The Delaware County Drug Abuse Coalition (DDAC) is working to establish an environment that shifts away from the community tolerance of underage substance use and adult substance abuse as acceptable behaviors. A prevention system consists of the prevention agency, public health, law enforcement, school districts, behavioral health, treatment, faith organizations, juvenile court services and social services agencies all working together. They provide families and individuals the resources and education they need in order to start making lifestyle changes involving the tolerance of and the use/abuse of alcohol, tobacco, prescription, over-the-counter and illicit drugs.
Consequences of underage substance use and adult substance abuse may consist of law violations, risk of dependency, decline in academic and sport performance and decline in family dynamics. By bringing the knowledge, experiences and expertise of DDAC members and other prevention system partners, we can begin to create positive change. By assessing the needs in the county, building capacity and resources, creating a plan to make changes, implementing the necessary strategies and evaluating how prevention efforts are working, the desired outcomes can be reached.
Establish a safe, supportive, and healthy community for children, families, and individuals of Delaware County by reducing substance abuse.
Delaware County Drug Abuse Coalition identifies and addresses issues related to substance use and abuse in Delaware County; with a focus on youth-related strategies, issues and activities.
The Delaware County Drug Abuse Coalition formed in 2000 due to community members becoming concerned about the social issues in the county, substance abuse amongst teens, and the increase in methamphetamine amongst children and families of the county.
- Passed a county-wide Social Host Ordinance
- Worked with city councils to determine best practices for alcohol use in public parks
- Provided education and trainings to parents, youth, and retailers
- Participated in health fairs and community events
- Working to establish an environment that shifts away from the community tolerance of underage substance use and adult substance abuse as acceptable behaviors.
Target Populations: Children, families and individuals of Delaware County
Scope of Coalition Work: Delaware County including incorporated communities of Edgewood, Colesburg, Earlville, Delhi, Hopkinton, Delaware, Manchester, Dundee, Masonville, Ryan, Greeley, Dyersville.
The members of the Delaware County Drug Abuse Coalition come from a variety of backgrounds and interests and include 12 sectors:
- Schools and Universities
- Youth-serving organizations
- Law enforcement
- Faith-based community
- Civic and volunteer Groups
- Healthcare professionals
- State, local, or tribal government
- Substance abuse prevention and treatment organizations