DACCO’s Prevention programs use evidence-based approaches to address or deter the onset of drug use. Studies have made it clear that drug education and prevention offers the best chance to address the potential for substance abuse. Research shows that use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs are associated with specific aspects of the community, school/work, family environment, and individual characteristics.
To learn more about the US Surgeon General’s approach to substance use prevention please click here.
Our prevention programming models are nationally recognized and have been specifically developed to address the specific needs of children (ages 5-12), youth (ages 12-17), young adults (ages 18-22), and seniors. Please contact us with any questions regarding specific programming or eligibility requirements. Read more
Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention for High School
Prescription drug abuse and misuse is a growing issue, with opioid abuse now the leading cause of accidental deaths in the U.S.1 Reversing this trend will require a focused, population-wide approach. with one in five high school seniors reporting that they have misused prescription drugs,2 reaching students early is now more important than ever.
DACCO Behavioral Health has partnered with education technology company EVERFI to provide RxSmart, an innovative digital course that arms high school students with the knowledge and tools to make healthy, informed decisions when it comes to prescription medications. Through interactive scenarios and self-guided activities, students learn the facts about pharmaceutical medications, how to use and dispose of them, and how to step in when faced with a situation involving misuse.
RxSmart Course Highlights
- Evidence-based, universal, public health approach to learning
- Interactive, true-to- life scenarios that reinforce key learning objectives
- Robust measurement and assessment of knowledge gains
- Supplemental materials, including curriculum guide and lesson plans
- DEA's National Prescription Drug Take-Back Initiative
The Hillsborough County Anti Drug Alliance (HCADA) asks you to safely dispose of your unused, unnecessary or expired prescription medication at the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, Tampa Police Department, or Plant City Police Department: CVS on Saturday, April 28th, from 10am - 2pm. Please click here for additional details.
Watch Your BAC:
Offered on local college campuses this program focuses on addressing high risk binge drinking and its negative consequences by providing educational as well as information and referral services for students, parents and community members. Using innovative strategies, including the websites and print media, the partners involved in this program provide students, their parents and the larger community access to information stressing the importance of understanding the effects of alcohol consumption by providing information on how to monitor blood alcohol concentration.
Be the Wall:
A social marketing campaign designed specifically for parents to support and educate them regarding ways to talk and interact with their teenagers regarding alcohol use. Since a teenagers brain is still developing into their mid 20′s they often tend to act and be more rebellious. Even though they act as though they aren’t listening, they are listening to everything that you as an adult says. As a parent, guardian, grandparent, relative you have to “Be the Wall” between kids and alcohol. Be firm, be clear, be consistent, be the wall! http://www.bethewall.org/