Helping Parents Prevent Youth Substance Abuse


The Branch County Substance Abuse Task Force (SATF) began in 2004 to primarily address the devastation surrounding methamphetamine use.

Today, the task force is involved in community mobilization and education of the effects of all substance use issues in our county. These include but are not limited to: methamphetamine, underage drinking and tobacco use, heroin addiction, prescription and over-the-counter abuse, illegal marijuana use, suicide prevention, and other emerging drugs of abuse. 

The primary focus of the SATF is on prevention. Stopping substance abuse before it happens increases a person’s ability to live a longer, healthier, and productive life. 

Prevention Works.  Treatment is Effective.  Recovery Happens. 


Branch County SATF's mission is to protect the health and well-being of Branch County residents through a strategic community partnership, working together, to eliminate the misuse and abuse of all drugs - including alcohol, tobacco, and prescription or over-the-counter medications - with an emphasis on youth prevention.


Task Force Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month from 9:00AM to 10:00AM in the City Council Chambers.   

The address is:  
Henry L. Brown Municipal Building
One Grand Street
Coldwater, MI 49036



Branch County Sheriff's Office - Lobby
580 Marshall Road
Coldwater, MI 49036


The SATF is involved in the following campaigns and events:

  • Red Ribbon Week
  • Kick Butts Day
  • Project Sticker Shock
  • Petals for Prevention
  • Take Back Prescription Drug events
  • Exam Grams

In addition, the SATF campaigns toward the prevention of underage alcohol use, underage tobacco use, the effect of marijuana on youth, methamphetamine, and the abuse of prescription and over the counter medications.

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Keith Eichler, Undersheriff  
Committee Chair                           

Joe Scheid, Deputy Director  
Committee Vice-Chair                 

Penny Lawrence

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Use the TalkSooner app for tips on how to talk to your kids about not using alcohol or other drugs.