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Tahoe Truckee Future Without Drug Dependence volunteers honored

TT-FWDD Individual Partner of the Year Pam Emmerich accepts a volunteer appreciation plaque and certificate, middle, flanked by TT-FWDD Chair Chief Adam McGill and TT-FWDD Co-Chair Trisha Baird.
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TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — Tahoe Truckee Future Without Drug Dependence (TT-FWDD) Coalition members gathered to honor its volunteer base for their comprehensive efforts to prevent teen drug and alcohol use and abuse in 2013.

Through the collective efforts of local individuals, law enforcement and water quality agencies, the Tahoe-Truckee Rx Drug Safe Disposal Project was launched and the regions first two permanent Rx drug bins were installed in the community.

Since the opening of the permanent bins from August to October, close to 80 lbs. of medications were collected, helping to fulfill the overall mission of keeping youth and water drug free.

In addition, at two community Rx Drug Take Back events in October, 169 lbs. of prescription drugs were safely collected and disposed of in Tahoe City and Truckee.

Additionally, new financial resources were invested by a valued community partner to implement two new SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Act) evidenced-based programs to the area, Alcohol EDU (alcohol prevention education) to all TTUSD freshman and SBIRT (substance abuse screening) to front-line community healthcare providers.

To highlight the value of community volunteers, one individual and one agency was recognized by the coalition for their outstanding service in 2013. This individual and agency were presented with plaques to commemorate their efforts.

The TT-FWDD 2012-2013 Individual Partner of the Year was awarded to Pam Emmerich, who is North Tahoe Public Utilities District’s technology and public information administrator. Emmerich was recognized for providing initiative, leadership and service implementing and promoting safe disposal of prescription drugs in North Lake Tahoe.

She was instrumental in bringing water quality agencies to the table to implement the regions first Rx Drug Bin, she is also a TT-FWDD Rx Drug Abuse Committee member, has participated in Rx Drug Take Back events and helped support Placer County Sheriff Office’s National Night Out.

The TT-FWDD 2012-2013 Agency Partner of the Year was awarded to the Tahoe Forest Hospital District for providing outstanding vision and support of community substance abuse prevention via the Wellness Neighborhood Initiative project.

The Wellness Neighborhood Initiative project supported and funded Alcohol EDU, SBIRT, and media promotion of safe prescription drug disposal for Rx Take Backs.

For more information about the TT-FWDD Coalition visit http://www.ttfwdd.com or call 530-546-1924.


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