SAY San Diego’s Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug (ATOD) Prevention Program is designed to incorporate the concept of community partnerships, the application of new, science-based knowledge of alcohol, tobacco and other drug problem reduction, and the development of a system-wide, outcome-driven prevention strategy to address the increasing trend of alcohol, tobacco and other drug use among adolescents in San Diego County. Mobilizing residents of the community is essential to affect environmental and systems change.
SAY’s ATOD Prevention Program includes four different programs. All four programs coordinate community efforts focused on environmental strategies that focus on community systems, policies, and local conditions to affect the environment in which substance abuse occurs:
Safe disposal of old, unwanted, and expired prescription medication helps reduce drug abuse and protects the environment. The San Diego County Prescription Drug Abuse Task Force offers a list of drug collection box locations on its website. Their brochure is available in English, Spanish, Tagalog, and Arabic.