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WAYNE ALLEN


PDT Staff Writer


The Drug Free Action Alliance held a regional training at the Portsmouth Public Library on Monday, Aug. 27, called “Bridging the G.A.P. From Grief to taking Action for Prevention.”


According to training description on www.drugfreeactionalliance.org, “Ohio’s opiate epidemic has had a devastating impact on families and communities across Ohio. As a result, many people have felt called to take action to prevent further devastation in their communities. Regardless of why each of us choose to take action, all of us are invested and want our time and efforts to be meaningful and effective. This free training opportunity designed to help address the unique needs of local groups that want to equip themselves with the tools needed to effectively move from grief to taking action for prevention.”


Allison Sharer, Director of Programs for Drug Free Action Alliance, and Malaika Stubbs Wilson, Program Manager for Drug Free Action Alliance, were the presenters at the training. Topics for the training included, understanding‘family engagement advocacy groups, exploring the process of moving from grief to taking action for prevention, giving and receiving support, healthy coping, learning what works in prevention, and taking action for community change.


“Individuals motivated by the loss of a loved one due to a drug-related death, addiction, or relapse who come together to provide support to one another or to take action to create community change,” Stubbs Wilson said.


Other topics of discussion included, understanding grief, coping strategies, positive coping strategies, prevention and many other topics.


“Bridging the G.A.P. From Grief to taking Action for Prevention” programs are being held across the state. Drug Free Action Alliance is hosting a statewide training on Friday, Sept. 21, and Saturday, Sept. 22, in Dublin, Ohio. The theme for the Friday training is, “Good Things Happen Over Coffee; Celebrating Successes and Tribute Concert” featuring International Musician Edwina Hayes. The theme for the Saturday training is, “A Day to Strengthen and Sustain Community Efforts on Opiate Abuse Prevention Training.”


For more information on the Drug Free Action Alliance and its many programs, visit www.drugfreeactionalliance.org.


Wayne Allen may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 208, or wallen@heartlandpublications.com.

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