The Humboldt County Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drug Prevention Coalition began meeting in 2002 to address high rates of substance use among local youth. At the April 2012 meeting, coalition members voted and renamed the group Humboldt Allies for Substance Abuse Prevention (ASAP). The coalition is comprised of more than 20 local organizations and agencies working together to prevent youth substance use.
In 2010 the coalition received a five-year grant from the Drug-Free Communities Support Program to further their collaborative efforts. The coalition is currently working on a Youth Photo Voice project with five local youth groups to take pictures and create narratives that reflect their concerns around substance abuse in their communities. The coalition is also currently working with the Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention Program to air television and radio spots focused on the consequences when adults purchase or provide alcohol to minors. The coalition is gathering data about prescription drug abuse among youth and identifying proven strategies that change the environments in which youth report easy access to prescription drugs, alcohol, and marijuana.
Coalition Chairperson Art Wilson from AJ’s Transitional Living and Vice-Chair Chris Young from Southwest Eureka Rotary would like to extend an open invitation to community members to join Humboldt ASAP and get involved. Parents, business owners, youth, teachers, medical professionals, law enforcement- all are welcome.
Coalition meetings occur every other month on the second Wednesday of even-numbered months (see Calendar tab for details) at the Community Wellness Center, 908 7th Street, Eureka.
For more information about the coalition please contact Beth Wells at email@example.com or by phone at (707) 445-6023