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Department of Justice Heroin Initiative Grant Awarded to Safe Communities “Stop the Overdose Epidemic” Collaboration

Thanks to leadership of Dane County Narcotics Task Force, Safe Communities has received a grant from Wisconsin Department of Justice to fund a school, community and law enforcement partnership to deliver evidence-based prevention education to youth and families.   For more information about this initiative, click hereView the Press Release from the Attorney General's office, and the Photo Gallery from the press conference on September 25. 

Madison Mayor Paul Soglin, Dane County Executive Joe Parisi Issue Joint Proclamation in Honor of National Recovery Month

Madison Mayor Paul Soglin and Dane County Executive Joe Parisi issued a joint proclamation and statement today in honor of National Recovery Month to lend support to the recovery movement and its core message that “Prevention Works, Treatment is Effective, People Recover.” Click here for the complete press release. 

Under Soglin and Parisi’s leadership, the City of Madison and Dane County have joined forces to reverse the deadly and troubling trend of death and overdose from prescription and illegal opioids through strong agency participation and funding of a community collaboration led by Safe Communities to address this multi-faceted problem. One outcome of this effort is creation of the Parent Addiction Network

 Upcoming Events in 2013 (Back to top)

SCOPE of Pain Training (Safe and Competent Opioid Prescribing Education) - Friday, November 1 Monona Terrace

Visit http://www.scopeofpain.com/ to register! Registration is currently at 125.  Our goal is to have 200 attend. Register today! 

SCOPE of Pain is a continuing medical education/continuing nursing education training event designed to help clinicians safely and effectively manage patients with chronic pain, when appropriate, with opioid analgesics. Safe Communities Health Care Task Force on Opioids, a partnership of all Dane County health care systems working collaboratively to reduce opioid overdose and related deaths, is hosting this event, the only of its kind to be offered in Wisconsin, and one of only ten to be offered nationwide. In addition to a morning session for clinicians, afternoon train-the-trainer sessions will equip local health care systems to identify and train physician champions to deliver a series of hospital/community health center-based grand rounds workshops on an on-going basis. 

Scope of Pain trainings are sponsored by Boston University School of Medicine in collaboration with the Council of Medical Specialty Societies (CMSS) and the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB). The program addresses many key elements of the physician education component of the Obama Administration's prescription drug abuse prevention plan on prescriber education released in April 2011. Safe Communities Coordinated Response to Stop the Overdose Epidemic, and activities of its Health Care Task Force, are funded by the City of Madison and Dane County with active support and participation by over 300 partner organizations and advocates.

Wisconsin Warrior Summit - November 13 & 14, Bishop O'Connor Center, Madison

"Helping the veteran & their family who survived the war, survive the peace..."

Speaker: John Mundt, PhD

Understanding Deployment & Homecoming: What Civilians May
Not Know & What Veterans May Not Say
• Trina McDonald
Military Sexual Trauma Survivor; interviewed in The Invisible War
• Breakout sessions for veterans, their family members and
clinicians
• Special focus on service animals Wednesday evening
• Resource fair and more!

For information about sponsorship opportunities or exhibit tables, please
contact Cara at cara@mhawisconsin.org

Click for more information: Wisconsin Warrior Flyer  Sponsorship Opportunities Table Exhibit Form

 

Past Events in 2013

7th Annual BeSafe Awards Luncheon - Thursday, October 17, Maple Bluff Country Club 

Safe Communitites hosted the 7th Annual BeSafe Awards Luncheon to honor the people and organizations that make Dane County a safer place on Thursday, October 17th at Maple Bluff Country Club.  Safety leaders in the community were recognized in four award categories: Collaboration, Leadership, Advocacy and Innovation.

Congratulations to the following recipients of the 2013 BeSafe Awards: 

Leadership Award:       Jean O'Leary, Director MSCR/Goodman 50+ Fitness Program

Collaboration Award:   Parent Addiction Network 

Advocacy Award:         Pedestrian Flag Minders 

Innovation Award:      Recovery Coalition of Dane County 

 

Only Leaves Should Fall - September 25, 2013 

The Safe Communities Falls Prevention Task Force invites area seniors Only Leaves Should Fall, a special workshop to learn about ways to reduce your risk of falls and stay active, healthy and independent.  The event will be on Wednesday, September 25, from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 326 S. Segoe Rd., Madison. Click here for the Only Leaves Should Fall Press Release.

In most cases, falls are preventable. This workshop provides information that will help you measure your risk for falls, and learn what changes you can make to lower your chances of falling. Speakers include: Judy Dewane, Associate Professor of Physical Therapy with the UW School of Medicine and Public Health, Jean O’Leary with Madison School and Community Recreation.  Individual screening will identify risks in the areas of balance, gait, strength, vision, medications, bone health, blood pressure, bladder health and more. There will be Stepping On and Tai Chi fall prevention class demonstrations, as well as information on adaptive equipment, home safety assessment and other resources. The cost for the workshop is $10.00, and includes a catered lunch and door prizes. To register, contact the West Madison Senior Coalition at 238-7368. Registration deadline is Wednesday, September 18. 

Watch Cheryl Wittke, Executive Director of Safe Communities talk about Falls Prevention with WKOW-27's Dani Maxwell on 'Wake Up Wisconsin'! 

National Stop on Red Week - August 4-10, 2013

The National Stop on Red Week begins August 4 and continues through August 10, 2013. Safe Communities, in conjunction with the City of Madison and City of Fitchburg Police Departments, are educating and drivers about the dangers of red light running. The City of Madison Police Department, City of Fitchburg Police, Cottage Grove Police Department, and other local Dane County law enforcement agencies will be stepping up traffic enforcement during this time. Click the Stop on Red Press Release-2013 or for more informmation about the Stop on Red campaign, visit our Traffic Safety page! 

