Civic Engagement Takes Center Stage on Youth in Government Day

Milford High School students with Commissioners Bob Hoffman and Philip Weipert.

Critical thinking and civic engagement took center stage during the Oakland County Board of Commissioners’ annual Youth in Government Day, held May 15th.

The event, which drew high school students from across the county, featured speakers, mock debates, and engaging demonstrations centered on Oakland County’s role in the lives of its citizens.

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Youth in Government Day Invites Oakland County Students to Learn Importance of Civic Engagement

Next Monday, high school students from across Oakland County will descend upon the Oakland County Government campus to be immersed in a day of local government activities led by various public servants and elected officials. During this year’s annual Youth In Government Day, hosted by the Oakland County Board of Commissioners on May 15th, students will learn the importance of civic engagement and how they can participate in the politics and policies that impact their lives and communities.

“This event is a great opportunity for area youth to experience first-hand how local government operates and to interact with many of the elected officials that contribute to making Oakland County one of the best run in the country,” said Board Vice Chairman Michael Spisz. “We have worked closely with our partners, including MSU Extension 4-H, the Sheriff’s Office and others, to make this year’s program interactive and engaging. We are confident it will be a fun and educational experience for the students.” Continue reading

Oakland County Launches Website to Address Growing Opioid Epidemic with Map for Safe Prescription Drug Disposal

Prescription drugs and prescription drug abuse are driving an epidemic of overdose deaths that include the boundaries of Oakland County. Prescription drugs account for nearly 60% of all deaths from drug overdose, and pain relievers such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, and methadone are involved in 3 of every 4 prescription drug overdose fatalities.

Oakland County has developed a comprehensive partnership to create a coordinated, strategic action plan for reducing prescription drug abuse and overdoses in our county. The Oakland County Prescription Drug Abuse Partnership has a strong coalition of partners who have an active interest in preventing prescription overdose deaths. Members of the partnership gathered today, April 28, 2017, at the Oakland County North Oakland Health Center for a press conference launching the latest initiative combating the opioid epidemic.

Oakland County Prescription Drug Abuse Partnership members in attendance at the 4/28/17 Press Conference.

In honor of National Prescription Take Back Day, Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, and the Oakland County Prescription Drug Abuse Partnership launched a new website, www.OakGov.com/PrescriptionDrugs that hosts an interactive map identifying disposal programs locations throughout the county. The website will also host educational materials about how to monitor, dispose, and secure prescription medications to prevent prescription drug abuse. Continue reading

May Business Workshops

Looking to start a new business or grow your current venture? Accelerate your market potential with the help of Oakland County’s One Stop Shop Business Center. Connect with experts who have advice regarding small business loans, start-ups, and more. Register today and let the One Stop Shop shower your business with the advice and assistance it needs to meet and exceed your expectations.

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