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Vernon Coalition Receives CADCA 2016 GOT OUTCOMES Award!
The Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America's (CADCA) National Coalition Institute recently announced the 2016 GOT OUTCOMES! Coalition of Excellence Awards to outstanding coalitions who use data-driven, comprehensive, and effective approaches to address local substance abuse issues. Award winners demonstrated how they achieved successful outcomes in their communities against youth alcohol abuse, marijuana usage, and prescription opiate misuse. Due to the Vernon Coalition's best practices using assessments, logic models, and other data to measure community-level changes, they were named CADCA's Got Ou tcomes! Coalition of Excellence Award for Intermediate Outcomes.

This achievement follows the announcement of the award of the Drug-Free Communities Support Grant for Years 6-10, which ensures that the Vernon Coalition members can continue to work towards preventing and reducing youth substance use in Vernon. The Vernon Coalition began in 2010, when it was created to intentionally focus on reducing alcohol and marijuana use among Vernon youth. In 2011, they applied for and received their first DFC funding. This renewed DFC funding supports Vernon up through September of 2021.

FEBRUARY 2017 ISSUE
CADCA 2016 GOT OUTCOMES Award
"RED Forum"
National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week 
Tobacco-Free for a Healthy New Jersey
The Center's Happenings
Sober St. Patrick's Day Event
Regional Coalition Meetings
Parents as Champions Training
School Climate Team Training
Hidden in Plain Sight
Alcohol Awareness Month PSA Contest
Sussex County Youth Group
Responsible Alcohol Beverage Server Training
Our Stories Have Power
C.L.E.A.R. Representatives Speak at "RED Forum"

Representatives of the Sussex County Community Law Enforcement Addiction Recovery Program, C.L.E.A.R, were invited to a forum at Rider University on Friday, January 6, 2017. The "RED" Forum, which stands for "Raising and Educating Drug Smart Communities" presented by  City of Angels   and moderated by Chasing News/NJ 101.5 Radio's host Bill Spadea, provided a way for law enforcement to learn how collaborations with prevention, treatment and recovery professionals, and the medical community can increase opportunities for people with addiction to find recovery...

National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week

The Center for Prevention and Counseling (CFPC) helped Sussex County youth recognize National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week (#NDAFW), offering teens an opportunity to get facts about drugs and drug misuse, dispelling myths they receive from social media, TV, movies, music or friends. NDAFW is always an opportunity to proactively encourage youth to be better prepared to make good decisions for themselves while sharing accurate information with their peers...

Tobacco-Free for a Healthy New Jersey

 "Tobacco-Free for a Healthy New Jersey" community partners have been busy conducting point of sale audits throughout the eight counties of the northern region. Tobacco advertising and product exposure has the potential to affect people of all ages.  The young who begin to see tobacco as common and benign in the marketplace as milk and bread, the adult smoker who is cued to consume more, the ex-smoker tempted to relapse and resume smoking are all affected. Conducting point of sales audits helps to assess the impact of tobacco advertising and product exposure throughout the region and can in turn guide policies that will reduce their harmful effects...
Sussex County CLEAR (Community, Law Enforcement, Addiction, Recovery)

CLEAR is a collaborative effort from the Sussex County Prosecutor, Sussex County Police Chiefs' Association, Newton Police Department, Center for Prevention and Counseling, Atlantic Health System and other social service agencies and is supported by the Sussex County Freeholders and municipal governing bodies across the County. Check out a new PSA to see a clear overview of the program- http://clearprogram.org/about/ .
Our community, like the rest of our state and country, is in the midst of an opiate use epidemic...