Parkersburg Area Drug Free Community Coalition

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The Parkersburg Area Drug Free Community Coalition (PADFC2) is a volunteer coalition formed in September 2015 to prevent and reduce substance use among youth, and over time adults, living the Parkersburg area in West Virginia. Meetings are held on the third Friday of each month at 9:00am at Westbrook Health Services.

Members of the coalition build partnerships with agencies and organizations to develop monitor, and evaluate an action plan with strategies for the reduction of alcohol, marijuana, and prescription drugs/opiate use.

PADFCis a part of the following programs:

Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD)

This is a youth-based, peer-to-peer organization that promotes youth leadership and empowerment by using peer influence to spread the message of positive decision-making. They run programs that share information on and consequences of drug use and share information on ways of making constructive decisions.

“I Choose…” Campaign

The goal of this campaign is to get people to think about what they would choose to do when they are bored instead of illegal substances. Some examples may be: “I choose singing.”, “I choose playing basketball.”, “I choose my family.”, “I choose walking my dog.” etc.

Drug Free Clubs of America (DFCA)

This is a non-profit organization that has club chapters in high schools through civic organizations that act as program providers. The program provider for Parkersburg High School and Parkersburg South High School is the Rotary Club of Parkersburg and is led by a member of the coalition. This program is a voluntary drug testing and subsequent random testing program. The concept is that students who are approached to use drugs can simply say, “I can’t, I get tested.”

Teen Safe Driving Program

Each year, close to prom, a member of PADFCsponsors a Teen Safe Driving Program. The goal is to educate those in attendance about the dangers of driving while impaired in hopes that lives can be saved.