Webster County represents a constituency which is typical in nature to many rural, primarily agricultural, communities with the exceptions of its high poverty rate (70% overall above 200% poverty index), high drug related incidences by youth(as reported by the 2016 KIP Student Survey for 6th, 8th, 10th and 12th graders)and community members (as reported by law enforcement statistics and community member interviews,a 17% increase in the Hispanic demographic over the past seven years, and limited drug prevention programs or resources within the community at large. Webster County would be a first-time recipient of a Drug Free Communities Grant. With the growing needs as identified above, the Webster County communities would utilize these funds to create new and innovative approaches to substance abuse prevention. Students and community members have identified alcohol, tobacco and marijuana as the ""drugs of choice"" and the most prevalent abused substances in the community. The Webster County Kentucky Agency for Substance Abuse Policy Coalition (WC KY-ASAP) in collaboration with the Webster County Board of Education have outlined a detailed 12 month Action Plan to establish and strengthen community collaboration in support of local efforts to prevent youth and community substance abuse. The plan includes the creation of the Webster County ""True Blue"" Crew which will include representation from all twelve community sectors. The ""True Blue"" Crew will be committed to working together to promote a drug free Webster County. The Coalition's ""True Blue"" Drug Free Community Action Plan proposal will achieve its goals by implementing the following strategies: *Provide Information: The Coalition will utilize a newly created ""True Blue"" website, county proclamations, town hall meetings, brochures and other media outlets to promote the Coalition and the Webster County ""True Blue"" Drug Free Community mission. *Enhance Skills: The Coalition will provide training workshops and activities designed to increase the skills of community members, students and staff through Character Counts and Life Skills Curriculum as well as ATOD training. *Provide Support: The Coalition will create opportunities for participation in activities such as Fifth Quarter, Truth and Consequences, Supt2Kids Advisory Councils, teen leadership conferences, and town hall meetings and forums. *Enhance Access/Reduce Barriers: The Coalition will provide opportunities for all residents to participate in ""True Blue"" activities by hosting events in all four major townships in the county. *Change Consequences: The Coalition will support law enforcement's efforts to curb substance abuse by providing incentives to law enforcement to reward positive student and community member behaviors. *Change Physical Design: The Coalition will collaborate with Webster County Schools to provide a ""True Blue"" School/Community Resource Liaison on the middle and high school campus. *Modify/Change Policies: The Coalition will advocate for a ""smoke free"" Webster County and reward local businesses for adopting smoke-free policies. Additionally, the Coalition's ""True Blue"" Drug Free Community Action Plan will address risk and protective factors through the utilization of a community-wide ""Character Counts"" campaign. The ""True Blue"" Drug Free Community will establish a new and creative approach toward drug prevention that will positively change the Webster County community behavior and environment.
The ACTION (Active Coalition That Influences Outcomes in This Neighborhood) Drug Free Community Coalition serves youth and families in the City of Detroit's 48219 zip code, an urban community in Detroit MI with a population of 48,759. The goals of the ACTION Coalition are to establish and strengthen community collaboration in support of local efforts to prevent youth from abusing marijuana and alcohol. The Coalition will achieve its goals by implementing strategies that provide information and protective factors,such as the “Because I Care” story telling campaign and Media Aware, KIDS TV where youth create drug prevention messaging. These strategies will provide support, reduce barriers and enhance skills needed to strengthen the coalition and reduce youth substance abuse. The ACTION Coalition's efforts have helped define the drug problem and build increased awareness of its root causes. ACTION now provides a common coalition table to discuss the issues, make specific recommendations and carry out an action plan. The diverse ACTION Coalition has created a 12 month action plan to tackle youth drug use in the community. The ACTION Coalition includes representation from all of the 12 required sectors. Sector representatives were selected due to their expertise, commitment to the community and willingness to identify needs and participate in ongoing planning and evaluation. CLASS (Changing Lives and Staying Sober) serves the ACTION Coalition's Fiscal Agent. CLASS is a 501(c)(3)with significant experience as a fiduciary agent. CLASS has Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) prevention accreditation, technical expertise in drug abuse prevention and long-standing, close relationships within the 48219 community.
