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Drug Free Manatee

Supporting healthy, resilient communities through prevention


 Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much. Helen Keller 

National Prevention Week May 10-16

What is National Prevention Week (NPW)?

NPW is an annual health observance dedicated to increasing public awareness and action around substance use prevention and the promotion of positive mental health. This year, this national initiative, sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), will take place May 10 to 16. 

What are the main goals of NPW?

 • Involve communities in raising awareness of substance use and mental health issues and in implementing prevention strategies, and showcasing effectiveness of evidence-based prevention programs; 

• Foster partnerships and collaborations with federal agencies and national organizations dedicated to improving public health; and 

• Promote and disseminate quality substance use prevention and mental health promotion resources and publications. 

What topics does NPW address? 

Each year, NPW incorporates daily health themes to focus on pressing substance use topics. The 2020 daily health themes are: 

• Monday, May 11: Preventing Prescription Drug and Opioid Misuse 

• Tuesday, May 12: Preventing Underage Drinking and Alcohol Misuse 

• Wednesday, May 13: Preventing Illicit Drug Use and Youth Marijuana Use 

• Thursday, May 14: Preventing Youth Tobacco Use (E-cigarettes and Vaping) 

• Friday, May 15: Preventing Suicide 

How can I learn more about NPW and participate? Visit the NPW Website Be sure to check the NPW website frequently for the latest prevention news, as well as resources for planning your events and activities: www.samhsa.gov/prevention-week. Take the NPW 2020 Prevention Challenge: #PreventionHappensHere NPW is challenging individuals, organizations, and communities to show us where substance misuse prevention happens in homes, workplaces, schools, and other settings in communities around the country. Substance misuse prevention begins with each of us, and we know prevention actions can happen everywhere within our communities. Learn more about how to participate in the NPW 2020 Prevention Challenge here: www.samhsa.gov/prevention-week/preventionchallenge.  

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Drug Free Manatee


Our History

Concerned about the negative effects that alcohol, tobacco and other drugs are having on your community?  

The Manatee County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition (Drug Free Manatee) was founded in 2001. We develop community partnerships that implement comprehensive, evidence-based environmental strategies to prevent and reduce substance abuse while promoting health and wellness throughout the county, especially among youth.

The coalition is data driven. With knowledge about risk and protective factors, we implement researched-based strategies that provide information and support;  enhance skills;  change community norms to encourage health and wellness; modify/change policies; improve access and reduce barriers to resources.

Drug Free Manatee is a 501C3 and receives grant support from the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy/Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration for Drug Free Communities Support Program, the Florida Department of Children and Families and through local contributions.

Drug Free Manatee is a substance abuse prevention coalition promoting safety, health and wellness in Manatee County.

"Trauma can change everything for a child's future"

Vaping in teens poses health risks

Help us provide reliable scientific data to youth and their parents to discuss the risks of vaping so that everyone can make an informed decision.

Drug exposure in the womb is completely preventable

Support prenatal education and treatment for women

Teen drinking is still a problem

Help us educate teens and parents on prevention of underage drinking

Universal prevention strategies work

Evidence based strategies reduce risk, increase resilience and promote healthy choices across the lifespan.



Board of Trustees meeting

9am - 11am

Via Zoom link Meeting ID: 124-559-932


Board of Trustees meeting

9am - 11am

Via Zoom link Meeting ID: 124-559-932

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