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12 I The Lovell Chronicle [ September 29, 2011 Hospital volunteers schedule bake sale The volunteers of the New Horizons Care Center and North Big Horn Hospi- tal recently voted to hold a bake sale on Friday, Nov. 4. Soup and pie will again be featured, along with an ar- ray of baked goods. The group purchased 80 folding chairs for the facil- ity. Also, the Tree of Love will again be painted on the window of the gift shop, which is open for all to come and shop. The gift shop will be open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., as well as weekdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with the help of 10 vol- unteers. New items for the season are featured such as spiders, bears, angels, San- tas, bracelets, scarves and more. Correction Morgan owns Homespun Gifts Lisa Morgan was in- advertently referred to by her maiden name of Seck- man in the caption beneath her photo in last week's Big Horn County Progress Edi- tion. Lisa Morgan is the owner of Homespun Gifts, which is operating out of the Bighorn Basin GeoSci- ence Center in downtown Greybull. We apologize for the er- ror. C 00arities co-host F:liday BBQ Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Wyoming and the Body & Spirit therapeu- tic riding program will co- host a barbecue dinner and open house Friday, Sept. 30, at the McFadden Ranch north of Greybull. Events kick off with a Working Cow Clinic given by Tim and Jamie Flitner. The barbecue dinner at 6 p.m. features pulled pork and baked beans provided by Dirty Annie's. All families will receive a free family game. Special family rates are available. For further informa- tion contact Jennifer Prent- iss, program director for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Wyoming, at PA CARPENTER Lovell Chief of Police Nick Lewis, Ken Ferbrache of North Big Horn Hospital, School Resource Officer Randy Davis and panel moderator Chad Lindsey of Northwest Wyoming Treatment Center listen as Barb Preetorious (not shown), a former prescription drug abuser, shares information about her addiction and recovery. Prescription drug abuse panel discusses addiction and recovery BY PATTI CARPENTER The Big Horn County Health Coalition committee for prescription drug abuse awareness staged a live panel discussion on Sept. 22 at the Lovell Community Center. The discussion was recorded and will also be shown by TCT on its local television network. The panel was moder- ated by Chad Lindsay of Northwest Wyoming Treat- ment Center, and was fol- lowed by an open question and answer period. Lind- say also presented ques- tions that were submitted in a questionnaire that was distributed at the recent health fair blood draw at North Big Horn Hospital. The evening opened with a moving talk by Barb Preetorious, a former pre- scription drug abuser. Pree- torious shared information about her addiction and her recovery. "I used drugs to numb my feelings," said Preeto- rious, who at the height of . ,her addiction stole the drug Ritalin from her own chil- dren's prescription bottles and lied to her doctor to get prescriptions for drugs used to treat conditions she did not have. She shared that, during the lowest point of her ad- diction, her children were taken away from her by the state and she almost died from an overdose of pre- scription drugs. Some of the people on the panel were among those who helped her break the bonds of her addiction. Big Horn County Sher- iff Ken Blackburn was the next to share about his dealings with the problem in the county. "Small towns are dif- ferent than big cities," said Blackburn. "We know ev- eryone here. At some time, we have to deal with some- one we grew up with or someone we know." Blackburn talked about how prescription drug abuse is linked to other types of crime like theft, larceny, sexual assault and other vi- olent crimes, Lovell school resource officer Randy Davis spoke next about prescription drug abuse among teens and cit- ed some startling statistics. The most startling statis- tic was that 59.1 percent of the teens interviewed indi- cated that they were given a prescription drug for free by a friend or relative. Only a very small percentage of teens said they bought from a drug dealer or a stranger. "A lot of the issues we have as adults start as chil- dren," he said. He referred the audi- ence to the website www. monitoringthefuture.com as a resource for parents. The website summarizes statis- tics about teen drug abuse and other destructive teen behaviors. Next, Ken Ferbrache of North Big Horn Hospital spoke about how difficult it is sometimes for medical providers to know when a patient is lying about the need for prescription drugs. "We want to believe people," said Ferbrache, who also indicated that doc- tors are developing more effective screening proce- dures. Ferbrache was on call the night Preetorious was brought in on a drug overdose. Lovell Police Chief Nick Lewis spoke next. Lewis has worked in the law enforcement field for 33 years. Lewis talked about the need to be "proactive" rath- er than "reactive" when dealing with the problem and said that prevention is the key to solving the prob- lem. Organizers hope the discussion will create an awareness of prescription 'drug abuse and an accu- rate perspective of what is actually going on in the community. County Solid Waste Board discusses, nixes mill levy idea BY JENNIFER BUTLER During the Big Horn County Solid Waste Board monthly meeting last Tuesday, Sept. 20, the board members discussed whether to seek voter ap- proval to levy three mills for operating both land- fills in the county. The district could levy up to three mills with ap- proval by voters. Board Chairman Ron McArthur said he. pre- ferred leaving rates and revenue options the same as they are currently be- cause it is working. He ex- pressed concern about an increase to taxpayers. He added if the pro- cess began to weaken or a mill levy is needed, the board would readdress this issue. The board did not take official action but reached consensus to not seek a mill levy for operations. Also discussed during the meeting was the effect of increasing tire rates. According to a member of the audience who is also an employee of the coun- ty landfill, a couple of companies have stopped bringing tires because of the price. 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