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The Anti-Drug Coalition's main focus is prevention for youth in Citrus County.  We use both evidenced-based practices and environmental strategies, as well as community projects too, all by partnering with other agencies and organizations in the community to help us achieve this goal. 

Evidenced-Based Practices:   

Know the Law
The ADC partners with the Citrus County Sheriff's Office who teaches Know the Law to local 7th grade students each year.  With the help of our School Resource Deputies, these middle school students come away with a working knowledge of drug laws and dangers, preparing them for their future.  Students learn the differences between misdemeanors, felonies, and how their involvement can impact their future even if they were not the one committing the crime.  It is extremely vital that these students learn important information concerning drugs and the consequences.  

Teen Town Hall
The ADC utilizes one of the most effective teen interactions by hosting a Teen Town Hall each year.  This discussion style forum gives students the opportunity to both learn and participate regarding topics that affect student life.  As this event has grown in participation, it has also become a privilege to be selected to attend this event.  Students are nominated mainly through the Guidance and Social Work departments along with some teachers.  Break-out sessions are offered by some of Citrus County's best prevention leaders and advocates which provide either curriculum or other related services in the schools.  In 2023 the event was held at the College of Central Florida where 83 students attended from high schools in Citrus County, and exchanged ideas about important issues such as substance abuse, mental health, violence, relationships, and other challenges facing youth.  This event was sponsored by the Citrus County Education Foundation, NAMI Citrus, as well as other community partners.