Coalition on a Mission
The Brevard Youth Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition is a group of concerned organizations and individuals taking action to reduce substance abuse in Brevard County.
The Coalition works to prevent and reduce substance abuse in Brevard County by implementing environmental stategies to create population-wide change. The Coalition uses a combination of information, education and policy change to address substance abuse among all age groups.
The Coalition invites any interested individual or organization in Brevard to join our effort. The coalition meets once a month on the third Thursday, see Calender for meeting dates, times and locations. Current membership includes representatives from education, law enforcement, treatment, youth, parents, prevention, and mental heath, among others.
- Participate in Coalition and committe meetings
- Volunteer time to assist in Coalition events
- Help educate the communitiy about Coalition priorities
- Support legislation
- Advocate for policies to reduce access to substances
Priority #1: Underage Drinking
BYSAPC focused initial efforts on the issue of underage drinking. The illegal consumption of alcohol by those under the age of 21 is a leading national health problem.
Locally, alcohol is the #1 drug of choice for Brevard county youth according to the 2010 Florida Youth Substance Abuse Survey.
Brevard also faces an alarming trend of increasing consumption of alcohol by underage females.
Priority #2: Prescription Drug Abuse/Misuse
The Coalition completed an assessment of trends in 2010 and identified another critical substance abuse issue having serious consequences in Brevard.
The assessment revealed that prescription drug misuse/abuse is a growing problem in our County with the most severe consequences affecting adults.
In 2010 the Coalition initiated a county-wide campaign to increase awareness of prescription drug misuse/abuse.