Helping Parents Prevent Youth Substance Abuse

Kalamazoo

Vision
A healthy community free of substance abuse.

Mission
To reduce youth alcohol and substance abuse issues in our community through strategies that will reduce access to substances, prevent high-risk behaviors, connect community resources, and provide education opportunities.

 

The main goal of the Kalamazoo County Substance Abuse Task Force (KCSATF) is to decrease and prevent youth substance abuse by addressing the issue through:

  • Increasing the belief among youth that substance abuse is harmful and that there are consequences to use.
  • Decreasing youth access to these substances through retailer/vendor education, responsible beverage service training, compliance checks, permanent disposal systems for prescription drug take-back, and healthcare worker training.
  • Increasing the protective factors that lower the chance of youth substance abuse and decreasing the risk factors that can contribute to youth substance abuse.
  • Working toward reviewing local policies/ordinances and developing model policies that would strengthen local enforcement strategies.

The Kalamazoo County Susbtance Abuse Task Force released the Making Connections: Our Community, Our Initiaives, Our Health Community Report in December 2016. This report is a comprehensive look at youth substance use trends in Kalamazoo County, the effects on the criminal justice system, education, and health, a look at emerging substance use trends, and what community members can do to reduce youth substance use. The KCSATF collected data from various sources, including the Kalamazoo County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, both local hospitals, the Michigan Automated Prescription System, and the Michigan Profile for Healthy Youth Survey, among others. To view the report, go to www.kzootaskforce.com

 

We Invite You to Get Involved: The Substance Abuse Prevention (SAP) Team meets from 1:00-2:30pm the third Tuesday of every other month (February, April, June, August, October, December) at Prevention Works. Our Youth Action Team (YAT) meets from 6:00-7:30pm the third Wednesday of every month at Prevention Works. If you are interested in being a part of our Data and Evaluation (D&E) Team, please contact us for dates and times.

Contact Ashley Bergeon, Coordinator, with any questions at (269) 364-2142 or abergeon@prevention-works.org.

 

Red Med Boxes: WMU Public Safety 511 Monroe Street, Kalamazoo; Sheriff's Office 1500 Lamont Avenue, Kalamazoo; KDPS 150 East Crosstown Parkway, Kalamazoo; Kalamazoo Township Police 1720 Riverview Drive, Kalamazoo; Portage Police 7810 Shaver Road, Portage; Schoolcraft Police 442 North Grand Street, Schoolcraft. Yellow Jugs: Fred's Super Pharmacy 121 West Prairie Street, Vicksburg; Portage Pharmacy 7966 Lovers Lane, Portage; Westlake Drug* 8822 Portage Road, Portage; Optimed Pharmacy* 1000 Oakland Drive, Kalamazoo; Family Health Center 117 West Paterson, Kalamazoo; Gull Point Pharmacy* 5585 Gull Road #120, Kalamazoo; Sindecuse Health Center* 1903 W Michigan Avenue, Kalamazoo; Park Street Pharmacy* 512 North Park Street, Kalamazoo. * denotes Yellow Jugs that accept Narcotics.

 

Prevention Works, the fiduciary of the Kalamazoo County Substance Abuse Task Force, provides family and youth prevention programs throughout Kalamazoo County. Please visit their website at www.prevention-works.org.

   

 

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