Our goal is to prevent and reduce youth underage drinking, marijuana use and prescription drug misuse. We empower youth to be leaders and implement proven prevention strategies to support healthy lifestyles free of the problems associated with alcohol, tobacco and drug use.
Choose To Be Healthy’s substance use prevention efforts are coordinated by staff and representatives from various sectors in all nine communities including police, schools, youth, parents, faith community and health care providers.
Our substance use prevention work is funded through the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the federal Drug Free Communities Program.
Our current work includes:
- Supporting and promoting enforcement of underage drinking laws;
- Educating local businesses on best practices related to alcohol and marijuana sales and promotion;
- Providing substance use prevention resources and training for teachers, providers and other caregivers; and,
- Facilitating parent discussions and networking about substance use prevention in the home.
Prevention works! Our collaboration works!
This chart shows the progress we have made in our communities (Berwick, Eliot, Kittery, Lebanon, North Berwick, Ogunquit, South Berwick, Wells, and York) since 2009.
For more information, Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator Sally Manninen at 351-2655.