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Get help, learn refusal skills, and understand the legal consequences of alcohol & drug use!

Tips and tool on keeping your children safe and drug free!

Your role in the community is just as important as that of parents and guardians, learn why!

Use these tips and information to better understand your role as a gatekeeper in preventing underage drinking!

Don’t Light Up…Get Lit With a Bright Future

Interested in becoming a member or volunteering? Want to learn more about our coalition and the work we are doing?

What do parents need to know about prescription drug abuse?

If you are a concerned parent, you will want to watch this video about medicine abuse and share with friends, family, and neighbors .

The legal drinking age is 21! Suspect an adult is providing alcohol to underaged drinkers?

Learn the responsibility of adults when it comes to underage drinking.

What Cleveland County students are saying about alcohol...

In a recent survey of Cleveland County students:

Source: Pride Survey, March 2015, grades 9 and 12


reported using alcohol in the past year
reported alcohol is “fairly or very easy to get”
reported they get alcohol from an older adult, sibling or parent
reported alcohol was available when parents were not home

Talk It Out NC is an awareness campaign of the NC ABC Commission designed to educate and encourage parents to discuss the dangers of underage drinking with their children.

This website is an initiative of the Cleveland County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition.  The coalition’s work is supported by a combination of local, state and federal funding.  The coalition is a recipient of the Drug Free Communities Support Program Grant, NC Strategic Prevention Framework-Partnership for Success Grant, and NC Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant.

This website was developed, in part, under grant number 1H79SP020340-01 from the Office of National Drug Control Policy and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The views, opinions, and content of this publication are those of the authors and contributors, and do not necessarily reflect the views, opinions, or policies of ONDCP, SAMHSA, or HHS, and should not be construed as such.Copyright 2015 Cleveland County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition | All Rights Reserved | The Awen Group