Schiesler said, “I was reviewing your logic models. Your problem is youth are using opiates. Why? They are available. There’s a lack of knowledge of the harms of using prescription drugs. How are you going to show you’re making an impact on that?” Litzinger answered, “That’s one of the reasons we talked about the prescription disposal. We were encouraging parents and grandparents to get them out of their homes” so teens wouldn’t have as much access to them. Schiesler recommended educating the public about not sharing prescription medications.
Goals have to be listed on the federal grant application, which Linkel will write and submit by March 24. “How will you increase collaboration?” asked the Cincinnati discussion leader. Blessing recommended getting teen members to serve on CDFB.
CDFGC employee Amanda Conn Starner wondered, “Is the coalition viewed as an invitation-only group?” Yes, but it is open to anyone, members said. Citizens are invited to meetings on each month’s first Monday from 11 a.m.-noon in the Memorial Building third floor conference room. Schiesler said to think about what volunteers can do to help, especially if they are unable to attend daytime meetings. “I like the idea of building the membership up a little bit and getting rid of the stigma” that coalition members must be invited to join.
Starner asked if CDFB had a social media presence. “That might be a simple win” to add it.
Schiesler said the Web site easily could be updated by BHS students. It was started during a series of drug forums in 2011 and has drug abuse resources.
Starner suggested getting a Narcotics Anonymous group off the ground here, especially since the closest one in Brookville recently closed so now members must travel to the Greater Cincinnati area to attend meetings.