By Addiction Policy Forum
Jackson County Anti-Drug Coalition (JCADC) is a county-wide effort to reduce experimenting, drug use, and underage drinking. The coalition uses high tech data to create overdose site mapping based on “hot spots” where overdoses occur. The program engages the entire community by hosting events, educational training, and campaigns. JCADC has “take back” days where members can drop off unused prescriptions or they can be placed in a drop box 24/7. JCADC’s community wide effort collects 99 pound of unused prescription medicine every three months, and since this program began death rates have decreased in the county.