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Teen girls outnumber boys in their misuse of prescription drugs.


CSSA has worked on three different grant projects since 2007. The first is Champions for Drug-Free Kentucky: Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities. The focus of this grant was "Underage Drinking." The second was a SPF-SIG Mini-grant through the Commonwealth Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention. The focus of this project was "Tobacco." The current and major project is our "Drug-Free Communities" grant awarded by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. This is a five-year renewable with the potential of rewriting at the conclusions of the first five years for an additional five years. We are currently in our fourth year of our first funding cycle.

The plans for this grant are involving mobilizing the entire community to work on substance abuse prevention. Utilizing information from the 2006, 2008 and 2010 KIP survey, the coalition through its partnerships and collaborations with key sectors of our community is addressing the following substance abuse problems:

  • an increase use and/or experimentation with alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana as youth advance in grade and age.
  • a decrease in perception of risk of self-harm for infrequent and frequent use of marijuana as youth advance in grade and age.
  • a perception of declining parental disapproval for the use of alcohol, tobacco and marijuana products as youth approach and reach 10th-12th grade.
  • a decline in personal disapproval for alcohol, tobacco and marijuana as youth approach and reach 10th-12th grade.

Community Solutions for Substance Abuse was instrumental in working with the AmericaSpeaks 21st Century Town Meeting ("We the People") and formulating the subcommittee "A Healthy and Caring Community" where fighting substance abuse was determined to be a "number 1" health issue for our community. We are addressing the seven strategies that have been scientifically proven to change community norms as was determined by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). We built, launched and maintain the website which contains three portals of resources and information for every age group designed specifically for that group. On this site we also provide current county-specific data on substance use and host the Regional Social Services Directory. We run Media/Marketing campaigns which will not only enhance community awareness and education regarding substance use and available resources such as the website, but also provides additional insight regarding areas of interest of both parents and youth in this community. During the past year, we conducted a Social Norms Campaign to change the perceptions of youth and adults addressing what is normal with regard to substance use. Youth were encouraged to "Be The Majority!" because the majority of youth are NOT using substances and adults were encouraged to "Be The Wall!" because all youth need caring adults to stand between them and substances. Phase II of this campaign, currently running, is "I AM the Majority!" and "I AM the Wall!"