Stories from the Field
Communities Mobilizing for Change on Alcohol
Underage alcohol use (also known as underage drinking) is a serious public health problem in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), young people abuse alcohol more than any other drug—and more than 4,300 young people die from alcohol-related causes each year.1
Community Prevention and Wellness Initiative
Teen substance use can harm brain development and increase the risk of addiction later in life.1 Nationally, over 14% of U.S. teens use alcohol or drugs.2 In Washington State, the 2016 Healthy Youth Survey found that 20% of 10th grade students drink alcohol and 17% use marijuana—and these students report lower grades in school than students who don’t use those substances.3
In this Who's Leading the Leading Health Indicators? story, we looked at how the PROSPER Network Organization, Partnerships in Prevention Science Institute worked to implement evidence-based school and family programs to address youth substance abuse.
Salem Healthy Kids 2012
In this story from the field, we take a look at a Massachusetts organization that empowered young people to use theater to educate their peers about healthy behaviors.
Driving While Intoxicated Prevention Program
In this Who's Leading the Leading Health Indicators? story, we looked at how the New Mexico Department of Health implemented a prevention campaign against binge drinking and alcohol-impaired driving among adults in New Mexico.
Communities That Care (CTC) - Tooele, UT
In this Who's Leading the Leading Health Indicators? story, we looked at how Tooele City, UT implemented the Communities That Care (CTC) program to mobilize community engagement around youth substance abuse issues.
Pushback Against Drug Abuse
Barron Country Department of Health & Human Services
In this CDC Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant success story, we looked at how the Barron County Department of Health & Human Services partnered with Barron County Safe & Stable Families Coalition to address the problem of underage drinking in their community.