Bridging The Gaps is the means by which we hope to bring all of the elements of the community together to take on underage drinking, marijuana use, prescription drug abuse, and other substance use issues. No one agency, business, or program can solve the complex issues associated with substance use. The Coalition attempts to bring community resources and partners to the table. This includes parents, schools, police, the recreation community, businesses, religious leaders, health and social services, the media, and youth.
The Coalition promotes a cooperative approach to prevention that results in a consistent strategy and message about alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs. This will insure, for example, that kids are not getting conflicting messages about drugs, alcohol, and other substances from their coaches, DARE Officers, teachers, and parents.
The Coalition has accomplished this by undertaking initiatives with its partners in the community. Activities and programs undertaken by the Coalition include drug take back programs, education of community members, sponsoring programs that raise awareness of drug issues, and many more efforts.