July 2018

Saving Lives in Buckeye – Have You Seen the Hand

I’m sure you’ve heard about the Opioid epidemic. Yes, it’s real and teens and adults are dying in Buckeye as a result. The truth is there have been teen deaths related to opioids and prescription drugs in our area but we do not hear about it because they are minors. Thus, no information is released....

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April 2018

National Drug Take-back Day

This Saturday, April 28, is National Drug Take-back day. You can Get in the Way of Rx Abuse by disposing of unused medications properly. Stay away from old school thinking of flushing your unused meds. We now know “flushing” is contaminating our water supply. Don’t Share, Lock Them Up, and Dispose of Properly!

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June 2017

Coalition Efforts in Buckeye Show Substantial Progress

The latest Arizona Youth Survey (AYS) shows the Way Out West (WOW) Coalition’s effort in the area of drug and alcohol prevention is paying off. Every two years Arizona youth participate in the Arizona Youth Survey (AYS). The survey of 8th, 10th, and 12th grade youth gathers information needed to monitor underage drinking, drug use,...

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May 2017

Successful Prescription Drug Take-Back

Buckeye PD had a successful Prescription Drug Take-Back event Saturday (April 29). According to the department, they received “32 lbs. of old, expired, and no longer needed drugs at the collection point.” Did you know the Buckeye Police Department has a permanent Rx Drug Drop-Off box in the Police Department lobby on Yuma Rd.? The...

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May 2016

The Drug Take-Back Event

Buckeye PD had a successful Prescription Drug Take-Back event Saturday (April 30). According to an officer involved, they received “25lbs of old, expired, and no longer needed drugs at the collection point.” The availability of the permanent Rx Drug Drop-Off box in the Police Department lobby contributing to lower numbers this year, but that should...

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March 2016

Buckeye Teens Making a Difference

A group of teenagers in Buckeye are making a difference. Teaming up with the Way Out West coalition for the Get in the Way campaign of 2016, Buckeye teens involved in an organization called Youth4Youth are approaching businesses to hang posters and flyers in their windows encouraging parents to “Get in the Way” of teenage...

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February 2016

Rx Drugs and College Campuses

A survey conducted by Ohio State University incorporating 3900 college students was made public last October. In it, 70 percent of students said prescription drugs were easy or very easy to find. The statistic, and the trend of Rx drug misuse and abuse, should be reminder to all parents that substance abuse is not isolated...

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February 2016

Announcement! Buckeye Community Forum

The Way Out West Coalition is pleased to announce we are cooperating with the Buckeye Police Department and DrugFreeAZKids.org to host a forum on the problems caused by drugs and alcohol in our community. The forum will be held Thursday, March 3rd at 6:00pm. For more information, please click on the READ MORE link below...

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February 2016

Coalition Meeting!

The WOW Coalition has their monthly meeting tomorrow, Feb 9.  If you’re interested in helping prevent underage alcohol and substance abuse, we would love to have you come be a part of our meeting. On the schedule for this month is subcommittee meetings—don’t roll your eyes! Real work gets done in them! The Information Dissemination...

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November 2015

Get in the Way Campaign Expands: Have You Seen the Hand?

Since its inception in 2008, the Way Out West Coalition (WOW Coalition) in Buckeye, Arizona, has focused on reducing underage drinking. Their success has been awarded the designation of Evidence Based Program (EBP) for two consecutive years by the Arizona Department of Health Services. They are building on that success as they expand to a...

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