The Panhandle Prevention Coalition (PPC) is a part of the Panhandle Partnership for Health and Human Services. We are comprised of local community coalitions and a regional coalition united together by our passion and dedication to healthy and safe people across the lifespan. Our efforts include, but are not limited to, reducing underage drinking, binge drinking, drinking and driving, tobacco prevention and prescription drug abuse in the Nebraska Panhandle. The PPC mobilizes grassroots policy change, enforcement and education with many tools and through many venues including mass media. The PPC raises awareness of current social norms and trends while seeking to change social
context and individual behaviors around substance abuse.
Our community partners include concerned parents, public health, health care workers, law enforcement, social service professionals, community leaders, elected officials, educators, business owners, volunteers and citizens both locally and statewide who seek safe communities for our children and families to live and grow. We work collaboratively with many partners to open discussions, educate, initiate policy change and mobilize resources.
Our most recent achievements include:
• Supported the Use and Lose legislation passed into Nebraska law in 2010.
• 340 retail alcohol compliance checks since September 2009.
• 14 responsible beverage server training classes with over 600 participants and an average 47 percent increase between pre and post-tests scores.
• Twenty six sobriety check points since September 2009 resulting in 965 stops, 312 citations, 48 drug and alcohol related citations and 71 other arrests.
What are our 2014 goals?
1. Continue grassroots policy work to address underage drinking, binge drinking, drinking and driving, tobacco use, and prescription drug abuse.
2. Strengthen K-12 & post-secondary school policies.
3. Strengthen enforcement of alcohol laws.
Here’s a snapshot of what’s going on in our community:
• Implementation of a local and state wide media campaign Be Strong– Be The Influence.
• Participation across the Panhandle in the National Drug Take Back held twice annually.
• Annual Responsible Alcohol Merchant/s Award (RAMA), recognizing alcohol merchants actively involved in promoting a positive, healthy community by restricting youth access to alcohol.
Here’s what you can do:
Together, we are united for Change.
• Talk early and often to your kids about not using tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs. Create clear expectations.
• Always enforce the minimum drinking age of 21.
• Call law enforcement if you suspect underage parties or drinking and driving at any age at1-888-MUST-BE-21.
• Thank law enforcement for providing compliance checks and responsible alcohol and tobacco training.
• Involve youth in planning and implementing healthy activities.
• Contact us if you know of any alcohol merchants you’d like to see recognized for their prevention work.
• Keep track of what medications you have at home. Limit access to these drugs and keep your home safe by properly disposing of old and unused medicines at the Prescriptions Drug Take Back.