Mission: Substance abuse prevention education services
Programs: Informed families staff and board of directors conducted strategic planning sessions throughout 2014. The purpose of the sessions was to develop strategies to better serve the youth, parents, and communities through the four universal prevention campaigns and other prevention programs. The campaigns were: family day, red ribbon week, lock your meds, and safe homes/smart parties. The programs were: red ribbon certified schools, community action team parenting and youth, and positive parenting program (triple p). Nearly 7. 5 million prevention messages were posted on major websites of companies with health and drug prevention in their mission and on social media like facebook and twitter. Adult and youth ambassadors reached over 350,000 individuals in schools, coalitions, and other community-based organizations (cbo) throughout florida. Over 30,000 individuals received our monthly e-catalyst newsletter containing evidence-based programs and practices, along with tips and other resources for effective parenting and drug prevention. A public service video on the dangers of drinking and driving was made depicting a three-tour war veteran who was hit in his front yard by a drunk driver. That video reached a million individual through e-blast, website, social media, radio and television stations. Informed families is proud of the work done in 2014 that contributed to the following past-30 day use statistics from the florida youth substance abuse survey from 2012 to 2014: - binge drinking declined from 24. 6 % to 20. 5% - cigarette smoking declined significantly from 11. 4% to 4. 9% - prescription drug use (high school) increased slightly from 4. 7% to 5. 0% - 6. 6% reported driving while under influence of alcohol - 10. 9% reported driving while under influence of marijuana these statistics indicate there is still tremendous work to be done in drug prevention.