MADC is at each of the following city events educating the public about substance abuse prevention: National Night Out, The Meridian Community Block Party, Public Safety Day & Academy and Spring Clean Meridian. These annual events draw large crowds and provide a safe and fun environment for us to provide prevention education. For example, at Spring Clean Meridian we bring our drug safe to your neighborhood to make proper disposal of medications easy and convenient.
PRESCRIPTION DROP OFF
Since 2009 the Meridian Police Department has taken in more prescription medications than any other drop off site in the state (based on weight). MADC helped start this service as a way to reduce the availability of prescription medications and therefore the potential for abuse. Located in the lobby, residents can anonymously and safely dispose of unused and/or expired prescription medications M-F 7:00am-5:00pm at 1401 E. Watertower Street.
COFFEE WITH THE MAYOR
Coffee With the Mayor was designed to bring City leaders into neighborhoods or places of business, providing opportunities to speak with the Mayor, City Council and Department Directors; including MADC’s Director. Reaching out to citizens is essential to the process of strengthening our community through substance abuse prevention. We are very grateful for the cities support of our mission and these opportunities to engage with the public on a personal level and introduce them to the coalition.
What community or neighborhood issues would you like to discuss with City leaders? Do you have a question you would like to ask? At these interactive Meridian Town Hall Meetings you help choose the topics of discussion and guide the conversation. Examples of past MADC related Town Hall topics include Social Host Ordinances (citations issued to adults who host underage drinking parties) and educating the public about CBD Oil (an oil derived from marijuana that is NOT endorsed by the American Epilepsy Society as a treatment for epilepsy).
COMPLIANCE CHECKS & SHOULDER TAPS
As a federal grant recipient MADC has chosen to conduct Compliance Checks and Shoulder Taps as one of its required Evidence Based Practices to reduce underage drinking. A Compliance Check is when individuals younger than age 21 attempt to purchase alcohol at a local business such as a restaurant or store. Shoulder Taps are when minors try to get adults to buy them alcohol. Any one 18 or older who sells and or purchases alcohol for anyone under 21 is then cited for a misdemeanor under Code 23-603. (These operations are carried out by law enforcement.)
SPRING & FALL
NATIONAL PRESCRIPTION TAKE BACK DAYS
Idaho ranks 39th in the country for population and 4th when it comes to nonmedical use of prescription painkillers among individuals aged 12 years and older. The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day organized by DEA provides a safe, convenient and responsible way to dispose of prescription drugs. MADC holds two of these Take-Back events each year at different locations around our city. If you miss these events remember we have a permanent drop off location located at the Meridian Police Department.
REALITY PARTY FOR PARENTS
Many adults feel teen drinking and partying is a rite of passage. The fact is that teen parties are not the same as they once were. We encourage parents to face the current realities and learn why and how adults can change these dangerous social norms. Participants tour a typical home set up to portray a teen party with local youth acting and voicing concerns expressed by teens and young adults. Each tour is immediately followed by a group discussion involving local officials to help answer questions and address parental concerns. This event is held twice a year.
FEBRUARY & MARCH
TEENS & SUBSTANCE ABUSE
Are you up to date on the current drug trends emerging in the Treasure Valley? Can you spot the signs of use? Since 2012 parents, educators and health professionals have attended this free event brought to you by MADC and Drug Free Idaho. During the four part series experts teach current drug trends, teen social and emotional development and signs and symptoms of abuse. Professional development credits are available for this event through Boise State University.
JUNE, JULY, AUGUST
CABLEONE MOVIE NIGHT
The coalition has sponsored a CableONE Movie Night each summer since 2008, joining 1,500-2,500 community members for a fun family night at Settler’s Park. During this event the coalition educates attendees and disseminates information relating to drug use through fun interactive displays. With the abundance of parents at this event we emphasize the importance of talking with kids about drugs at an early age and provide guidance and tools on how to do so. From teaching responsible use of OTC medicine to knowing one time use of an illicit drug can kill, there is a lot to learn to safely and responsibly navigate the many drug choices each of us is faced with.
In recognition of National Recovery Awareness Month MADC has held an annual Recovery Day Breakfast since 2005. During this event we honor all the people in our community currently navigating their personal road to recovery and all those who support these efforts. Guest speakers share their personal journey and Mayor Tammy, along with other city officials, share in this celebration. Also in recognition of National Recovery Month, new as of 2015, is the Recovery Rally held on the State House steps.
TREASURE VALLEY YOUTH SAFETY SUMMIT
The Treasure Valley Youth Safety Summit is an engaging day of interactive lessons and speakers sharing information about topics related to overall teen safety. This event is a collaborative effort with The Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council (MYAC), MADC and many other youth safety advocates. The goal of the summit is to enlighten over 200 student leaders who will then share their experience with peers at their respective schools. MADC engages in conversations with youth while helping educate them on how to navigate choices they are confronted with relating to drugs.
RED RIBBON WEEK
Each year in recognition of the National Red Ribbon campaign MADC works with the Idaho National Guard, the Meridian Police Department and other community partners to provide motivational speakers, K-9 demonstrations and prevention materials for students in the West Ada School District. In addition, 400 students from Meridian are invited to attend Drug Free Idaho’s Red Ribbon Rally on the capitol steps. Red Ribbon Week started in 1985 and continues to serve as a catalyst to mobilize communities to educate youth and encourage participation in drug prevention activities.