Help Rid Community Of Substance Abuse

Editor, News-Register:

Advocates for Substance Abuse Prevention (ASAP) is looking for volunteers of any age to take part in our substance abuse prevention coalition. We need community members from Brooke and Hancock counties to be a part of our coalition. This is your community; come help us make a difference!

ASAP meets for a quarterly meeting on the second Thursday of January, April, July, and October. Additionally, there are three subcommittees that meet monthly at the Brooke Hancock Family Resource Network and could use your knowledge and opinions:

Community Action Committee – meets first Tuesday monthly. Are you interested in developing new substance abuse prevention and underage drinking policies? This committee will be working on ways to bring change directly to our community. The committee’s goal is to change how society views underage drinking and substance abuse. They also help coordinate compliance checks and provide responsible beverage service training to alcohol and tobacco retailers.

Data & Resources Committee – meets first Thursday monthly. Are you a good writer? Do you like looking at statistics? Are you good at planning? Then the Data & Resources Committee is perfect for you! This committee helps ASAP search for additional substance abuse prevention or underage drinking funds, either from grants or foundations. It also helps gather statistical data and provides direction on the proper way to meet our grant goals.

Direction & Growth Committee – meets fourth Wednesday monthly. Are you interested in developing public service announcements? Do you have a spark of creativity that could help us educate our community about the dangers of underage drinking and substance abuse? Are you good with the development of billboards and media campaigns? Or are you a college or high school student who is interested in a public relations career? If the answer is yes to any of these questions, you will be perfect for the Education Committee. Not only does the Education Committee work to develop mass media campaigns, they also help find ways to educate and train coalition members.

As you can see there are many different aspects to ASAP, and we could use your help! After all, ASAP is for our community, and we want your ideas and input to be heard.

If you have any questions or are interested in getting involved you can contact us by phone at (304)748-7850 or you can find us online at and on Facebook:

We are looking forward to working with you to make our community drug free!

Mary F. Ball