Exemplary Awards for Innovative Substance Abuse Prevention Programs, Practices, and Policies

The Exemplary Awards

The National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors, Inc. (NASADAD) and its component group, the National Prevention Network (NPN), are pleased to present the National Exemplary Awards for Innovative Substance Abuse Prevention Programs, Practices, and Policies. Since its inception over two decades ago, this Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) supported program has sought to identify and honor outstanding achievements in substance abuse prevention throughout the United States.

The Exemplary Awards recognize quality substance abuse prevention efforts from around the country including effective and exemplary programs, practices, policies, and other initiatives.  Examples of programs invited to participate in the Call for Applications include, but are not limited to, those that have impacted specific changes in their communities – such as promoting responsible retailing practices, smoke-free workplace ordinances, and other environmental approaches.


2015 Exemplary Award Program Winners

Congratulations to the following programs for receiving a 2015 Exemplary Award for Innovative Substance Abuse Prevention Programs, Practices, and Policies:

MATFORCE: Strategies to Address Prescription Drug Abuse in Yavapai County (Arizona)
MATFORCE, the Yavapai County Substance Abuse Coalition in central Arizona, has been addressing prescription drug abuse since 2010. For the past five years, Coalition and community members implement comprehensive action plans based on the Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) model and engage hundreds of citizens in the work needed to sustain a multi-systemic approach for addressing prescription drug misuse and abuse. The imitative focuses on five strategies: 1) Reduce access to prescription drugs; 2) Educate prescribers and pharmacists about “Rx drug best practices;” 3) Enhance prescription drug practice and polices in law enforcement; 4) Increase public awareness about the risks of prescription drug misuse; and 5) Build resilience in children and adults. As a result of Coalition efforts, Yavapai County has witnessed substantial decreases in prescription drug problems.

Community Culture of Responsible Choices (Missouri)
The Community Culture of Responsible Choices (CCoRC) initiative, implemented from 2006-2015 in Johnson County, Missouri, was designated to reduce underage and high-risk drinking among Air Force Personnel stationed at Whiteman Air Force Base (AFB) in Johnson County, Missouri. The target population for the initiative was the approximately 700 Whiteman AFB personnel aged 18-26 years old. Based on a needs assessment, three primary problem areas were identified: 1) Driving While Intoxicated; 2) Underage Consumption of Alcohol; and 3) High-Risk Drinking. By implementing a modification of the Community Trials Program, the CCoRC Coalition built a strong, multi-agency coalition. Through implementation of enforcement operations, alcohol-free activities, and an innovative, comprehensive education campaign for Whiteman AFB, this project resulted in significant reductions in the three primary problem areas.

ICAN Be the Change (Arizona)
Since 2006, ICAN Be the Change has operated grassroots evidence-based prevention programs that have deterred neighborhood kids from involvement in risky behaviors and preventing youth substance abuse in the City of Chandler, Arizona. In this area, youth and families experience significant poverty and other risk factors, including easy access to drugs and alcohol, high rates of use, exposure to violence and family conflict, low community attachment and commitment to school, and favorable attitudes toward drug and alcohol use/abuse. The initiative focuses on preventing underage drinking, marijuana use, and illegal use of prescription drugs. Evaluation results reveal improvements in critical protective factors; increased participation of adults and family members in prevention activities with their children and communication about underage drinking and substance use risks; decreased alcohol signage in the community; and reduced party citations and alcohol use among 10th graders.

Diversion Alert (Maine)
Diversion Alert (DA) is a statewide program in Maine that links prescribers, pharmacists, and law enforcement in their efforts to confront prescription drug abuse. The Diversion Alert Program became a resource for prescribers in the county by increasing awareness of patients abusing or diverting prescriptions so that medical professionals could more effectively respond to and treat patients struggling with addiction; increasing awareness of the magnitude of prescription drug abuse as a means to increase health care providers’ readiness to change prescribing behaviors; delivering a resource that is easy to use; increasing access to educational resources about responding to prescription drug abuse and diversion; and developing a strategy to link health care providers and law enforcement in their efforts to tackle prescription drug abuse and diversion. Evaluation results demonstrate significant improvements in health care professionals’ communication and collaboration with patients and increased their attentiveness to prescribing practices.



2014 Exemplary Award Winners

Students Leading Students

Students Leading Students (SLS) is a non-profit organization established in 1982 in Michigan. It is an interactive, peer led program that utilizes a universal, student focused approach. The program provides bonding, skill development, and mentoring opportunities to its participants and aims to foster healthy and strong friendships among students, while working to delay the onset of alcohol and drug use among elementary, middle, and high school aged youth. SLS is the largest validated youth leadership prevention program serving Michigan schools, directly training 100 Michigan high school chapters annually. About 10-30 youth attend the full training through local and state trainings, ultimately reaching 1,000-3,000 youth annually. SLS has been rated over 90% for overall excellence, and has also been ranked the highest among 90 youth programs in Michigan.

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