Activities and events
As a Drug-Free Communities Support Grant recipient, SCCUDD works to increase community collaboration and reduce youth substance use by employing the Seven Strategies for Effective Community Change:
- Providing Information to individuals regarding youth substance use, how to prevent youth substance use, and the consequences of youth substances use.
- Examples of activities include: flyers, media campaigns, and events
- Enhancing Skills by training community members so they can better help create change in the community.
- Examples of activities include: server compliance or parenting skills trainings
- Providing Support to help people participate in activities that reduce risk or enhance protection.
- Examples of activities include: drug-free events or parties and youth organizations
- Enhancing Access and Reducing Barriers by improving systems and processes to help people utilize services.
- Examples of activities include: prescription drug takeback programs and improved access to substance use services
- Changing Consequences by changing incentives and disincentives to increase or decrease the likelihood of positive or negative behaviors.
- Examples of activities include: recognition programs and increased DUI checkpoints
- Changing Physical Design by altering the built environment to reduce risk or enhance protection.
- Examples of activities include: improving visibility in public places to make surveillance easier and having alcohol- and tobacco-free zones
- Modifying and Changing Policies by formally altering written laws, policies, and procedures.
- Examples of activities include: revising school policies relating to alcohol and other drug use and changing local laws relating to alcohol and other drug use
February 1, 2015
SCCUDD organizes community forum to discuss recent spike in overdoses in the community
About 60 people attended a community forum about the opioid epidemic facing the region, and the nation overall. At the forum, attendees learned about the heroin and prescription drug problem, ways to prevent use and overdose, and about treatment options in the area.
The Schuyler County Coalition on Underage Drinking and Drugs (SCCUDD) organized the event which took place at the Watkins Glen Elementary School auditorium. At the event, a person in recovery shared with attendees how he started using drugs, how it progressed to heroin use, and his path to recovery and a mother shared her story of discovering her child’s struggle with opioids.
Attendees also heard from Timothy J. Dewey, Senior Investigator for the NYS Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement, about ISTOP Prescriptions and opioids in Schuyler County and from Kris Morseman, a community member and parent, about what parents and the community can do to help combat heroin and other opioid use in the region.
Danielle Tilden, Clinic Manager for the Watkins Glen Finger Lakes Addictions Counseling & Referral Agency (FLACRA), spoke to attendees about the importance of community members keeping their medicine cabinets secure and disposing of their unneeded medications at the 24/7, anonymous prescription drug drop box located in the Schuyler County Sheriff’s Office in Watkins Glen. Tilden also discussed where community members can receive training to administer naloxone, the opioid overdose reversal drug, and where people can go to get treatment for substance use disorders. The forum was moderated by Chief Assistant District Attorney Matt Hayden.
The community forum, titled “Emerging Drug Concerns Part II: Heroin and Prescription Drugs,” was the second in a series of forums planned by the Coalition. The next forum, “Emerging Drug Concerns Part III: Underage Drinking” is planned for late spring or early summer.
Special thanks to all the speakers at the forum and to Watkins Glen Elementary School for donating their auditorium for the forum.
In the past week, the community has seen more than five opioid overdoses; at least 2 have resulted in death. Several of the reported overdoses involve heroin in combination with other substances such as alcohol and methamphetamine.
December 28, 2015
Spike in Opioid Overdoses Strikes the Community
December 28, 2015
Spike in Opioid Overdoses Strikes the Community
Heroin is dangerous because it can have a wide range of purity levels and can be laced with other substances, such as fentanyl, increasing the risk of overdose and death. Opioid overdose is more common when opioids are used with other sedatives such as alcohol, Valium, Xanax, Klonopin, and sleep aids.
The Schuyler County Coalition on Underage Drinking and Drugs (SCCUDD), in collaboration with Schuyler County Public Health and Finger Lakes Addiction Counseling and Referral Agency (FLACRA) are asking the community to be aware of this recent increase and learn how to respond to a potential overdose. Danielle Tilden of FLACRA’s Watkins Glen Clinic states that, “overdose is a preventable death and we have the tools to assist individuals and their loved ones.”
