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AlaskaSAM is pleased to have affiliates in Alaska. We’ll share more information about them soon.


Mission: With determination and integrity, we, the citizens of Yavapai County, commit to working in partnership to build healthier communities by striving to eliminate substance abuse and its effects.

Leadership Team: Sheila Polk, Yavapai County Attorney and Co-Chair of MATFORCE
Doug Bartosh, Cottonwood City Manager and Co-Chair of MATFORCE Merilee Fowler, Executive Director of MATFORCE

Contact: Visit us online at and Contact us at

SAM Arizona News & Information

SAM is pleased to have affiliates in California. We’ll share more information about them soon.
ColoradoSAM is pleased to have affiliates in Colorado.

Contact: Bob Doyle, Executive Director of Colorado Tobacco Education and Prevention Alliance | 720-508-4290


Connecticut Association of Prevention Practitioners, Inc.

The association, also known as CAPP, aims to create and sustain a diverse, statewide prevention association that provides opportunities to engage in activities that enhance healthy lives through advocacy, recognition, promotion of effective practices and cultural and professional diversity. CAPP believes in alliance with local, state, and national organizations to protect the community, and currently engages in conversations, education, awareness and prevention regarding today’s marijuana.

For more information contact: President John Daviau 203-530-4314

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Drug Free Hawaii


Contact: Alan Shinn, or Melissa Kim-Tom,

Mission Statement: To reduce and prevent drug abuse in Hawaii through awareness, education and action. Despite odds strongly favoring approval, SAM Hawaii defeated the de facto legalization, or “decriminalization,” bill in the state legislature shortly after SAM leaders traveled to the islands. Working with local community advocates and supportive legislators, SAM’s team, led by Patrick Kennedy, Kevin Sabet and John Redman, held legislative briefings, met privately with the governor, led press conferences and conducted several community meetings. However, all credit must go to the newly formed SAM Hawaii chapter, which mobilized the community and held rallies and press conferences after our the SAM team’s departure. Learn more:

  • ‘Project SAM’ in Hawaii to educate and raise awareness of marijuana issues
  • Hawaii House Kills Bill to Decriminalize Marijuana

Hawaii Drug Statistics:

Approximately 10% of Hawaiian residents reported past-month use of illicit drugs; the national average was 8%.

21.4% (National Average 25%) or 14,000 youths aged 12 to 17 in Hawaii used marijuana in the past year. 8.29% Youth (aged 12-17) used marijuana in the past month. (No indication of how many total aged 12-17 there are in Hawaii)

24.74% of youth (aged 12-17) perceive there being a risk of smoking marijuana once a month. Only 41.76% of youth aged 12 to 17 perceive it to be a great risk to have 5 or more drinks of an alcoholic beverage once or twice a week.

There were 1,524 arrests for marijuana offenses in Hawaii in 2007, representing an arrest rate of 119 per 100,000, which ranks Hawaii at number 51 in the nation. For example, the number of medical marijuana registrants for the state increased 260 percent from 2006 (2,241 individuals) through 2010 (8,067 individuals).

Hawaii ranks #2 in the nation for the percentage of drug-related treatment admissions that are Meth-related. The data show marijuana is the most commonly cited drug among primary drug treatment admissions in Hawaii.

In 2010, there were 2,049 people who went to treatment for marijuana dependence. Of this population, 64% were male, and 36% were female (Nationally 73.4% male and 26.6 female The largest age group to be treated this year was 12-17 year olds at 72.8% (Nationally 12-17 year olds compromise 28.6%).

SAM Hawaii News & Information

IndianaSAM is pleased to have affiliates in Indiana. We’ll share more information about them soon.

Alliance of Coalitions for Change (AC4C)

Mission: To unify Iowa prevention coalitions to affect positive change.

