SCPC Drug Free Communities Grant
What is the Scott County Prevention Coalition Drug Free Communities (DFC) Grant?
The Drug Free Communities (DFC) Program mobilizes communities to prevent and reduce substance use among youth with the help of the community and coalition.
Who are we?
The Scott County Prevention Coalition (SCPC) represents more than twelve different sectors within the community, including: business, civic/volunteer organizations, health care, government, law enforcement, media, other substance abuse organizations, parents, religious organizations, school, youth, and youth-serving organizations. The Coalition is dedicated to preventing tobacco use, underage drinking, marijuana, and prescription drug abuse in Scott County. We believe that local problems need local solutions, and that we need the entire community on board; this is not solely the responsibility of parents or schools, but of the entire community.
The DFC program goals are to:
- Establish and strengthen collaboration
- Reduce substance use among youth
Our Mission: Scott County Prevention Coalition (SCPC) is a diverse partnership dedicated to engaging and mobilizing the community to reduce and prevent youth and adult substance abuse for a sustainable and healthy community.
Our Vision: Inspiring community change to create a culture of wellness and eliminate substance abuse.
News and Updates
Provides current investments across the treatment continuum from prevention to recovery in Scott County.
Scott County will receive funds over the next 18 years to be used for opioid mitigation activities including but not limited to; treatment, prevention, recovery, harm reduction, research, and training. To receive more information on the opioid epidemic in Minnesota, please visit the Drug Overdose Dashboard.
Cannabis is a plant that contains a chemical called tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). THC is what gives you a “high.” Cannabis can be smoked, vaped or consumed as edibles. Edibles are products made with cannabis that you can eat or drink. Edibles often resemble food products such as cookies, chocolate, gummy candy, and beverages.
Legislation-In 2022, Minnesota legalized the recreational sale of certain edible cannabis products made from hemp to adults 21 years or older. Read Statute 151.72 here. THC from hemp can still give you a high or lead to an overdose.
THC overdose symptoms and response- There are many symptoms of THC overdose including excessive sleepiness, nausea/vomiting, rapid heart rate, and slurred speech. If you suspect a THC overdose or if a child has consumed a product with THC, contact Poison Control immediately.
Take it to the Box Program promotes the safe use, safe storage, and safe disposal of unneeded prescription and over-the-counter medications. This includes both human and animal medications.
Deterra Drug Deactivation and Disposal System safely destroys unused or expired medications. We partner with local groups and community organizations in Scott County to distribute at home drug deactivation and disposal pouches to residents to prevent drug misuse.
Sticker Shock is a community awareness activity to remind people 21 and older that is is unacceptable and illegal to provide alcohol to underage individuals. Scott County also has a Social Host Ordinance that the QR code will bring you to.
Congratulate & Educate Checks
Let's Talk Tins
Seven Strategies for Community Change
1. Providing Information
2. Enhancing Skills
3. Providing Support
4. Enhancing Access/Reducing Barriers
5. Changing Consequences
6. Physical Design
7. Modifying/Changing Policies
Truth Initiative - The Truth Initiative gives young people the facts about smoking, vaping, nicotine and the tobacco industry, engages individuals and groups to make change in their communities, innovates ways to end nicotine addiction and join forces with collaborators committed to a future where tobacco and nicotine addiction are a thing of the past.
Natural High - Natural High inspires and empowers youth to find their natural high and develop the skills and courage to live life well.
Know the Truth Prevention Program - The Know the Truth™ Prevention Program provides evidence-based prevention education tailored to the specific needs of each school. They inform the younger generation about the choices they have to fight against substance use, and to power through stereotypes and invest in their future.
Change to Chill -Allina Health’s Change to Chill is a free, award-winning, mental well-being interactive website tailored to both teens and the adults who work with them.
Supporting Positive Youth Development
We encourage families to talk with children and teens about substance use and misuse. Check out these ideas for starting - or continuing - the conversation:
- Operation Parent
- Family Dinner Toolkit
- Conversation Starters
- Talk. They Hear You. Campaign
- Talk Early, Talk Often Guide for Parents
Learning Tools for Parents
- Drug and Alcohol Impacts on Youth: What Caregivers Need to Know-Mayo Clinic
- Hidden in Plain Sight virtual simulator
- Scott County Social Host Ordinance
Find Naloxone Near You
- Find Naloxone near you using Know the Dangers Naloxone Finder
Free Naloxone Training with Steve Rummler Hope Network
Our trainings cover a number of topics including:
- A brief history of the opioid crisis and SRHN
- Current data on opioid overdoses (local and national)
- Basic naloxone pharmacology
- How to recognize opioid overdose symptoms
- How to administer IM and nasal naloxone
A full training runs approximately 60 minutes and can be provided in person or remotely as a Zoom webinar. All attendees can receive their own IM naloxone kit and a certificate of completion.
- Minnesota Recovery Connection - offers peer recovery support resources that are free and confidential.
- My Life My Quit (Vaping for teens)
- Quit Partner (Tobacco)
- NAMI (Mental Health)
- Alcoholics Anonymous
- Fast Tracker - search for mental health or substance use disorder services near you.
- MN Adult and Teen Challenge
- Crisis Text Line - Text MN to 741741. The Crisis Text Line provides free crisis support 24/7 for any crisis.