drug free benton county
It does not take a lot of research to discover that there is a substance abuse problem here in Benton County. To the left you can access the 2016 Arkansas Prevention Needs Assessment Survey. This survey was administered anonymously in area schools and paints a picture of the local situation in Benton County. We invite you to take a look at the facts and educate yourself on the dangers of substance abuse.
the mission of drug free benton county
The mission of Drug Free Benton County is to reduce the demand for illegal drugs and other harmful substances in the home, workplace and community. Founded in 1998, DFBC has evolved to fight current drug issues and advocate healthy lifestyles in the entire community. Drug Free Benton County initiatives, partnerships, and programs promote the economic, social, environmental and individual health of Benton County for sustainable development. Materials produced are provided to the community in both English and Spanish, as Drug Free Benton County strives for cultural sensitivity in all activities.
Another part of the Drug Free Benton County (DFBC) mission has been to advocate for legislation allowing drug testing in Arkansas workplaces and provide incentives to businesses implementing drug-free policies. Due to the efforts of Drug Free Benton County, legislation for Voluntary Program for Drug-free Workplaces was passed in 2010 . DFBC continues to promote the Drug Free Workplace Program.
Funded by the federal Drug Free Communities Grant program, emphasis is placed on preventing the use of cocaine, methamphetamine, underage alcohol use, tobacco, marijuana, and medicine abuse. Strategies to combat this use include a comprehensive media campaign, educational presentations, promotion of Drug Free Workplace policies, ServSafe Training, and a Merchant Flyer Education program. The coalition has implemented an annual Medicine Abuse Awareness campaign that educates the community on the harmful effects of the misuse of prescription drugs and over-the-counter drugs. The Benton County Methamphetamine Task Force, a subcommittee under this grant funding, will implement the tenth annual Methamphetamine Awareness Month in 2013 which will take place in October.
The tobacco prevention program is funded by the Arkansas Department of Health. Efforts are focused on creating tobacco-free environments, reducing exposure to second-hand tobacco smoke, and linking smokers to cessation programs. In the state of Arkansas, $812 million dollars a year is currently spent directly on smoking-related diseases. Coalition strategies include community presentations, a comprehensive media campaign, annual Operation Storefront youth assessment, and a Tobacco Retailer education program.
fit with 5 worksite challenge
The Fit With 5 Worksite Challenge is a 5-week program conducted annually for local business which focuses on increasing physical activity and intake of fruits and vegetables. The goal is for participants to engage in 30 minutes of physical activity per day for 5 days of the week and to eat 5 servings of fruits and vegetables each day. Participants earn daily points for successfully fulfilling the goals. Having this program at the worksite creates an environment that promotes and supports healthy behaviors.
Building a healthy and safe community are the goals of Drug Free Benton County. As the chamber works toward “growing business, building community,” these programs enhance the quality of life in our area while voicing the concerns of the business community on illegal drug use and health issues.
Special Thanks to our Sponsors and Partners:
Bella Vista P.D.
Benton Co. Sheriff Ofc.