Anti-Drug Coalition Meets In Person Once Again

The Overton County Anti-Drug Coalition (OCADC) met in person for the first time in over a year last Thursday and discussed some of the many events they have planned to dive back into their efforts.

OCADC Executive Director Tasha Mackie and Assistant Director Jessica Stephens explained that COVID-19 had really put a damper on many of their efforts and events they are involved in, but are ready to jump in full force as things return to normal.

Mackie said the OCADC will be returning to the fair this year; however, it will be a little different.

In addition to their awareness efforts, the OCADC will be hosting NARCAN—or naxolone—training at the fair.

Naxolon is a prescription drug that can save a life in a suspected opioid overdose situation.

“We’ll be there all week, but will hopefully be able to conduct trainings at least two nights at the fair.”

Mackie also informed the most recent “Drug Take Back Event” was the biggest they had ever had—despite the circumstances.

“It was cold that day and it was raining and we all had a preconceived idea that it was not going to be a very successful event,” Stephens said. “Little did we know, it would the most successful one we have ever hosted.”

Stephens said they collected more unused and unwanted prescription drugs at that single event than they had ever in the past.

For more on this story, pick up a copy of this week’s Livingston Enterprise.

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