Substance Abuse Initiative Adds Community Educator

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by Tim Church


BRANSON, Mo. – The Stone and Taney Counties Substance Abuse Initiative names Katie Turck to serve as its first-ever Community Educator.

In 2016, 11-point-five million people misused prescription opioids and 116 people died every day from opioid-related drug overdoses, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Now in her position for a little over a month now, Turck says her goals include getting people talking openly about substance abuse, so people who need help can get it and lives can be changed:



Turck adds in her first year, she’ll be working with area school districts to assess their current prevention programs and identify opportunities for collaboration.

A joint effort between CoxHealth and Skaggs Foundation, the Stone and Taney Counties Substance Abuse Initiative is a grant-funded project aimed at reducing and preventing substance use and misuse.

Turck was born and raised in Pevely, Missouri, just south of St. Louis. She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in gerontology and a master’s degree in public health.