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 MI
  • Sheriff's Office
    1500 Lamont Avenue
    Kalamazoo MI
  • KDPS
    150 East Crosstown Parkway
    Kalamazoo MI
  • Kalamazoo Township Police
    1720 Riverview Drive
    Kalamazoo MI
  • Portage Police
    7810 Shaver Road
    Portage MI
  • Schoolcraft Police
    442 North Grand Street
    Schoolcraft MI

 

Yellow Jugs:

  • Fred's Super Pharmacy
    121 West Prairie Street
    Vicksburg MI
  • Portage Pharmacy
    7966 Lovers Lane
    Portage MI
  • Westlake Drug*
    8822 Portage Road
    Portage MI
  • Optimed Pharmacy*
    1000 Oakland Drive
    Kalamazoo MI
  • Family Health Center
    117 West Paterson
    Kalamazoo MI
  • Gull Point Pharmacy*
    5585 Gull Road #120
    Kalamazoo MI
  • Sindecuse Health Center*
    1903 W Michigan Avenue
    Kalamazoo MI
  • Park Street Pharmacy*
    512 North Park Street
    Kalamazoo MI

* 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.