The Chandler Coalition on Youth Substance Abuse (CCYSA) is seeking energetic community members to help spread the word about the dangers of youth substance abuse in the Chandler area. There are many areas of opportunity to get involved including marketing and public information projects, community advocacy, and volunteering on the Coalition to help with the strategic planning process and prevention activities. The CCYSA holds monthly meetings on the 3rd Tuesday at 5:00pm to discuss current issues and action plans to address them in the community. Meetings are held at ICAN (650 E. Morelos St. Chandler 85225).
The CCYSA has made significant strides in changing favorable community perceptions towards substance abuse through education on related laws and norms. In its first several years, the collation was able to make the following community impact:
- 35.2% decrease in alcohol signage in the Chandler Area
- 20% decrease in the number of merchants willing to sell alcohol to minors
- 44.4%decrease in the number of adults willing to buy alcohol for minors
Underage substance use continues to be a community issue in Chandler. The top three substances being used by youth in the Chandler area are alcohol, marijuana and prescription drugs (12.6%). The average age for youth to first use alcohol is 13 years old for Marijuana, and 81% of Chandler high school seniors report having used alcohol in their lifetime as compared to 74% of Maricopa County high school seniors.
The Chandler Coalition on Youth Substance Abuse (CCYSA) strives to prevent youth substance abuse in the Chandler community such as underage drinking, marijuana use and prescription drug abuse. Since its establishment in 2006, the CCYSA has made great strides in changing the negative behaviors of youth, parents and community members alike. Most importantly, the CCYSA continues its work so Chandler can be a safe and healthy drug-free community where opportunities exist for youth to achieve their full potential.