Rates of youth substance abuse decline in DFC communities
According to a recently released report, past 30-day use rates of alcohol, marijuana, and tobacco declined significantly and at all grade levels (middle and high schools) between Drug Free Communities (DFC) coalitions' first and their most recent data reports. Moreover, prevalence of 30-day use was lower across all substances for DFC high school students than among a nationally-representative sample of high school students taking the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS).
The DFC grant program supports community coalitions in preventing and reducing youth substance abuse. Coalitions are a significant catalyst for creating local change. Prevention WINS is in its first year of DFC funding.