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Committee on Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs at Palomar Health

Background

Several years ago, members of the Poway Heath Care Advisory Council (now known as the Palomar Health Community Action Council of Poway, RB, PQ) of Palomar Health made substance abuse one of its priority health projects. A committee of representatives from all Palomar Health CACs and other stakeholders formed and drafted recommendations related to alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use, intervention, and prevention. The recommendations were further developed into a work plan and became the Palomar Health Committee on Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs (ATOD). In 2003, Palomar Health Board of Directors accepted the Committee’s work plan. The Committee consists of Palomar Health staff, community members, and local health and prevention professionals representative of the five health care advisory councils throughout the Palomar Health hospital district. We are committed to implementing research-supported strategies aimed at long-term substance abuse prevention.

Vision

Healthy individuals, families, and communities free of alcohol, tobacco and other drug (ATOD) problems.

Overall Purpose

Create a proactive culture shift to support prevention outcomes in the Palomar Health region related to alcohol, tobacco and other drug issues.

Goals

  • Take a leadership role in promoting and sustaining health in the community.
  • Establish community policies that seek to reduce the impact of substance use and abuse in our region.
  • Develop and promote Palomar Health specific activities that advance the Committee’s vision.

Accomplishments

  • Alcohol: Truths and Consequences –A collaboration with Fox 6 Life Lesson and San Diego County Office of Education (2004) Golden Mike Award Winner for Best Documentary
  • Public Health Issues Candidates Forum – Thirteen (13)City Council & School Board candidates discussed ATOD policy options and presented their positions to community members (2004)
  • Prescription for Disaster: Teens Abusing Prescription and Over-the-Counter Drugs:
    • A Community Forum on Rx & OTC drug trends among youth (2006) Health Communicators Gold Award for Advocacy
    • Youth Summit listening to the youth perspective on Rx & OTC abuse. (2007) Health Communicators Gold Award for Advocacy
  • Community Action Toolkit workshop for community health advocates to prevent Rx & OTC abuse. (2008)
  • Smoke-Free Healthcare Campuses: Advanced policy for all Palomar Health facilities including 2 hospitals and 7 satellite locations (2008)

Current Projects

Prescription and Over-The-Counter Drug Abuse Prevention - The Oxycontin Task Force of San Diego: As a public information and outreach campaign to address the rising issue growing trend of prescription drug abuse in our region, the task force launched this multi-agency, multi-faceted approach to a problem that claimed more than 50 lives in our county last year. The Palomar Health ATOD Committee, in partnership with Drug Enforcement Administration, the Office of County Supervisor Pam Slater-Price and the entire Oxy Task Force promoted and participated in a prescription drug Take Back Day.

Outcomes: 161 people came by, 8 large evidence boxes, 16 small and 11, sharps containers were filled, 321.7 lbs of drugs were turned in, 50 calls were made to the hotline.

Legislation Advocacy: Respond to federal, state and local issues and establish community policies that seek to reduce the impact of substance use and abuse in our region. The committee has actively participated in the following policy initiatives.

  • Escondido Smoke Free Parks ordinance, Current Projects: Prescription and Over-The-Counter Drug Abuse Prevention - The Oxycontin Task Force of San Diego: As a public information and outreach campaign to address the rising issue growing trend of prescription drug abuse in our region, the task force launched this multi-agency, multi-faceted approach to a problem that claimed more than 50 lives in our county last year. The Palomar Health ATOD Committee, in partnership with Drug Enforcement Administration, the Office of County Supervisor Pam Slater-Price and the entire Oxy Task Force promoted and participated in a prescription drug Take Back Day. Outcomes: 161 people came by, 8 large evidence boxes, 16 small and 11, sharps containers were filled, 321.7 lbs of drugs were turned in, 50 calls were made to the hotline. • Legislation Advocacy: Respond to federal, state and local issues and establish community policies that seek to reduce the impact of substance use and abuse in our region. The committee has actively participated in the following policy initiatives.
  • Escondido Smoke Free Parks ordinance
  • Palomar Health Resolution in support of Drug Paraphernalia Enforcement operations throughout the region
  • Support local Marijuana Dispensary Ban ordinance in Escondido
  • California State Alcohol Tax
  • Enforcement of the Social Host Ordinances throughout the region
  • Oppose SJR 14 (a resolution from state legislators to congress to reclassify marijuana)
  • Opposition to AB390 (marijuana legalization)


Contacts
Dana Stevens, Committee Chair - 760.317.6716
Nancy Roy, Palomar Health Committee Chair, Palomar Health Community Outreach – 858.675.5556 or email nancy.roy@palomarhealth.org

 

 

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