National Prevention Week: May 18th -24th

Sunday, May 18th: Prevention and Cessation of Tobacco Use

Monday, May 19th: Prevention of Underage Drinking

Tuesday, May 20th: Prevention of Prescription Drug Abuse and Marijuana Use

Wednesday, May 21st: Prevention of Alcohol Use

Thursday, May 22nd: Prevention of Suicide

Friday, May 23rd: Promotion of Mental Health

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April is Alcohol Awareness Month

Alcohol abuse carries a myriad of short and long term health risks. From an early age, everyone needs to hear and understand the risks involved with alcohol abuse especially from their parents. For tips on youth alcohol prevention please check out the following link from NCADD:

Free Prescription take-back day in April!

Don’t flush those pills down the toilet or throw them in the trash! There will be a free prescription take-back day on April 26th from 10am to 2pm at the new DeKalb Police Department on 700 W. Lincoln Hwy in DeKalb. Please bring your old or unneeded prescriptions so they can be properly disposed of. Liquids and Syringes will NOT be accepted. You do not have to be a resident of DeKalb to drop off prescriptions. For questions please contact the DeKalb Police Department at 815-748-4000

Empower teens to educate their peers!

The Cebrin Goodman Teen Institute is committed to the goal of helping young people fulfill their potential as happy, healthy, contributing members of society. The often tragic consequences of drug use, abuse, and addiction are a powerful threat to the realization of that goal. This is a prevention program, NOT a treatment. Applications are available for mentors and participants, please contact a Prevention and Education team member if you or a loved one are interested!

Mission / Vision

MISSION: The Ben Gordon Center Prevention and Education Program’s purpose is to facilitate the promotion of community based prevention, wellness and healthy lifestyles for youth, adults and the community as a whole within DeKalb County, using researched based, best practiced, and outcome driven prevention strategies that includes input and collaboration with the DeKalb County Partnership for a Substance Abuse Free Environment (DCP/SAFE) Coalition. VISION: Our vision is to create a greater DeKalb County where there is optimal mental health resilience and minimal mental health inequality and stigma among all county residents.

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