Prevention Provider Programs
Prevention Assessment, Planning and Partnership – The major role for Drug Free Charlotte County is to be our community’s convener around substance use prevention. By implementing the Strategic Prevention Framework, the coalition identifies and prioritizes our local data and trends, then develops strategies to prevent and reduce teen use and adult misuse. The coalition works with community members and partners to build the capacity to successfully implement through strategies. This includes be part of community partnership and initiatives that address the health and safety of our community. The coalition provides expertise in substance abuse prevention, such as local Collaborative Projects, like "Eat Well, Live Well" from April 2017-March 2018, CHIP's Maternal and Child Health Subcommittee, Together Charlotte and Substance Exposed Newborn (SEN) Task Force.
Physician Advocacy Partnership and Safe Use, Safe Storage, Safe Disposal - Coalition initiative focused on helping to reduce the misuse and abuse of prescription and over-the-counter medications. We partner with local physicians to provide our community with information on the safe use, safe storage and safe disposal of medications, including through the website www.SafeRx.tips
D-Fy (Drug Free Youth) – D-Fy is our community’s way to recognize and support healthy, drug free choices of teens. Teens join D-Fy by making a commitment to be drug, alcohol and tobacco free, which is validated through initial and random drug tests. Members are given a photo ID card, which, when presented to participating retailers and businesses, gives the members discounts and rewards.
Social Norms and Marketing Campaigns – These campaigns are an evidence based strategy to help correct faulty perception of substance use and promote healthy perceptions and behaviors through marketing activities focused on youth and parents. Drug Free Charlotte County employs several campaigns we have developed through the years, as well as prevention messages developed by teens themselves. Examples include:
Tobacco Free Partnership Charlotte County – Drug Free Charlotte County is the local lead for our community’s Tobacco Free Partnership. The Partnership works to educate our community on the risks of use of tobacco products, build awareness of the impact of advertising and retail placement on teen use and promotes tobacco free policies.
Students Working Against Tobacco – Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT) is a youth led initiative that educates members on tobacco use risks and trains them to be advocates for their peers and community.
Drug-Free, Tobacco-Free Workplaces – Drug Free Charlotte County and the Tobacco Partnership work together and with other community partners to help businesses develop drug-free and tobacco-free workplace policies.
Community Education – A major role for Drug Free Charlotte County is to educate our community on substance use issues and local trends. Examples include:
Annual Prevention Breakfast and Awards - The last Friday of every October is the standing date for this annual event. We recognize our "Advocates for Action"; "Legacy"; and "Imani Family Foundation Youth Leadership" awardees.
Alcohol Literacy Challenge® – Alcohol Literacy Challenge® (ALC) is an evidenced-based curriculum that challenges students’ beliefs about the effects of drinking alcohol. The ALC corrects the erroneous beliefs about alcohol use promoted by the media, and thereby decreases positive and increases negative alcohol expectancies. These shifts in expectancies have been shown to lower levels of alcohol use.
LifeSkills Training® - LifeSkills Training® (LST) is an evidenced-based program for elementary through high school youth. Rather than merely teaching information about the dangers of drug abuse, Botvin LifeSkills Training promotes healthy alternatives to risky behavior through activities designed to: build self-esteem, teach resiliency and resistance skills, deal more effectively with stress and anxiety, increase knowledge of consequences to substance use, and enhance competency in how to reduce health risk behaviors.
Strengthening Families Program – The Strengthening Families Program is an evidenced base program that teaches skills to parents and children which help strengthen bonds, build resiliency and support healthy parenting and family development.
Media Literacy – 2Smart 2Start – This is an application of the Alcohol Literacy Challenge® for fifth graders. The program uses critical thinking to dissect how media and advertising can impact our expectancies for how alcohol will make us feel, in contrast to the actual physical effects of drinking.
Body Safety/Medication Safety – This program uses the research validated education curriculums from the “Good Touch Bad Touch” and “GenerationRx” programs to teach elementary students body safety skills.
Additional evidence based programs, such as Project Alert, are also available. Contact us to learn how we can bring prevention to your organization - at no cost to you! 941-255-0808 x.3205