October 20, 2022

Adair County Opioid Coalition

Kirksville, MO 10/20/22 – The Adair County Opioid Coalition has received a five-year, $125,000 grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The federal Drug-Free Communities grant will be used to support efforts to prevent substance abuse in Adair and Schuyler counties.

The Adair County Opioid Coalition was established to provide substance abuse education and opioid use prevention in Adair and surrounding counties, affecting approximately 30,000 residents. The Adair County Health Department and the Schuyler County Health Department are members of the Coalition.

The Coalition employs the 3 Ps of Public Health, health – prevention, promotion, and protection – to prevent substance abuse among youth, promote evidence-based practices and interventions, and protect the communities it serves. The Coalition collaborates with local stakeholders to educate the public at large and in school settings via drug-education summits and high school symposia, with an aim to integrate messaging to parents and students. The Coalition’s goal is to reduce youth alcohol, opioid, and marijuana use, and increase Coalition stakeholder membership by 2024.

For more information about the grant or the work of the Adair County Opioid Coalition, contact Ronald Stewart, Adair County Health Department planner, at 660-665-8491.