Preventing substance abuse and related problems in children, adolescents, and young adults is critical to a community’s strength and health.

Preventing substance abuse is one of the best investments we can make in our community’s future.

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People in Evansville care about making their corner of the world a better place. The Task Force promotes effective prevention strategies and programs that can help support the health and strength of everyone in our community.

Prevention – Prevention occurs at many levels. Some efforts aim to strengthen an entire community by creating environments that make it easier to act in healthy ways. Other efforts seek to help individuals or select groups develop the knowledge, attitudes, and skills they need to make good choices or to change harmful behaviors.

These resources can help promote prevention efforts to support the health and strength our community and the diverse people who make it a great place to live and work.

Disclaimer: The Mayor’s Substance Abuse Task Force does not endorse any one method or approach to treatment and recovery over another. We hope that the information and resources we provide will help individuals and families make the decisions that are best for them.

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Mayor's No Meth Task Force

PSA - Family Time

As a parent, you play an important role in preventing substance abuse.


Youth First, Inc.

"An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!"


Local Health Services

Learn more about ways you can help prevent substance abuse from these resources provided by organizations that are part of the Mayor’s Substance Abuse Task Force. These links will take you to the community member’s website.

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Preventing substance abuse takes a community effort from the time children are born until they become healthy, productive adults. The best prevention practices focus on strengthening youth and families by enhancing parenting techniques, developing life skills, and boosting a young person’s ability to overcome challenges. Learn more about Youth First’s prevention programs here.

The research also shows that substance abuse declines when we provide positive life experiences for young people, like after school programs, and promote their positive behaviors. In fact, the truth is that most teens are steering clear of substance abuse. “The Truth Is” campaign helps correct misperceptions and promotes the positive choices young people make. For example, surveys of Evansville teens show most youth never or rarely drink alcohol, but they incorrectly think most of their peers do. Help promote the truth by learning more about The Truth Is.

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To inquire about community services, or to request a speaker contact Janie Chappell at 812-471-4521 or 800-947-6789

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For community education resources, please contact:
Heather Gogel, Community Education Manager | Behavioral Health,
St. Vincent Evansville,
3700 Washington Avenue
Evansville, IN 47714
Direct Line: 812-485-1439

Request an Awareness Presentation

The Evansville-Vanderburgh County Drug Task Force will conduct drug awareness presentations upon request for civic groups, businesses, and schools within Vanderburgh County. The presentations cover general activities of the task force, drugs and trends common to the area, drug K-9 demonstrations, and common signs of illicit drug use or sales. To request a presentation, call 812-436-7917.

Access Additional Resources Online

For Educators and
Service Providers

Indiana Prevention Resource Center - "The Indiana Prevention Resource Center (IPRC) was established in 1987 to assist Indiana based alcohol, tobacco and other drug (ATOD) prevention practitioners to improve the quality of their services." Visit their website to access regional data, training options, an online library, and other resources.

For Neighborhoods

The United States DEA’s Community Outreach Section works towards its vision to "Support initiatives to reduce the demand for drugs and give assistance to community coalitions and drug prevention initiatives."