Bergen County Prevention Coalition (BCPC) (The Center for Alcohol and Drug Resources/CAFS)
The Bergen County Prevention Coalition (BCPC) brings together individuals and organizations that are committed to, and passionate about, reducing the prevalent rates of alcohol and drug use among youth and young adults in Bergen County and preventing the problems that often result. The coalition works to build community level prevention capacity and infrastructure through the implementation of substance abuse prevention environmental strategies.
BCPC’s members work together to address these significant issues by leveraging resources and building on the group’s collective strengths to influence the environment as it relates to underage drinking, prescription medication misuse across the lifespan, reducing the use of illegal substances with a special focus on opioids among young adults 18-25 years of age, and reducing the use of new and emerging drugs of abuse across the lifespan.
Membership is open to those who are interested in creating a healthy, safe and drug-free Bergen County including youth and young adults.
General Membership Meetings are held on the third Thursday of every month from 10:00am – 11:30am.
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Prevention Programming is available throughout the county. Contact us today to schedule one of our programs below:
- Emerging Drug Trends: These workshops are designed to help adults identify drug paraphernalia, learn new information about trends, educate about addiction, as well as outline the signs or symptoms of being under the influence or a substance use disorder.
- Hidden In Plain Sight: An interactive session highlighting the recreation of a teenager’s living space in which various drug paraphernalia or “stash items” are hidden. Parents/guardians/ caregivers are made aware that some items may not be what they seem.
- Parents Who Host Lose the Most: This program aims to educate parents about the health and safety risks associated with serving alcohol at teenage house parties and increase awareness of and compliance with about social hosting laws and underage drinking laws. In New Jersey, it is illegal to serve alcohol to a minor who is not their child, even in their own home.
- Topic Specific Updates: If there is a topic of concern in your school or community we can tailor programs or workshops based on the need. Topics may include but are not limited to: Underage Drinking, Marijuana, Vaping/Tobacco, Illicit Drugs, Prescription Medicine, New and Emerging Drugs Trends, Refusal Skills, etc.
- Sticker Shock Campaign: A community awareness program designed to prevent people 21 and older from purchasing alcohol & providing it to underage individuals. Participants involved in Sticker Shock events, visit partnering liquor stores and place bottle hangers, stickers, and window clings with a warning message about the penalties for providing alcohol to anyone under 21. This unique program represents a partnership among youth, retail establishments, law enforcement and prevention specialists. It’s a great opportunity for community groups, faith based groups, school based programs or any group interested in preventing underage drinking.
- Training for Intervention Procedures (TIPS): A FREE restaurant/bar server training program that aims to prevent alcohol related problems in both consumer and commercial setting. TIPS teaches servers the skills needed to identify behavioral cues of a patron who may be intoxicated. TIPS also teaches appropriate ways to handle such a situation to ensure they (the staff person and establishment) stay in compliance with the law, don’t aggravate the situation at hand or cause disruption to other guests. TIPS also teaches staff about the legal liability they face when serving alcohol and the legal liability an establishment may face.
Presentations can be tailored to meet your prevention needs.
Volunteer Opportunities for Teens are available through the Bergen County Prevention Coalition.
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Last Updated: 08/23/21