Wednesday, February 25, 2015

OCSAPC Round Table Series

OCSAPC has been busy for the last 6 years building coalition capacity thereby creating more opportunities for change.  As a result of internal assessments the coalition decided to host a round table series dedicated to four important community sectors.  The round tables are focusing on Healthcare, Faith-Based, College and Business partners.  The discussions have led to numerous strategies and ideas to be implemented in our community.  Stay tuned for more information.  The next College Round Table is March 12 at Wheeling Jesuit from 5-7 PM.  The Business Round Table is March 26 at Christ United Methodist Church from 5-7 PM.  The Faith-Based Team will meet April 28 at 1:00 PM at 87 15th St. and the next Healthcare Team meeting will be announced.  

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Majority Rules!

OCSAPC summer youth interns and volunteers created our Majority Rules! campaign.   They wrote and produced 2 radio commercials, 1 television commercial and a billboard.  They used the fact that most local 16-17 year old teens do not use alcohol or marijuana.  Many folks, young and older, are under the misconception that more teens use substances than do not.  This is simply not true.  Substance users are in the minority.  Peer pressure may exist but this realization may help our young people make healthier choices for themselves.
Our summer youth were amazing.  The campaign culminated in a youth forum called Majority Rules!  It was held at Laughlin Chapel and was attended by many local youth.  Check them out on Facebook at ABOVE or Twitter at @majorityruleswv.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Positive Prevention Messages from Local Youth

The annual Choose a Clear Mind Poster contest conducted with Ohio County School 4th grade students showcases positive messages for April's Alcohol Awareness Month.  All 9 elementary schools participated in the contest with a winner from each school.  The top three winners's are featured on the billboards.  All 9 school winners receive a banner to hang in their school for the rest of the year, after which the winning students keep the banners.  After taking part in a prevention education program, the students create posters with a theme of showing positive activities they can do instead of wasting time on alcohol and drugs.  They can reach their hopes and dreams!  Top 3 billboard winners shown above.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Successful Community Forum Brings Out Leaders

The Cabinet to Street Forum held last week on November 21, 2013 from 6-8pm at WV Northern Community College was a resounding success to OCSAPC members.  The panel of community leaders was phenomenal; Russ Taylor of Miracles Happen noted we could never have brought together this panel even several years ago.  Our community may now be ready to take on more prevention strategies and work together.  The panel included U.S. Attorney William Ihlenfeld, Senate president Jeff Kessler, from County Schools, MaryLu Hutchins, Dr. Martin Olshinsky, Sheriff Bulter, Sgt. Don Miller, Dr. William Mercer, Howard Gamble, Commissioner Orphy Klempa, Mayor Andy McKenzie, Councilman Don Atkinson, Lance Gosseett, Brenda Danehart, Rev. Jeremiah Jasper, Russ Taylor, Jennifer Imer, Matt Grimard, John Shaw, and Melody Osborne.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Cabinet to Street Forum on November 21, 2013


Please come and help us create new or expand on current prescription drug abuse prevention strategies in Ohio County.  We have an amazing panel of community leaders ready to discuss what more we can do together.  November 21, 2013 from 6:00-8:00 pm at West Virginia Northern Community College in the B & O Building Auditorium.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Workforce Roundtable October 21

Top employers of Ohio, Marshall, Brooke, Hancock and Wetzel counties are invited to participate in re-establishing a dialogue about maintaining a drug free work place as part of the governor's plan to reduce substance abuse in West Virginia.  The governor is slated to attend.  

Monday, August 26, 2013

Bath Salts & Spice: Don't Roll the Dice

OCSAPC members have created a Bath Salts and Synthetic Marijuana awareness campaign for the month of September.  Look for our television and radio PSAs as well as our billboards and newspaper ads!

Monday, July 29, 2013

Cabinet to Street Youth Forum

Our Cabinet to Street Youth Forum was a great success thanks to our participating youth.  They planned the event including media, outreach, and activities.  Thanks for all your support!!

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Cabinet to Street Media Blitz

Youth interns, Alyson Herh and Nicole Francis, publicize Cabinet to Street youth forum.  Alyson talks to Steve Novotney on WKKX and Nicole is on the Noon Cast with Laurie Conway!  The did an awesome job!  Just give us a call if you want to bring a youth or a group.  (304) 233-2045 It's July 24 1pm-3pm Laughlin Chapel.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Cabinet→Street Youth Forum

Cabinet to Street is presented by Above the Influence Wheeling on July 24, 2013 at Laughlin Chapel from 1-3pm.  We’ll have a video by local youth for local youth!  This forum will help educate youth about the dangers of substances and give them ways to resist the negative influences of others.  It educates youth about the possible progression from gateway drugs like alcohol and marijuana to synthetics or prescription pain killers and eventually to street drugs like heroin.  Give us a call at 304-233-2045 if you’d like to bring individuals or groups.  


The Ohio County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition (OCSAPC) is funded by a federal Drug Free Communities (DFC) Support Program Grant from the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Youth Services System, Inc. (YSS) serves as the coalition's fiscal and administrative agent.