Short-term goals: We always appreciate support of the three work groups existing within the AC4C structure. They are:


  • 1) Communications and Marketing:


      Identify and meet training and technical assistance needs of community coalitions; Link new and experienced coalitions for technical assistance; Provide information regarding resources on training the technical assistance needs of community coalitions;


  • 2) Capacity:

Disseminate information to potential and current AC4C members; Promote involvement in the AC4C organization among communities and other entities; Increase awareness of the need for and promote action to have a substance free Iowa;



  • 3) Legislative:

Collaborate with the community and statewide entities to advocated and educated on substance abuse legislation, policies, and related issues.


Leadership team

Angie Asa-Lovstad, Chair of AC4C and Executive Director of Kossuth Connections Coalition

Heidi Bainbridge, Co-Chair of AC4C and DFC Director of VanBuren SAFE Coalition

Kelly Wooden, Treasurer of AC4C and Director of Boone County SAFE

Jennifer Husmann, Chair of Legislative Workgroup and Director of Jones County SAFE Youth Coalition

Kathy Getting, Chair of Capacity Workgroup and Director of Power Up YOUth

Amy Simpson, Board Member at Large and Director of Positively Spencer Youth

Katya Boltanova, Board Member at Large and Lead Trainer for CADCA in Central Asia

Deb Quintus, Co-Chair of Legislative Workgroup and Director of Garner Asset Project (Deb is the organization’s subject matter expert regarding marijuana.) Contact

Deb Quintus,

MaineSAM is pleased to have affiliates in Maine. We’ll share more information about them soon.

Talbot Partnership for Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse

Talbot Partnership, which was founded in 1991 as a 501(c)3 community coalition, encourages the community to recognize the problems and implement solutions related to alcohol, tobacco and other drug abuse by implementing policies, promoting early intervention programs and building a community culture that favors drug-free youth.

Talbot Partnership now has a long history of activities and programs in Talbot County of building strong community norms through education and advertising, advocating for laws and policies that make it hard for youth to get alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, support numerous grassroots community initiatives to raise awareness of substance abuse, helping families through programs such as Guiding Good Choices and Safe Homes, provide research-based tools for parents, schools and the community,serving as fiscal agents for organizations providing community youth outreach and services, and working with youth to encourage healthy choices.

Talbot Partnership for Alcohol & Other Drug Abuse Prevention is a community coalition that has built a membership base of more than 80 organizations and individuals over the past 22 years. Members agree to work toward the common vision of a safe, healthy, substance abuse-free community by supporting or engaging in activities that promote the goals of the coalition:

  • building community norms for drug-free youth,
  • helping parents set limits in loving ways,
  • providing youth with skills and motivation to make healthy choices,
  • decreasing underage access to tobacco, alcohol and other drugs,
  • and stopping chemical dependence early.

Mission Talbot Partnership, through its coalition, encourages the community to recognize the problems and implement solutions related to alcohol, tobacco and other drug abuse by implementing policies, promoting early intervention programs and building a culture that favors a healthy, safe and drug-free community.

Leadership Gary Pearce, Executive Director


8 Goldsborough St. Easton, MD 21601


E-mail: info@talbotpartnership


Massachusetts Prevention Alliance (MAPA)


Contact: Heidi Heilman,

Mission: The Massachusetts Prevention Alliance is a statewide organization that provides educational resources and advocates for sound public health and safety policies to protect and promote the health and well-being of all Massachusetts youth. The Massachusetts Prevention Alliance envisions a day when the health and well being of all Massachusetts youth is central in all policies.

Massachusetts Drug Control Update Massachusetts Bureau of Substance Abuse Services

Massachusetts Law About Marijuana Possession

Boston Public Health Commission – Substance Abuse Report U.S. Department of Health – Mass. Adolescent Substance Abuse

SAMHSA: Mass. Substance Abuse and Mental Illness

Project SAM launches in Massachusetts to educate and raise awareness on marijuana issues

BOSTON– Project SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana) has come to Massachusetts as part of its new national dialogue on policy issues related to marijuana use and legalization. The organization is launching a statewide affiliate, SAM Massachusetts, a project of the Massachusetts Prevention Alliance (MAPA), to facilitate a discussion on marijuana use, the potential impact it has on health, and policy solutions that will help the state implement a responsible medical marijuana program.

