The key is prevention.


The Unified Prevention Coalition of Fairfax County (UPC) works collaboratively to prevent substance abuse and related risk factors in Fairfax County in ways that are measurable and improve the well-being of youth, their families, and our communities. 

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Signature programs

One-time educational and awareness-building programs created and facilitated by UPC that are used by schools and community organizations across Fairfax County. Programs are evaluated by the participants and have consistently indicated an increase in knowledge base and an overall rating of high satisfaction with the programs.


Youth Council

Youth Council implements youth-driven prevention activities supporting a healthy lifestyle free of alcohol and other drugs.  Comprised of high school students and 8th-graders throughout Fairfax County who meet twice a month to plan their projects.