How does the coalition achieve its goal?
The coalition looks at the entire community to find out what is contributing to underage substance use. By using student surveys, community surveys, holding focus groups, we identify and eliminate (or limit) the contributing factors of the underage substance use in the community. The coalition follows through to make sure the strategies work.
The coalition involves youth and adults in efforts to:
- Reduce under-age access to alcohol and other drugs at home and in the community through education of youth, parents, physicians, schools, law enforcement, pharmacies, civic groups, businesses, media, youth serving groups (such as sports) and faith-based groups.
- Change perceptions on the risk of harm by education and marketing campaigns.
- Educate local merchants on responsible service, sale, and consumption of alcohol.
As well as many other strategies….
Prevention is the key to reducing substance abuse. The earlier youth start using substances, the more likely they will become addicted. Prevention means slowing down the first use of drugs or alcohol through a series of strategies. Education of a child’s support systems (parents, schools, church, community) are imperative. Collaboration of key community partners is needed.
To learn more about what YOU can do to help our youth make positive and healthy choices, please contact us at 860-873-3296.