The Malheur County Drug Free Communities (DFC) Coalition convened its first meeting in October of 2006. Its mission is preventing and reducing substance abuse among youth in Malheur County. Most of the founding coalition members are still active. The DFC Coalition merged with the Cradle to Career (C2C) Partnership in January 2014. The DFC Coalition maintains its own membership and subcommittees, while benefitting from the depth and breadth of the C2C Partnership.
The DFC Coalition is committed to promoting and creating a drug free environment for youth by:
- Collaborating with the Oregon Health Authority, Addictions and Mental Health Division to implement the Oregon mORe Positive Community Norms Campaign. This campaign uses flyers, billboards, videos, and community wide trainings to motivate youth to be drug free by addressing misconceptions about use and promoting the positive, supportive community beliefs that surround our youth.
- Hosting Red Ribbon Week for the largest school districts in the county. This program promotes drug free activities by offering drug free presentations in middle school and high school classrooms and distributing information about Red Ribbon Week drug free activities in the community.
- Working with law enforcement agencies to enforce underage drinking laws and tobacco possession regulations. One activity to do this is to promote messages to stay safe and sober. The DFC Coalition partners with law enforcement and the local Traffic Safety Commission to host interactive information booths at the county fair. These partners have also implemented Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws (EUDL) minor decoy operations, hosted server trainings with the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, and started a counter-marketing campaign at local bars and restaurants to stay sober and not drink and drive.
- Providing education and advocacy about drug free communities at many well attended community events, such as the Caregivers Conference and the Emerging Leaders Youth Summit.