Preventing Substance Abuse Among Chester-Area Residents

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

Chester Drug Free Communities works to alter youth perceptions and norms; increase parental awareness of and access to programs; and impact city policy on alcohol, tobacco and other substance related issues.

To measure risk and protective factors, Chester Drug Free Communities administers a state youth survey every two year to Chester Upland School District students and area charter school students in grades 6, 8, 10 and 12. This survey measures attitudes, behaviors and knowledge concerning substance use, abuse and misuse as well as violence.

The program partners with organizations from various sectors including 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, to achieve its mission.

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