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The Cabell County Substance Abuse Prevention Partnership (CCSAPP) is a coalition of various agencies, organizations and individuals working together to reduce local substance abuse with strong collaborative partnerships and community ownership, using awareness, education and community-wide solutions. CCSAPP is primarily funded a subgrant of the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant administered through the WV Division of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse. Additional funding is provided by United Way of the River Cities. CCSAPP conducts monthly public meetings on the third Wednesday of every month at noon at United Way of the River Cities.

Why Prevention? The social, health and criminal consequences of substance abuse are costly to the community, devastating to families, and highly preventable. Research shows that prevention efforts comprising multiple strategies throughout a community can reduce substance abuse in that community.

CCSAPP Works To:

  • Raise community awareness
  • Provide substance abuse prevention education
  • Increase community access to substance abuse prevention information
  • Promote efforts to decrease risk factors and increase protective factors for Cabell County youth
  • Implement strategies to change our local environment to reduce substance abuse

The Facts*

  • 19.2% of Cabell County teens reported using illicit drugs in the past year.*
  • Alcohol is the number one drug for teens in Cabell County; 51.5% of 11th graders reported drinking alcohol last year — double the 24% reported by 8th graders during the same time period.
  • Ten percent of Cabell County high school students report they “often” or “a lot” of the time drink five or more glasses of beer, coolers, breezers or liquor within a few hours.
  • The rate of teen misuse of prescription medication among Cabell County 10th and 11th graders is 11%. Of these grades, 9% report using prescription drugs in the past 30 days.
  • Nearly one in four Cabell County high school students has used marijuana in the past year.
  • The human brain continues to develop into early adulthood. Introducing drugs and alcohol while the brain is still developing may have profound and long-lasting consequences.
  • Average age of first use of alcohol in Cabell County is 13 years of age.
  • Children who drink before the age of 14 are five times more likely to become addicted to drugs and alcohol than persons who begin drinking after age 20.

*Statistics based on 2011-2012 PRIDE survey data, grades 6 through 11.

To see previous data, click below:
2010/2011 PRIDE Data
2011/2012 PRIDE Data

Click here to download the 2012 Cabell County Teen Summit Focus Group Project


Coalition Goals

Reducing Prescription Drug and Over-the-Counter Drug Abuse

CCSAPP works to reduce prescription drug abuse in Cabell County in several ways: prescription drug take back events (local and national), which increase community collaboration and awareness while reducing the supply of drugs in the home from falling into the wrong hands; educational outreach to community members and senior citizens; and pharmacist/physician outreach/awareness activities.

Reducing Underage Drinking

CCSAPP works to reduce underage drinking in several ways: Project Sticker Shock events, meeting with youth in the school system, hosting the Teen Summit each year, etc. These meetings and events attempt to reduce the use and abuse of alcohol to those under age 21. It also shows adults that providing alcohol to anyone under 21 is illegal, unhealthy and unacceptable.

Michelle Perdue, CCSAPP Project Director
304.523.8929, ext. 110

Drug Prevention Summit

CCSAPP has sponsored an annual Drug Prevention Summit every year since 2006. Various town halls have also been sponsored that focused on strategies and tatics. For more information on hosting a prescription drug abuse prevention meeting for your community/social group or to find out how you can take the next steps to prevent prescription drug abuse in your home and community, click here.


Youth Activities

CCSAPP tailors its strategies by focusing on youth and the people and environment that influence their behavior.

Project Sticker Shock

Project Sticker Shock allows Cabell County students to send a message to adults that providing alcohol to anyone under 21 is illegal, unhealthy and unacceptable. Students, with adult supervision, visit local convenience stores to place stickers on alcohol products. Students also hang window clings on cooler doors. Placing stickers at the point of sale targets both retail and social access to alcohol.

To see photos, click here.

Be Alert. Just Drive. Save Lives.

More information coming soon.

Drug Test Kits

More information coming soon.

Teen Summit

More information coming soon.

Drug Exposed Pregnancies

More information coming soon.

Keep A Clear Mind

Keep A Clear Mind is an evidenced-based drug education program which consists of four weekly sets of activities to be completed by parents and their children together. The program is intended for fourth, fifth and sixth students. The material covered is tobacco, marijuana, alcohol and making good choices. After the program is completed, CCSAPP follow ups with parents for the next five weeks to ensure the drug and alcohol prevention message is continued at home. Currently, Enslow Middle School and Marcum Terrace after-school program have implemented Keep A Clear Mind.



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