Drug Free Communities

Preventing Substance Abuse Among Chester-Area Residents

For more than eight years, the Chester Drug Free Communities (CDFC) program has been working with partners in Chester to prevent and reduce substance abuse among youth and adults. The program addresses issues in the Chester community that increase the risk of substance abuse and promotes factors that minimize its risk.

CDFC works to alter youth perceptions and norms; increase parental awareness of and access to programs; impact city policy on the sale and use of tobacco products and drug paraphernalia, and the assessment and rating of youth development programs.

To measure risk and protective factors, CDFC administers a state youth survey every two years to Chester Upland School District students and area charter school students in grades 6, 8, 10 and 12. The survey collects information on drug use within the last 30 days, and perception of risk, parent disapproval and peer disapproval.

The program partners with a wide-range of organizations to achieve its vision. They include business, media, schools, youth-serving organizations, law enforcement, faith-based and fraternal organization, civic groups, health care entities and government agencies working on substance abuse issues.

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