Pontiac prevention program to increase access to addiction resources
(Pontiac Community Foundation, Nov. 21, 2022)
Pontiac, MI – With a vision to create a healthier city, the Pontiac Community Foundation – in partnership with the Alliance of Coalitions for Healthy Communities – is thrilled to announce the launch of Prevention Pontiac – an initiative to help people to access comprehensive substance use prevention education, treatment and recovery resources – quickly, easily and without judgment.
Prevention Pontiac will connect, strengthen and mobilize strategic partners to create a healthier city. This coalition will promote drug prevention strategies and help improve public health and safety through awareness, education and community collaboration.
“We are thrilled to announce this initiative and to work towards a healthier and safer community for residents,” said Pontiac Community Foundation CEO Dustin McClellan. “We all know that drug addiction is a real problem, not just in the Pontiac, but across our country. Prévention Pontiac is a tangible way to work towards a solution.
According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), an estimated 53 million Americans over the age of 12 used an illegal drug last year. And 11.7% of Americans over the age of 12 are regular illicit drug users. About 70% of Americans who try drugs before age 13 will become addicted within seven years.
The need for programs like Prévention Pontiac is urgent, and PCF aims to provide programs in coordination with the Pontiac School District, youth-focused organizations, and other community partners.
These programs will include:
· Health and wellness programs
Mental health education and support
Youth-focused educational events about the risks of substance abuse
Prescription drug take-back days
For more information or to inquire about partnership opportunities, call 248-246-6606, email [email protected]
About the Pontiac Community Foundation
Pontiac Community Foundation is an independent 501(c)(3) organization, dedicated to building a better future for Pontiac by engaging philanthropy, leadership and collaboration to solve Pontiac’s most pressing issues. Our organization’s most effective work is accomplishing economic development, community development, quality of life, and civic leadership initiatives that help make the city of Pontiac a better place to live, work, and play.