019 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) Data is Available Now

The Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) monitors six categories of health-related behaviors that contribute to the leading causes of death and disability among youth and adults, including:
  • Behaviors that contribute to unintentional injuries and violence
  • Sexual behaviors related to unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV infection
  • Alcohol and other drug use
  • Tobacco use
  • Unhealthy dietary behaviors
  • Inadequate physical activity
YRBSS also measures the prevalence of obesity and asthma and other health-related behaviors plus sexual identity and sex of sexual contacts.

YRBSS is a system of surveys. It includes 1) a national school-based survey conducted by CDC and state, territorial, tribal, and 2) local surveys conducted by state, territorial, and local education and health agencies and tribal governments.

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