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Our coalition represents agencies, schools, government, businesses, families, and concerned citizens in Tompkins County, all working to reduce substance abuse among middle and high school youth through the use of effective, evidence-based programs and practices.

Raising teenagers today is full of challenges and rewards. This website offers information about local resources, advice for families, information for teens, NY laws on underage drinking, excellent web links, and more. Take a look around and consider signing up to stay in touch at Contact Us.

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In the News:

> Medication Collection Event Yields 335 Pounds

On Sept. 26, 103 people visited the medication collection event hosted at the Slaterville Fire Hall and dropped off 335 pounds of unwanted medication. This event was part of the national Take Back Day supported by the DEA.  Thanks to the volunteers and deputies from the sheriff's department who supported the event. 

> How Well Do You Know Tompkins County Youth?

The Summary of Highlights from our fall, 2014 student survey is now available.  In fall 2014, nearly 4,000 Tompkins County middle and high school students completed the Communities that Care survey.  There is much good news about how our young people are doing but there is room for improvement.

> Community Forum on Heroin and Opiates 

Our forum on June 29 drew over 60 people to hear from a panel of experts about heroin here in Ithaca and Tompkins County, what the community should know, and what can be done.  

Resource Information on Heroin

Drug Facts:  Heroin    Heroin Research Report     From Rx to Heroin     Opioid Info for Parents

>CCHY Five-Year Report Shows Many Positive Results

The Community Coalition for Healthy Youth has completed a summary report on activities and outcomes covering the five years (2009-2014) of its grant funding from SAMHSA's Drug Free Community Program.  Full Report    Summary Report    

>Reefer Sanity Presentation Draws Over 100 People

On Sept. 15, the Community Coalition for Healthy Youth and the Alcohol & Drug Council hosted a presentation by Dr. Kevin Sabet from Smart Approaches to Marijuana.  He shared research about marijuana and dispelled many commonly held myths and beliefs about the drug.  Visit the SAM website for more information about the research and his book, Reefer Sanity.

>CCHY Receives Gratitude Grant from Elks Lodge 636

The Community Coalition for Healthy Youth is pleased and proud to be the recipient of the Gratitude Grant from Elks Lodge 636. Elks Lodge members Robert Boothroyd, Gary Carlson, and Thomas Fuller presented the check on 7-30-14 to Stacy Cangelosi, CCHY chair, and Kris Bennett, staff. Thank you Elks!       

>New Underage Drinking Tipline Launches July 1

A collaboration between the Tompkins County Sheriff's Department and the Community Coalition for Healthy Youth.  Details


More on E-cigarettes, how they're used/misused, and how communities are taking action.  Details

>Youth Using E-Cigarettes to Smoke Marijuana

As if the harmful nature of nicotine isn’t enough to concern us about e-cigarettes, NBC News reports that young people are increasingly using e-cigarettes to smoke marijuana.  Details

>Safe Medication Drop Box Program Expanded Throughout Tompkins County

The Med Return Drop Box program, initiated last September, is now expanded to nine locations in Tompkins County, making it even easier for people to safely and securely dispose of expired or unneeded household medicationsDetails


There is much discussion in the news and in communities about marijuana, whether it should be legalized either for "medical" reasons or for recreational ones.  Here are a couple of websites with information to help you make up your mind.

CADCA     Smart Approaches to Marijuana      Protect Our Society New York     Center for Adolescent Substance Abuse Research (Harvard Medical School)


Archived news

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NYS Poison Control Center - 800-222-1222

Acting U.S. Surgeon General Kenneth Moritsugu's Call to Action on Underage Drinking

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What to do about an underage drinking party:

Do you know of a party where underage youth are drinking?  Have you heard about an upcoming party where alcohol will be available to underage youth?  Does this worry you?   You can call the Underage Drinking Tipline at 1-800-851-1932 to make an anonymous report for any "field" party or "house" party. The Tipline will notify the Tompkins County Sheriff's Department who will either respond directly or pass the information to the appropriate local law enforcement office for action.  It's YOUR community, it's YOUR call!  Your tip can save a life. 

For more information on what the laws are in New York, go to Know the Law.