QPR Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Training-of-Trainers Session - July 16, 2013

Are you interested in reaching out to groups across Dane County on how to prevent suicide? If so, here's your opportunity to become a Certified QPR Instructor. QPR stands for Question Persuade Refer, and you will learn about this and more during the training session. The QPR Training class will held at the Stoughton Fire Department, 381 E. Main St., Stoughton, WI. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and the course is from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Registration Deadline: July 8, 2013 (Class limit: 10). See our Suicide Prevention page for complete details and registration information. Sign up today while space is available! 

Safety Saturday - June 8 from 8 a.m.-1 p.m.

Join the City of Madison Fire Department, in collaboration with of over 25 public and private organizations throughout Dane County for Safety Saturday this year on the Capitol Square. This educational event provides parents, children, and the public ways to make safe decisions, prevent injuries, and to encourage the use of safety devices such as seat belts, bike helmets, and smoke alarms. Check the MFD's website for more info! 

2013 Safe Communities Slow Down Yard Sign Campaign Kick Off - Monday, May 13

Representatives from American Family Insurance, the Madison Police Department TEST (Traffic Enforcement Safety Team), Safe Communities and Madison's Elvehjem Neighborhood Association outlined steps for both drivers and pedestrians to have a safer summer at an informational event on Monday, May 13 at Acewood Park in Madison. The Slow Down Campaign runs from May 13-17, but signs are available year-round. Read more details at our Traffic Safety/Slow Down Sign Campaign page.

National Prescription Take Back Day Saturday, April 27  MedDrop
Do some Spring cleaning in your Medicine Cabinets, Dane Countya-area Communities are sponsoring events for National Prescription Take Back Day!

Dane County residents are urged to get rid of potentially dangerous expired, unused or unwanted medicine at MedDrop or at one of the many events planned for Saturday, April 27, the fifth National Prescription Take Back Day. Poisoning deaths are now Dane County’s number one cause of injury-related death, killing more Dane County residents than automobile crashes. Pain medications, when used incorrectly, can be especially dangerous.

All medicines collected at the 12 year-round, permanent MedDrop locations and at area National Prescription Take Back Day events are kept out of the community water stream because they are incinerated and not flushed as previously recommended.  Media release.

MedDrop boxes open on April 26 only include:

Open 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.:
• University of Wisconsin Police Department - 1429 Monroe Street (608) 264-2677

MedDrop boxes open on April 27 include:

Open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.:
• Oregon Police Dept. - 383 Park Street (608) 835-3118

Open 24 hours a day:
• Middleton Police Dept. - 7341 Donna Drive (608) 824-7300
• Sun Prairie Police Dept. - 300 E. Main Street (608) 837-7336

• University of Wisconsin Police Department - 1429 Monroe Street (608) 264-2677

 

Area National Take Back Day Collection Events

Saturday, April 27, 2013 (unless otherwise noted, below)

10 AM – 2 PM

 

CITY OF MONONA POLICE DEPT

THE MEDICINE SHOPPE PHARMACY

4205 MONONA DR

MONONA

BLUE MOUNDS POLICE DEPT

BLUE MOUNDS POLICE DEPT

11011 BRIGHAM AVE

BLUE MOUNDS

MAPLE BLUFF POLICE DEPT

MAPLE BLUFF VILLAGE CENTER

18 OXFORD PL

MADISON

OREGON POLICE DEPT

OREGON POLICE DEPT

383 PARK ST

OREGON

SUN PRAIRIE POLICE DEPT

WALGREENS

275 DAVISON DR

SUN PRAIRIE

BELLEVILLE POLICE DEPT

BELLEVILLE UW MEDICAL CLINIC

1121 BELL WEST

BELLEVILLE

MARSHALL POLICE DEPT

MARSHALL POLICE DEPT

130 S PARDEE ST

MARSHALL

COTTAGE GROVE POLICE DEPT

COTTAGE GROVE EMERGENCY SERVICE BLDG

4030 CTH N

COTTAGE GROVE

CROSS PLAINS POLICE DEPT

WALGREENS

2575 MAIN ST

CROSS PLAINS

STOUGHTON POLICE DEPARTMENT

STOUGHTON FIRE DEPARTMENT

401 EAST MAIN ST

STOUGHTON

UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN - MADISON POLICE DEPT

UW MADISON POLICE DEPT
ON FRIDAY, APRIL 26, 2013 ONLY

1429 MONROE ST

MADISON

DEFOREST POLICE DEPT

DE FOREST POLICE DEPT

305 E HOLUM ST

DE FOREST

Drug Poisoning Summit Reunion

Safe Communities hosted a Drug Poisoning Summit Reunion on April 8 at the American Family Insurance National Headquarters Training Center. Excellent information was shared about the progress on the Drug Poisoning Summit to Stop the Overdose Epidemic in Dane County. Special thanks to Dane County Executive Joe Parisi and City of Madison Mayor Paul Soglin for recognizing the progress, the speakers representing each of the workgroups of the Stop the Overdose Epidemic Initiative for updates, and attendees for continuing the discussion on next steps with this initiative. Visit our Drug Poisoning Prevention page, which includes the updated Areas of Focus and Strategy Map for this initiative. 

Spring 2013 Falls Prevention Classes

Looking for a Falls Prevention Class? Click here for a listing of Spring class offerings, including Living Well with Chronic Conditions Workshops, Stepping On and Moving For Better Balance.