The Sumner/Bonney Lake Drug-Free Coalition in conjunction with the Sumner-Bonney Lake School District was awarded a Drug-Free Communities Support Program grant by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), in cooperation with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The coalition serves the communities within the Sumner School District, including Sumner, Bonney Lake and the surrounding areas, a community of about 44,000.
The goal of the coalition is to establish and strengthen community collaboration in support of local efforts to prevent youth substance use. These goals will be achieved by implementing the following:
As the community continues to collaborate and work together, we welcome new partners to participate in our monthly meetings held the 1st Monday of each month at the Sumner Police Department. In addition, outreach opportunities are available such as educating others, community events, survey support and community assessments.
- Completing a comprehensive community assessment to identify areas of high use of marijuana and alcohol
- Implementing a positive community norms campaign to change youth perceptions of frequency and acceptability of marijuana use
- Increasing the capacity of community residents to recognize and report marijuana and alcohol use and communicate to law enforcement through block watch training
- Implementing responsible vendor training with alcohol outlets to reduce sales to minors
- Increasing parent and adult knowledge of the consequences of providing alcohol and marijuana to minors
- Educating policy makers about the impact that policies and practices have on youth
If interested in participating, please contact Kim Nygard, Drug-Free Communities Coordinator at the Family Investment Center at (253) 891-6151.
For more information on substance abuse intervention and support, contact your child's school counselor.