Helping Parents Prevent Youth Substance Abuse


The Ottawa Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition (OSAP) is dedicated to the reduction of substance abuse in Ottawa County and has several committees and taskforces dedicated to addressing issues around substance abuse. 

Vision of the Ottawa Substance Abuse Prevention (OSAP) Coalition:  We who live, work, and care about youth in Ottawa County will prevent substance abuse through effective, coordinated and sustainable action.                             

Who we are: The Ottawa Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition is a group of community members, human service professionals, businesses, law enforcement, government officials, schools and school personnel who are working together to create change regarding youth substance use. We are advocating for a community that supports and encourages substance free youth.

Priority Areas:

Based on the 2013 Ottawa County Youth Assessment Survey, the following priority areas were identified: 

  • Almost 1 in 5 students report current alcohol use and 1 in 10 report current binge drinking.
  • About 1 in 8 students report current use of marijuana.
  • 1 in 9 students  report having misused prescription medication at least once in their lifetime.
  • Youth in Ottawa County are initiating substance use at an early age (typically around age 14).
  • Emerging Drug Trends are popular trends that can draw youth into harmful/risky behaviors.

For updated Statistics go to the 2017 Ottawa County Youth Assessment Survey

The Coalition meets quarterly on the 4th Friday of Octoberm January, April and July from 11:30am to 1pm at the Ottawa County Fillmore Complex. To get involved, contact Stephanie Williams at 616-396-2301 or through email

OSAP has a number of subcommittees and taskforces working on substance abuse issues in Ottawa County: 

  • Quadrant Based Subcommittess: These subcommittees work on implementing OSAP initiatives in their local communities. Each subcommittee is based in one of the population centers of Ottawa County. The subcommittees work to address the challenges facing their unique communities. There are currently 3 quadrant subcommittees. 
    • SW Subcommittee serves Holland/West Ottawa/Zeeland school districts and meets on either the first or second thursday of every month. 
    • NW Subcommittee serves Grand Haven and Spring Lake and is currently being redesigned. 
    • NE Subcommittee serves Coopersville and Allendale and is done in partnership with the NEOForum and the ABC Coalition. 
    • SE Quadrant serves Jenison and Hudsonville and meets on either the first or second Wednesday of every month. 
  • Prescription Drug and Opiate Taskforce: An Ad-hoc taskforce of the coalition, this committee is working to reduce the increasing rate of heroin and prescription drug misuse in Ottawa County. The committee is working on increasing awareness of prescription drug takeback opportunities and aligning the substance abuse system to increase effectiveness of treatment. For More information visit:  or contact Jessica
  • Reducing Ottawa Area Drunk Driving (ROADD) Coalition was recently brought under the OSAP Umbrella as a committee seeking to reduce alcohol involved crashes in Ottawa County by reducing underage access to alcohol, increasing the perception of the consequences of drunk driving and encouraging responsible beverage service practices
  • Student Leaders Initiating Change is a youth coalition developing our leadership skills to encourage our peers to make decisions that have a positive impact on themselves and the community. The Youth Coalition initiative of Ottawa Substance Abuse Prevention (OSAP) Coalition and Arbor Circle, involves High School Students from around the county and partners with existing youth leadership groups.

Projects of the various committees and taskforces: 

