As you may know, the Raymond Coalition for Youth has formed a Recovery Task Force (initially called the Heroin/Drug Task Force) for our community. The purpose is:

  • To help break the stigma about addiction and substance misuse so those in need will seek services and resources.
  • To increase access to resources in our community to help individuals and families struggling with substance misuse and addiction.
We recognize that this concern is going to take all corners of our community working together to address it successfully and bring Hope and help to everyone effected by it.  The most successful and cost effective strategy is prevention. 

When we talk about prevention we need to remember that there are factors that play a key role in making a difference. They include reducing access to a substance and increasing awareness to the risk and harm associated with use.  For an individual or family who is struggling with addiction they need access to resources for support and treatment.  How is this prevention?  It is breaking the cycle of addiction, which some families experience.  If we can get a family help with their substance misuse it is less likely that their children will repeat the unhealthy behavior.  

To help reduce access:
We are encouraging everyone to look in their homes for any expired, over prescribed or no longer needed medication, and to drop off at the Raymond Police Department, 1 Scribner Road.  

If you have medication in your home please do not leave it out in the open, or in a location that others can access it without your knowledge.  An example: a medicine cabinet in your bathroom, behind a locked door.  Keep it out of sight and reach to be safe.

To Increase Awareness:
    Heroin and prescription drug misuse is in our community and is effecting many families.
    • In the USA someone dies every 19 minutes due to a Prescription Drug overdose.
    • 6% of our Raymond High School students have reported using Heroin in their lifetime
    • 10% of Raymond students report using prescription drugs to get high in the past 30 days

    We want to get the message into our community that it is here, we need to acknowledge it and work together to address it. We have put on two forums to raise awareness in Raymond and our surrounding communities. The individuals whom share their stories are from Raymond and surrounding communities. They are brave enough to tell their stories because they want to help others and be a part of the solution to make a difference. The taped videos are available via your computer, thanks to Raymond Community TV. They can be viewed at a time convenient for you by clicking the links. Building A Drug Free Home and Heroin, It Effects Everyone in Our Community .