Greater Than Heroin Summit Meeting Minutes

Greater Than Heroin Summit Meeting Minutes

April 19, 2018

Fr. Bob introduces himself, the event, and everyone around the room gave their name and which organization they represented. Wide range of people in attendance: everyone from clergy, public service, to family members of those suffering with addiction.

Overview of progress made thus far.

  • What we need to do is connect this cause with someone we know: humanize it
  • There is a big focus for Drug Take Back Day on April 28th
  • Why should we promote this?
  • Where should you take the drugs? Are these locations everywhere?
  • These are valid concerns. This information needs to be readily available to all

Feedback from the crowd: before the videos

  • We need an accurate, tangible list of places where drugs can be dropped off: Here’s the Link
  • We need to emphasize that it’s not just one day people can do this; people can do this every day!
  • Which social media accounts are we focusing on? Can we expand?
  • Currently Fr. Bob is using Facebook as the main platform
  • Can we get just a PDF of the Drug Take Back Day to share with churches/orgs?
  • People want the info concise & up front!
  • Can we have access to the videos to share?
  • Available on website

Feedback After the Videos:

  • Overall, generally positive feedback
  • Loved that there was one in Spanish
  • Needs the words shown on the screen to be in Spanish too, not just the voice
  • Can we have one towards the Islamic and Jewish Communities as well?
  • Include list of drugs that are abused. People may assume it’s just opiates, but there’s more
  • Idea: make a hashtag for this movement
  • Allow people to see the progress that has been made from them dropping off their drugs and the contribution it is making to the overall cause; could inspire others too
  • Can we get volunteers to help elderly or homebound get their unwanted drugs to the safe locations? This would be a challenge to make sure they are not abused or sold, but if we could execute this safely, could be helpful.
  • Everyone should share, like, post, these videos and info this week to promote this “spring cleaning”
  • Are we utilizing church bulletins? Get this info out and in the bulletins
  • Make sure people know they can donate any time and where they can do so
  • People may fear repercussions if they turn in their drugs; we need to reassure them that it is okay
  • Perhaps provide necessary literature and resources at these drug drop off locations
  • We are trying to create public momentum
  • The videos were posted on Monday and already have 5,000+ shares. Imagine if we all go home and share/post
  • Get the fliers we have but in Spanish
  • Can we get this drug take back message to air on the radio? What about the news? If you have contacts, do reach out!
  • Bold ANONYMOUS on flier so people know that it’s okay
  • We all need to work together and take these steps forward
  • People are fearful that if they call 911 when someone overdoses, they will get in trouble. We need to eliminate the fear!

Post-Lunch Discussion

  • Bob proposes light discussion of “talking points” while eating, so we can discuss as a group
  • Each person fills out their own sheet of talking points, which we will talk about as a group, and collect for development
  • Dustin Russell speaks
  • Great efforts in Lake County; need to spread to all counties
  • We need to create workplace awareness of this issue
  • What are we doing on all fronts to open this conversation?
  • Every year, American Employers lose 80 million employees annually due to drugs/absenteeism, etc.
  • We need to change this!

Talking points:

  • Who is your audience?
  • What are your three talking points?
  • Repetition is key and the mother of learning
  • Doing this exercise because we really need to start talking about this issue instead of keeping it hush hush.

First Example:

Audience: Family

  • You need to know addiction & the dangers
  • Start the conversation
  • Just 1 and you’re done
  • Suggestion: anonymous tip line via text
  • Crime Stoppers is working on this

Second example:

Audience: Post-treatment patients

  • You have purpose. We just need to find it
  • There is Help
  • There is Hope

Third example:

Audience: Addict

  • Find something that means more to you than the drugs
  • You are more than the choices you have made
  • If you’re breathing, there is still hope. It’s not too late

Fourth example:

Audience: Youth (prevention)

  • Prevention is key!
  • Must reach them while they are young (before 13)
  • Impact them with good things that are larger than life; good role models that support being drug free

Fifth example:

Audience: Elementary and High School Students

  • Don’t dismiss gateway drugs
  • Look got God/higher power for relief
  • Don’t fear being a “wimp.” Let’s make being drug-free “cool.”

Sixth example:

Audience: Those coming back into society (ex: from prison)

  • You’ve gone through the hardest part
  • 1 more could kill you
  • Recovery, help, hope, support is there

Seventh Example:

Audience: Addiction is a disease

  • Remove stigma; it affects all of us
  • Addiction is a disease
  • Treatment needed on demand & insurance should cover it

Eighth Example:

Audience: 20/30 year olds or grandparents that raise their kids’ kids

  • Education prevention
  • Get rid of meds
  • Don’t be afraid to ask Drs. & Dentists good questions
  • Know the signs & create deeper awareness

Last Example:

Audience: General

  • Addiction is an epidemic…opioids are not the problem
  • We need to change the language from “addicts” to “people with substance abuse disorder.” Wow, so profound! J
  • Closing Remarks
  • Collect Contact Info/Interest sheet/ talking points
  • Look at their interests to form future groups and expand the cause initiatives