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.  

Wednesday, May 29, 2013


YOUTH WANTED! We are looking for 2-3 high school students (over 15) and 1 college student (under 24) interested in learning about coalition work, event coordinating and working with other youth. We are offering a stipend as incentive. Students will gain work experience and knowledge about prevention. Please contact us for an application at 304-233-2045 or 
Photo shows our youth from last summer shooting a commercial!!!

Thursday, April 4, 2013

“Stars of Prevention” Found in Ohio County 4th Graders


Ohio County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition (OCSAPC) is celebrating Alcohol Awareness Month which is in April.  As part of its programming it supplies Ohio County Schools with prevention education materials and training.  For the past 6 years, we have facilitated the Keep a Clear Mind program and Choose a Clear Mind Poster Contest for all Ohio County Schools 4th graders. The program offers take-home workbooks on alcohol, tobacco and marijuana use and urges parents to complete the workbooks with their children.  The children receive incentives if their parent signs the workbook completion form.  The posters illustrate the children’s desire to reach for the stars or activities they enjoy instead of alcohol. 

     Coalition members choose a winner from each of following 9 elementary schools: Bethlehem, West Liberty, Woodsdale, Elm Grove, Middle Creek, Steenrod, Madison, Ritchie, and Warwood.  The top 3 winners will appear on billboards in Ohio County, and in OV Parent Magazine as part of OCSAPC’s alcohol awareness campaign.  The coalition also purchases banners for the top 3 winners to hang their winning entries at their school and a mini-billboard trophy provided by Lamar.  The group will use all winning posters on our social media sites and promotional  items. 

For something new this year, the young people will appear in a commercial which shows the winners as “Stars of Prevention.”   Some people ask, “Why start with such young children?”  OCSAPC response is that the average age of first alcohol use in Ohio County is 12 years old.  We hope parents will talk to their children before they are in a position to be offered that first drink.  We also see these children as having the potential reshape county perceptions of alcohol use by taking part in programs like this.  Someday they will be the adults who choose the direction of Ohio County.  We believe lives can be saved and the community can be safer.  


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.