The Hudson County Coalition for a Drug-Free Community (HCCDFC) is committed to reducing youth substance use and educating our community through active projects. This year we participated in National Prevention Week, an annual health observance dedicated to increasing public awareness of, and action around, substance use disorders, by hosting a county-wide event at the Bayonne Public Library called Hidden in Plain Sight on Wednesday, May 16th.
Hidden in Plain Sight is centered around a mock teenager’s bedroom where attendees are guided through the exhibit by prevention specialists that explain various substance use trends, paraphernalia and hiding spots, signs, symptoms, and lingo in an effort to raise awareness about substance use and provide resources for parents and community members to help keep their families healthy and drug-free. Immediately following the exhibit and presentation, a panel of professionals was made available for an open discuss and Q&A session with the audience. The panel consisted of representation from: the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office, Bayonne Public Schools, Bayonne Police Department, CarePoint Health, The Hudson County Department of Health & Human Services, Partners in Prevention, and the recovery community.