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In an effort to accomplish and achieve specific goals, Westmoreland Drug and Alcohol Commission, Inc. (WeDAC), continuously works to sponsor various prevention programs throughout Westmoreland County.  The prevention programs encompass objectives in the areas of education, information dissemination, alternative activities, problem identification and referral, community-based process and environmental activities.

If you are interested in accessing any of Westmoreland Drug and Alcohol Commission’s Prevention services, you may contact the prevention department between the hours of 8:00am-4:30pm Monday-Friday.

Westmoreland Drug and Alcohol Commission, Inc.

1 Etze Ave Suite 101
Mt. Pleasant, PA 15666
(724) 542-4508

Our Prevention Staff:

Julie Lovis, Director of Prevention Services

Sarah Dunford, Prevention Specialist

Sarah Opalinksi, Prevention Specialist

 

Spotlight on Prevention

PREVENTION WEEK 2020

MAY 11-15

Weekly PrEvention Newsletter

Every Wednesday we will publish a PrEvention Newsletter.  Stay updated on the  latest news and trends in drug and alcohol prevention.  Click below to download your copy!

Westmoreland Drug and Alcohol Commission Prevention Services

The Westmoreland Drug and Alcohol Commission, Inc. (WeDAC) provides free prevention programming within Westmoreland County. Our area of focus is Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs (ATOD). WeDAC offers the following services:

  • ATOD Evidence based curriculum
  • Current Drug Trends
  • Vaping Education
  • Problem Gambling Education
  • Participation in health fairs
  • TB/STD/HEP C and HIV education
  • Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) awareness
  • Red Ribbon Week celebrations (Free Red Ribbon dissemination, etc.)
  • Project Sticker Shock
  • Parents Who Host Lose the Most campaign
  • Prescription Drug Storage and Disposal
  • Medical Marijuana education
  • Overdose Prevention trainings
  • Parent Educational Trainings
  • And More!

Council on Substance Abuse and Youth Program (CSAY)

 

CSAY was established to address the growing problem of youth alcohol use in Westmoreland County through the Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grant in October of 2008.

Since that time, CSAY has evolved to address underage drinking and youth substance use/abuse throughout Westmoreland County.

CSAY is a drug-free communities coalition, which brings together community members working to create a safe, healthy, and drug-free environment for youth and families in Mount Pleasant.

Accomplishments

  • Annual National Night Out event
  • Mt. Pleasant Student Health Fair
  • Annual Youth Summit

 

School-based Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Abuse Prevention Services

  Saint Vincent College Prevention Projects (SVCPP)

  • Provides a variety of school-based prevention programs throughout Westmoreland County and the surrounding area of southwestern Pennsylvania. SVCPP is committed to creating, promoting and strengthening wellness in people and systems to prevent Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Abuse (ATOD), violence and other socially destructive behaviors using education, early intervention and community development.
  • For more information on Saint Vincent College Prevention Projects, contact:
    Donna A. Kean, Executive Director
    Saint Vincent College Prevention Projects
    300 Fraser Purchase Road
    Latrobe, PA 15650
    724-805-2050
    [email protected]

St. Vincent College Prevention Projects–Information Pages

St. Vincent College Prevention Projects has weekly information pages that are filled with great information from COVID-19 tips to info on the Student Assistance Program Team Planning.  Check out all the buzz by downloading each weekly page below. 

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Preventing Drug Abuse: The Best Strategy

Why is Adolescence a Critical Time for Preventing Drug Addiction?

Early use of drugs increases a person’s chances of developing an addiction.  Drugs change brains—and this can lead to addiction and other serious problems. So, preventing early use of drugs and alcohol may go a long way in reducing these risks. If we can prevent young people from experimenting with drugs, we can help prevent drug addiction.

Risk of drug abuse increases greatly during times of transition. For an adult, a divorce or loss of a job may lead to drug abuse; as a teenager, risky times include moving or changing schools. In early adolescence, when children advance from elementary through middle school, they face new and challenging social and academic situations. Often during this period, children are exposed to abusable substances such as cigarettes and alcohol for the first time. When they enter high school, teens may encounter greater availability of drugs, drug use by older teens, and social activities where drugs are used.

At the same time, many behaviors that are a normal aspect of their development, such as the desire to try new things or take greater risks, may increase teen tendencies to experiment with drugs. Some teens may give in to the urging of drug-using friends to share the experience with them. Others may think that taking drugs (such as steroids) will improve their appearance or their athletic performance or that abusing substances such as alcohol or MNDMA (ecstasy or “Molly”) will ease their anxiety in social situations. A growing number of teens are abusing prescription ADHD stimulants such as Adderall to help them study or lose weight. Teens’ still-developing judgement and decision-making skills may limit their ability to accurately assess the risks of all of these forms of drug use.