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Opioid coalition starting Youth Action Team

  • By Sarah Fay Campbell
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  • Nov. 21, 2018 - 8:05 PM

College students will be helping the Coweta Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition bring information about the dangers of opioid misuse and abuse to their fellow students.

The CSAP coalition is working to reach college-age students through a marketing and education campaign funded by a grant that was announced in August. The grant is $30,000 a year for three years.

Students at the Coweta campuses of West Georgia Technical College and the University of West Georgia were invited to apply to be members of the Youth Action Team, which will work on the campaign by giving presentations, creating the marketing campaign or being peer-to-peer resources. After going through required training, the students will be eligible for a small stipend for their work.

Only seven applications were submitted during the first round, and hopes were to have at least 12 students to participate, so the team plans to accept another round of applications. All seven of the applications were from West Georgia Tech.

The grant is through the Strategic Prevention Framework for Prescription Drugs - SPF-RX for short.

The SPF-RX team met Tuesday during the November meeting of the CSAP coalition.

The team also went over a pre- and post-test survey that will be distributed to college students.

There was discussion of how the pre- and post-test surveys should be administered. They could be emailed to all students, or focused only on students who listen to one of the presentations.

The project will be using the resources of Generation RX. Those resources include interactive games, which could be a way to reach more students, said Dr. Tonya Whitlock of WGTC. Whitlock said she’d also like to have better access to the data collected by CSAP and state agencies on the extent of the opioid problem in Coweta.