Wonder Girls summer camp scheduled

first_img Wonder Girls summer camp scheduled Pinterest WhatsApp Wonder Girls, Crisis Center of West Texas’s girls summer camp is scheduled for July 12 through July 16.Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Girls entering grades five through eight can enjoy a week of coding, science experiments, creative projects, CCWTX lessons, and more, a news release said.The camp will be located at Crossroads Odessa, 6901 East State Highway 191 in Odessa.The cost for each camper is $100, which includes five days of camp, breakfast and lunch every day, two camp shirts, and all the supplies needed for a week of fun, the release said. Additionally, there are a limited number of scholarships available. Those interested may apply even if the cost of camp is a concern. If you are interested in receiving a scholarship, email Elizabeth Teixeira at [email protected] you want to donate to support scholarships visit http://bit.ly/WGDonate or www.ccwtx.org/wondergirls.Wonder Girls is for rising fifth through eighth grade girls. Any girl in the Permian Basin who is entering grades five through eight in fall 2021 is invited to apply.COVID protocols will be enforced to keep campers, staff, and volunteers safe. Health screenings will be conducted every morning for everyone at camp, sanitizer will available and spaces will be cleaned multiple times a day, the release said.Applications are due by 6 p.m. June 19. Apply at: bit.ly/WonderGirls21.More information: tinyurl.com/tdaph82p.For more information, contact Prevention Services Director Elizabeth Teixeira at [email protected], or 432-333-2527. By Odessa American – May 26, 2021 Pinterest Twitter Facebook Previous articleUTPB STEM Academy Middle School Cardboard Boat RacesNext articleMayor seeks clergy push for ordinance Odessa American Local News Twitter WhatsApp Facebooklast_img read more

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Eli Lilly, Yellow Jug Old Drugs collaboration creates funding opportunity for 100…

first_img A new grant from Eli Lilly and Companies will offer funding for 100 new prescription drug disposal sites at pharmacies in Indiana so that Hoosiers can safety turn in unused medications and deter abuse, said Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller.Eli Lilly and Companies recently gave a $30,000 grant to Yellow Jug Old Drugs, a program under the Great Lakes Clean Water/US Clean Water organization that provides prescription drug disposal services to pharmacies, so that members of the public can turn in unused medications for safe disposal and avert potential misuse.An estimated 46 Americans die each day from prescription drug overdose, and more than six million people suffer from prescription drug abuse disorders in the U.S. Three out of four heroin users say they started out abusing prescription drugs.Yellow Jug Old Drugs provides participating pharmacies with collection jugs and ongoing disposal services. Currently, 29 pharmacies in Indiana participate in Yellow Jug Old Drugs program. With the new grant, 100 new Indiana pharmacies will be able to participate at no cost for up to a year.According to Yellow Jug Old Drugs, this is the first time a pharmaceutical company in the U.S. has provided support for a drug disposal program. The Indiana Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Task Force helped facilitate this unique partnership.“This type of collaboration – among government, nonprofit, the medical community and now the pharmaceutical industry – is exactly what we need in the fight to reduce controlled substance abuse in Indiana,” said Zoeller, creator and co-chair of the Task Force. “Urging proper and frequent disposal of prescription medications is critical to getting old, unused drugs out of home medicine cabinets where they are ripe for abuse. We know that a majority of Rx abusers obtain the drugs from family members or friends, so getting people to dispose of these medications before they lead to abuse can have a major impact.”Zoeller thanked Eli Lilly for making a commitment to expanding Rx disposal options in Indiana and helping to reduce prescription drug abuse. Eli Lilly is a global health-care leader based in Indianapolis, Indiana.“The Yellow Jug Old Drugs program is a great example of how the public sector, nonprofit organizations and the private sector can work together to address challenging issues,” said Bill Reid, Senior Director of Global Public Policy and Anti-Counterfeiting Operations at Lilly. “Lilly is proud to partner with Great Lakes Clean Water, Attorney General Zoeller and participating pharmacies in this program.”Zoeller and his partners are urging any Indiana pharmacy that does not currently operate a drug disposal program to contact Yellow Jug Old Drugs and be among the pharmacies to utilize the new Lilly grant. Pharmacies interested in participating should call Yellow Jug Old Drugs at 989-736-8179 for more information.“The Yellow Jug Old Drugs program is currently funded primarily by participating pharmacies who like our approach and the nonprofit model that keeps costs low,” said Chris Angel, president of Great Lakes Clean Water/US Clean Water. “In the near future we believe that more support will come from the pharmaceutical industry as well from individuals who are concerned about water quality. We all know first-hand the benefits we derive from pharmaceuticals, and we should all play a part in supporting programs that provide proper disposal of Rx-Waste.”Eskenazi Health recently started the Yellow Jug Old Drugs program at 10 pharmacies in the greater Indianapolis area.“Eskenazi Health has been interested in developing an unwanted medications take-back program for our community due to concerns for both the environment and the prescription drug abuse epidemic,” said Jim Young, Quality Assurance/Regulatory Pharmacist at Eskenazi Health. “The Great Lakes Clean Water/US Clean Water group has developed a well-designed program to help us safely take-back unwanted medications and dispose of them appropriately.”Zoeller said encouraging safe disposal is one of the key goals of the Indiana Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Task Force. The Task Force’s Drug Take-Back Committee has helped encourage permanent Rx disposal locations in all but four of Indiana’s 92 counties.For a list of permanent disposal sites, click here. For more information on the Task Force and resources for the public, visit www.BitterPill.in.gov.Since 2008, the Yellow Jug Old Drugs Program has collected more than 108 tons of Rx-Waste. The Yellow Jug Old Drugs program is currently available in the Great Lakes region, but by January 2016 it will be available to all states that allow Rx collection by pharmacies.GLCW/USCW is the first nonprofit organization in the U.S. to be licensed as a Reverse Distributor by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). Reverse Distributor designation is required to accept controlled substances from pharmacies for proper destruction. GLCW/USCW is one of 27 Reverse Distributors in the country.More information about Yellow Jug Old Drugs including a complete list of participating locations can be found at www.GreatLakesCleanWater.org or www.USCleanWater.org.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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Admiral Highlights SOUTHCOM’s Strengthened Partnerships

