C-FC Community Prevention Night

Cochrane-Fountain City boasted 100 individuals at the final of two Community Prevention Nights hosted by the Buffalo County Partnership Council that took place at the Cochrane-Fountain City School Auditorium on March 28, 2019. The Community Prevention Night featured a drug awareness presentation, a mock bedroom and backpack for parents, a K9 demonstration and resources on vaping and juuling. The keynote presenter, Detective Mike Osmond of the Buffalo County Sheriff’s Department, used actual footage and images from Buffalo County to demonstrate the impact of marijuana and meth in our rural communities. Osmond reinforced that his purpose was not to create community experts, but rather help parents, grandparents and neighbors recognize when there may be influence of drugs with a family member or friend and encourage them to report, especially when children are involved and are endangered by the environment. Deputy Nic Scholl and his K9 “Owen” demonstrated how they work as a team to track individuals and locate illegal substances in vehicles, schools and homes. Kenedy Beebe, Buffalo County Public Health’s Community Health Educator, met with teachers and families about vaping — showings parents how to identify juuls amongst school supplies in their child’s backpack. Danielle Schalinske, Buffalo County Social Worker, was responsible for developing a mock bedroom for adults to review. The mock bedroom helps community members recognize potential drugs “hidden in plain sight” in a young person’s bedroom. The Community Prevention Night was co-hosted with help from Cochrane-Fountain City Schools, University of Wiscosnin-Madison Extension Buffalo County, Buffalo County Sheriff’s Department and Buffalo County Health and Human Services. Learn more about the Buffalo County partnership at https://www.facebook.com/buffalocountypartnershipcouncil

Detective Osmond of the Buffalo County Sheriff’s Department spoke about marijuana as a gateway drug to meth addiction using images of the drug from cases he’s been involved with in Buffalo and Trempealeau counties.

C-FC School Counselor, opened the Community Prevention Night, as a member of the local coalition, the Buffalo County Partnership Council, that conducted the event.

Deputy Nic Scholl and his K9 “Owen” demonstrated how they detect drugs in lockers, cars and homes. The K9 program in Buffalo County is made possible entirely by community donations.

Buffalo County Public Health provided resources for parents and teachers on vaping and juuls at the Community Prevention Night at C-FC. Everyday school supplies like highlighters can help disguise e-cig products and drugs.

A teenager’s bedroom or vehicle can contain warning signs of drug use if parents and community members know what to look for. Investigator Osmond and Social Worker, Danielle Schalinske, answered community members’ questions during the mock bedroom portion of the Community Prevention Night at C-FC school.

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