Cannabis Forum: Is This What the Doctor Ordered? 

On June 15th, 135 people attended the Cannabis Forum: Is This What the Doctor Ordered? At the beautiful Pokagon Band Community Center in Dowagiac. The Cannabis Forum was a collaborative effort hosted C.A.S.S. Community Coalition, Van Buren Substance Abuse Task Force and Cass County Prosecutor's office. Conference participants reflected a wide variety of community sectors including the medical field, education, law enforcement, courts, substance abuse treatment/prevention, and local governmental officials. The Forum showcased several speakers, including Detective Sergeant Toxopeus, Special Prosecutor Ken Stecker, and Dr. Donald Graydanus. 

Detective Sergeant Toxopeus, Dowagiac Police Department and Cass County Drug Enforcement Team, kicked off the Forum with a presentation on the cannabis use, marijuana cultivation, and Butane Hash Oil (BHO) manufacturing.  Dr. Graydanus, founding chair and professor of the Department of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine at Western Michigan University Homer Stryker School of Medicine, informed participants on the dangers of cannabis use by adolescents and young adults.  He also highlighted the dangers of passive exposure to children living in homes where cannabis is being smoked and BHO is being manufactured.   Ken Stecker, Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor with The Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan, wrapped up the conference with his presentation on Michigan’s current court decisions, legislation and cannabis impaired driving statistics. Ken also reported on health and safety issues experienced by states that allow recreational use of cannabis products. 

Funding for the Cannabis Forum was provided by Southwest Michigan Behavioral Health. 
 

OPIOID SUMMIT VIDEOS
The Opioid Summit held
has been posted to youtube.  The entire Opioid Summit has been edited into 6 one hour or less videos.  Please feel free to share them with your friends, family and co-workers.  The videos can be found on the C.A.S.S. Coalition's Youtube Channel at the following link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFgnnqovnMSZbsV3qz7rqlw 

 


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Southwestern Michigan College criminal justice classes benefited from mental health training Woodlands Behavioral Healthcare Network provided law enforcement April 14 in the Student Activity Center theatre on SMC’s Dowagiac campus.

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 Residents living in Dowagiac and Edwardsburg now have an easy way to dispose of unused or expired medication within their medicine cabinets — and to ensure they never fall into the wrong hands.

 

 New prescription drug drop boxes will be located at the following locations:

• Dowagiac Police Department, 241 S. Front St., Dowagiac, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
• Family Fare, 56151 M-51, Dowagiac, 6 a.m. to midnight, seven days a week.
• Pokagon Tribal Health Center, 58620 Sink Road, Dowagiac, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, and 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursdays.
• Edwardsburg Police Department, 26296 E. Main, Edwardsburg, 8:30 a.m. to 2:20 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Fridays.

These new boxes will join the existing drug collection box located inside the Cass County Sheriff’s Office in Cassopolis. Similar to how that box functions, any medication collected at these four new spots will be gathered by local police officers and sent to a disposal facility, where they will be safely destroyed. way to dispose of unused or expired medication within their medicine cabinets — and to ensure they never fall into the wrong hands. These new boxes will join the existing drug collection box located inside the Cass County Sheriff’s Office in Cassopolis. Similar to how that box functions, any medication collected at these four new spots will be gathered by local police officers and sent to a disposal facility, where they will be safely destroyed. C.A.S.S.


  

 

 
 

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