Working Together to Prevent Youth Alcohol and Drug Use in Waukesha County
WHo We Are
Waukesha County Drug Free Communities (DFC) is a coalition of more than 100 community members representing Waukesha County families, schools, law enforcement, healthcare, and various sectors of business and industry. Together we work to prevent youth substance abuse. Anyone can join!
What We Do
Waukesha County DFC works to reduce youth access to alcohol and other drugs as well as to increase the public’s perception of the risks of substance abuse through education and advocacy.
The goals of the coalition include:
- Implementation of community forums to provide accurate information and resources about alcohol and other drug abuse
- Establishment of prevention programs for youth
- Development of awareness campaigns to influence healthy choices related to alcohol and other drugs
Why We Do It
Data collected in Waukesha County related to substance abuse shows that:
- 44 alcohol-related, and 97 drug-related, student suspensions and expulsions took place in Waukesha County public schools during the 2013-2014 school year
- 253 Waukesha residents were hospitalized for drug-related issues in 2013-2014
- Approximately 68 people were hospitalized for opioid-related issues in Waukesha County in 2013-2014
- 427 people were cited for operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated (OWI) and/or were arrested for a liquor law violation in Waukesha County in 2014
(2016 Wisconsin Epidemiological Profile on Alcohol and Other Drugs)
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Waukesha County Drug Free Communities is a federally funded grant program under U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Grant # SP021397, fiscally managed by Elevate, Inc.