2016 Exemplary Awards Program Winner
Congratulations to the Greenville County (South Carolina) Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws Coalition for receiving the 2016 Exemplary Award for Innovative Substance Abuse Prevention Programs, Practices, and Policies!
Greenville County (South Carolina) Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws (EUDL) Coalition
In late 2011 to early 2013, the Greenville County (South Carolina) Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws (EUDL) Coalition led community efforts during a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) demonstration grant. The Coalition worked throughout Greenville County with a primary goal to deny alcohol to individuals under 21 years old utilizing a multi-pronged approach. In previous research, high visibility enforcement campaigns (HVE) are an evidence-based approach that has demonstrated effectiveness in the areas of increased seat belt usage and decreased alcohol-related crashes. The HVE approach combines multiple waves of strict enforcement with strong media messages occurring at each enforcement wave. Researchers have shown that HVE reduces the issues associated with underage drinking and adult provision of alcohol to youth. The strategic plan developed by the Greenville Coalition for the grant merged source investigation with HVE waves occurring throughout the project period. The primary evaluation conducted by the Coalition focused on using community-specific monthly times-series data measures to compare pre-HVE mean alcohol crash data to post-HVE mean alcohol crash data. Results indicated that crashes for < 21 year olds decreased 11.8% while the control group (21+ year olds) in alcohol crashes increased 19.4% during the project period. The program outcomes suggest the HVE/source investigation approach holds significant promise to reduce the harms of underage drinking in communities.
Award Recipient: Curtis A. Reece, Manager of Prevention Services, The Phoenix Center
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.