Practical Theorist 10The U.S. opioid overdose epidemic has affected millions of families and thousands of communities across the country. From 1999 to 2016, more than 350,000 people died from opioid overdoses (CDC, 2017). Currently, more than 115 people die of an opioid overdose every day (CDC, 2017).

Implementation Primer: Putting Your Plan into Action This primer assists your coalition in the implementation of comprehensive strategies designed to achieve population-level reductions of substance abuse rates. It describes the importance of community mobilization and the necessity of seeking meaningful environmental change—two strategies that research indicates can influence substance abuse rates in an entire community.

 

 

 

Assessment Primer: Analyzing the Community, Identifying Problems and Setting GoalsThis primer provides anti-drug coalitions clear guidelines for defining their communities and assessing the real needs within the community. This information will enable your coalition to minimize duplication of effort, understand existing resources and implement practices and policies to reduce substance abuse within the community.

 

 

 

Sustainability Primer: Fostering Long-Term Change to Create Drug-Free Communities   Cultural Competence Primer: Incorporating Cultural Competence into Your Comprehensive PlanThis primer provides anti-drug coalitions with a basic understanding of cultural competence and its importance in achieving substance abuse reduction that is effective and sustainable.

Handbook for Community Anti-Drug CoalitionsThe Handbook for Community Anti-Drug Coalitions provides an overview of resources for and about community coalitions. It helps educate, inform and empower local coalitions and provides some of the basic tools needed to become effective and sustainable.

 

 

 

 

 

Evaluation Primer: Setting the Context for a Community Anti-Drug Coalition EvaluationThis primer provides the basic tools each coalition needs to develop a comprehensive evaluation plan. In addition, it will help your coalition create and implement a local evaluation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Capacity Primer: Building Membership, Structure and Leadership

This primer provides clear guidelines to help your coalition build the capacity needed to develop and carry out a comprehensive community plan to reduce substance abuse rates. It describes the components of a coherent plan related to your coalition’s strategies and priorities for capacity building.

 

 

 

 

Planning Primer: Developing a Theory of Change, Logic Models and Strategic and Action PlansThis primer provides clear guidelines for assisting your coalition to develop the products that you need to carry out a comprehensive community plan to reduce substance abuse rates. It also helps you understand the dynamic planning process needed for coalition work.

 

 

 

 

 

This Tennessee coalition has reduced smoking, underage drinking, and medicine abuse by using Putnam Power.

When it rains in New York, it pours. At least that’s what the South Orangetown Community Awareness of Substance Abuse (SOCASA) coalition has experienced with its Rx and heroin epidemic.

Co-Executive Directors Victoria Shaw and Susan Maher and their coalition had already been working on implementing strategies to reduce alcohol, tobacco and other drug abuse for years, but they knew they had to not only raise awareness of the opioid issue, but engage with their community to address what they called “The Perfect Storm.”

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