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Success stories demonstrate the many creative ways that event hosts are engaging their communities in underage drinking prevention and highlight key outcomes that help make lasting impacts on communities.

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Communities Talk Events: 2019 Highlights

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0% Communities Talk events involved youth in planning and/or hosting.
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0% of the participants learned ways to prevent underage drinking.
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0% of Communities Talk events focused on parents’ important role in underage drinking prevention.
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Success Comes in Many Forms

SAMHSA encourages its event organizers to customize their prevention events to meet the unique needs of their communities. Explore the Success Stories to learn how Communities Talk activities are working across the country, and see how other communities are measuring their success.

Communities Talk Events: 2019 Highlights

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0% Communities Talk events involved youth in planning and/or hosting.
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0% of the participants learned ways to prevent underage drinking.
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0% of Communities Talk events focused on parents’ important role in underage drinking prevention.

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NEW! Pilot Podcast Series: Communities Talk about Prevention

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Tune into SAMHSA’s new pilot podcast series to learn how community-based organizations are making substance use prevention a reality in their own communities! In each episode of Communities Talk About Prevention, you'll learn how organizations have coordinated local events and activities to support substance use prevention; how they have overcome unique challenges; and how they have measured success. Most importantly, guests will share best practices, which we hope will inspire you to participate in prevention in your own community.


Giving Youth More Than a Seat at the Table

May 11, 2019
Cecil College’s Milburn Stone Theatre auditorium
Hosted by: Drug Free Cecil Youth Coalition

Drug Free Cecil has hosted several Communities Talk activities, but the 2019 event was different: It was run by high school students. The Drug Free Cecil Youth Coalition led the development of a Communities Talk rally, which began with several of them giving speeches in a local college auditorium. They also debuted the six PSAs they had developed the previous fall, which tackled underage drinking, vaping, marijuana, opioid misuse, OTC drug misuse, and tobacco—and pointed viewers to resources within the website for the Cecil County Opioid Misuse Prevention Coalition. More than 200 people—including children, teens, adults, state representatives, and county government officials—participated in the youth rally. Afterward, DFCYC held a health fair in the Cecil College parking lot with health and wellness vendors and organizations including the Cecil County Health Department, Cecil County D.A.R.E., Upper Bay Counseling, Recovery Center of America, NorthBay Adventure Camp, and Cecil County Public Schools.


Tackling Prevention in Rural Montana

November 13, 2019
Havre, Montana
Hosted by: Havre Encourages Long Range Prevention (HELP) Committee

At the Boys & Girls Club’s family night, held on November 13, 2019, the Keystone Club organized a table on behalf of the HELP Committee, where they distributed information to parents about the social host ordinance in Havre and fines associated with providing alcohol to underage youth. The "Talk. They Hear You." PSAs were playing on TV monitors so families could view them as they were waiting for their dinner, which helped start conversations at the Keystone Club table. There, high schoolers spoke with parents about the importance of starting the conversation with their children about expectations regarding alcohol. They even invited parents to practice by asking them questions as if they were their child. They also helped parents download the "Talk. They Hear You." app so they could practice speaking with their teens about alcohol. Between 175 and 200 people attended the family night, with a 60/40 split of youth to parents. Youth of all ages—not just high school students—attended.


Fitting In at FSU

November 6, 2019
Magnolia Hall, FSU
Hosted by: FSU’s Center for Health Advocacy & Wellness

For many students, college life holds plenty of new experiences—not all of them healthy. Along with FSU’s University Housing department, which handles infractions in residence halls with underage students and substance use, CHAW hosted an open forum for students on underage drinking, specifically to educate underage students on the university’s recently revised Medical Amnesty Policy. They also tackled issues such as marijuana use, binge-drinking, and alcohol-related overdoses.

In 2019

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67% Communities Talk events involved youth in planning and/or hosting.
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88% of the participants learned ways to prevent underage drinking.
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77% of Communities Talk events focused on parents’ important role in underage drinking prevention.


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