Drug Free Communities Coalitions
- Youth (Under age 18)
- Law Enforcement
- Youth-serving Organizations
- City, County, States Goverment
- Faith-Based Organizations
- Civic/Volunteer Groups
- Substance Abuse Prevention
The DFC Support Program
- Establish and strengthen collaboration among communities, public and private non-profit agencies; as well as federal, state, local, and tribal governments to support the efforts of community coalitions working to prevent and reduce substance use among youth ages 18 years and under.
- Reduce substance use among youth and, over time, reduce substance abuse among adults by addressing the factors in a community that increase the risk
Bulloch DFC addresses alcohol, marijuana, and prescription drug misuse and abuse. Bulloch County Schools participated in the GA Student Health Survey. Click Here to see the 2017 Results
View our 2017-2018 Action Plan: Here
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Georgia now has one of the two highest THC %s for “low” THC oil in the United States among the 17 Limited Access Medical Marijuana States. Except for Florida, the other medical marijuana states only allow low THC oil or CBD oil for seizures of various kinds.
*THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, is the chemical responsible for most of marijuana's psychological effects. It acts much like the cannabinoid chemicals made naturally by the body, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).
Prescription Drug Misuse/Abuse Strategies
Three steps to help educate community members
- A timer cap can be used to help keep track of prescriptions:
- Also used to prevent an individual from taking two doses
- If the prescribed dose is to be taken once every 12 hours, then mom or dad will know if someone else has opened the pill bottle by looking at the timer cap.
- Place medications in a secure location away from the reach of others. Medicine lock boxes are available.
- What do you do with unused or expired medications?
- The safest method is to take them to a nearby drop box where local law enforcement officials will collect them and incinerate them.
- It is not safe to flush them down the toilet. Research has shown harmful residual effects on aquatic life as a result of medications being flushed.
Naloxone is a medication designed to rapidly reverse opioid overdose. It is an opioid antagonist—meaning that it binds to opioid receptors and can reverse and block the effects of other opioids. It can very quickly restore normal respiration to a person whose breathing has slowed or stopped as a result of overdosing with heroin or prescription opioid pain medications.
- Injectable (professional training required)
- Prepackaged Nasal Spray
The liquid for injection is commonly used by paramedics, emergency room doctors, and other specially trained first responders. To facilitate ease of use, NARCAN® Nasal Spray is now available, which allows for naloxone to be sprayed into the nose. Depending on the state you live in, friends, family members, and others in the community may give the auto-injector and nasal spray formulation of naloxone to someone who has overdosed. In Georgia, Naloxone will be available from purchase from retail pharmacies to anyone desiring to have the drug on-hand to treat an opioid overdose.
People who are given naloxone should be observed constantly until emergency care arrives and for at least 2 hours by medical personnel after the last dose of naloxone to make sure breathing does not slow or stop.
Naloxone is an extremely safe medication that only has a noticeable effect in people with opioids in their systems. Naloxone can (but does not always) cause withdrawal symptoms which may be uncomfortable, but are not life-threatening; on the other hand, opioid overdose is extremely life-threatening. Withdrawal symptoms may include headache, changes in blood pressure, rapid heart rate, sweating, nausea, vomiting, and tremors.
Naloxone is a prescription drug. You can buy naloxone in many pharmacies, in some cases without bringing in a prescription from a physician.
Good Samaritan Overdose Immunity Law
These laws often require a caller to have a reasonable belief that someone is experiencing an overdose emergency and is reporting that emergency in good faith. Good faith is often defined to exclude seeking help during the course of the execution of an arrest or a search warrant.
- Smart Approaches to Marijuana
- Let’s Be Clear GA
- National Institute on Drug Abuse
- Resources from Colorado
- Generation Rx Project
- SAMHSA – Resources on Prescription Drug Misuse & Abuse
- SAMHSA – Underage Drinking
- National Institute on Drug Abuse
- Community Prevention
- Center for Disease Control
- OPIOID OVERDOSE RESCUE: 3 STEPS TO SAVE LIFE