Education Campaigns

 

Education campaigns are initiatives of the Unified Prevention Coalition of Fairfax County (UPC) that involve multiple prevention strategies to create community change.  For example, the “Don’t Drink and Drive” campaign involves a major mass media campaign, providing and advocating for restaurant seller-server training, and engaging law enforcement related to networking and collaborating on sobriety checkpoints.

Parents Who Host, Lose the Most

Campaign Description

 

The Parents Who Host, Lose the Most (PWH) public education campaign was initiated in April 2007 seeking to educate parents about Virginia underage drinking laws and facts associated with teen drinking. The campaign has been recognized yearly by a resolution issued by the Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) School Board and a proclamation issued by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. May is "Parents Who Host, Lose the Most" month in Fairfax County each year.

 

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) School Board issued a 2014 resolution recognizing May as "Parents Who Host, Lose the Most" month in Fairfax County.

 

 

 

How can you get involved?

 

Join the "Parents Who Host, Lose the Most: Don't Be a Party to Teenage Drinking" campaign by:

 

  • Organizing in your high school a parent pledge campaign to chaperone alcohol-free teen parties... See an example

 

  • Helping to distribute fact cards, advertise in newsletters and sports programs or organize any other event to draw attention to the campaign... Access the PDF Fact Card here
  • Purchasing a banner for your high school stadium, gymnasium or other events... Ask us here!

 

 

Parents Who Host, Lose the Most is a project of the Drug Free Action Alliance

 

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) School Board issued a resolution April 24 recognizing May as "Parents Who Host, Lose the Most" month in Fairfax County.

Download our Parents Who Host Fact Cards:

The Unified Prevention Coalition of Fairfax County donated PWH banners to each Fairfax County high school in 2012 to put up in sports stadiums and gyms. The banners highlight the Fairfax County Police Department non-emergency phone number to call to report underage drinking parties. Calls can be anonymous. Replacement banners may be purchased from UPC. To purchase a banner, find out how here!

For more information regarding Parents Who Host, please contact us

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST) sports a UPC-donated banner.

"Don't Drink and Drive" Campaign

Campaign Description

 

The Unified Prevention Coalition of Fairfax County (UPC) received a grant in 2012 from the Commonwealth of Virginia that provides federal funds from the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The goal of the grant is to reduce the number of alcohol-related motor-vehicle crashes (MVC) involving drivers age 15-24 by 5% across the Commonwealth. Fairfax County accounts for 11.9 % of the state’s population of 15-24 year olds.

 

In UPC’s needs assessments, it was learned that more than half of the total  alcohol-related motor-vehicle crashes for this age group were 21-24 year olds with the difference being crashes involving 18-20 year olds.  Male drivers were involved in over 70% of the crashes and close to 50% occurred between midnight and 4am.  Many 18-24 year olds drink alcohol as the “way to have fun” (even if illegal) and then drive home without fear of being arrested for Drinking While Intoxicated (DWI) or health/safety consequences.  In some cases, restaurants frequented by 21-24 year olds serve alcohol to intoxicated patrons (21-24).  Learn more...

 

 

To address the above issues, UPC and its partners have been working since February 2013 to:

 

  1. enhance existing sobriety checkpoints through greater collaboration among the law enforcement agencies in the county,
  2. conduct a media campaign targeting 18-24 year olds with messages about sobriety checkpoints and consequences of DWI to discourage drinking and driving,
  3. gather support for seller-server trainings through increased advocacy and collaboration with the Virginia  Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control and restaurants frequented by 18-24 year olds, and
  4. gather support for seller-server trainings for all sellers and servers of alcohol in Fairfax County restaurants.

 

How can you get involved?

  • Ask your local restaurants to participate in the coaster campaign and alcohol seller-server training...Contact us for more details
  • Donate to help fund the media campaign
  • Read our fact sheet to learn more about the "Don't Drink and Drive" Campaign

For more information, please contact us

Prescription and Opiate Drug Abuse Prevention Campaign

Campaign Description

 

Prescription drug abuse is a public health crisis in Fairfax County as it is around the nation. Just consider the facts:

 

  • In the 2012 Fairfax County Youth Survey, more than 1 in 10 Fairfax County middle and high school students reported using narcotic pain relievers without a prescription.
  • Pharmaceutical drug overdoses in the United States have surpassed all illegal drug overdoses of methamphetamine, heroin, and cocaine combined
  • 90% of all teens who abused pharmaceutical drugs obtain their drugs from the medicine cabinet or from a friend (National Institute on Drug Abuse)

 

That’s why the nonprofit Unified Prevention Coalition of Fairfax County UPC) has taken the initiative to educate the public on safely storing and securing medication  as well as provide factual information about this growing problem.

