Celebrate Safe Communities (CSC) connects local people with local law enforcement to address local issues, creating a safer and healthier environment for communities and families. As a supporter of this initiative, The Partnership at Drugfree.org offers additional outlets that assist communities on a local level. Our PACT360 Community Education program supports families’ efforts to talk with their kids about alcohol and other drugs and get help in their communities if they need it. The materials in this program are designed to be presented at a grassroots level and help address community-specific substance abuse issues.
PACT360 contains five key programs, which are designed to provide parents with a “360-degree” view of existing and emerging drug and alcohol issues:
- Meth360 is a presentation that explains how methamphetamine affects individuals, families and communities. It also identifies actions that can be taken to prevent use and abuse of this drug.
- Parents360 identifies some of the reasons why kids use drugs and what parents can do to respond to a problem in their own teens.
- Youth360 is a unique program that combines powerful storytelling and an interactive game to get kids thinking about the consequences of drug use and of their negative actions.
- Latino360 and Padres360 are versions of the Meth360 and Parents360 presentations that have been translated into Spanish and acculturated for a Hispanic audience.
Community members can select which PACT360 resources and components are most useful and most needed to help them address substance abuse issues in their neighborhoods. Thanks to support from the U.S. Department of Justice, the program is available free of cost to any who wish to use it.
While PACT360 is a national program, it comes to life at the local level, where local law enforcement, education and treatment professionals combine their firsthand experience with the presentations and information provided by The Partnership at Drugfree.org. To date, over 37,000 people have viewed these presentations and committed to sharing the information with their communities. Thanks to the program, thousands of local communities are being helped and educated about substance abuse issues—and that is something worth celebrating!
To learn more about the program, or to obtain program materials and presentations, visit the PACT360 website.