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"I consider the success of my day based on the seeds I sow, not the harvest I reap."

Robert Louis Stevenson
National Drug Take Back Day is October 24th!

The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and anonymous means of disposing prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the risks of misuse.

We will be hosting a collection site at Prevention First headquarters, 2800 Montvale Drive, in Springfield, IL. All participating collection sites will be open from 10AM - 2PM.

Stop at any of the locations to safely dispose of your unused or expired prescription and over-the-counter medication.

Visit for more information and resources
Easy Retail
Access of Alcohol

Your Illinois Youth Survey data can tell you many things including substance use rates and the factors that contribute to those rates. Addressing the contributing factors is the key to lowering your substance use rates. Each factor has specific evidence-based strategies and policies that have been proven to reduce rates when done with fidelity. Strategies and policies to prevent easy retail access include Compliance Checks, Mandatory Responsible Beverage Service Training, and Alcohol Outlet Density Regulation. A microlearning video on how to prevent easy retail access is available here.

The APRC can assist you in analyzing your IYS data, selecting strategies, and building capacity on alcohol policy and law enforcement strategies. The APRC also provides certified training to law enforcement on those strategies.

If you have any questions or need more information, please contact Kellie Henrichs or Jody Heavilin.
Technical Assistance from Prevention First

The technical assistance offered at Prevention First expands professional development beyond training to assist substance use prevention providers in applying what they have learned in their communities. Timely, flexible and provider-tailored technical assistance is available to meet the individual needs of providers.

For more information about technical assistance or other services we offer, click email Provider Services.

It’s spooky season once again, and what better way to kick off October than participating in this month’s TextLess Live More initiative: Text or Treat.

The idea is simple: set goals for yourself to stay off either your text messages or social media for a certain amount of time each day. This can be a window, like from 3-5pm, a goal to not exceed a number of hours each day, or something as simple as staying off Instagram for 20 minutes. If you accomplish your goal, reward yourself with a treat! 
RED RIBBON WEEK 2020: Be Happy. Be Brave. Be Drug Free.TM

The largest substance-use prevention campaign in the nation, that takes place from Oct. 23rd to Oct. 31st each year, is back with a theme that aims to amplify the mission to encourage children, families and communities to live healthy, happy and drug-free lives. It also serves as a reminder that we are all empowered with shaping the communities around us through positivity, bravery and strength.

Click Here to access the Red Ribbon Week planning guide.
Substance use disorders linked to COVID-19...

A National Institutes of Health-funded study found that people with substance use disorders (SUDs) are more susceptible to COVID-19 and its complications. The research, published today in Molecular Psychiatry, was co-authored by Nora D. Volkow...

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Training Events




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Red Ribbon Week

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*Self Study Courses*
SUP Supervisor Training Series

The SUP Supervisor Training is a series of three online self study courses designed for managers who supervise prevention staff. Participants will identify critical skills of prevention specialists to consider in hiring decisions, identify strategies for providing initial and ongoing program support to prevention staff, and identify strategies for providing effective supervision to staff.

The three courses in the series include:

  • Making the Right Hiring Decision
  • Providing Program Support to Your Prevention Staff
  • Developing Effective Supervisory Skills
Archived Webinars
at Prevention First

Did you miss a Prevention First live webinar? We've got ya covered!

Check out Archived Webinar in the sidebar of SUPP Training Events. In each description is a link to the recording. Simply complete the registration and submit. The recording will begin and you are ready to go!

NOTE: CEUs are not offered for recorded webinars.
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and program types.