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Healthy Directions, Winter 2015
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From the Director's Desk

By: Beth Thomas, HC3 Program Director

New Opiate Taskforce

Here at HC3, we continue to be grateful for all the support we have received from the Fulton County community as we work together to reduce underage substance use.  In 2016, HC3 members have been working hard to learn more about the opiate and heroin issue and how it affects our community.  In January, Scott Haselman, FC Prosecutor, Chief Nathan Hartsock of the Delta PD, Fulton County Health Department Director of Nursing, Cindy Rose and Deb Bowman, Emergency Department Coordinator at Fulton County Health Center educated coalition members on the signs and symptoms of use, stats on use locally and statewide, the distribution and use of Narcan and how the OARRS system is working to address the prescription side of the issue.  The coalition discussed state and federal strategies to ensure that our strategies are aligned.  We voted to begin an Opiate/Heroin Task Force... 

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The Science of Addiction

By: Scott A Haselman, Fulton County Prosecuting Attorney
     When I speak with citizens about the importance of drug prevention programs, and the need to talk to their children about the risks associated with drug and alcohol use, they often make a statement to the effect that they cannot understand why an individual would engage in an activity that ruins their life, destroys their relationships with friends and family and which may ultimately result in death or a long prison sentence.  The answer to that question is simple – addiction. “Addiction” is a word that is becoming more commonly heard throughout society, but it is a concept that is not readily understood by most people. 
     Any discussion of addiction requires a certain understanding of the human brain...
Scott A. Haselman
Fulton County
Prosecuting Attorney

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What's Trending Now?

 Opiates in the news...

        The Fulton County Health Department, in partnership with Fulton County Job and Family Services, has implemented a new program for girls, ROX.  We are so excited about this program and the impact it is having on girls!  The mission of the ROX program is to equip girls with the knowledge and skills necessary to live healthy, independent, productive, and violence-free lives.

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YAC Update:

“To Infinity and Beyond,” was the theme YAC teens chose for the 5th annual YAC retreat, which was held on February 14th-15th at 4-H Camp Palmer in Fayette.  Starting in October, a retreat committee was formed to plan on the details for our annual overnight YAC Retreat.  The teens were able to see all of their hard work come together when 25 YAC members plus 3 advisors enjoyed  26 hours of teambuilding activities, youth lead workshops, tie dying, warm fuzzies, making valentines, food and lots of time to connect and build new friendships.  (There was even a little time to sleep).  Community Outreach, Policy and Development, Training and Media committees met to continue their planning on projects that they will implement in the coming months to show how they can make a difference in the community.   Teambuilding with Chuck Wurth gave the teens a chance to get outside and work together to overcome obstacles.  A Big Shout Out to Blake Cooper for volunteering to share his musical talents with the group and he even agreed to spend the night to be the chaperone for the guys. 
“I enjoy the YAC retreat because I made new friends last year and made even more friends this year.  It’s a lot of fun and has been a great experience, “said Blythe, a second year YAC member.  The retreat is always one of the biggest highlights of the year and we are so thankful for all those who have helped us create this environment where kids can have tons of fun and be substance free.

Making a Difference!

Robin Willson – Project Coordinator of Healthy Choices Caring Communities

Why you are involved in our coalition?
I am involved in this coalition because the issues it was created to address speak very strongly to me.  I have worked, and/or volunteered with youth of varying ages for more than 10 years, and I enjoy this new opportunity to work with the youth involved in YAC.  I am very blessed to have the opportunity to work in a position that I feel so passionately about!

What motivated you to get involved?
I have seen the results of poor choices in relation to many of the issues that we are addressing with this coalition.  I have had drug and alcohol issues affect people very close to me, and have had the ripple effect my life as well. Working with HC3 makes it possible for me to make a difference for the better in other people’s lives. I feel that if I can influence even one person to make a better life choice that makes all the difference.  
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Upcoming Events

Healthy Choices Caring Communities Meeting

FAYETTE EAGLES - Let's Talk...

Healthy Choices Caring Communities Meeting

Healthy Choices Caring Communities (HC3 Partnership) is a Fulton County community coalition that is working together to reduce underage substance use. They meet on the second Tuesday of the month at 12:00pm at the Fulton County Administration Building in the 2nd floor conference room.  We encourage any interested member of the community to attend the meetings and learn more about what we do, and how you can help!

Youth Health Assessment Planning Meeting - April 12th 9:30-11:30

FAYETTE EAGLES - Let's Talk...

Youth Health Assessment 2016

Healthy Choices Caring Communities is begining to work on the Youth Health Assessment for 2016.  There will be a planning meeting on April 12th from 9:30-11:30 am at the Fulton County Administration Building in the 2nd floor conference room.  Interested in providing input to this process?  Please contact HC3 at 419 337 0915 or by email at

KNOW:  You Make a Difference - Ongoing Social Media Campaign

KNOW:  YOU Make a Difference
Do you KNOW someone who makes a difference? 

The neighbor who always waves when you are outside?  The co-worker who offers encouragement when things are rough?  The friend who is always willing to lend an ear and a hand?

Nominate them for our KNOW:  YOU Make a Difference social media campaign.   

Follow this link to nominate someone TODAY!

I would like to talk to my child about drug use, but I don't know how.
It is very important to talk to you children early and often about the dangers of drug use, and it is never too late to start.  Please follow this link for more information and help with talking to your kids.

I have discovered that my loved one has a drug issue... now what?
There are many resources available to help you take the next step.  Please follow this link for more information on local organizations that can help.

For additional information on substance abuse, and prevention please check out our

Our Contact Information is:
Healthy Choices Caring Communities
606 S. Shoop Ave
Wauseon, OH 43567

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