The mission of the Alliance of Coalitions for Healthy Communities is to strengthen collaboration among community partners and mobilize community-wide efforts to promote a healthier Oakland County through prevention, recovery, and support.
ACHC formed as an extension of the successful Coalition of Healthy Communities (CHC) network. CHC was founded in 1993 by four local coalition groups seeking to strengthen their existing collaboration through the creation of an umbrella organization. In 2003, CHC members, with the support of Oakland County’s Office of Substance Abuse Services, launched the Alliance of Coalition for Healthy Communities to begin the next phase in Oakland Prevention.
Today, our alliance has grown to include sixteen community prevention coalitions serving 45+ local communities. Individuals and organizations who share our commitment to building healthy and drug-free communities can also become members.
PRESCRIPTION DRUG AND OPIATE PREVENTION
Prescription medication is the second most commonly abused category of drugs, behind marijuana and ahead of cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, and other drugs. Opiate overdoses, once almost always due to heroin use, are now increasingly due to abuse of prescription painkillers. Across the U.S., the number of overdose deaths from opioid pain relievers surpasses the number of deaths from heroin and cocaine combined. Preventing prescription drug abuse poses a unique challenge because of the need to balance prevention, education and enforcement with the need for legitimate access to these drugs.
Prescription drug abuse is 100% preventable and each one of us can “Do Your Part: Be the Solution,” including parents, relatives and friends. To start, learn more about the problem and what you can do. The link below provides valuable information, tips and contacts you can use. Don’t sit back and watch someone abuse prescription drugs — Do Your Part! Everyone has the responsibility to help “Be the Solution” for Oakland County.
In 2014, the ACHC revised their mission to incorporate support and recovery. By doing so, a partnership was established with Families Against Narcotics (FAN) to bring a strong and effective prevention, support and recovery alliance that would span across Oakland County through a unified chapter. Today, the ACHC Oakland County FAN has grown to include 7 Regions that serve 45+ local communities.
The best way to influence your child to avoid drinking or drug use is to have a strong, trusting relationship with him or her. When parents tell their children they strongly disapprove of youth drinking alcohol or using drugs, children are less likely to engage in using them. Begin talking to your children at an early age about the risks associated with drug and alcohol use.
OAKLAND COUNTY RESOURCES
Oakland County PACE (Prior Authorization and Central Evaluation)
Oakland County Health Division provides screening, authorization, and coordination of services for alcohol and drug treatment services for Oakland County residents with Medicaid or no insurance, as well as education, awareness, and training about substance abuse issues.
If after hours, call Common Ground at 248-456-0909 or toll-free 800-231-1127.
OMC provides citizens a venue to properly dispose of their expired and/or unused prescriptions anonymously at several different locations around Oakland County. Currently, there are thirty-three OMC drop-off sites, including 13 Sheriff’s Office locations and 20 additional law enforcement locations around Oakland County.