The mission of A.C.T Drug Free Community Coalition is to prevent and reduce substance use among youth through community partnerships.
Programs & Services:
Youth-Safe Driving Campaign
Impaired driving is a serious crime that kills more than 16,000 people and injures nearly 305,000 others every year. Every 32 minutes, someone in America dies in an impaired driving crash. Every two minutes, someone is injured. Community-based partnerships, along with highly visible enforcement activities are important keys to keeping our youth safe. In partnership with local law enforcement agencies, A..C.T. Coalition organizes assemblies at various high schools in the area during National Teen Driver Safety Week. The assembly engages high school students on the importance of not drinking and driving, not texting and driving, the administration of a oath and distribution of “Don’t text and drive” bands.
Narcan (Naloxone) Training
Naloxone is a medication called an “opioid antagonist” used to counter the effects of opioid overdose, for example, opioid and heroin overdose. Opioids are often used as medicines because they contain chemicals that relax the body and can relieve pain. Naloxone only works if a person has opioids in their system; the medication has no effect if opioids are absent.
Parent/Adult focused media campaigns:
Alcohol is still the number one drug of choice among teens. Teens self-report that their number one source of alcohol is parties and from parent providers. We launched a campaign that aims to educate parents on the consequences of providing alcohol to those who are under the age of 21.
Life Skills: Roots to Grow Substance Abuse Prevention Program
The program focuses on prevention strategies to increase awareness and reduce the prevalence of substance use, verbal and physical aggression, fighting and delinquency. The program employs the evidence-based curricula “Botvin Life Skills,” which is a groundbreaking substance abuse and violence prevention program based on more than 30 years of rigorous scientific research. The Life Skills Training is comprehensive, dynamic, and developmentally designed to promote positive youth development. In addition to helping youth resist drug, alcohol, and tobacco use, the program also effectively supports the reduction of violence and other high-risk behaviors.
• Change the social environment by promoting community norms to decrease the use of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs.
• Equip youth adolescents and young teens with the confidence and skills necessary to successfully handle challenging situations.
• Help youth to develop greater self-esteem and self-confidence
• Enable youth to effectively cope with stress, anxiety and other emotions.
• Increase their knowledge of the immediate consequences of substance abuse
• Enhance cognitive and behavioral competency to reduce and prevent a variety of health risk behaviors.
• Reduce youth involvement in the court system by reducing incidents of aggression, fighting, truancy and delinquency.
A.C.T. Scholarship Program:
Due to the impact of the opioid and substance abuse epidemic in the community, A.C.T, a proud Coalition of LAHC with the goals to Advocate, Collaborate, Treat & Reduce Substance Use Disorder, is seeking to reward essay applicants a $1,000-$3,000 in scholarships. The program aims to assist people in recovery entering college or already enrolled in a higher education institution, to pursue and finish their degrees, with the intention to help people struggling with addiction.
- Must be in recovery from a substance abuse addiction
- Students of all majors are encouraged to apply
- Must be currently enrolled or in enrollment process at an accredited university, college, or trade school
within the United States
- Must be pursuing a degree and demonstrate a desire and potential to help individuals and families struggling with addiction
- Scholarship funds must be used to pay for qualified expenses for the 2021-2022 academic yearClick here to learn more
What they do?
- Educate their peers about the effects of underage drinking and illegal drug use
- Act as role models for other youth to follow and make positive choices
- Work on prevention strategies within their schools and communities
- Attend leadership training workshops
Intervention Referral Services:
Our team of certified Prevention Specialists are ready to help individuals initiate, fortify, and maintain their own pathway to recovery by listening to people’s needs, referring individuals to valuable resources and treatment centers and modeling healthy lifestyles.
Call us today: 1-888-315-5242 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Drug Awareness School Assemblies
Hearing directly from someone who has survived the disease of addiction, or from people who see the effects of drug use every day, can prompt students to think twice before trying drugs. The goal of the School Assemblies is to share with youth the health, mental, legal and financial consequences of drug use and its impact on the user, family and community. Furthermore, school assemblies provide youth with the necessary tools to resist pressure if they ever encounter a situation where they are offered drugs. Student will know WHAT to say, WHO to tell, and HOW to do it.
In collaboration with Detroit Wayne Integrated Health Network, the Youth Connection (TYC), Strategies to Overcome Obstacles and Reduce Recidivism (SOOAR) and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, LAHC A.C.T. Coalition experts organizes a team to conduct tobacco retailer education and youth compliance checks throughout Wayne county. LAHC is one of the three Designated Youth Tobacco Use Representatives (DYTUR) for Region 7. Together, they have been able to reduce national retailer violation rate (RVR) from 29.70%(2015) to 7.90 (2019).
Background: Under the Synar Amendment program – a federal and state partnership, states are aimed at ending illegal tobacco sales to minors. The Synar Amendment (introduced by the late Representative Mike Synar of Oklahoma and enacted as Section 1926 of the federal Public Health Service Act), requires states to implement laws and enforcement programs for prohibiting the sale and distribution of tobacco to persons under the age of 18. The program is part of SAMHSA’s Strategic Initiative to promote emotional health and prevent substance abuse and mental illness.
Smoking Cessation Program
- Provide a brief intervention that is effective for smoking cessation.(5 A’s: Ask, Advise, Assess, Assist and Arrange).
- Counsel by using effective smoking cessation strategies and provide self-help education materials
- Assist community members in obtaining the necessary resources from primary physicians, health facilities.
Safe Medicine Disposal Program:
The Safe Medicine Disposal Program is a partnership between local agencies, pharmacies, and law enforcement offices to safely dispose of unwanted medications, prevent overdoses, and protect the environment. A.C.T. coalition distributes Deterra Drug Deactivation System- a drug disposal pouch that provides an easy way for people to deactivate and dispose of unused, expired or unneeded medications in their own home to parents and families around the community with bilingual demonstrations and presentations.
Diversion Program-first-offender Program:
A.C.T- LAHC diversion program give youth and adults a chance to deal with drug problems and learn lifelong coping skills before they become part of the criminal justice system. The Program helps participants achieve competency in the skills that not only are key to success but also have been found to reduce and prevent substance use and violence.
Program Goals are:
- To provide immediate intervention for youth who are at risk of drug addiction
- To help youth function more effectively in their social environment
- To give youth the coping tools they need to lead lives that are free from substance abuse and crime
- To build stronger family relationships among youths who are involved with drugs