DPAC Minutes - May 10, 2022


Date: May 10, 2022

Pape State Office Building, 215 E 7th St, Des Moines, IA 50319
Virtual via Google Meet: meet.google.com/rxn-agae-tip


Called to Order: May 10, 2022 at 1:03pm

Adjourned: May 10, 2022 at 3:28pm

Voting Members Present: Dale Woolery, Terra Kinney, Sharon Greer, Steve Michael, Melissa Walker (for Barb Anderson), Jason Feaker, Ryan Moore, Bob Larson (for Warren Hunsberger), Chris Wilson, Kevin Gabbert, Vern Armstrong, Dave McDaniel

Non-Voting Members Present: Brad Richardson, Rob Burdess, Jeff Wright, LTC Jon Borg

Voting Members Absent: Pat Coughlin, Katrina Carter

Guests Present: Shawn Dorius, Cassandra Dorius, Tabetha Gerdner, Matthew Voss, Kelsey Van Selous, Deb Scrowther, Flora Schmidt, Dar Danielson

ODCP Staff Present: Susie Sher


Director Woolery called the meeting to order and welcomed attendees. Attendees provided introductions. Dale mentioned the legislation that passed this year adding two new DPAC members. He welcomed them and shared that they will be official voting members as of July 1, 2022.

Approval of the December 7, 2021 minutes

Minutes were approved. Motion by Judge Greer. Second by Jason Feaker.

Iowa Drug News and Notes

Vern gave an update on the IDPH/IDHS merger to become the Department of Health and Human Services. Tabetha gave a description on vape detectors that are being installed in some schools. She is conducting a survey and will provide an update at a later date. Melissa sent a message to gauge school nurse interest in the sensors and shared that most schools are not installing the devices. Dave shared that Iowa Falls schools have them and have had success with them. Kevin shared that the IDPH is watching the legislation that directs the opioid settlement funds. Some funds may be allowed to provide naloxone to school nurses to use in the case of a suspected OD in schools. Melissa shared that DOE is working on draft polices to allow school nurses to administer naloxone. Dale shared trend data on alcohol, illicit substance use and overdose deaths. Jason shared about the increase in fentanyl they are seeing.

Iowa State University’s Public Science Collaborative’s (PSC) Shawn Dorius and Cassandra Dorius discussed the work they have done surrounding generational substance use, methamphetamine, recovery, and alcohol outlet density in Iowa.

Mapping: Health, Safety, and Alcohol Outlets in Iowa

Shawn showed some highlights from their alcohol report (shared with members). He shared some opportunities for education surrounding alcohol use (such as education on the harms of binge drinking and the link to breast cancer). He shared the negative outcomes associated with the number of alcohol outlets available in Iowa. Shawn talked about a PSC partnership with ABD in creating a tool to monitor alcohol outlet density and the effects of those dense areas. PSC worked with four communities and their police departments to create the report.

Shawn presented recommendations on education campaigns, getting more data, developing analytics and data tools, developing alcohol harm reduction strategies that work for individual communities, coordinating diversion programs, and partnerships for coordination between state agencies and local entities.


Report: Methamphetamine in Iowa

Cass shared the PSC report on methamphetamine. PSC partnered with IDPH to create the report. She showed historical data on methamphetamine in Iowa and how usage and treatment trends are changing. She shared underlying reason why people in Iowa use meth and how those drivers affect treatment plans. Cass shared information about harm reduction and the issue of fentanyl.

Cass presented recommendations including getting updated data, targeted treatment and prevention based on gender and culture-specific needs, reducing stigma, encouraging diversion, and offering supportive housing, recovery, and workforce supports.

2023 Iowa Drug Control Strategy Preview

Susie shared that she will be conducting a survey and individual interviews of council members about the upcoming strategy.

“Substances of Concern”

Susie and Dale shared information on a new substance of concern watchlist.

2022 Legislative Priorities

Vern shared information about HF 2507 (multiple changes related to the “Families First” initiative).

Dale mentioned the heroin penalty bill, the controlled substance update bill, and the bottle bill. Dale also talked about possible federal action on fentanyl pills and cocaine penalties.

Other Business and Public Comment

An opportunity for public comment was provided, but no one offered comments.  No other business was discussed.                                   


Meeting adjourned.

Next meeting September 13, 2022.


Dale R. Woolery, Director                                            

Susie Sher, Policy & Public Affairs Manager