OutreachCenter for Addiction Research


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Upcoming Outreach Events:

Red Ribbon Week October 22 - 26, 2018

Monday, October 22, 2018 and Tuesday, October 23, 2018 John and Jennie Sealy Lobbies UTMB from 11 - 2 p.m.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018 Baylor College of Medicine Academy from 8 - 4 p.m.

Thursday, October 25, 2018 Baylor College of Medicine Academy from 8 - 2 p.m.

Friday, October 26, 2018 Clear Brooke High School from 11 - 1 p.m.

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National Prescription Drug Take Back Day Takes Place Oct. 27 

The Drug Enforcement Administration is hosting the semi-annual National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, Oct. 27. The goal of the event is to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications. Visit deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback for drug collection sites and additional materials such as promotional handouts and safe disposal information. 
 

 

Past Outreach Events:


10th Annual Cruisin’ to Recovery: September 19, 2015 

recovery10th Annual Cruisin’ to Recovery: September 19, 2015 marked our 10th year of supporting this community-wide initiative. It was started by the Center for Addiction Research (CAR) and the Gulf Coast Center. In 2015, it was held at Kempner Park and Garten Verein on Galveston Island. Volunteers from CAR assisted guests with utilization of the impaired driving simulator and also provided literature on addiction. Approximately 1,000 people attended.


Safe Spring Break

Safe Spring Break was held at Texas A & M Galveston (TAMUG) on March 11th. Volunteers from CAR assisted TAMUG students with utilization of the impaired driving simulator and also provided literature on addiction the week before their Spring Break. Approximately 1250 students attended. 


Baylor College of Medicine Academy at Ryan (BCMAR) Annual Science Fair Festival (January 9, 2015)

baylorfairHarshini Neelakantan, Center for Addiction Research Postdoctoral Fellow volunteered at the BCMAR Annual Science Fair Festival. An activity table titled “Drug Effects on the Brain” was set up with a display of educational materials (brochures and booklets). Materials were distributed to students and their accompanying family members. Students were engaged in the “drunk busters impairment goggle” activity that simulated the effects on vision while intoxicated.




Baylor College of Medicine Academy at Ryan (BCMAR) Educational Outreach, Houston (October, 2014) 

Harshini Neelakantan, Erica McGrath, and Maria Garcia, representatives from the Center for Addiction Research, UTMB Galveston participated in the BCMAR educational outreach during the Drug Free Week of America (Red Ribbon week). In a classroom setting, 6th and 7th grade students were educated on substance abuse/addiction and introduced to several substances that are known to produce deleterious effects on brain functions. Students were enthusiastic, interactive, and asked several questions on the topic that were addressed during the session. Students also experienced the drunken driving simulator and participated in the drunk busters impairment goggle activity.

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Cruisin’ to Recovery: September 20, 2014 

cruisinCruisin’ to Recovery: September 20, 2014 marked our 9th year of supporting this community-wide initiative. It was started by the Center for Addiction Research (CAR) and the Gulf Coast Center. In 2014, it was held at Kempner Park and Garten Verein on Galveston Island. Volunteers from CAR assisted guests with utilization of the impaired driving simulator and also provided literature on addiction. Approximately 2,000 people attended.


Brain Fair for Kids: March & October 2014

The Society for Neuroscience Galveston Chapter, comprised of graduate students, medical students, and faculty of UTMB and students from Texas A&M Galveston, and Galveston College hosted a Brain Fair for high school students from Ball High School. Students rotated between six different stations in order to learn about different aspects of Neuroscience. At the Drug Addiction station, students drove the driving simulator to learn about driving impaired and learned facts about drug addiction from members of the Center for Addiction Research. Other stations included Human Brain Anatomy, Animal Brain Anatomy, Brain Injury, Perception, and Neurological Diseases.

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