Drug-Free Communities Coalitions
Local Problems, Local Solutions
DFC Coalitions reported targeting the following substances in 2019:
- Alcohol use
- Marijuana use
- Prescription drug misuse
- Tobacco/nicotine use
- Heroin and fentanyl use
- Methamphetamine use
A Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Coalition is a community-based formal arrangement for cooperation and collaboration among community groups or sectors. Each group retains its identity and agrees to work together toward a common goal.
Representatives from 12 sectors organize and meet to address local youth substance use. Together, as a coalition, they are driven by local conditions to implement local solutions that will build a safe, healthy, and drug-free community.
The 12 sectors are:
- youth-serving organizations
- law enforcement
- religious or fraternal organizations
- civic or volunteer groups
- healthcare professional or organizations
- state, local, and tribal government agencies
- and other local organizations involved in reducing substance use
DFC coalitions select at least two substances their coalition will focus on targeting in their community. Most DFC coalitions reported targeting efforts to address use of alcohol, marijuana, tobacco products, and misuse of any prescription drug.
In fiscal year 2020 (October 2019 – September 2020), more than 700 DFC coalitions across the United States received funding. In 2019, 1 in 5 Americans lived in a community with a DFC-funded coalition. Since 2005, 51% of the U.S. population has lived in a community with a DFC coalition.