The Owen County Drug Prevention Coalition is comprised of diverse members that represent 12 different sectors, ranging from youth to health care professionals, who play a vital role in substance abuse prevention. The coalition meets monthly to focus collaborative, community efforts on employing prevention-based programs and strategies to reduce youth substance use.
As a coalition, we host and support positive school and community events to provide not only education, but a safe environment for youth. Events such as town hall meetings, community forums, open houses, and school programs are commonly supported. Although the coalition is established in rural community with limited resources, which can pose as a challenge, coalition members are creative in their efforts to exercise prevention measures.
The coalition prides itself in using members' strengths to effectively carry out the mission to reduce youth substance use. One characteristic that sets our coalition apart is the active representation of the faith-based community. Local church members and pastors not only show support, but stay actively engaged by hosting events, and lending transportation services.
By building and maintaining important relationships with local churches, businesses, school system, and elected officials, our coalition and mission is continuously supported, providing sustainability for future endeavors.