Community Prevention Projects

Underage Drinking

  • National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence - Orange County (NCADD – OC) / Community Alliance Network (CAN)
    CAN is the prevention arm of NCADD-OC and is dedicated to creating and implementing prevention strategies that reduce underage drinking. Project staff provides education, training and technical assistance in the cities of Costa Mesa, Tustin and Mission Viejo. Using mass media campaigns, efforts focus on increasing adult awareness of the prevalence and consequences of underage drinking, as well as identifying effective prevention strategies that address this problem. For more information on these prevention activities, call (949) 595-2288.

Parenting — Family Day

The Parenting Initiative’s mission is to increase parent involvement with their children and strengthen their community ties in order to reduce alcohol and other drug (AOD) use among the youth of Orange County. The Parenting Initiative uses a multi-pronged approach, which includes:

  • Mass media campaigns to increase parents’ awareness of their roles in preventing AOD use in their children, using banners, posters, and videos. To view a sampling of our media pieces, click on links below:
  • Community networking to form partnerships with community organizations and schools that share the same goal of youth AOD prevention by involving parents. Share parenting resources, presentation curricula, newsletters, etc.
  • Training and technical assistance for those seeking help in implementing a parenting program of their own that addresses alcohol and other drug issues.

The Parenting Initiative offers many resources and services that can be incorporated into existing programs for an effective, easy way to engage parents in AOD prevention.

Family Day is a is a national movement to celebrate parental engagement, during activities such as family meals, as an effective tool to help keep America’s kids substance free. Family Day was originated by The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University and is celebrated each year on the fourth Monday in September.

Additional Parenting and Family Day resources

Alcohol & Other Drug Impaired Driving

  • Community Service Programs: Positive Actions Toward Health (CSP/PATH)
    CSP~PATH is a community-based prevention project that aims to create safe and healthy communities by reducing problems associated with alcohol and other drug (AOD) impaired driving. Project staff provides education, training, and technical assistance in the cities of Orange, Costa Mesa and Garden Grove. Using mass media campaigns, efforts focus on increasing community awareness of driving under the influence (DUI) enforcement operations conducted by local law enforcement. Services also include providing responsible beverage service training for on-sale alcohol establishments. For more information on these prevention activities, call (949) 757-1096.
  • ADEPT’s Impaired Driving Initiative consists of a comprehensive and multifaceted approach designed to address alcohol and/or drug impaired driving in Orange County. ADEPT’s program staff coordinates the AOD impaired driving prevention activities on a countywide level. In addition, staff serves as a liaison between ADEPT and the California Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP) committee and provides assistance in developing statewide initiatives.

The Orange County DUI Task Force is a countywide collaborative effort to address alcohol and/or drug impaired driving in Orange County.

  • The Task Force is comprised of 60+ agencies (representing law enforcement, traffic safety, public health, local government, business, education, and private organizations) and is led by the Automobile Club of Southern California and the Orange County Health Care Agency’s Alcohol and Drug Education and Prevention Team.
  • The bimonthly networking meetings (comprised of topic specific featured speakers and agency spotlights) are held on the 3rd Wednesday of ODD numbered months from 9:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. at the Costa Mesa Neighborhood Community Center, 1845 Park Ave., Costa Mesa, CA.
Each of these program components utilizes multiple strategies to address AOD impaired driving issues at the local level.
  1. Public information campaigns aim to increase community awareness on the dangers of impaired driving and the risks of being arrested.
  2. Certified facilitators train alcohol servers (and related staff) on serving alcohol responsibly.
  3. Local community groups receive education on the dangers, impact and consequences associated with impaired driving.
  4. Law enforcement agencies receive support and assistance with their impaired driving prevention activities.
  5. Technical support and assistance is offered to community leaders and alcohol establishments to help them develop, implement, and enforce effective prevention strategies.

Prescription & Over-The-Counter Drug Abuse

  • RX for Prevention – Dedicated to community-based outreach to prevent prescription and over-the-counter drug abuse and misuse in Orange County.
    • What is the problem? People get high on prescription (Rx) and over-the-counter (OTC) drugs because they think they are safe. In reality, Rx/OTC drugs can be more dangerous than street drugs. Rx and OTC drugs are easy to get from anyone’s medicine cabinet. Unfortunately, what people think is a “safe high” isn’t safe at all. These medications, when used as prescribed, provide people with relief from pain and other conditions. When taken non-medically they can cause serious medical conditions including addiction and even death.
    • What can we do for your community? Educate adults, community leaders, youth and healthcare professionals to:
    1. Educate adults, community leaders, youth and healthcare professionals to:
      • Increase awareness of the issues
      • Develop strategies for specific populations
      • Manage and dispose of medications safely
    2. Provide educational resources.
    3. Encourage participation in our county-wide Rx/OTC Abuse Prevention Coalition.
  • Medication Disposal FAQs
    Do not put medications and pharmaceuticals down the drain or the toilet. Orange County's sewage treatment systems are not designed to remove them.
    1. How do I dispose of my household medications?
      In Orange County, you have 3 ways to dispose of household medications:
      • Dispose of prescription medications in your home
        Orange County has lined landfills that protect our soil from being contaminated by medical waste. You can simply prepare prescription medications for disposal in your household trash by doing the following:
        • Pour pills out of their original bottles into a zip lock plastic bag.
        • Add enough warm water (110 degrees; the temperature of the hot water from your tap) to dissolve the pills.
        • Add enough dirt, kitty litter, or any other substance to absorb the water, making it difficult for a person or animal to ingest.
        • Zip the bag closed and placed in your household trash.
      • Dispose of prescription medications at a drop site
        Many Orange County cities have drop boxes for prescription medication disposal for their respective residents. Call your City Hall to find out if you have a drop site in your town.
      • Dispose of prescription medications at the bi-annual National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day
        The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day takes place twice a year in April and October. Contact the Drug Enforcement Administration at DEA.GOV or call 800-882-9539 for the date and a drop site in your area.
    2. How do I dispose of my sharps (needles)?
      The Orange County Waste and Recycling Landfills are available to accept sharps disposal.

      Orange County’s four Household Hazardous Waste Collection Centers accept sharps for disposal. Residents should place the sharps in a heavy-duty, puncture-resistant container with a tight fitting lid. Examples of appropriate containers are empty plastic bottles such as detergent, liquid fabric softener or bleach bottles.

    • Community Service Programs: Positive Actions Toward Health (CSP/PATH)
      CSP~PATH is a community-based prevention project that aims to create safe and healthy communities by reducing problems associated with prescription and over-the-counter (Rx/OTC) drug use. Project staff provides education, training, and technical assistance in the cities of Brea, Anaheim and Huntington Beach. Using mass media campaigns, efforts focus on increasing adult awareness of the problems of Rx/OTC drug abuse and educating health professionals on effective prevention strategies that address this problem. For more information on these prevention activities, call (714) 441-0807.