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Drug Free Federal Workplace (DFW)
25 April 2013
1 p.m.-4 p.m.
Ball Conference Center (Dickson Hall) BLDG A-3074
IAW Executive Order 12564 (15 Sep 86), Drug-Free Federal Workplace (DFW) and AR 600-85, The Army Substance Abuse Program (ASAP), 28 Dec 2012, each fiscal year (FY) civilian supervisors must complete one hour of specialized, supervisor specific, training in addition to the 2 hours of ASAP training mandated for all civilian employees.
The APG Army Substance Abuse Program invites the community to take a stand against drugs by celebrating Red Ribbon Awareness Month.
The Red Ribbon Awareness campaign raises awareness of problems related to drug use and encourages the APG community to promote drug-free lifestyles.
“The campaign brings together parents, youth programs and organizations as we look for innovative ways to keep kids and communities drug free,” said Timothy Knox, ASAP Program Manager.
“Red Ribbon Month gives us the opportunity to be vocal and visible in our efforts to achieve a drug-free community,” added Cynthia Scott, ASAP Prevention Coordinator. “Research shows that children are less likely to use alcohol and other drugs when parents and other role models are clear and consistent in their opposition to substance misuse and abuse.”
Community members are encouraged to look for Red Ribbon activities throughout October in the APG News and the installation’s Facebook page. A Prescription “Take-Back” campaign will take place Oct. 24-27. Drop-off points are the APG South Police Station, Bldg. 4420, and APG North Police Station, Bldg. 2200. For information, contact Scott at 410-278-4013 or Cynthia.M.Scott4.Civ@mail.mil.
The Aberdeen Proving Ground Army Substance Abuse Program has experienced some changes in the past year. One of these changes is the addition of a new Alcohol and Drug Control Officer.
Timothy Knox, APG’s new ADCO, said he feels compelled to work in the drug and alcohol prevention field.
“It is less of a job and more of a calling,” he said. “The role that ASAP plays doesn’t just impact the job; it impacts the lives and Families of individuals.”
Knox, an Army retiree, worked as the ASAP noncommissioned officer in charge at Fort Benning, Ga., and with the ASAP program at Fort Meade, Md. He has a master’s degree from Troy University in legal administration.
Knox said ASAP is committed to helping the APG community by taking a holistic approach.
“We are very aware that alcoholism tends to rise during difficult financial and high stress times,” he said. “Some individuals abuse alcohol and drugs as a way to deal with their problems. We play a vital role in assisting individuals during difficult situations.”
Knox said the ASAP program is in high transition. Previously ASAP was divided between the Installation Management Command and the Medical Command. IMCOM was responsible for functional duties including program drug testing, prevention education and training while MEDCOM was responsible for clinical services. Now ASAP is centralizing its services, making it easier for Soldiers, civilians, retirees and Family members to get the help that they need.
One way ASAP helps the community is through its Employee Assistance Program. Soldiers, civilians, retirees and Family members can now attend up to four sessions through the EAP. Contractors are advised to use their company’s EAP.
Based on the assessment, individuals can be referred to Kirk U.S. Army Health Clinic to be treated by certified clinicians who practice independent psychological and mental health, or they may be referred to another facility.
“By law, seeking help from the EAP cannot be used against you,” Knox said. “This is a confidential environment. We want people to see this as an opportunity to get assistance that they need.”
Another way ASAP helps the community is by co-sponsoring community events and programs like the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program and National Drug Take Back Day to raise awareness and educate the community.
For more information about ASAP, call 410-278-3810.
APG Community Policing and Army Substance Abuse Program co-sponsored this year’s April 29 Prescription Drug Take-Back event which took place April 29. Expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs and over-the-counter medicines were dropped off at APG South Police Station, Bldg. 4420, and APG North Police Station, Bldg. 2200.
Forty pounds of prescription drugs and OTC medicines collected at both APG North and South were delivered to the Havre De Grace Police Station for proper disposal the next day. “APG really stepped it up this year,” said Cindy Scott ASAP prevention coordinator. Last year APG collected 18 pounds of prescription drugs and OTC medicines. (Story by Rachel Ponder, APG News)
APG Army Substance Abuse Program reminds you to use a designated driver. If you drink don’t drive, if you drive don’t drink.
Last Memorial Day weekend, almost 40 percent of the traffic deaths involved alcohol or drug impaired driver. Drunk driving is no accident, nor is it a victimless crime.
Every year we continue to see far too many people suffer debilitating injuries or the loss of their loved ones as a result of impaired driving. There must be an urgency to remove impaired drivers from our nation’s roads. But the human toll is only half the picture.
Crashes cost the nation billions of dollars each year. Drunk driving is not only dangerous, but also a serious, costly crime at best. Driving impaired is just not worth the risk. Not only do you risk killing yourself or someone else, but the trauma and financial costs of a crash or an arrest for impaired driving can be significant.
Violators can face jail time, loss of their driver’s license, higher insurance rates, attorney fees, time away from work, and dozens of other expenses.
Despite these high costs, driving impaired remains one of the most frequent crimes in America, killing someone every 39 minutes.
For more information contact Cindy Scott, APG ASAP prevention coordinator at (410)278-4013 or Cynthia.M.Scott4.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Aberdeen Proving Ground Directorate of Emergency Services and Army Substance Abuse Program are co- sponsoring this year’s Drug Take-Back event April 29.
The event provides the public an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription and over-the-counter drugs.
Americans turned in more than 242,000 pounds—121 tons—of prescription and OTC drugs during the first National Take-Back Day in September, according to D.A.R.E. More than 18pounds was collected at APG alone last year.
Cindy Scott, ASAP prevention coordinator, said having expired, unused prescription and OTC drugs around the house or office can be dangerous.
Scott explained that expired drugs may be less effective and cause some people to overdose by taking more than they should to get the same effect.
Another reason unused or expired drugs are dangerous, explained Scott, is its potential for abuse, a problem that is on the rise among youth in America.
Studies show that a majority of abused medications are obtained from Family and friends, according to the Office of Diversion Control.
In addition to preventing overdose and abuse, Timothy Knox, the installation’s alcohol drug control officer, said Take-Back Day is an environmentally friendly effort. Knox said turning in the drugs prevents people from flushing them down the toilet and entering the ground water supply.
“We really want people to think about safeguarding their medicine,” said Scott. “I would advise that people go through their medicine cabinet and get rid of any expired or unused medicines at least twice a year.”
Drop off locations
Medications can be dropped off at the APG South (Edgewood) Police Station, Bldg. E4420, and the APG North (Aberdeen) Police Station, Bldg. 2200, anytime between now and April 29.
The prescription drugs and OTC medicines collected at both sites will be delivered to the Havre de Grace Police Station for disposal April 30 by APG community police and ASAP staff.
Harford County will participate in the National Prescription Drug Take-back Day April 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Harford County will have two drop-off locations: the County Office parking lot, 220 S. Main Street in Bel Air; and the Havre de Grace Police Station, 715 Pennington Avenue in Havre de Grace. The service is free and anonymous.
For more information call 410-278- 4013 or email Cynthia.Scott1@ us.army.mil, or contact Crime Prevention and Community Policing Officer Mike Farlow at 410-278- 3609 or Micheal.Farlow@us.army.mil.
The APG event corresponds with the April 30 National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration and Drug Abuse Resistance Education. (by Rachel Ponder, APG News)