The Love Detroit Prevention Coalition has a simple goal as part of our Drug Free Communities grant efforts – to reduce substance abuse amongst youth in our targeted zip codes. Our needs assessment data clearly indicate the top contenders for attention in our targeted zip codes are marijuana, alcohol and the non-medical use of prescription drugs. Based on data from our coalition member substance abuse prevention efforts, it appears that marijuana and alcohol past 30 day use increases with youth ages 14 and 15. Therefore, our goal is to target middle and high school students 12 -20 years of age in our identified zip codes as well as freshman college students attending local community colleges and Wayne State University with our anti-alcohol messages. The concerns and problems our coalition see with marijuana include educating our youth and parents and helping them to understand that any use (including medicinal) of marijuana has serious consequences – including hurting their chances of employment. The youth in the communities we serve are bombarded by hundreds of signs and medical marijuana dispensaries as the walk to and from school and other places. Adjusting their attitudes to focus their attention on the dangers associated with its indiscriminate medical use and alerting them to how its use can impact their education, employment and ability to maintain employment is a serious undertaking. We plan to utilize the most effective champions who can articulate the issues and utilize social media and word of mouth to help move the needle on marijuana use prevention – our youth. We plan to train our youth to take the lead in their schools and in the community to effectively address the concerns and personally represent the issues to the city council, law enforcement, school administrators, parents, and peers. Additionally, our Coalition is working to increase the protective factors available to our youth and parents to help strengthen our families and communities so they can help us address alcohol, marijuana and the non-medical use of prescription drugs. Training our members to provide Strengthening Families sessions and substance use screenings and referrals for youth will contribute to the protective factors to garner a substance free lifestyle. Increasing awareness and dangers of unused prescription medications requires us to provide information to our communities regarding the proper disposal of unused drugs. Through our partnerships with the Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority, the DEA and local law enforcement we hope to provide an avenue to advocate for placement of prescription drug take-back boxes in our local police precincts. Our Coalition still plans to keep the adults busy by continuing to work with our Prescription Drug and Opioid Abuse key leader round table members to address this concern with our local hospitals, pharmacists, and medical schools. Our pharmacy work group has facilitated trainings and some even implemented procedures to address diversion and over-prescribing. They have asked for and received referral cards they can provide to their patients regarding substance use. The Great Lakes Water Authority is currently working with us to increase awareness of proper disposal of unused medication by placing information in the water bills. It is imperative that we build a strong youth led campaign to spread the word through the mediums they access, utilize and understand. We will continue to work with our Generation Rx pharmacy students to conduct peer to peer focus groups and peer education trainings in an innovative and creative way to help generate the momentum we need to keep our messages in the forefront among high school and college students. It is in these strategies that we hope to reduce and ultimately prevent youth use of alcohol, marijuana and non-medical prescription drugs use in zip codes 48203, 48205, and 48234.
