As 2017 draws to a close, Galveston County Community Coalition of the Bay Area Council on Drugs and Alcohol would like to thank all of you for a great year. Our mission is to mobilize community resources in an effort to reduce the harmful impact of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs in our communities. This year, because of support we have received from Galveston County citizens and organizations, we have achieved several key accomplishments toward that mission.

In March, we brought Dr. Thomas McLellan, co-author of the Surgeon General’s Report, “Facing Addiction,” to the University of Texas Medical Branch. In a reception before the talk, students presented their latest research on various addiction topics. Dr. McLellan spoke to a full auditorium about substance use disorders and the importance of prevention. We followed with a luncheon to recognize other partnerships and strategies for prevention in Galveston County. We are deeply grateful to Dr. McLellan and UTMB’s Center for Addiction Research for making this event possible for our community

We were honored to be listed as one of 16 Communities in Action in the National Prevention Week Outcomes publication put out by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. They recognized our event with Dr. McLellan and the coalition’s strategies to prevent opioid misuse.

Special thanks go to the following individuals and organizations for helping us create a safer environment for the youth of Galveston County. Thank you Mary Moody Northen Endowment, for providing office space, as well as the following partnering organizations: University of Texas Medical Branch, the Center for Addiction Research, Texas A&M Galveston, Galveston County Mutual Assistance Partnership, La Marque Police Department, Galveston Police Department, Santa Fe Police Department, city of Galveston, city of La Marque, Galveston County Community Resource Coordination Group, local school districts, area chambers of commerce and our many other coalition members.

We are looking forward to big things in 2018, and we would love for you to be a part of our efforts. Please contact Galveston County Community Coalition at coalitions@bacoda.org or 800-510-3111.

Mary Beth Trevino is coordinator of the Bay Area Council on Drugs and Alcohol.

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