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“Empower Union County youth and adults to lead healthy, substance-free lives, (Lifestyles).”




The Drug Free Coalition in partnership with area schools conducts the OhYES survey. This instrument queries students about their attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors around several effective prevention efforts begin with knowing what drugs of abuse are being used in our community as well any negative consequences that occur due to use.  The Coalition conducts surveys among students and parents, as well as monitors other local data sets. This helps us to know what changes have occurred over the years, whether the prevention strategies have a good effect and what new harmful drug use is trending.

The good news is that use by teens has decreased over the last ten years!



The Union County Drug Free Coalition is a collaborative effort involving key stakeholders from across the county. The Coalition includes representatives from churches, businesses, parents, schools, law enforcement, healthcare, youth, and youth service providers, and substance abuse experts. Evidence shows that preventing teen substance use requires a whole community approach with consistent messaging.



Here’s your new Union County Drug Free Coalition Toolbox that’s fully stocked with great, practical tools!

We work to educate not only youth and teens about the dangers of substance use, but also work to provide parents, caregivers, and community leaders with current, factual information about drug use trends and proven prevention strategies.

Supported Programs:

  • - a website with tips and tools for parents, helping them with conversations and knowledge about substance of abuse and suicide prevention. 

  • Teen Prevention Leadership Academy 

  • Parent Survey

  • Teen Surveys

  • Store Scans

Relevant conversations with local community leaders empowering teens to live drug-free lives.

UC Talks provides parents and caregivers with tools and techniques to help build strong children and have real conversations about drugs, alcohol, mental health, and suicide.

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The coalition works to implement effective community policy which protects teens and families from high-risk use and underage access to harmful substances. 

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