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Southwest Prevention Center

A Dynamic Resource

OU’s Southwest Prevention Center is committed to evidence-based prevention of substance abuse and suicide. 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

Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies

The CAPT Southwest Resource Team provides capacity-building training and technical assistance designed to help state and tribal grantees in the region funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). SAMHSA’s CAPT

National Prevention Network (NPN)

Annually, the NPN Prevention Research Conference provides a forum to explore the latest alcohol and other drug abuse prevention research, application and practice to empower and promote positive outcomes in community, state and federal environments. NPN Conference

Prevention Services across Cleveland County

The ODMHSAS funds the SWPC to implement the Strategic Prevention Framework across Cleveland County communities as the Region 8 Regional Prevention Coordinator (RPC). Region 8 RPC prioritizes the prevention of non-medical use of prescription drugs, underage drinking, and adult binge drinking. Region 8 RPC

Southwest Prevention Center

“Create healthy, safe communities through the power of prevention”

Southwest Prevention Center, University of Oklahoma Outreach College of Continuing Education

The SWPC department within the Public and Community Services division in University OUTREACH, College of Continuing Education at the University of Oklahoma. SWPC serves as a catalyst for positive social change and is committed to the prevention of alcohol, tobacco, and other drug abuse and related high-risk behaviors.

Spanning more than a decade, the SWPC has a rich history providing prevention information, training, technical assistance and prevention resource system development with clients across a multi-state region.

Safe Storage and Disposal of Prescriptions

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Are your Rx medications safe and secure? 

The SWPC urges individuals to properly store their medications out of the reach of children, family, and guests in a secure medication lock box, closet or cabinet. Do you know where to safely dispose of them? Check out the six disposal locations across Cleveland County to dispose of any old or unused medications.

Learn more: Take As Prescribed

Local Coalitions Working for Community Health

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Giving back to your community? 

Join one of Cleveland County’s four local coalitions! The coalitions aim to promote community wellbeing and prevent substance abuse using evidence-based strategies: the Moore Community Coalition, the Noble Community Coalition, the Noble Youth Coalition, and the Regional Epidemiological Outcomes Workgroup for Region 8 (meets in Norman).

Contact the RPC for more information

Special Coverage: Addicted Oklahoma

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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

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; for more information contact the Regional Prevention Coordinator.

Find a Town Hall on Underage Drinking