QUINCY – The Quincy Communities that Care Coalition will receive $125,000 yearly for the next five years in Drug-Free Communities grant funds to involve and engage the community to prevent substance use among youths.
Quincy Communities that Care Coalition includes parents, youths, teachers, religious organizations, healthcare and business professionals, law enforcement, the media, and others. It was started in 2003 with the help of the University of Washington Social Development Research Group.
Examples of the coalition’s success are educational campaigns which educate and mobilize community members to take action, such as the annual “Let’s Draw the Line Between Youth and Alcohol Drug Fact Week.” Others are parenting classes such as “Guiding Good Choices” that equip parents with skills to reduce youth problem behaviors and drug and alcohol use.
The coalition is working with community leaders on policies that will reduce access to drugs and alcohol. Coalition members have partnered with local law enforcement agencies to create a prescription and over the counter drug take back drop off location and working on a social host ordinance which will hold adults accountable for giving minors access to alcohol.
The renewal of funding will allow the coalition to re-energize efforts and build a more sustainable program.
“Research shows that prevention is the most effective tool we have to reduce the terrible consequences associated with drug use among young people,” said Jeff Ketchel, Grant County Health District Administrator.