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Southwest Prevention Center

Southwest Prevention Center

A Dynamic Resource

OU’s Southwest Prevention Center (SWPC) is committed to evidence-based prevention of alcohol, tobacco, and other drug abuse. Housed within OU’s Outreach, the work of SWPC spans nearly two decades of providing prevention information, training, technical assistance, and resource system development. About SWPC

CAPT Southwest Resource Team

The Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies (CAPT) Southwest Resource Team is housed at SWPC to provide capacity-building training and technical assistance designed to help state and tribal grantees in the region, and is funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). SAMHSA’s CAPT

Prevention Services in Region 8

SWPC is funded by the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services to implement the Strategic Prevention Framework across Cleveland and McClain Counties as the Regional Prevention Coordinator (RPC) for Region 8. The RPC prioritizes prevention of non-medical use of prescription drugs, underage drinking, and adult binge drinking. Region 8 RPC

Prevention Resources

Numerous local and national resources and initiatives exist to help in alcohol, tobacco, and other drug prevention efforts. This list of resources was generated to help you find information on substances of abuse, campaigns, organizations, data, planning tools, and online trainings. Local & National Resources

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Southwest Prevention Center Conference 2017

2017 Conference

As national leaders in the prevention field we are committed to improving behavioral and primary health outcomes by integrating these with the science and practice of prevention across public, private, and community sectors.

For more information or to register, go to

2017 SWPC Conference


Naloxone Initative will Save Lives

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Moore PD Starts Administering Naloxone

News 9 highlighted results from policy change that permits administration of Naloxone at the signs of prescription pain reliver or heroin overdose. Moore Police Department is the first group of First Responders in Cleveland and McClain Counties to incorporate this new policy. The Naloxone Initiative udnerscores the importance of overdose prevention and provides trainings for First Reponders and the public.

Learn more: Police Using Naloxone  

Safe Storage and Disposal of Meds

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Are your Rx medications safe and secure? 

SWPC strongly urges individuals to properly store their over-the-counter and prescription medications out of the reach of children, family, and guests in a secure medication lock box, closet or cabinet. To request a lock box, contact the SPF-PFS Coordinator. To dispose of unused or old medications, check out the 10 medication disposal locations across Cleveland and McClain Counties!

Learn more: Take As Prescribed

New Community Health Status Indicators site


Looking for local health data?

CDC launched the Community Health Status Indicators (CHSI) 2015 site to help the public access health profiles for all 3,143 counties in the U.S. - including Cleveland and McClain Counties. Each profile includes key indicators of health outcomes, such as health care access and quality, health behaviors, social factors, and the physical environment.

Learn more: CDC’s CHSI 2015


Special Coverage: Addicted Oklahoma


Addicted Oklahoma: Prescription Drug Abuse

Oklahoma has one of the nation's biggest problems with prescription drug abuse. In this revealing series, The Oklahoman cracks open the epidemic and how it’s affecting real people and their families across the state. The website below also provides advocacy resources on how you can help in the fight against addiction.

Learn more: Addicted Oklahoma

Coalitions Working For Healthy Communities

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Want to get involved? 

Consider joining one of these four local coalitions! Each is striving to promote health and wellbeing for the betterment of the community. This includes preventing alcohol, tobacco, other drug abuse and related high-risk behviors. Getting involved is free and all are welcome - coalitions meet regularly in Moore, Noble, and Norman.

Contact the RPC for more information


Town Hall Meetings

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Why hold a Town Hall meeting?

Town Hall meetings are a great tool to engage the community informally as a way to raise awareness, encourage discussion, and garner support around local health-related issues. The SWPC hosts Town Halls addressing substance abuse in Cleveland County periodically and may be able to help support one in your community.

Find a Town Hall on Underage Drinking