The Safe Harbor Cohasset Coaltion was established in May, 2014. Its mission is to provide substance use prevention education to students, parents and the community at large. We are looking to make the largest impact through environmental and policy changes (outlined in our strategic action plan). The Coalition serves Cohasset, Massachusetts, a community of 8065 people. The goals of the coalition are to establish and strengthen community collaboration in support of local efforts to prevent youth substance abuse. The strategies we have chosen seek to promote wide and deep involvement throughout town by building a strong and varied coalition whose members and programs measurably decrease the prevalence, frequency, and attitudes regarding the use of alcohol, marijuana, and prescription drug usage. We will call on our 12 community sector members in an ongoing and appropriate manner to assist in using the following seven strategies put forth by the DFC. 1. Regularly provide and review evidenced based programs to schools, parents, students, religious groups, businesses, law enforcement and others. 2. Enhance skill sets of coalition members and community sector representatives to insure a cogent and informed prevention message is delivered. Develop skills to build coalition capacity and increase inclusion. 3. Encourage community support by creating activities for youth and families within the town. Other than athletics, our small town currently does not provide many youth outlets for entertainment after school and on weekends. The following activities are in the works: Teen Coffee House, Saturday Night Zumba and Friday Night Movies at the Beach. 4. New barriers will be established to discourage drug, alcohol, and tobacco usage. Age restrictions on tobacco products, sober driving stops, Sticker Shock Programs, enhanced police patrols of gathering places and others will be initiated. 5. Consequences for students will be changed to highlight policies and recognize youth for achievement and example; to include both incentive and disincentive. The Community Heroes Award is will recognize the positive efforts of students and community members. 6. Policies in town will be modified to reflect new attitudes on alcohol, drug and tobacco use. The coalition has advocated for a limit the sale of E-cigarettes and tobacco products by increasing increase the minimum age to 21. Additional alcohol and marijuana monitoring will be instituted at recreational and sporting events. 7. Change physical settings as able; which will foster decreased use and activity/availability of target substances.
The Oologah Community Connection serves the Oologah-Talala School District in Oklahoma, a community of 9,700. The goals of the coalition are to establish and strengthen community collaboration in support of local efforts to prevent youth substance use. The coalition will achieve its goals by implementing environmental strategies that will change societal norms, increase protective factors, reduce youth access, and provide support for prevention, treatment, and drug free lifestyles.
The Cincinnati for HOPE (Healthy Outcomes through Prevention Efforts) Coalition, the applicant coalition
The Boys & Girls Club of Chester is applying for $125,000 to create a Drug Free Communities coalition in the Chester Upland School District communities of the city of Chester, the Borough of Upland, and Chester Township (a community of 41,352). The goals of the coalition are to establish and strengthen community collaboration in support of local efforts to prevent youth substance use and abuse. The coalition will implement the strategies associated with SAMSHA’s Strategic Prevention Framework, Assessment, Capacity, Planning, Implementation and Evaluations. In addition, the coalition will achieve its goals by implementing the following seven strategies for community change: 1.) Providing Information, 2.) Enhancing Skills, 3.) Providing Support, 4.) Enhancing Access/Reducing Barriers, 5.) Changing Consequences, 6.) Physical Design, and 7.) Modifying/Changing Policies regarding youth substance use and abuse.
Chambersburg Cares will be continue bringing together key area stakeholders to address substance use and abuse issues among youth. Chambersburg Cares will use results of their recent Data Assessment and Resource Assessment to strategically plan and offer a variety of environmental strategies aimed at altering attitudes towards substance use among both parents and youth. The primary substances targeted will be alcohol, tobacco, and prescription drugs. Chambersburg Cares will offer parent education nights at schools and supplement the work of the coalition members by providing support and guidance on youth activities. Chambersburg Cares will continue working with its Youth Advisory Board, formed by students at the two Chambersburg high schools, to address access and youth and parental attitudes and norms surrounding substance use by youth. Chambersburg Cares will utilize public education campaigns to education area residents on underage drinking, prescription drug abuse and the availability of tobacco to minors.
Old Colony Y through through the Easton Wings of Hope Coalition is proposing to establish and strengthen community collaboration in support of local efforts to prevent youth substance use. The coalition has developed a comprehensive 12 month action plan to impact specifically marijuana and alcohol use in 7th through 12th graders with strategies that include: increasing coalition capacity through training and development, yearly assessment and analysis of youth substance use in Easton, education through community programming, youth leadership development, implementing a marketing campaign around positive social norms, community environmental strategies to decrease marijuana and alcohol strategies, and Shoulder Tap Strategies to prevent alcohol sales to minors.
