Substance Abuse Prevention and Control

Prevention Monthly Briefing

October 2021 | Issue #9
Prevention Monthly Briefing

Team/Person of the Month!

Congrats to the 60 youth and adults who attended the DEA/CADCA Youth Leadership 3-day Training
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) as part of its Operation Engage community-based prevention efforts, collaborated with the Community Anti-Drug Coalition of America (CADCA) in sponsoring a free Virtual Youth Leadership Core Essentials Training, September 17-19. Asher, a new Quincy Jones producer, song writer and singer, kicked off the event with a presentation on self-awareness, determination, resiliency, and knowing your worth. Additionally, on September 25, a Photovoice course emphasized the use of photography and caption writing as a means for advocacy, data collection, and social change.

The three-day workshop began with approximately 60 youth in grades 8-12, many from SAPC Prevention Provider networks, engaged in capacity building efforts designed to help coalitions, schools, and youth-serving organizations foster youth leadership in the design, implementation, and evaluation of action strategies for addressing community problems. They used evidence-based, problem-solving processes to create community change. Youth learned about and developed their own logic models and strategic approaches for making effective change within their communities and schools. A discussion of social and public issues included homelessness, bullying, using marijuana, selling alcohol to underage students, and even putting up streetlights in neighborhoods. Youth participants presented to a committee just as they would if they were applying for a grant or speaking to the Senate. Youth were engaged and inspired by the interests of the adults, but also felt a sense of community with the other youth to raise awareness of these issues. They gained foundational knowledge and skills to become “change agents” within local communities while building youth and adult partnerships. The activities provided a platform for youth to develop their “voice” and emphasized how to use that voice on civic engagement levels.

Recovery Month Hosts: Last month in observance of Recovery Month, the LAC Prevention Provider network planned and hosted community movie night. Especial recognition to the event hosts. Other supporting agencies assisted in the promotional efforts and in crafting substance use prevention messages played during intermissions.

SAPC Issues/Actions

COVID-19 Update:

During Mid-September, Public Health Modified its Health Officer Order Adding Vaccination Verification Requirements at Select High-Risk Settings
Public Health issued a modified Health Officer Order late last month that aligns with President Biden’s national plan to require vaccination verification or a negative test within 72 hours prior to attending outdoor mega events.

TK-12 Education Toolkit:
Public Health has posted a COVID-19 Transitional Kindergarten to 12th Grade (TK-12) Education Toolkit designed as a resource to help prepare for, prevent, and respond to COVID-19 in schools. The toolkit includes guidance documents which detail specific requirements and recommendations for prevention of COVID-19 spread, documents applying general prevention principles to specific educational contexts, templates to use in carrying out your role in COVID-19 prevention, answers to frequently asked questions for the education setting, as well as selected resources from local, state, and national sources.

COVID-19 Vaccinations:
These are available at County-run sites and many community sites without an appointment. To find a vaccination site near you, to make an appointment at vaccination sites, and much more, visit: (English) and (Spanish). If you don’t have internet access, can’t use a computer, or you’re over 65, you can call 1-833-540-0473 for help finding an appointment or scheduling a home-visit if you are homebound. Vaccinations are always free and open to eligible residents and workers regardless of immigration status.

Prevention 2019-20 Year-End Report Published: For a look at highlights, challenges, and accomplishments of LA County’s Prevention Provider network for FY2019-20, click here:

Prevention Quarterly Meeting Highlights: Review highlights of the last Quarterly Prevention Provider Meeting, including presentations by the DEA and by the new SAPC Medical Director, Brian Hurley, MD, MBA, DFASAM, click here:

SPA Coalition News (EPS)

Agency News (CPS, APS)

Upcoming Events and Deadlines:

2021 National Red Ribbon Week is observed Oct. 23-31, themed Drug Free Looks Like Me™, is a reminder that everyday Americans across the country make significant daily contributions to their communities by being the best they can be because they live Drug-Free.
Since its beginning in 1985, the Red Ribbon has touched the lives of millions of people around the world. In response to the murder of DEA Agent Enrique Camarena, angered parents, and youth in communities across the country began wearing Red Ribbons as a symbol of their commitment to raise awareness of the killing and destruction caused by drugs in America.

The 2021 National Prescription Drug Take Back Day DEA will be held on Saturday, October 23, 2021 – 10AM to 2PM SAPC Prevention Providers will team up with the DEA, Kaiser Permanente pharmacies, and local law enforcement partners to host drive-up/drive-thru collection sites throughout the county, where residents can safely discard opioids and other prescription drug waste (including vape cartridges and paraphernalia). Sharps and needles may be accepted only at Kaiser Permanente locations. Occurring in April and October, DEA National Prescription Drug Take-Day encourages individuals, families, and communities to clean out their medicine cabinets and properly dispose of prescription drugs, thereby reducing the risks and harms associated drug misuse and abuse, and environmental contamination. COVID-19 protection protocols will be in place. Visit for a collection site near you.
Public Health has made reasonable efforts to provide accurate translation. However, no computerized translation is perfect and is not intended to replace traditional translation methods. If questions arise concerning the accuracy of the information, please refer to the English edition of the website, which is the official version.
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