  • Safe Prom: The Safe Prom campaign brings together our youth leaders and our alcohol retailers and prom vendors. All businesses associated with prom are provided materials to help them prevent underage drinking. Students are also provided with materials reminding them not all of their peers use alcohol or drugs and to make health choices. 
  • OSAP Parent E-newsletter: The parent newsletter provides parents with information regarding emerging drug trends and other challenges associated with youth substance use. The newsletter also provides insight on having those tough conversations with your youth. 
  • Drunk Driving Preventing:  The goal is to reduce the number of Ottawa County residents who drive while intoxicated. Much of the work involved a social marketing campaign. View our Mobile Eyes Poster
  • Alcohol compliance checks are conducted throughout the County by law enforcement agencies on a regular basis to reduce sales of alcohol to minors.
  • Awareness of the Social Host Liability Law in Michigan will reduce minors’ access to alcohol at parties and social gatherings.
  • Responsible Beverage Service: The goal of the Responsible Beverage Service Project is to decrease the number of intoxicated patrons exiting licensed alcohol establishments. This group is made up of alcohol retailers and law enforcement agencies throughout the county. This group promotes trainings for servers of licensed alcohol establishments, offers Holiday Tune-Up Trainings for retailers and assists local police departments who conduct alcohol compliance checks. 
  • Parent Workshops: The OSAP Parent workshop series runs from October through June each year. The series includes one to three one time workshops for parents on an issue related to youth substance use. Parents learn skills and resources to help their youth develop in the most positive way possible. 

Youth Led Activities 

  • ATI Day
  • Red Ribbon Week: October 2016
  • Holiday Celebration: December 2016
  • Raise Your Voice: November 2016-March 2017 
  • National Drug Facts Week 
  • Safe Prom: April/ May 2017
  • Service Projects as planned
  • Above the Influence (ATI): Events and Activities Ongoing

Get Involved

Meets the 3rd Thursday monthly at Arbor Circle (Holland Office) from 7-8:30pm or At your school: Black River, Holland High School, Hudsonville High School, West Ottawa High School, Spring Lake High School, Zeeland High School and Careerline Tech Center. 

For more information visit: or email OttawaSLIC

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Got Drugs?  

Prescription Medication Takeback Event October 27, 2018 10 am until 2pm! 

The Ottawa County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition and our Prescription Drug and Opiate Prevention Taskforce are participating in the National DEA Drug Takeback Day on October 28, 2017. We'll have events throughout Ottawa County to help you properly dispose of your unused prescription medications! 

All events will be from 10am to 2pm! No registration required! Stop by and drop off your unused medications on October 27, 2018! 

Locations are still being confirmed. Tentative locations include?

  • Allendale: Walgreens 6840 Lake Michigan Dr, Allendale, MI 49401
  • Hudsonville: 58th District Court/Ottawa County Health Department 3100 Port Sheldon St, Hudsonville, MI 49426
  • Zeeland: Zeeland Police Department 29 W Main Ave, Zeeland, MI 49464
  • Holland: Ottawa County Department of Public Health 12251 James St # 500, Holland, MI 49424
  • Spring Lake: Township Fire Station/Ottawa County Sheriff's Office 106 M-104/N. Fruitport Rd. Spring Lake, MI 49456
  • Grand Haven: Grand Haven Township Hall 13300 168th Ave Grand Haven, MI 49417

Please plan to transport your medications in their original bottle and bring the supplies to prepare your medications for disposal at the location of the drop off site. For disposal we ask you remove the pills from the bottle and place them in a Ziploc bag style. Liquids or gels can be kept in its original package, but please remove or blacken the label and place in a Ziploc bag. If you have any questions about unwanted medication collection, please call (616) 393-5645.

The Ottawa County Department of Public Health offers residents free disposal of unneeded, expired or unwanted medications throughout the year! Visit the locations listed below during business hours to drop off your prescription medications. (Please see the above instructions for preparing your medications for disposal). Ongoing Prescription Drug Drop Off sites are located in all areas of the County Health Department and these places law enforcement involved:

  • Zeeland City:  29 W. Main Street
  • West Olive Sheriff’s Office: 12220 Fillmore Street
  • Holland City Police Department: 89 W. 8th Street
  • Grand Haven Township: 13250 168th Avenue
  • Coopersville City: 289 Danforth Street
  • Hudsonville City: 3275 Central Boulevard
  • Georgetown Township: 3100 Port Sheldon Road

For more information on the prescription drug disposal program visit:

To download a prescription drug management log click here


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