Symptoms of opioid overdose include unconsciousness; slow breathing, cool or clammy skin, and lips or nails turning blue. If someone may have overdosed on heroin or other opioids, it’s important to call 911 immediately.
Tilden also notes, “Don’t worry about getting yourself or the overdosing individual in trouble; New York’s 911 Good Samaritan law protects the person who has overdosed and the person seeking help from charges or prosecution for drug possession.”
You can help prevent opioid overdose in Schuyler County by disposing of your unwanted prescription medications using the medication drop box at the Schuyler County Sheriff’s Office in Watkins Glen. You can also help by calling the Schuyler County Sheriff’s Office confidential Tip Line if you suspect drug possession, drug sale, or other illegal activity at 607-535-8224.
December 4, 2015
SCCUDD shares its message at the Watkins Glen Village Christmas
Festival attendees could learn about teen substance use in Schuyler County, its consequences, and SCCUDD activities.
December 1, 2015
Schuyler County Coalition on Underage Drinking and Drugs Partners with Sheriff’s Office to Promote Tip Line
Prevent Crime – Call the Tip Line
The Schuyler County Coalition on Underage Drinking and Drugs (SCCUDD) is partnering with the Schuyler County Sheriff’s Office to promote the Sheriff’s Tip Line this month. SCCUDD and the Sheriff’s Office would like to remind the community, if you suspect underage drinking or other illegal activity, please call the Tip Line at 607-535-8224.
Across the country, many teens try alcohol for the first time during the month of December. In Schuyler County, nearly half (47.6%) of seventh through twelfth grade students have tried alcohol and many of these students try it for the first time before they are thirteen. This is especially concerning because young people that use alcohol before the age of fourteen are significantly more likely to develop alcohol dependence later in life compared to individuals that wait until the legal drinking age of twenty-one.
If you have information about underage drinking parties or other illegal activity, please call the Sheriff’s Tip Line at 607-535-8224. If you do not wish to identify yourself, you can provide information anonymously. The information you provide will be used by Schuyler County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division to help them investigate crime in the community. For emergencies, call 911.
October 29, 2015
Exhibitors at the INSPIRE Adolescent Health and Wellness Conference
SCCUDD provided attendees with information about teen substance use in Schuyler County, SCCUDD activities, and tips for talking to teens about substance use.
October 26, 2015
Emerging Drug Concerns Part I: Meth community forum
About 40 people attended the community forum about Meth on Oct. 26 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Watkins Glen Elementary School auditorium.
The forum hosted a panel of expert speakers from the community who covered a variety of topics including the physical and societal impacts of meth, what meth labs look like, and what to do if you suspect a meth lab. Two community members in recovery also shared their stories with forum attendees and discussed their paths to recovery.
October 24, 2015
#ScaryStats2015: youth-designed event to publicize Communities That Care Youth Survey results and highlight teen substance use issues in the county
The 2015 student substance use survey data was rolled out at the Seneca Indians game on Oct. 24 in an event designed by SCCUDD’s youth committee, STAND (Schuyler Teens against Alcohol, Nicotine & other Drugs).
The numbers game leading up to the event was designed to pique people’s interest by providing two of the statistics from the student survey without providing an explanation of their meaning. The first message “52.4 learn more on 10/24” represents the percentage of students in grades 7 through 12 in the county that have never used alcohol (52.4%). The second message “19.4 vs. 8.7” represents smokeless tobacco usage by 8th grade students in the county: 19.4% of 8th grade students in Schuyler County have used smokeless tobacco but only 8.7% have used it recently.
The meanings of the two numbers messages were shared during an announcement right before the game. During the game, nearly 200 copies of the 2015 Schuyler County Report Card, which compared Schuyler County youth substance use to youth substance use nationally, were passed out at the game.
August 20, 2015
Youth-designed poster parodying a popular song. The poster reminded adults to not purchase or provide youth with alcohol or to provide youth with a place to consume alcohol.
August 14, 2015
Schuyler County Youth Attend National Substance Abuse Prevention Conference
Adult and youth leaders from the Schuyler County Coalition on Underage Drinking and Drugs (SCCUDD) joined more than 1,500 substance abuse prevention specialists from across the country at Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA)’s 2015 Mid-Year Training Institute in Indianapolis Aug. 2-6.
