There is a lot of pressure to fit in and feel secure as a teenager, and temptation to dabble with drugs and alcohol to look cool can be intense for some.
The Fountain Hills Coalition has brought together a variety of community leaders and organizations to partner with the local schools as they collaborate to reduce substance abuse. They currently target students ages 12-18, with a goal to reach out to adults as well.
The Coalition has several ongoing initiatives that have made an impact on the community.
- The Early Action Kit is given anonymously to parents who are concerned about their child using drugs. It includes a drug screening kit and intervention steps for parents.
- The Safe Homes Network is a group of concerned parents and citizens who have pledged to not supply drugs or alcohol to youth under the age of 21 in their home. This network is 500-strong and growing.
- The Text-a-Tip program allows people to report crimes anonymously. This program was started, marketed and funded by the Coalition. Due to its immense popularity, MCSO recently announced it will be shifting it over to the P3 Tips app. You can download the app to your Apple or Android device.
- A Prescription Drug Drop Box has been located at town hall where residents can dispose of their unused prescription drugs during office hours.
- An annual Essay Contest for high school students has become popular in recent years. Students are given three topics to choose from and cash prizes are awarded.
For more information about the Fountain Hills Coalition, please visit their website at: https://www.fhcoalition.org/ .