Coalition for a Drug-Free Muskegon

Coalition for a Drug-Free Muskegon – directly works to reduce substance abuse in the Muskegon area while establishing and strengthening collaboration among all sectors of the community with and interest in reducing and preventing substance abuse.

Muskegon County DFC members working together at a Coalition Retreat to work towards initiatives to help reduce use of alcohol, tobacco, and other emerging drugs.

Highlighting our coalitions and their initiatives for the year 2016/2017

Muskegon Alcohol Liability Initiative (ALI)

Muskegon Alcohol Liability Initiative (ALI) – As a group of law enforcement officers and concerned citizens, our mission is to reduce underage drinking and alcohol-related injuries in Muskegon County. We believe that giving teens and parents the facts about drinking and encouraging constructive choices will lead to a happier, safer, and healthier community.

Here’s what we’ve been doing lately:

  • FacetheBook Media Campaign
  • Billboard Contest
  • Alcohol Retail Education
  • Prom Support
  • Party Patrol
  • Silent Observer initiatives

The KnowSmoke Tobacco Reduction Coalition

The KnowSmoke Tobacco Reduction Coalition – is a community organization dedicated to reducing cigarette use in the Muskegon Area. The coalition has three objectives: educate the public on the dangers of smoking, provide information and resources on how to quit smoking, and promote smoke-free environments in Muskegon County.

Here’s what we’ve been doing lately:

  • KnowSmoke Zombie Walk, Supporting Kick Butt’s Day
  • Great American Smokeout (GASO)
  • Tobacco Pathway trainings for smoking cessation
  • Lungs at Work
  • N-O-T on Tobacco
  • Freedom from Smoking

Muskegon Alliance for Marijuana Prevention (AMP)

Muskegon Alliance for Marijuana Prevention (AMP) – focused on educating and improving awareness among parents on the effects and accessibility of marijuana in our community. (Our message is simple: marijuana is a dangerous drug.)

Here’s what we’ve been doing lately:

  • AMP collaborated with the Michigan and the Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce to do a survey collecting information on how marijuana would affect businesses.

Muskegon Area Medication Disposal Program (MAMDP)

Muskegon Area Medication Disposal Program (MAMDP) – is a collaborative of several community organizations that have come together so that residents of Muskegon County and surrounding communities would have a place to safely dispose of unused and expired medications and sharps.

Here’s what we’ve been doing lately:

  • Organizing two yearly medication take back events hosted by the DEA, and educate the community on where to dispose of unwanted medication.

*Visit the MAMDP website for more information on the medication drop boxes located in pharmacies and law enforcement agencies.

Emerging Issues

Vaping is a growing trend among teens. CDC director Tom Frieden said in a statement last year,

“E-cigarettes are now the most commonly used tobacco product among youth”.

According to the CDC, there was over a 900% increase nationwide from 2011 to 2015. According to the 2015-2016 Michigan Profile for a Healthy Youth (MiPHY), the percentage of students using electronic vaper products in Muskegon County is 17.5% compared to a traditional cigarettes use of a low 7.5%.

Our Initiatives and Accomplishments

The DFC Muskegon County named Coalition of the Year by Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America.

Muskegon ALI – 2016 Billboard Contest – “Don’t Lose Yourself”

Muskegon ALI Party Patrol Initiative – Hotline

KnowSmoke Zombie Walk 2015

KnowSmoke Zombie Walk

MAMDP’s event held on April 30th, 2016. 11 pounds have been collected in Muskegon County.