|April is Alcohol Prevention Awareness Month. The Fort
McCoy Army Substance Abuse Program (ASAP) will participate in the
National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) Inc. Alcohol
Prevention Awareness celebration, which has the theme, “Help for Today,
Hope for Tomorrow,” throughout the month.
Gail Zuege (right), a drug test technician for the Fort McCoy
Army Substance Abuse Program, talks to Staff Sgt. Matt Lawson of
the 300th Sustainment Brigade of Dallas and Sgt. John Roloson of
the Fort McCoy Garrison Headquarters and Headquarters Company,
who also is a unit prevention officer, about the upcoming
Alcohol Awareness Prevention Month.
(Photo by Rob Schuette)
Events offered during April include an Alcohol-Free Weekend from
April 5-7, the National Alcohol Screening Day (NASD) April 11 and the
Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) Take Back Prescription Day April 27.
During the Alcohol-Free Weekend event, NCADD extends an open invitation
to all Americans to engage in three alcohol-free days. Parents and other
adults are encouraged to abstain from drinking alcoholic beverages for a
72-hour period to demonstrate that alcohol is not necessary to have a
NASD provides an outreach, education, and screening program that raises
awareness about alcohol misuse and refers individuals with alcohol
problems for further treatment.
Soldiers and civilians in the Fort McCoy community can visit the
installation ASAP kiosk at McCoy’s, building 1571, Thursday, April 11
from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. for NASD activities, which include handouts.
Free IQ Alcohol Screening Day water bottles will be available to those
who complete a confidential alcohol assessment.
The NASD will inform, educate and raise awareness about the dangers
of at-risk drinking, and features the very popular Drinking IQ campaign.
Goals are to reduce the stigma of alcohol abuse, raise awareness, and
connect those in need of help to the proper resources available.
Participants are encouraged to assess whether their drinking is having a
negative effect on their lives or the lives of their loved ones.
Military Pathways online alcohol abuse screening can help determine the
The DEA has scheduled a National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day for
Saturday, April 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This event provides an
opportunity for those who missed the previous events or who have
subsequently accumulated unwanted and unused prescription drugs, to
safely dispose of those medications.
For drop off locations call the Sparta Police Department at
608-269-3122, or the Tomah Police Department at 608-374-7400.
In the four previous Take-Back events, DEA, in conjunction with state,
local, and tribal law-enforcement partners, has collected more than 2
million pounds (1,018 tons) of prescription medications and removed them
The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe,
convenient, and responsible means of disposal, while also educating the
general public about the potential for abuse of these medications.
More information about alcohol prevention is available at the following
Websites with alcohol abuse screening information are available at
For more information about events planned for National Alcohol Awareness
Month in the Fort McCoy community, contact Gail R. Zuege, Drug Test
Technician, Directorate of Human Resources/Drug Test Coordinator, by
calling 608-388-5955, or send e-mails to
at the installation ASAP.
(See related story.)
(Submitted by the Fort McCoy Army Substance Abuse Program.)