Kalamazoo County Substance Abuse Task Force


We are a dedicated group of community members that develop strategies, programs, and practices to address alcohol and substance abuse issues in our community.  This effort involves reducing access to substances, preventing high-risk behaviors, promoting community awareness, connecting community resources, and providing education.  The efforts of the Task Force are funded by a Office of National Drug Control Policy Drug Free Communities Grant, a Strategic Prevention Framework/State Incentive Grant through the Michigan Office of Drug Control Policy and Kalamazoo Community Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services.

 

Upcoming Events:

Above the Influence Video Production

We need teen volunteers to "star" in our Above the Influence video! No prior acting experience needed. Filming will take place on Saturday, July 18, 2015 at several times and locations. Contact Katie to get more information: kmacdonald@prevention-works.org

2015 Youth Summit

When: Thursday, August 20 8:30am-12:30pm
 
Where: Radisson Plaza Hotel (Downtown Kzoo)
 
What: Teens and local leaders join together in our morning event to address violence and substance abuse issues in the community. Make a positive impact and share your voice.
 
Free Breakfast
Free performance by Kinetic Affect
Free give-a-way items!
 
RSVP Today! Space is limited! Contact Katie at kmacdonald@prevention-works.org or 269-388-4200

 

Past Events:

STICKER SHOCK 2015 

What: Under age drinking prevention campaign

Where: Portage City Hall, 7900 South Westnedge Avenue, Portage, MI 49002

When: Saturday March 28th, 2015 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

How: As part of the Sticker Shock Campaign, local high school students have designed an awareness sticker with the theme "Don't be a party to teen drinking". On March 28th, local high school students and chaperones will partner with area alcohol retailers to place these underage drinking awareness stickers on multi-packs of alcoholic beverages. These stickers are intended to remind adults and parents that it is not okay to purchase alcohol for minors. 

Click here view the 2015 Sticker Shock Report.



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Were you unable to attend the 2014 "Agents of Change" Celebration Event? 

Check out these videos to see what you missed:

                    

                       

                   

                   

During 2013-2014, over 210 people volunteered to support the Task Force and they contributed over 2,000 hours of service in our community. A Big thanks to all who are working to make Kalamazoo a healthier and safer place!

 

Awareness Videos & Public Service Announcements

Substance Abuse Documentary, "Feeling Normal"

Red Med Box Public Service Announcement

"Underage drinking; What's the Big Deal?"

          

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