Drug & Alcohol Prevention

Overview of Service

Here is community-based information dissemination, education, and alternative activities.

Eligible Population

  • All Ages

Core Components of the Service

Venango County Drug and Alcohol Program provides school and community-based Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs (ATOD) prevention and education services. These programs are designed to reduce individual and environmental risk factors and to increase protective factors.

Service Provider

Venango County Drug and Alcohol Program 

1 Dale Avenue, Franklin, PA 16323

814-432-9100

Project Alert

Project Alert is an evidence-based program that addresses the pro-drug mindset of today's teens and effectively increases their likelihood to remain drug-free. The program is available as requested by the local school districts.

Too Good for Drugs

Too Good for Drugs is an evidence-based prevention program designed to reduce risk factors and enhance protective factors related to alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use among students. The curriculum is designed to develop five essential life skills:

  1. Goal setting
  2. Decision making
  3. Bonding with pro-social others
  4. Identifying and managing emotions
  5. Communicating effectively

This program is currently offered to the fifth graders in the local school districts.

Applebee Pond

On Applebee Pond is a research-based curriculum consisting of puppet scripts that focus on self-esteem, drug and alcohol information, and social skills. Student mentors from the high school are trained and present the program to elementary students. The program is available as requested by the local school districts.

Intervention for Nicotine Dependence: Education, Prevention, and Tobacco Health (INDEPTH)

INDEPTH is a new, convenient alternative to suspension or citation that helps schools and communities address the teen vaping problem in a more supportive way. The curriculum includes all nicotine products. 

Outreach Services

The prevention program offers outreach services to individuals with a high risk for contracting communicable diseases resulting from substance abuse and injection drug use. The purpose of this outreach is to inform and then encourage healthy decision making, including the decision to enter treatment.

Gambling Awareness

The Prevention Program offers presentations and community activities for the purpose of increasing public awareness about problem and compulsive gambling. Programs include:

  • Clean Break (grades 9-12)
  • Gambling Away the Golden Years (older adults)
  • In Search for Balance (older adults)
  • Wanna Bet (grades 3-8)
  • We Know Better (grades 4-9)
  • Stacked Deck (grades 9-12)
  • Know Limits (grades 7-9)