The Coalition for Drug Free Youth (CDFY) is a collaboration of community resources including parents, school districts, law enforcement, judicial system, faith community, businesses, youth, community agencies, and anyone with an interest in preventing underage drinking and youth substance use.
The Coalition uses evidenced-based strategies to promote public awareness and to guide their approach to address this community concern.
Evidence-based prevention refers to a set of prevention activities that evaluation research has shown to be effective in reducing and preventing youth substance use to create a safer and healthier community.
The Coalition for Drug-Free Youth partners with the Longview and White Oak Police Departments to provide prescription drug drop boxes in the main police station lobbies to dispose of unwanted medications properly. The Coalition also partners with the Longview Fire Department by providing a syringe disposal box located in the lobby of the Fire Administration Building, Station 1, located at 200 S. Center St.
"Recognizing that Gregg County is part of the Health and Human Services in Region 4, where the rates are higher than the state of Texas with current, school-year and lifetime use of prescription drug misuse, confirms this subject is particularly important to address."
Meetings are held on the last Thursday of each month at 11 a.m. at the Community Connections Library located at 501 Pine Tree Rd, Longview, TX 75604.
Monthly meetings are open to any adult or youth with interest in working collaboratively to reduce youth substance use and increase awareness of trending drug use. For more information on attending the meetings, please call 903-237-1019.