REGION 5 ADMINISTRATION
Southeast Georgia Alcohol & Substance Abuse Prevention Project (ASAPP)
Harry Stevenson, ICPS - Region 5 Project Director
For the last four years, Mr. Stevenson has worked with the Council on Alcohol & Drugs serving as the Southeast Georgia Project Manager/Coordinator for the Georgia Alcohol & Substance Abuse Prevention Project (ASAPP).
He has been working with Telfair, Wheeler, Montgomery, Treutlen, and Candler Counties to help them reduce underage drinking among their students. He has learned that it takes the community being educated on the dangers of alcohol and then motivated to take action to improve the quality of life for their youth as well as all of its citizens.
He is a graduate of Georgia Southern University and has 20+ years of experience working in youth development and prevention. He is an (ICPS) Internationally Certified Prevention Specialist.
The Council on Alcohol and Drugs has launched an Alcohol Awareness Campaign for Georgia parents and caregivers in Southeast Georgia to help provide resources and information to protect our underage youth from the harmful effects of drinking alcohol.
July 29, 2017: Community Resource and Health Fair - 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Sponsored by Tri-County Family Connection. Held at: Brewton Parker College, Mount Vernon, GA
July 29, 2017: Back-to-School Extravaganza - 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Sponsored by the Concerned Citizens of Treutlen County, Held at: Resource for Life, Highway 46, Soperton, GA
The Southeast Georgia Alcohol & Substance Abuse Prevention Project (ASAPP) focuses on changing aspects of the environment that contribute to the abuse of alcohol. Environmental strategies aim to decrease the social and health consequences of alcohol abuse by limiting access to substances and changing social norms that are accepting and permissive of substance abuse.
COMMUNITY PARTNER SHOWCASE
Tri-County, Telfair County, Candler County
Montgomery County, Telfair County, Wheeler County Health Departments
Telfair County School District
Tri-County, Telfair County, Candler County
Wheeler County School District
Montgomery County School District
The Southeast Georgia Alcohol & Substance Abuse Prevention Project (ASAPP) is working with community partners through a Community Prevention Alliance Workgroup (CPAW) which consists of three sub-groups: Epidemiological Workgroup (to conduct the needs assessments), Planning and Operations Workgroup (for strategic planning and overseeing implementation) and an Evaluation and Sustainability Workgroup (to evaluate the implementation).
REGION 5 COMMUNITY SPECIFIC STRATEGIES
Project ALERT is a skills based curriculum that teaches teens how to say "NO". The curriculum was created and tested by the RAND Corporation, a nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization. Developed over a ten-year period, Project ALERT addresses the pro-drug mindset of today’s teens and effectively increases their likelihood to remain drug-free. It is a free classroom based substance abuse prevention program for 7th and 8th graders that's proven to reduce the experimental and continued use of drugs. Goal: Reduce the early onset of alcohol use among the 9-20 year olds.
Community/Population: 7th graders at Wheeler County Middle School in Alamo and Montgomery County Middle School in Mount Vernon
Environmental Strategy: Positive Social Norm Approach - Michael Haines Model
We are utilizing the Michael Haines model in each of the 5 counties to develop and implement our positive social norms campaign for the middle and high school students to change their misperceptions regarding the norms of alcohol use among their peers.
We are targeting high schools and middle schools in Treutlen, Wheeler, Telfair, Candler, and Montgomery; ages 9-17.
Environmental Strategy: Promote and Enforce Social Host Liability - "Parents Who Host Lose The Most" program model
This strategy is modeled after "Parents Who Host Lose he Most" with the purpose of educating parents of 9-17 year old students about the need to enforce current state social host liability laws with the vision of promoting a local social host liability ordinance.
Our target audience is parents and community groups in Treutlen, Wheeler, Telfair, Candler, and Montgomery.
In 2015 underage drinking cost Georgia $1.4 billion.
WHY JUST ALCOHOL?
Alcohol kills more kids and young people ages 18-25 than all other drugs combined. Youth ages 9-20 use it more than any other substance. An average of 2,375 people in Georgia die from alcohol-related injuries or illness each year.
Alcohol is the 3rd leading cause of death in Georgia.