In Our community in 2021
One Voice Summit
We partnered with One Voice of Hunterdon County to host the annual One Voice Summit which was held on September 21 drawing 70 faith leaders, law enforcement and community partners together. “Prevention through the Lens of Faith” was the theme for the day, which included presentations on faith as a protective factor, the latest information on marijuana and Delta 8, and Empowering Language to de-stigmatize substance use disorder.
Vape Disposal Boxes
The Drug-Free Task Force partnered with Positive YOUth to provide schools with a safe place that students can dispose of their vapes. Students can dispose of their vape anonymously in the vape disposal boxes that have been installed throughout Hunterdon County high schools. The disposal boxes have a QR code that students can easily access resources on how to quit vaping.
Overdose Awareness Day
August 31 commemorates International Overdose Awareness Day. International Overdose Awareness Day is worldwide event to remember those lost to an overdose, and support the family and friends left behind. There were speakers sharing their personal experience on the loss of family to an overdose, opportunities to post remembrance for those who have passed, and a candlelight vigil.
In Our community in 2020
Love My Lungs Challenge
While schools transitioned to all virtual learning and the State of New Jersey was on a stay at home order, the Drug-Free Task Force launched the Love My Lungs Initiative. Nearly 200 high school and middle school students took the pledge that they would not vape or smoke. Love My Lungs was created with the goal of connecting to middle and high school students in Hunterdon County and encouraging them to make positive choices. After taking the pledge, they received follow-up messaging reminding them of the dangers of vaping or smoking. To reward students for their positive choice, they were entered to win Amazon gifts cards, and one student won pair of Apple AirPods. This spring ,the Drug-Free Task Force will re-launch the initiative with the goal of educating more students about the dangers of vaping and smoking.
2020 CADCA Chairman's Award Recipient
In 2020, Project Coordinator, Meghan Moore, and coalition member, Erin Cohen, participated in CADCA’s National Coalition Academy (NCA). Meghan and Erin spent three weeks learning how to build an effective anti-drug coalition. At the conclusion of the NCA, coalitions were encouraged to submit an application for CADCA’s Chairman’s Award, based on what they learned in the NCA. We are pleased to share the Partnership for Health Drug-Free Task Force is the winner of the 2020 Chairman’s Award. They were presented the award on February 2, 2021, at CADCA’s NCA Graduation.
Certified Tobacco Cessation Specialists
In October 2020, Project Coordinator Meghan Moore, along with coalition members, Amanda Kovacs and Amy Menes completed the training to become a Certified Tobacco Cessation Specialist (CTTS). In the next few years, Meghan, Amy and Amanda will complete the required 240 individual hours of tobacco treatment experience.
They will work with Tobacco-Free for a Healthy New Jersey to engage and educate young people on the dangers of tobacco. In addition, they will engage with participants in the Hunterdon County Recovery Center to educate and encourage tobacco cessation to those in recovery from substance misuse.
In an effort to engage and educate young adults about the dangers of substance misuse the Partnership for Health Drug-Free Task Force collaborated with the Hope Club at Raritan Valley Community College in Trivia Tuesday. Each Tuesday young adults from Hunterdon and Somerset Counties were invited to participate in an online trivia game. The games included “fun” trivia long with information about substance misuse. Topics included opioids, prescription drugs, underage drinking, and vaping/smoking. On average, nearly 20 students were reached each week with this important information.