We know working to prevent harm gives us the best long term hope of reducing alcohol and drug problems.
Communities with concerted, collaborative efforts designed to prevent and reduce substance misuse are proven to be safer, more economically sound, and more desired places to work, live and play.
This will take a coordinated approach – with local and state governments, health services, communities and individuals working together.
How communities can prevent problems
Research shows that creating connected and collaborative communities is one of the keys to preventing alcohol and drug problems. In these communities, people feel valued, supported and purposeful.
We’re stronger together. Collaboration and learning from others are important. We want communities and individuals to feel supported to work for prevention in their community. We want local leaders to have the skills and tools to create the change they want to see. Community Impact NC supports those working to build strong communities by providing the evidence-based resources to drive effective change.