Drug Use & Abuse

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Discussion Questions


Evaluate community-level interventions to prevent drug use, abuse and addiction. 

Select one of the following prevention programs.

Central San Diego County


Mid-City for Youth
Social Advocates for Youth (SAY)
4275 El Cajon Blvd, Suite 101
San Diego, CA 92105
Tel: (619) 283-9624
Fax: (619) 582-9057
North City Prevention Coalition
Social Advocates for Youth (SAY)
8755 Aero Dr, Suite 100
San Diego, CA 92123
Tel: (858) 565-4148 ext 205
Fax: (858) 565-4178


East San Diego County


East County Community Change Project
Institute for Public Strategies

131 Avocado Avenue
El Cajon, CA 92020
Tel: (619) 476-9100 x109
Fax: (619) 476-9104


North San Diego County


North Inland Community Prevention   Program (NICPP)
Mental Health Systems, Inc.
12344 Oak Knoll Road, Suite C-1
Poway, CA 92064
Tel: (858) 391-9303
Fax: (858) 391-9302

North Coastal Prevention   Collaborative
Vista Community Clinic
465 La Tortuga
Vista, CA 92081
Tel: (760) 407-1220 x7150
Fax: (760) 414-3736


South San Diego County


South Bay Community Change Project
Institute for Public Strategies
2615 Camino del Rio South, Ste. 300 Tel: (619) 476-9100, x127


County-Wide Services


Countywide Media Advocacy Project
Institute for   Public Strategies         2615 Camino del Rio South,   Suite 300

San Diego, CA 92108
Tel: (619) 476-9100, ext 307
Fax: (619) 476-9104

Methamphetamine Strike Force & Prescription Drug Task Force
Center for Community Research (CCR)

8885 Rio San Diego Drive, Suite 111
San Diego, CA 92108
Tel: (619) 684-5108
Fax: (619) 919-0027


Prevention Evaluation Project   Center for Community Research (CCR)
8885 Rio San Diego, Suite 111           San Diego, CA 92108
Tel: (619) 684-5108
Fax: (619) 919-0027
Responsible Hospitality Coalition
Institute for Public Strategies
2615 Camino del Rio South, Suite 300
San Diego, CA 92108
Tel: (858) 793-1585
Fax: (858) 793-1585
Prescription Drug Abuse Task Force   (PDTF)
Center for Community Research
8885 rio San Diego, Ste 111
San Diego, CA 92108
Tel: (760) 749-8792
Fax: (760) 749-9486

San Diego County Office of   Education
Friday Night Live (High School youth)
6401 Linda Vista Road
San Diego, CA 92111
Tel: (619) 777-6365
Fax: (619) 682-5252


Binge/Underage Drinking Initiative Alcohol Policy Panel
Institute for Public Strategies

2615 Camino del Rio South, Suite 300
San Diego, CA 92108
Tel: (619) 476-9100, x125

Marijuana Initiative Facilitation
Center for Community Research
8885 Rio San Deigo, Ste 111

San Diego, CA 92108

Tel: (619) 528-2235
Fax: (619) 528-2297








Use the following headings for your post: (See sample post – a separate document)


· The name of the program/organization

· Location (city/county)

· Distance from where you live

· Funding sources

· Is it a primary or secondary prevention program?

2. MISSION/GOALS – Describe in your own words their mission and goals


Use YOUR OWN WORDS to describe:

a. All of the programs it conducts.

b. What specific activities the programs conducts. Provide details and specifics.

c. Which of the following strategies do they use? (See Chapter 16 for more information)

o Teach peer-refusal skills, assertiveness skills, social skills, decision making skills?

o Teach stress reduction and anxiety management skills?

o Teach critical thinking about the influence of media and how to resist the power of advertising?

o Provide information about short-term effects of alcohol, tobacco and drugs?

o Offer alternative activities – e.g. after-school sports

o Provide mentoring?

o Use role models?

o Provide incentives to change behavior?

o Offer family or social support?

o Consider cultural factors of different groups?

o Strive to change laws or regulations or policies in their community?

o Use media messaging such as ads, billboards or social media?

o Create environments that reduce drug-taking behavior by getting laws passed to prohibit smoking in restaurant patios or in multi-family dwellings? Or to prohibit drinking alcohol in parks, or other?

o Strive to reduce availability of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs by doing the following types of activities: getting local policy makers to restrict the # of alcohol licenses for new businesses, getting law enforcement to fine businesses who sell cigarettes to minors, getting laws passed to fine parents who allow underage drinking parties in their homes, or other?

o Conduct drug-testing?

o Other?


o Which of these strategies are most effective and why?

o Provide your recommendations for improvement or growth or to address concerns or unmet services. Base your suggestions on YOUR research, and what you learned in the class.


· The program/organization website, brochures and reports will provide your information as well as the textbook.

· Do NOT use any quotations. Paraphrase (use your own words) to report the information and do not cut and paste from a report or article.

· Use at least THREE sources from the program/organization website and documents.

· Use at least ONE other source from peer-reviewed journals, government reports or textbooks. You can use the course textbook but it will not count as one of the two required sources.

· Use in-text citations. Write the source of your information at the end of the applicable sentences using APA 6th Edition format.

· List all your references (a TOTAL of FOUR) in APA 6th Edition format at the end of your post in a References list.


IMPORTANT: Do NOT submit your first draft. First, read what you wrote out loud. Check for:

– Missing words or letters

– Missing or misplaced periods, apostrophes, commas

– Incomplete sentences

– 2 or more sentences strung together that should be made into separate sentences

– Putting something is past tense that should be in present tense or vice versa

– Plural words that should be singular or singular words that should be plural

– Making the verb and subject match (plural or tense)

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