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.
Monessen CTC Youth Council 2020 Scholarship Recipients
Twelve Monessen 2020 graduates were awarded $250 scholarships each. These students were a part of Monessen Communities That Care Youth Council. The scholarships were awarded to students during a small outdoor recognition event at the Boat Launch Pavilion in Monessen.
This year’s scholarships were sponsored by Westmoreland Drug and Alcohol Commission, Inc.
Monessen CTC Youth Council 2020 Scholarship Recipients
Thinking about a change?
The decision to change your drinking is up to you. Mixed feelings are normal. It can help to weigh your pros and cons using our interactive worksheet. Don’t wait to “hit bottom,” as changing sooner rather than later is always better. Once you’re ready to cut down or quit, you’ll find many helpful suggestions in the link below.
Do you have expired medication or medication that you no longer take? Make sure you dispose of them safely by taking them to one of our many Drug Take-Back locations. Click below to find the location nearest you.
Welcome to our Positive Parenting Prevents Drug Abuse Series! Each day we will add a new topic–Topics include Communication, Encouragement, Negotiation, Setting Limits, Supervision, and Knowing Your Child’s Friends. We will also provide videos fro each topic. Click on each image for a larger view.
10 Tips for successfully talking with your teen about substance use.
How to start a conversation
When you see advertisements for alcohol or are going past an alcohol store or bar, use that as a conversation starter by commenting on the number or style of alcohol references in the area.
Ask open ended questions, such as:
What would you consider to be too much to drink? What do you know about blacking out (cannot remember events) after drinking?
What worries you most about teens your age drinking? Why do you think violence, including unwanted sex, is correlated with times people are drunk?
Why do you think people drink? (If you know your teen drinks, ask what they get out of it).
How should adults who supply alcohol be held responsible for any arrests, car wrecks, sexual assaults or alcohol poisonings that occur as a result of alcohol they supply?
Tell your teen you were just reading statistics about drinking in Jefferson County. Ask them to define binge drinking and to guess what demographic has the highest rates of binge drinking. (Answers: 4 drinks for women/ 5 drinks for men; and white, middle class, middle aged women.)
Want some coaching on talking to your teen? There is an app for that! Learn more about the “Talk They Hear You” app by watching this short video.
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
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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.