Communities That Care: Action for Drug Abuse Prevention

Communities That Care: Action for Drug Abuse Prevention

Communities That Care: Action for Drug Abuse Prevention

Drug abuse is a pressing issue that affects communities worldwide. It not only harms individuals but also disrupts families and communities as a whole. In order to combat this problem, Communities That Care (CTC) has taken action to prevent drug abuse and promote healthier communities.

What is Communities That Care?

Communities That Care is a community-based prevention system that aims to reduce risk factors and enhance protective factors associated with drug abuse. It brings together community members, organizations, and resources to create a comprehensive approach to prevention.

How does Communities That Care work?

CTC follows a five-step process:

  1. Community Assessment: Identifying risk and protective factors specific to the community.
  2. Selection of Effective Programs: Choosing evidence-based prevention programs tailored to the community’s needs.
  3. Implementation: Implementing the selected programs with fidelity and quality.
  4. Evaluation: Assessing the effectiveness of the programs and making necessary adjustments.
  5. Sustainability: Ensuring the long-term sustainability of prevention efforts.

What are the benefits of Communities That Care?

Communities That Care offers several benefits:

  • Prevention: By addressing risk factors and enhancing protective factors, CTC helps prevent drug abuse.
  • Collaboration: It brings together community members and organizations, fostering collaboration and collective action.
  • Evidence-based: CTC focuses on implementing evidence-based prevention programs that have been proven effective.
  • Long-term impact: By ensuring sustainability, CTC aims to have a lasting impact on the community’s well-being.
What are some frequently asked questions about Communities That Care?

Q: Is Communities That Care only focused on drug abuse prevention?

A: While drug abuse prevention is a primary focus, CTC also addresses other risk behaviors such as delinquency, violence, and teen pregnancy.

Q: How can I get involved with Communities That Care?

A: You can get involved by joining your local CTC coalition, volunteering, or supporting prevention efforts in your community.

Q: Does Communities That Care work for all communities?

A: Yes, Communities That Care is adaptable to different communities and their unique needs. It can be implemented in urban, suburban, and rural areas.


Communities That Care is taking action to prevent drug abuse and create healthier communities. By following a comprehensive prevention system, CTC addresses risk factors, implements evidence-based programs, and ensures long-term sustainability. Together, we can make a difference in the lives of individuals and the well-being of our communities.