 

 

 

 

 

The Fact Card

UPC produced its first prescription drug abuse fact card geared to parents which provides factual information about this growing problem as well as safe medicine disposal guidelines. We have partnered with a variety of community members in order to distribute them, including the Fairfax County Public Schools, local pharmaceutical companies, and volunteers.

Download the Rx Fact Card here

 

 

 

 

The RxArmory

 The nonprofit Unified Prevention Coalition of Fairfax County UPC) has partnered with RxArmory as a way to safely store and secure medication. RxArmory is easy to install– no tools are needed. It attaches to the inside of the medicine cabinet with 3M Supergrip adhesive and has a quality combination and key lock.

 

Two sizes of the special lockboxes can be ordered from:

 

UPC will receive 10 percent of each item sold to support its work to keep youth and young adults safe and drug free.

 

How can you help?

For more information, please contact us

Over-the-Counter Medicine Abuse Prevention Campaign

Campaign Description

The Unified Prevention Coalition of Fairfax County (UPC) at the request of its national organization, Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA), sponsored a special meeting in October 2014 on “Over-the-Counter (OTC) Medicine Youth Issues.” At that meeting local and national data on abuse by youth and a new free curriculum on OTC literacy for 5th-graders were shared. Copies of OTC Literacy Curriculum are available at Scholastic, Inc. online, and hard copies may be requested from UPC. The print materials are interactive with fun worksheets for upper elementary students and worksheets for parents. OTC medicine abuse starts young, can be addictive and can lead to use of other illegal drugs.

Tobacco-Free Play Zones Campaign

For more information or hard copies of the OTC Literacy Curriculum, please contact us

For electronic copies of the OTC Literacy Curriculum, click here

Campaign Description

 

According to the 2011 community Health Status Assessment, the Partnership for a Healthier Fairfax found that 20 percent of Fairfax County residents listed tobacco use as the most important health-related issue for this community, making reducing tobacco use and exposure to second-hand smoke a priority item for the county.

 

On May 1 2014, the Fairfax County Park Authority Board decided to establish smoke-free zones in local parks and post signs thanking residents for their voluntary compliance. Fairfax County Park Authority Deputy Director Sara Baldwin coordinated this effort with  the Unified Prevention Coalition, as well as the Fairfax County Public Schools, the Live Healthy Fairfax initiative supported by the Partnership for a Healthier Fairfax and the Fairfax County Health Department. See the original press release.

 

Funding for the signs was provided by the Live Healthy Fairfax initiative sponsored by a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Community Transformation Grant.

 

 

UPC Youth Council members took part in a ceremony in fall 2014 unveiling the first sign establishing Tobacco Free Play Zones in local parks. As part of the effort to keep Fairfax County parks clean and tobacco-free, a large group of Youth Council members helped in a fall 2014 cleanup at Fairfax Skate Park.

 

As part of the initiative, the UPC Youth Council will continue to arrange regular cigarette and trash clean-ups at local parks with the Fairfax County Park Authority. Contact us for more information about the next clean-up!

How can you help?

  • Talk to your children about the dangers of tobacco and smoking...
  • Encourage those around you to keep our parks Tobacco-Free!
  • Support the work of the UPC Youth Council! Donate here

Project Sticker Shock

Campaign Description

 

Project Sticker Shock is a program made available from the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control education unit. This is a community awareness campaign designed to educate and increase compliance of Virginia underage drinking laws by reaching out to those over 21 who purchase alcohol and may provide it to minors. Youth accompanied by local police officers and adult leaders go to businesses who agree to allow them to place bright informational stickers on beer or wine packaging they will then sell. The project represents a partnership among youth, concerned parents and community members, prevention professionals, law enforcement and businesses that sell alcohol products.

 

The Youth Council has participated in Project Sticker Shock in past years and plans to coordinate further efforts to participate.

 

Learn more here

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The Unified Prevention Coalition of Fairfax County (UPC) and this website are partially funded by a Virginia Strategic Prevention Framework - State Incentive Grant (SPF-SIG) and a federal SAMHSA Sober Truth on Preventing Underage Drinking grant (STOP). UPC is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization with more than 60 partners and members from the community