Lunch and Learn
According to the Centers for Disease Control, 140 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose. Many communities, small and large across the nation are experiencing the effects of the opioid epidemic. Seventy-one percent of U.S. employers say they have been affected in some way by employee misuse of legally prescribed medications, including opioids. Employers have also cited increased absenteeism and decreased job productivity from employees who are dealing with a close family member affected by opioid addiction. This one-hour* presentation is filled with information, resources and inspiration regarding the opioid crisis. Topics covered* will include:
· The current trends in drug use among our youth
· The signs and symptoms of drug use, abuse and addiction
· How seemingly innocent items can be used to conceal or mask drug use
· The power of parents in the prevention of substance use
*Time and topics can be adjusted according to the need of the organization
Sandi's personal experience with her son, Tyler's addiction and her passion for helping others led her to leave her career in banking to start Your Choice to Live, Inc. Your Choice is a drug and alcohol abuse prevention, education and awareness program for students, parents and communities.
Katie is a certified K-12 School Counselor and former Rehabilitation Counselor. Her experience includes working as a counselor for the Wisconsin Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, program manager at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and most recently, the coordinator for parent and community education programs in the Oconomowoc Area School District for 8 years. Her passion is to help empower parents and provide them with the resources, support and information they need to raise a drug free child.
Ashleigh has been working in the substance abuse prevention field since 2009. Her work includes speaking in middle and high schools, teaching in health classes, and working with high risk youth in the Detour program. Ashleigh also has experience working with youth who are concerned about a loved one’s substance use. Ashleigh has her Master’s degree in Public Administration.
Melanie has been speaking with Your Choice to Live for 3 years as a Stairway to Heroin presenter and youth presenter. Melanie shares her powerful personal story with the hope of saving others from the devastation that she endured. An integral part of the Your Choice team, Melanie is also a certified Narcan trainer and Detour instructor. She conducts opioid overdose education and training on Narcan administration for families and community members. Melanie has a deep passion for carrying out the Your Choice mission of education, prevention, and early intervention.