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  • testimageAvon's Drug Free Communities Coalition (through a collaborative effort of community-spirited individuals, agencies,businesses and organizations), seeks partnerships to foster efforts to reduce youth substance abuse and promote positive, healthy decisions by young people who live and/or go to school in Avon. 

    Our goal is to reduce youth substance abuse over the next 5-10 years by ensuring (at a young age) youth never start to use drugs or alcohol.

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  • Here are 3 ways you can help your child make the healthy choice and choose to be substance free.


    Bonding: Children are less likely to use drugs and alcohol when their parents are involved in their lives and when children and parents feel close to each other.

    Tip: Eat dinner together. Research shows teens who regularly eat as a family five to seven times per week are 33% less likely to use alcohol.


    Boundaries: Children respond better when they have clear boundaries and expectations. Never assume your children know what your rules, expectations and attitudes are. Write down your rules and discuss them with your children so they understand the reasons behind them.

    Tip: Talk to your child about the and make sure your they know what to do if offered drugs or alcohol.


    Monitoring: Know where your kids are, who they’re with, and what they are doing. Stay involved. Studies show parental involvement drops by half between the 6th and 12th grades. It’s important to remain engaged throughout the teen years.

    Tip: Keep in touch. Studies show kids are more at risk for drug and alcohol use between the hours of 3:00 and 6:00pm., while many parents are still at work. When you’re away, call your kids. Text them. Show up occasionally, unannounced. Have a neighbor drop by. Let your kids know it’s because you love and care for them.

  • Leaders help to identify alternatives to negative and destructive behaviors. I know through discussions with my friends that my choices have enabled them to say no to drugs and alcohol. I feel that I have helped to make a difference at Avon Middle High School.

    ~ SALSA member, student arm of ACES
  • Q: What takes very little time, requires no money and can make a major impact on our youth?

    A: Membership with ACES!
  • My parents shared with me a survey from ACES regarding actual drug and alcohol use of my peers at high school. …My perception was that everyone was doing it. In reality, the survey confirmed that most kids weren’t doing drugs or alcohol. These results shattered my perception of reality. That’s when I decided it was time to get off the sidelines and lead.

    ~ Student, Avon Middle High School

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