Novus VP's Overdose Prevention Efforts Awarded

Novus VP's Overdose Prevention Efforts Awarded "Volunteer of the Year"

Kent Runyon, the Vice President for Community Affairs at Novus Medical Detox Center, has been named the 2017 Volunteer of the Year award by the Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention (ASAP) of Pasco County, Florida.

The award recognizes Mr. Runyon’s unstinting support throughout the year for ASAP’s community prevention programs.

“Kent Runyon’s work in prevention and with the cannabis awareness committee helped to improve the health and wellbeing of Pasco County residents,” said Chrissie Parris, Chair, ASAP Board of Directors. “Kent co-chairs the Cannabis Awareness Committee and attends the Rx Committee, and has been one of the most helpful and thoughtful volunteers in 2017. He always provides helpful feedback and support when needed."

Mr. Runyon has also supported numerous ASAP events during the year, including the annual conference and the Overdose Prevention Community Discussion.

“Kent is a wealth of knowledge that ASAP is lucky to have as a part of our coalition,” Ms. Parris added.

Reducing risk factors

ASAP coordinates community efforts to reduce substance abuse risk factors in Pasco County. The coalition of official and community groups aims to “prevent and decrease substance abuse in a comprehensive and long-term manner that primarily impacts the youth in the community.”

Founded in 2006, the Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention (ASAP) has been a large and successful prevention coalition in Pasco County, enjoying strong representation from all sectors of the community for over a decade.

Before the coalition’s inception, reports from local law enforcement, treatment providers and the school district indicated significant increases in illegal substance abuse among youth. This galvanized the community members to form ASAP after determining no single group or agency possessed the resources to substantially impact a change in this trend. Since the beginning, ASAP has evolved to meet the needs of a rapidly growing county, becoming the coordinating body for prevention services and continuing the work of the coalition’s mission.

Evidenced based strategies

As a coalition, ASAP conducts evidence-based and data driven environmental strategies to help create sustainable drug-use behavior change at the community level. Although ASAP as a whole focuses on policy adoption, changing consequences, social-norming, enhancing or restricting access, and altering physical design, a few of ASAP’s provider members implement evidence-based curriculum and other such services to prevent drug abuse within the community.

As a result of the hard work of regular volunteer members, ASAP has achieved great success. In addition to implementing social marketing and prevention media campaigns, the coalition has implemented a local ordinance restricting the sale of synthetic marijuana, had a moratorium on pill mills, and obtained the recognition of the state attorney general on successful substance-exposed newborn program initiatives.

Award validates Runyon’s work

“I love supporting the ASAP events and the work of the coalition,” Mr. Runyon said. “These activities are an extension of my commitment to helping people reconnect with themselves to accomplish their purpose and achieve a sustainable, drug-dependency-free lifestyle. This award validates that my work and industry experience are helping the coalition succeed in its mission – one person at a time.”

Mr. Runyon has over 20 years of management experience and over 15 years of executive level experience developing and leading accredited social services programs addressing diverse human needs including addiction, homelessness, poverty, trauma, and family reunification. He was drawn to Novus for its mission and vision to help others and to pursue excellence in the field of recovery.

Novus Medical Detox Center is located in Pasco County, FL. Novus understands that people with substance use disorders fear the pain, sickness and anxiety so common with typical detox programs. Over the last ten years, Novus has developed unique proprietary methods that have gained international recognition for ensuring the safest, most effective and most comfortable detox obtainable anywhere.

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