RCYSUC Hopes To Teach The Community The Science Behind Addiction And Break The Stigma

Editor’s Note RCYSUC wants to empower Richland County youth, families and the community to reduce youth substance use through education, intervention, and participation. This is part 1 of a 7 part sponsored series around preventing substance misuse. The three committees (Data & Evaluation Committee, Alcohol Misuse Prevention Committee, and Prescription Drug Misuse Prevention Committee) that make up…

Richland County Youth Art Contest Voting To Close Feb. 21

MANSFIELD — There’s only one week left for local youth to vote for their favorites in a county-wide multimedia art contest. Students in grades Kindergarten through 12 were asked earlier this year to submit original art, videos, poems or memes with a drug/alcohol prevention message to the Richland County Youth Substance Use Coalition. Submissions are now closed, but…

Richland County Coalition Announces Youth Art Contest

MANSFIELD — Local students could see their artwork on billboards around Mansfield this year. The Richland County Youth Substance Use Coalition recently announced its first drug and alcohol prevention art contest. To participate, students must create a poster, flyer, billboard design, artwork, YouTube or TikTok video, haiku, poem or meme that has a drug/alcohol prevention message. “We…

Coalition Tackling Youth Substance Misuse In Richland County Accepting Members

MANSFIELD, OH — What will it take to reduce youth substance use in Richland County?  A group of people from 12 different sectors are working together to tackle this problem and promote healthy activities.  Richland Public Health was awarded a federal Drug-Free Communities (DFC) grant in October 2019 to sustain the Richland County Youth Substance…

Richland Public Health Seeks Partner Agencies For Safe Drug Disposal Program

MANSFIELD, OH — The Richland County Youth Substance Use Coalition is seeking community partners to help distribute free, safe medication disposal kits.  The coalition, led by Richland Public Health, received more than 5,000 Deterra drug deactivation pouches from Ohio’s SafeRx Collaborative and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. These kits will allow residents to safely and…

New Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition Will Focus On Mansfield Teens

MANSFIELD, OH — The new Richland County Youth Substance Use Coalition held its first meeting last week, kickstarting what could be a decade-long program aimed at decreasing teen substance abuse.  Julie Chaya, director of health education and promotion for Richland Public Health, said the team’s primary emphasis will likely be teen use of alcohol, opiates,…