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Tompkins Cortland Coalition Kick-Off Event Aims to Bring Community Together to Address Substance Abuse

April 23, 2018

Tompkins Cortland Community College is forming a community coalition to address high-risk alcohol and drug use. In 2017, the College received a five-year prevention grant through the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS). The grant is aimed at reducing rates of underage drinking, binge drinking, and drug use, both on and off campus.

As part of the initiative, the College held a Kick-Off Event on Wednesday, April 18 to mark the official creation of the Campus Community Coalition. More than 55 stakeholders attended the event, including representatives from local law enforcement agencies, youth-serving organizations, the faith community, other local colleges and universities, and agencies involved in addressing substance use, as well as students, College staff, and other community members.

The Coalition is viewed as vital to bringing key stakeholders to the table to help with choosing and implementing effective environmental strategies to reduce substance use and its negative consequences. Moving forward, there will be various ways community members can get involved, including joining the Coalition and/or sitting on one of its workgroups (policy and enforcement, messaging and communication, and recovery support).

The Kick-Off was the first event of the Tompkins Cortland Community College Community Coalition. All activities are open to the community. For more information on this and future events, contact Sara Watrous, College AOD Prevention Coordinator, at SEW017@TompkinsCortland.edu or Matt Kiechle, Assistant Director for Health Education, at KiechlM@TompkinsCortland.edu.