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Warning about ‘One Pot’ Meth Labs (Posted 06/01/2013)

     The Branch County Substance Abuse Task Force warns residents to be careful of picking up discarded pop bottles along the roadside.  It might just be a meth lab.  The ‘one pot’ method, according to a 2011 Michigan State Police report, now accounts for more than 75% of all meth labs. It uses a 2 liter pop bottle as the container to create the ‘shake and bake’ drug from a handful of easily available household items.  This method of drug production is even more dangerous than the makeshift, clandestine lab because it makes it more mobile and the substance more volatile.  

 

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (Posted 05/31/2013)

            It is estimated that each year in the United States, 1 in every 750 infants is born with a pattern of physical, developmental, and functional problems referred to as fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS), while another 40,000 are born with fetal alcohol effects (FAE).  Alcohol is the leading known preventable cause of developmental and physical birth defects in the United States.  When a woman drinks alcohol during pregnancy, she risks giving birth to a child who will pay the price — in mental and physical deficiencies — for his or her entire life.   

 

Marijuana: Separating Fact from Fiction (Posted 03/04/2013)

             Marijuana, which consists of a mix of dried stems, seeds, and leaves from the hemp plant called Cannabis Sativa, is the most commonly abused illicit drug in the United States.  Marijuana, which is formally referred to as Cannabis, is usually smoked as a cigarette (joint), but it can also be smoked from a pipe, smoked in blunts, or mixed in food.  Marijuana is a Schedule I drug according to the Controlled Substances Act of 1970, which classified it as having a high potential for abuse.  Lately however, the debate as to whether marijuana should be legal for medical purposes has increased across the nation.  As of this date, 18 states have legalized the medical use of marijuana (despite it remaining federally illegal) with additional states pending legislature.  But does legally allowing the use of medical marijuana mean that marijuana itself no longer has ill effects?  Click on the above link to learn more about the hazards smoking marijuana can pose to your health.

 

Alcohol Poisoning Awareness (Posted 01/22/2013)

            Alcohol poisoning and binge drinking are serious problems, with life threatening consequences.  Teens and young people are dying from this condition.  Rapid binge drinking, which easily can lead to alcohol poisoning, is especially dangerous because the victim can ingest a fatal dose of alcohol before becoming unconscious.  For more information on this or other topics, please check out the Substance Abuse Task Force website or contact the task force at 517.279.5337.

 

New Prescription Drop Off Box! (Posted 9/25/2012)

Getting rid of unneeded prescription drugs in  Branch County has gotten a little bit easier now that the Branch County Sheriff’s Department has placed secure drop-off box in their lobby.  You can drop off expired or unneeded drugs, anonymously, anytime with no questions asked.   The idea here is to keep them out of the trash, where they can be ripped off, or the toilet which pollutes drinking water.  The box is for medications that are in pill form only.  Be sure to remove or black out all personal identifying information that maybe on the container.  The Sheriff’s Department is located at 580 N. Marshall, Coldwater, Michigan.

 

Branch County Substance Abuse Task Force

The Branch County Substance Abuse Task Force began in 2004 with a grant from the federal government.   The region was designated by the federal government as an area of high need for community mobilization and education regarding the devastating effects of meth on the community.  Many community members stepped forward to advance the cause and lead the way to the elimination of meth production, sale and use within the county.

Today the task force has become the Substance Abuse Task Force and includes members from:  Substance Treatment and Referral Service, all county law enforcement agencies, the Community Health Center, the Branch Intermediate School District, County Commissioners, the Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency, the Court system and other county offices, plus many interested community members. 

The task force continues to provide accurate, up-to-date education services to Branch County.  We hope you find the information contained on this site educational and informative.

 

Branch County Substance Abuse Task Force Mission Statement

To protect the health and well-being of all Branch County residents by eliminating the manufacture, sale and use of methamphetamine within Branch County.

 

Branch County Substance Abuse Task Force Members

  • Chair - Branch County Sheriff's Department - Phone 278-2325

  • Task Force Coordinator – STARS - Phone 279-5337

Members and Agencies

  • CHC/STARS – Substance Treatment and Referral Service

  • Coldwater Police Department

  • Branch County Sheriffs Department

  • Union City Police Department

  • Michigan State Police

  • Pines Behavioral Health

  • Silent Observer

  • Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency

  • Branch County Department of Human Services

  • Community Health Center of Branch County

  • Phase 1 Testing

  • Branch County Schools

  • Branch County Commissioners

  • Kalamazoo County Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services

  • County Probation Office

  • Clergy

  • Community Members at large

Statewide Meth Tip Line - 1-866-METHTIP (866-638-4847)

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