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Drug assessment survey is out

Drug assessment survey is out

The Working Together Coalition and Cass County Sheriff’s office are working together to get an understanding of the current environment surrounding the actual, and perception, of prescription and over-the-counter drug misuse in the community through a drug assessment survey.

The coalition and sheriff’s office are seeking to understand how youth and others, are using prescription and over-the-counter drugs that have not been prescribed to them to get high. Examples of prescription drugs are defined as and can include: Uppers, to give people more energy, such as Ritalin, Adderall and Concerta; downers, to calm people down, such as Valium, Xanax and Ativan; and pain killers, to relieve severe pain, such as OxyContin, Vicodin and Percocet. Examples of over-the-counter drugs can include cold medicine, diet pills, sleep aids, stay awake pills and more.

The survey is available online on the Working Together Coalition’s website at and at various upcoming public events, such as Boy River Hobo Day and through random mailings. The data collected from this online assessment will assist the coalition in completing the community assessment as it relates to prescription/over-the-counter drug misuse in a 10 county service region.

The survey asks questions about prescription/over-the-counter drug misuse among youth and others in the community. All responses to this assessment are anonymous. Those with questions regarding the survey can contact

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
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