Prevention & Substance Abuse Education

Prevention & Substance Abuse Education 2017-08-07T16:36:51+00:00

Due to the multi-faceted nature of substance abuse, our prevention efforts must be comprehensive and include strategies for all members of the community.  Our comprehensive prevention services are intended to impact all segments of the communities by providing information and education for the public.  Staff focuses on workplace initiatives, mentoring projects, and community coalitions.

Information

Prevention Specialists assist communities to sponsor media campaigns such as Red Ribbon, Celebrate with Care, Healthy Baby Month, Project Graduation and Alcohol Awareness Month.

Education

Research based curricula are provided by prevention specialists to school districts, parent groups, youth and family committees.

Alternatives

Help for community groups in planning and promoting drug and alcohol free activities for youth and families.

Social Policy

Assistance to local groups and employers in organizing coalitions that work to comb at substance abuse in their communities.

Problem Identification and Referral

Collaboration with judicial systems to provide classes for first time offenders of possession of alcohol under the legal age.  The Diversion Classes are also available for under age youths who have been involved in an alcohol-related infraction in the school system or an alcohol-related arrest.  The Diversion Classes require the participation of the parent as well as the youth.

Tobacco Cessation

The Tobacco project works extensively with youth to develop anti-smoking messages to support youth who chose not to use tobacco.

Helpful Links

Iowa Quitline (Tobacco)

Iowa Department of Public Health (Tobacco Use Prevention and Control)

Availability

All substance abuse services are available in the following counties:

Appanoose
Davis
Jefferson
Keokuk
Lucas
Mahaska
Monroe
Van Buren
Wapello
Wayne