The Healthy Chelsea Coalition serves Chelsea, MA, a community of 35,000 residents. The goals of the coalition are to establish and strengthen community collaboration in support of local efforts to prevent youth substance use. The coalition will achieve its goals by implementing these strategies: Strengthening and expanding the coalition’s collaborations with community partners. Creating and expanding opportunities to implement prevention education and skills training for youth in schools and youth serving organizations to include: awareness on the effects of substance use on the developing teen brain, relevant local YRBS data; teaching stress management/healthy coping; resistance skills, handling peer pressure. Helping to change community norms about teen substance use through a local campaign developed and led by Chelsea youth. Offering youth substance use and youth development trainings to the community, school faculty and local youth-serving organization staff: detecting signs/symptoms of alcohol abuse, local YRBS data; trauma informed care; availability of local resources Reducing youth access to alcohol through alcohol compliance checks, retailer/server trainings, and alcohol license density reviews Promoting the availability of a 24/7 medication drop box in police department; Holding community-wide events for national take back days in conjunction with Chelsea Police Dept and the DEA. Conducting presentations at Senior Center/senior housing buildings on prescription drug abuse; follow up with a take back event at those buildings
Project Abstract Summary The youth substance abuse problems Community in Crisis intends to address are prescription opioids and heroin. The explosion of heroin overdoses represents an urgent and deadly problem. We know the gateway to heroin addiction is often prescription pain medications. This epidemic has not been addressed in a comprehensive way, and there is mandate in the community to bring together resources to address the issue. One path to heroin use begins with experimentation with prescription painkillers. It begins in later high school (12th grade: 4% ever used), but attitudes of acceptance begin forming earlier, underscoring the importance of beginning opioid education at a much earlier age. Data shows 6th graders have a lower perception of risk than 12th graders. We will implement awareness and education programs in both middle schools and high schools to reach students, parents, school staff and coaches. We will recommend that schools begin teaching about opioid risks and general respect for medications in elementary school. We will also look to youth sports organizations and scouts to help deliver this message. We will educate parents about signs and symptoms and addiction as a disease to reduce the stigma and encourage early intervention. Heroin use is occurring as early as 8th grade. This suggests the beginnings of a shift where heroin experimentation is no longer outside the boundaries of acceptability. The low cost relative to prescription opioids and the easy access also explain this possible shift. The high risk of death underscores the need to prevent even one child from using. With the recent warnings from the DMI Report about the arrival in NJ of fentanyl and the deadly carfentanyl, 1000 times stronger than heroin, the risks are greatly heightened. Our prevention efforts will include powerful ways to deliver the message of the deadly risk of heroin experimentation beginning in middle school. We will address the ease of access to opioids by promoting and facilitating proper safeguarding and disposal procedures via public outreach and through community organizations, in collaboration with law enforcement. We will work to educate prescribers about the risks and new CDC guidelines and encouraging parents to be active participants in the decision. For those struggling with opioid substance use disorder, we will make sure there is easy access to information on resources, treatment options and Narcan via our website and printed materials. It is extremely difficult to reach post-high school youth with prevention efforts. It is therefore critical to get the message to teens while they are a captive, in-school audience and still under the direct supervision of parents. Our Action Plan will focus on both high school and middle school, with introduction to the opioid issue to younger children. Parents, coaches and prescribers will also be targeted with the prevention message.
Gratiot County Substance Abuse Coalition is submitting for the Drug Free Communities Grant to increase youth prevention efforts for Tobacco, Prescription Drugs and Alcohol. Funding for the DFC grant proposes to target prevention efforts concerning youth alcohol, tobacco and prescription drug use. The coalition feels strongly that each substance presents a problem to the community and needs to be addressed. With extra support, the Coalition feels that it will be able to build off of the foundation it has built. Though this project we will: Expand the coalition’s leadership skills and education by providing opportunities for coalition members to attend training, provide assistance in data dissemination to community members and the organization, Assess and plan with law enforcement and local owners on the best way to increase the best practices for the sales, promotion and store placement, and increase the support and awareness in schools and within the community surrounding the severity of substance abuse among youth with a particular focus on alcohol, tobacco and prescription drugs.