first_imgBy By Lisa Ferdinando, DoD News, Defense Media Activity March 13, 2018 U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) is strengthening interagency cooperation as well as partnerships in Latin America and the Caribbean to address evolving security threats, U.S. Navy Admiral Kurt W. Tidd, the commander of SOUTHCOM, said at the Pentagon on March 5th. “Drug traffickers, human smugglers, terrorist supporters, arms dealers and money launderers are not new to this region, but they operate in new and surprising ways, compared to years past,” Adm. Tidd told reporters in a press briefing. New approaches are needed in dealing with these threats, he said, as “relying solely on what worked in decades past to find and disrupt them is not enough.” The criminal and extremist elements are well-financed and are increasingly sophisticated and adaptive, he said. They are leveraging all means available to move “lethal narcotics, people, weapons and dirty money into and out of Latin America and the U.S. homeland,” he said. “Extremist networks like [the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria] reach deep into our hemisphere, inspire would-be terrorists to conduct attacks in the region or to attempt entry into the United States to do our citizens harm,” he said. Shared Principles Unite U.S., Latin America Adm. Tidd expressed concern about the influence of China, Russia, and Iran in the region, saying those three countries seek “footholds in our hemisphere,” but do not share the same values as the Western Hemisphere in regards to freedoms and democratic ideals. “Those freedoms and principles are what unite us,” he said, adding the United States is “watchful” for attempts to erode those shared principles, threaten U.S. interests or undermine U.S. partnerships within the region. “These shared concerns are driving our efforts to continue building a network of capable partners across the [U.S.] Defense Department, the federal government, the Western Hemisphere, and ultimately the international community,” the admiral said. Partnerships for Success SOUTHCOM is working with U.S. federal partners to identify ways to unify a response to the deadly opioid crisis in the United States, Adm. Tidd said. Further, SOUTHCOM has expanded collaboration with the U.S. Department of Treasury and U.S. Department of Homeland Security to increase intelligence sharing and analysis to better detect, disrupt and dismantle security threats. International partners are vital as well, he explained, in addressing threats and stopping illicit activities. “Last fiscal year, Joint Interagency Task Force South interdicted 283 metric tons of cocaine, thanks in large part to our partners in the region,” he said. “Without our partners’ support, 77 metric tons of cocaine would have reached the U.S. last year alone.” In addition, SOUTHCOM worked extensively with international partners to respond to natural disasters in 2017, he said. “After Hurricanes Irma and Maria caused levels of devastation not experienced in a generation, we worked side by side with Caribbean and European partners to evacuate and deliver aid to thousands of victims,” he said. SOUTHCOM’s area of responsibility in Central America, the Caribbean and South America encompasses 31 countries and 16 dependencies and areas of special sovereignty. Adm. Tidd highlighted how the command will continue to enhance its network of collaboration in the region. “The long-standing ties that we enjoy with those nations should never be taken for granted,” he said. “If we do not actively engage and work with these partners, others will.”last_img read more

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