The training offered courses geared towards helping participants find solutions to their community’s toughest substance abuse problems. Thanks to the Drug-Free Communities Support Grant, awarded to SCCUDD last year, four coalition members were able to attend the week-long intensive training: two adults and two teens.
“Personally the CADCA youth training in Indianapolis was very beneficial to me as a person and as a SCCUDD member and also as a member of Schuyler County. The logic model we created in our training sessions is ready to be implemented upon our arrival home. Seeing that other kids my age feel the same way about drug use and underage drinking was a wonderful experience. It's not always easy to be the odd one out against your peers. But the CADCA youth training in Indianapolis has empowered me to make a change in my community. I'm so grateful to have been given this opportunity,” said Kassandra Snyder, a rising senior from the Odessa-Montour Central School District. “It was a fun learning experience meeting other kids who are working for the same cause with all different motives” agreed Amber Updike, a rising 8th grader from the Watkins Glen Central School District.
At the training, SCCUDD members participated in a variety of lecture and hands-on sessions to expand their knowledge in prevention science and improve their skills in implementing evidence-based strategies to reduce drug and alcohol use. The training covered a wide range of topics – everything from how to prevent prescription drug abuse and reduce heroin use to how to create tobacco-free environments, reduce impaired driving and develop policies to reduce marijuana use and underage drinking.
“The trainings we attended at CADCA’s 2015 Mid-Year will help us address the concerning levels of underage drinking and other drug use in Schuyler County” said Deborah Dalmat, SCCUDD Project Coordinator.
This year’s Mid-Year featured a number of renowned experts in the field of substance abuse prevention, with keynote remarks by Michael Botticelli, Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy; Kana Enomoto, Deputy Principal Administrator for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA); and Karla Sneegas, Branch Chief for the CDC’s Office of Smoking and Health.
June 24, 2015
SCCUDD shares its message at the Waterfront Festival and the Montour Falls Fire Department Festival:
SCCUDD hosted a booth both days of the Waterfront Festival this year with the help of youth from STAND. At the booth, visitors could learn about the consequences of underage drinking and the use of other drugs. Also available to visitors were:
- Fatal Vision goggles to learn how drinking can impair your ability to do simple tasks like walking in a straight line or playing catch
- Schuyler County Drug Use Jeopardy to learn how Schuyler County compares to the overall U.S. when it comes to youth use of alcohol and other drugs
- “What is a standard drink” display to learn how different types of alcohol have different standard drink amounts
SCCUDD also had signs posted at the Montour Falls Fire Department Festival asking festival goers to keep the midway free of alcohol and tobacco.
Introducing... STAND, SCCUDD's youth group:
Schuyler County teens have formed STAND to implement the drug prevention programs planned at the Lead & Seed training earlier this year. STAND, or Schuyler Teens against Alcohol, Nicotine & other Drugs, includes students who attended the training as well as their friends and peers.
Lead & Seed Youth Empowerment Training:
Twenty students from Odessa-Montour and Watkins Glen Central School Districts came together on March 25 and March 26, 2015 for a 12-hour, interactive youth empowerment training. At the training, students learned the harmful effects of underage drinking, drug and alcohol refusal skills and how to design, implement, and evaluate a drug prevention program. Students also learned leadership, advocacy and social marketing skills to help them reduce underage substance use in Schuyler County.
During the second day of the training, students broke into small groups and designed drug prevention programs to address underage substance use in Schuyler County. Student programs ranged from information dissemination campaigns to drug-free alternate activities for youth. The youth leaders attending the training will team up with the Schuyler County Coalition on Underage Drinking and Drugs (SCCUDD) to implement the programs the students designed.
View the WENY news segment
Photos from the event
Below: Youth display Leadership Awards earned at Lead & Seed Training
Below: Students present the underage drinking prevention programs they designed
Hear our Youth Event: Community Forum to share youth survey data results May 19, 2014
Collaboration with Montour Falls Fire Department festival committee to have "Family Friendly Alcohol and Tobacco Free Midway"
Community Awareness at Watkins Glen Waterfront Festival June 13, 2014
Partnering with Schuyler County District Attorney's office to send letters to parents of all graduating Seniors in Schuyler County