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Join Impact Garland to combat drug abuse 

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Drug Prevention Resources, Inc. is working toward implementing Impact Garland, a drug prevention program that focuses on alcohol use in people ages 12-20 and prescription drug abuse in people ages 12-25. The meeting schedule is below for anyone interested in joining this effort.

The organization’s plan for prevention includes the formation of a coalition that will work to reduce youth access to drugs, the implementation of the “Crazy for My Kids” campaign, increased community awareness of the consequences of substance abuse and access to drugs, addiction and prevention education.

The coalition will work through the LIGHT program in the Garland ISD but the effort will not stop with there.

Crazy for My Kids, which is already active in Cedar Hill and Waxahachie, is a campaign that urges parents to sign a pledge that no alcohol or other drugs will be available in their homes.

When parents make this pledge, their names are added to a directory of safe homes. When their child asks to visit a friend, parents can check the directory to be sure that home is on the safe list.

The group would also like to start a drug prescription take-back program for unused or expired medicines.

About DPRI: The organization was the first prevention organization to form community substance abuse coalitions in Texas. Community coalitions have been found by state and federal agencies to be the most effective strategy to have the greatest prevention impact on an area. Substance abuse coalitions provide methods for changing attitudes and the environment surrounding substance abuse and mental health.

The organization’s meetings are held at 11:30 a.m. at Sundance Behavioral Healthcare, located at 2696 West Walnut Street, Garland, Texas 75042.

Meeting dates are:

April 19

May 17

June 21

July 19

Aug. 16

Sept. 20

Oct.18

Nov. 15

Dec. 13