Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention – ASAP (formally known as Communities Altering Destructive Decisions – CADD) was started in January of 2009 as a collaboration of local agency personnel and representatives from the Edwardsville School District and law enforcement. ASAP is a youth substance abuse prevention coalition serving the communities of Edwardsville, Glen Carbon, Worden, Dorsey, Midway, Moro, and Prairietown (Edwardsville School District #7).
ASAP is funded by the Illinois Department of Human Services and the coalition acts as a collaborative effort to create community change that leads to a decrease in adolescent substance abuse
ASAP is guided by an executive committee consisting of a Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, Treasurer, Secretary, and the Coalition Coordinator. The coalition hosts both executive and regular coalition meetings monthly. Regular coalition meetings are open to the public. ASAP utilizes a process called the Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) to provide a strong foundation for all coalition efforts. The SPF process includes: assessment, capacity building, planning, implementation, and evaluation. Additionally ASAP works towards developing plans that are both sustainable and culturally competent.
“A community free of the detrimental effects created by the use of alcohol and other substances in our youth”
“To create a community culture that helps young people develop the skills and attributes to resist pressure to use alcohol and other substances”
- Chestnut Health Systems
- Edwardsville School District #7
- EPIC (youth)
- Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
- Edwardsville Police Department, Glen Carbon Police Department, Madison County Sheriff’s Department
- Local businesses
- Civic organizations
- Faith community
- Drug Free Coalitions of Madison County
- The Heroin Task Force
- Project Drug Smart
How do we actually know what is going on in our community with youth in terms of alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use? How do we know our strategies/interventions are making a difference?
Illinois Youth Survey (IYS)…
- It is administered every two years in the state of Illinois to all 6th, 8th, 10th, and 12th grade students in participating school districts;
- The IYS is completely anonymous…students do not put their names or identifying information on the surveys;
- It provides schools with valuable information about youth substance use rates;
- The IYS also includes question related to other issues important to schools…such as bullying, involvement in extracurricular activities, school climate, etc.;
- Administrators get a school report for their school, but the information is NOT released to any other entity without the schools express written permission!
- 2014 was a survey year
Learn more: Illinois Youth Survey Statistics
Surveys administered every two years in the state of Illinois to all 6th, 8th, 10th, and 12th grade students in participating school districts provide a wealth of information about youth substance abuse.
To learn more, and read the data, please visit our Illinois Youth Survey Statistics page.
Impact & Change
Our plan primarily addresses underage drinking by impacting and changing:
- Access via retail sources
- Access via parents WITH permission
- Access via parties and other adults
- Low perception of harm of alcohol
- Perception that most peers use alcohol
Engage in coalition efforts by:
- Talking to your kids or grandkids about NOT using alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs!
- Being careful not to give unintentional messages to kids.
- Monitoring social networking sites. It is not always about what your child might be posting or tweeting. Sometimes it is their “friends” posts and tweets that we need to watch out for!
- Disposing of prescription and over-the-counter medications properly. Edwardsville PD has a permanent drop box for medications
- ATTENDING AN ASAP COALITION MEETING:
Regular Coalition meetings: held the 3rd Wednesday of every month at Edwardsville High School at 10:00 a.m.
Executive meetings: held bi-monthly at First Christian Church in Edwardsville at 7:00 p.m.