ATOD (Alcohol Tobacco and Other Drugs) Prevention Committee

The ATOD Committee focuses on preventing youth substance abuse in the community and Freeborn County as a whole. This is the Executive Committee of Freeborn County Partners In Prevention Coalition funded through a Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program grant.

The Drug-Free Communities Support Program is led by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). This anti-drug program provides grants of up to $100,000 to community coalitions that mobilize their communities to prevent youth alcohol, tobacco, illicit drug, and inhalant abuse. The grants support coalitions of youth; parents; media; law enforcement; school officials; faith-based organizations; fraternal organizations; State, local, and tribal government agencies; healthcare professionals; and other community representatives. The Drug-Free Communities Support Program enables the coalitions to strengthen their coordination and prevention efforts, encourage citizen participation in substance abuse reduction efforts, and disseminate information about effective programs.

Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program

The Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program, created by the Drug-Free Communities Act of 1997, is the Nation’s leading effort to mobilize communities to prevent youth substance use. Directed by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) in partnership with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the DFC Program provides grants to community coalitions to strengthen the infrastructure among local partners to create and sustain a reduction in local youth substance use.

Recognizing that local problems need local solutions, DFC-funded coalitions engage multiple sectors of the community and employ a variety of environmental strategies to address local substance use problems. DFCs involve local communities in finding solutions and also helps youth at risk for substance use recognize the majority of our Nation’s youth choose not to use substances.

The DFC Program is effective – since the program started, past 30-day misuse of prescription drugs and past 30-day use of alcohol, tobacco and marijuana have significantly declined among all DFCs. (Source – 2016 National Evaluation End-of-Year Report):

Middle School:

  • prevalence of alcohol use declined by 27%
  • prevalence of tobacco use declined by 32%
  • prevalence of marijuana use declined by 14%
  • prevalence of (illicit) prescription drug use declined by 11%

High School:

  • prevalence of use for alcohol declined by 19%
  • prevalence of tobacco use declined by 28%
  • prevalence of marijuana use declined by 6%
  • prevalence of (illicit) prescription drug use declined by 16%

Freeborn County Partners In Prevention’s ATOD group meets the first Thursday of every other month 9:00-10:30am in the Freeborn Room at the Government Center (411 S. Broadway, Albert Lea, MN 56007).