Emmet County MOCSY (Making Optimal Choices for Successful Youth) began work on the Drug-Free Communities Support Program grant, a federal grant available through SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration). Iowa Lakes Community College and MOCSY are collaborating on the grant because a community-wide collaboration is vital to meeting the goal of reducing substance use and abuse in a community. The grants are available for annual renewal for up to five years, with annual budgets not to exceed $125,000.
In addition to launching a media campaign and continuing work on a social host ordinance, as well as greater enforcement of impaired driving laws, MOCSY brings together adult and youth members from various sectors to work on Emmet County's community-wide issues with substance abuse.
The purpose of the grant is to reduce substance abuse among youth and, over time, reduce substance abuse among adults by addressing the factors in a community that increase the risk of substance abuse and promoting the factors that minimize the risk of substance abuse.
The group discussed, in addition to underage drinking, the rise of prescription drug abuse and the possibilities of increased access to marijuana.
A program to provide bags or boxes in which people can mail in unused prescription drugs is one way. If patients with youth in the home simply wish to get leftover painkillers or other possibly intoxicating drugs out of the home, this is one way to accomplish it.