Activities and Strategies
The coalition hosts neighborhood community forums across the city to provide education and fun for families. The forum consists of alcohol, tobacco, and other drug education for parents and alternative activities for youth. The forum concludes with free dinner for the entire family, and a facilitated “Dinner & Dialogue” session which stresses the importance of regular family dinners as a strategy to prevent substance use among youth.
The coalition conducts media campaigns seasonally.
- Previous campaigns have targeted prescription drug abuse and drugged driving. Photos of these media campaigns can be found on our Facebook page.
- Social norms: The coalition also works with schools to correct misconceptions. Namely, when it comes to drugs, not everyone is trying it! Contact us to find out more information on implement a school-wide campaign at your campus.
Meetings with Stakeholders & Community Leaders
Coalition members and staff schedule regular meetings with key community stakeholders to educate them about substance use in our community and the efforts of the coalition.
Over two-thirds of youth who abuse prescription drugs attain them from family and friends. Prompt and proper disposal of your unused and expired mediation is important to keeping our community safe.
- The coalition partners with the Drug Enforcement Administration and local law enforcement twice a year to host National Prescription Drug Take Back events throughout the city. Community members are encouraged to dispose of unwanted or expired prescription and over-the-counter medication for free and with no questions asked at the collection sites. The Take Back is usually held once in the Fall and once in the Spring. Check our calendar of events for the next Take Back.
- The coalition works with police departments to install permanent drug collection boxes available for the public year round. Check out our map to locate a location near you.
The coalition partners with area schools, agencies and coalitions to educate students, teachers and the community on the harms, risks, and consequences associated with using and abusing alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. Contact us to request a speaker.
Trainings and Conferences
The coalition offers various training opportunities, webinars, and conferences as needed to increase professional education and development.
- Ahead of the Curve Annual Conference: One day training in May for counselors and educators to keep abreast of drug trends and recent prevention and intervention research
- 411 on Drug and Gangs: We partner with Region 10 for a one day conference in September to “kick off” Red Ribbon season for school and youth professionals
- Need professional development for your staff or community? Contact us at 214-522-8600 x 228
The BuzzFree mission is to encourage and reward healthy decisions made by high school students in our community. In collaboration with the Alliance on Underage Drinking, we seek to prevent and reduce underage drinking, driving under the influence, and the use of other drugs in our community. The BuzzFree PROMises Dress & Tuxedo Giveaway helps local teens obtain attire for prom and includes educational components and a drug-free pledge. In exchange for their pledge, students participate in a variety of workshops and are rewarded with a prom gown, tux or suit. Students that participate in the program must be enrolled in 11th or 12th grade in a participating school district, hold an academic average of at least a “C,” and have good record of attendance and citizenship.