We are working to prevent substance use and suicide in our community. Prevention at Southwest Counseling uses the Strategic Prevention Framework to bring about a community level change. We start with assessing the specific needs of our community. Next, we build capacity through a coalition and engaging community stakeholders. Following that, we develop a work plan to meet the needs of our community. Then, we implement the strategies contained in the work plan. Finally, we evaluate how our strategies are doing and if they should be continued or changed. Located below are the strategies we are implementing in our community.
Our prevention specialists will be conducting community specific research for Sweetwater County to design an educational campaign geared towards adult overconsumption of alcohol and impaired driving. The educational campaign will pair with the community events toolkits and ID scanners. We want to help the community understand the impact of impaired driving locally, and how we can all take part in keeping our roads safe.
We will be providing education kits to alcohol retailers in the county that will have materials about the over service of alcohol. These kits will have educational material, window clings, and counter-marketing materials. We want this information to help our law enforcement when they do compliance checks, and for Sweetwater County to reach 100% compliance with alcohol.
Standard sized, clear disposable cups will be available for community events with a message to prevent binge drinking. Our coalition will be partnering with alcohol industry leaders to distribute the cups.
Our coalition will be promoting TIPS training to bar and restaurant servers and bartenders to reduce binge/ underage drinking.
Do you have unused painkillers in your medicine cabinet? Getting rid of these prescriptions in a safe manner helps prevent others from obtaining them and becoming addicted. Opiods like OxyContin or Percocet are especially dangerous for overdose.
Here are some resources available to the community for FREE from Southwest Counseling Service; Sweetwater Prevention Coalition; the City of Rock Springs; and the City of Green River.
Deterra Drug Deactivation System is the most effective way to keep drugs out of our environment. It is a simple 3-step process that deactivates drugs and makes them unavailable for misuse. Each Deterra pouch contains a water-soluble inner pod that contains an activated carbon. Once the drugs are placed in the pouch, warm water is added which dissolves the inner pod releasing the activated carbon. Once the carbon is absorbed it will deactivate any organic medications, including opioids. Deterra works on pills, patches, and liquids.
Currently, there three medication drop box locations. One is located at the Rock Springs Police Department, one is located at the Green River Police Department, and there is now one at Southwest Counseling Services Foothill location. Bring any unused or unwanted medication and drop them in the locked box – it is that simple! The drop boxes help get unused medication out of the environment to prevent misuse.
Medication lock boxes are available free at our Foothill location. Locking up prescription medications can help keep them out of the hands of small children or teens, and reduce the risk of poisoning or prescription drug abuse. There are multiple different sizes of lock boxes, and there are pill bottle locks as well.
If you would like to know more about the resources available or would like to get involved in the Sweetwater County Prevention Coalition, please contact Southwest Counseling Service at 307-352-6677.
Preventure is an evidence-based program for high school students to prevent substance use and help with mental health. The students take a short quiz to pick a personality trait, and the instructor teaches the best coping skills for that personality trait. It is a program geared to the individual student, and will teach them to use their coping skills instead of turning to drugs. In communities where they teach PreVenture training, substance use in teens has lowered by 30-80%.
Program to educate parents, community members, school employees and youth about the dangers and consequences of providing alcohol to anyone under the age of 21.
The Sweetwater County Prevention Coalition will be providing the police departments with funding to preform extra compliance checks on alcohol retailers. This strategy goes along with the liquor retailer education kits to make sure our community is keeping our youth safe by not allowing them to buy alcohol illegally.
These ID scanners will be available for all community events that serve alcohol, free of charge along with a community event toolkit for safe events. The toolkits have signage for drinking areas, wristbands, an ID checking guide, and UV lights to make sure IDs are valid. This strategy was chosen to reduce underage drinking, and signify which area’s alcohol is allowed and not allowed at an event.
The kNOw Vape media campaign is a state wide initiative to help spread awareness about the dangers of vaping. The kNOw Vape campaign also links youth in need to resources to help provide education.
The Sweetwater County Prevention Coalition, offers Nicotine Replacement treatment through Southwest Counseling Service. This program is intended for tobacco and nicotine cessation. We will also be partnering this strategy with eReferrals to the Tobacco Quitline (1-800-QUITNOW) where clients will receive individual coaching sessions. When clients come and get NRT we will ask them if they would like to sign up to the nicotine cessation groups as well.
Our coalition will be providing tobacco cessation classes to assist community members in quitting. We will also be promoting the Wyoming Tobacco Quitline to reduce the number of individuals who use tobacco products e-cigarettes.
Due to changes in Tobacco policy the age for purchasing tobacco products has been increased from 18 to 21. The Retailer kits are designed to help businesses enforce the age at which tobacco products may be purchased and consumed.
Our coalition will be providing smoke-free/e-cigarette free signs to local business establishments as well as provide community education on the dangers of tobacco use and second-hand smoke. With the increasing use of e-cigarettes, it is a necessity to educate about the dangers of e-cigarettes.