Dublin ACT is a community coalition dedicated to pursuing environmental strategies that will positively change the way people think and behave regarding underage drinking, marijuana, and prescription drug abuse. Coalition members represent twelve community sectors as well as the community at large.
The Dublin ACT (Adolescents and Community Together) Coalition was created in 2008 in response to the U.S. Surgeon General’s Call To Action On Underage Drinking. In fall of 2010, the Coalition received a 5-year, Drug Free Communities Support Grant (via The Office of National Drug Control Policy and The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration). These funds, in conjunction with the receipt of two Cardinal Health Foundation Grants, focused the work of the Coalition on addressing the issues of youth substance use concerning Alcohol & Underage Drinking, Marijuana and Prescription Drug Abuse in the City of Dublin.
The work of the Dublin ACT Coalition is firmly grounded in evidence-based, drug prevention strategies proven to create population-level change including: providing community education, addressing access and availability, media messaging, as well as positive policy development and enforcement.
Members of the Dublin ACT Coalition:
- represent a wide-range of community sectors
- have been working to assess the extent of the substance abuse problem in Dublin
- develop and implement population-level, prevention strategies that are unique to our community
To prevent and reduce substance use in our community, with unwavering leadership and participation, focusing on the health and safety of our most precious resource, our youth. Central to its cause is prevention education for adults and youth alike, engaging all sectors of the community with proven research and facts surrounding the dangers of substance use
Dublin ACT's vision is a safe and healthy community for all residents.
ACT Core Values and Goals
- Increase both youth and adult perceptions of the personal harm associated with substance use
- Decrease the number of youth who are using alcohol, marijuana, and prescription drugs
- Delay the age at which youth begin to use substances
- Increase the frequency of youth and parents who express their disapproval of youth substance use
- Cultivate a unified, community approach to youth substance use prevention