“Misconceptions about marijuana are becoming more and more prevalent, especially in Massachusetts, a state with some of the highest levels of youth marijuana use in the nation” said former U.S. Congressman Patrick Kennedy, Project SAM chairman. “It’s time to clear the smoke and get the facts out about this drug.”

“We are thrilled to launch Project SAM as part of a statewide educational effort about marijuana,” said Heidi Heilman, Coordinator of SAM Massachusetts and president of MAPA. “This is not about demonizing or legalizing marijuana, but rather educating the public about the most misunderstood drug in the country.”

In Massachusetts, with the passage of decriminalization in 2008 and medical marijuana in 2012, young people think marijuana use is no big deal. And legalization proponents, who have their eye on 2016, are capitalizing on that through a wellfunded national media and lobbying campaign. Marijuana is the number one drug of abuse among our kids and the top reason Massachusetts teens are in treatment.

“Massachusetts’ rates of youth marijuana use are significantly higher than in the rest of the country,” Kennedy said. “And fewer kids in Massachusetts think smoking marijuana is harmful compared to the past. I have seen firsthand the debilitating effects of marijuana addiction.”

It’s more than just the addict, it’s the families who Kennedy said teens who smoke marijuana have a 1 in 6 chance of becoming addicted and have significantly lower levels of IQ later in life. “We are here to educate,” said Heilman. “Through smart legislation, we can fix the problems in the new Massachusetts medical marijuana program. “Massachusetts citizens were promised marijuana would be confined to the very sick when Question 3 passed last November legalizing marijuana for medicinal purposes. Senator Keenan’s bill S1031 better delivers what the people of the Commonwealth understood they were voting on in Question 3. This legislation works to hold the marijuana industry accountable in that regard,” Heilman said.

SAM Massachusetts News & Information
MinnesotaSAM is pleased to have affiliates in Minnesota.

National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse – St. Louis Area

Mission: The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse (NCADA) – St. Louis Area is a community health agency providing information, intervention, referral to treatment, prevention and advocacy services. NCADA works to better educate the public about the realities of marijuana and seeks to halt to any legislative efforts to legalize the use of marijuana in Missouri. Contact:

Howard Weissman – NCADA Executive Director,

Dan Duncan – NCADA Associate Executive Director, 314-962-3456


Join Together Northern Nevada

Mission: To build successful partnerships that create healthy, drug-free communities
We believe numerous strategies are needed to adequately address substance abuse in our community. Essentially, we believe we can make an impact only through a coordinated effort with our partners. Short-term goals:

  • Provide communities with a safe place to discuss all sides of the issues related to substance abuse
  • Provide access to needed prevention, intervention and treatment resources
  • Work collaboratively within communities to develop and implement strategies to reduce the effects of substance abuse on communities. We will do this through working groups focused on marijuana, heroin, prescription drugs, underage drinking and methamphetamine

Contact: Visit us online at To get involved, please contact Jennifer DeLett-Snyder at


Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence

Mission: Established in 1956, the council, also known as LICADD, has continuously delivered successful evidence-based programs to prevent alcoholism, treat substance abuse and promote addiction recovery. With offices in Mineola, Ronkonkoma and Riverhead, LICADD provides a comprehensive array of support programs for family members and loved ones of addicted persons. The agency offers a network of recovery support programs for persons seeking to maintain their sobriety.

LICADD provides crisis interventions, screenings, brief interventions, referrals to treatment (SBIRT), and planned family interventions. Our prevention programs include Too Good for Drugs for children grades K-12 (TGFD), Teen Intervene, parent workshops, alcohol education classes and professional training. LICADD’s Open Arms Employee Assistance Program serves 60,000 employees and their families annually, providing confidential assistance, supervisory trainings, and psychological first aid following workplace trauma. Contact:

114 Old Country Road

Suite 114

Mineola, NY 11501


Dr. Jeffrey Reynolds, Ph.D, CEAP, SAP – Executive Director –

Steven Chassman, LCSW, CASAC – Clinical Director

Ashley Gunther, JD – Director of Philanthropy

Monica Ann Wakely, LCSW, SAP – Director of Employee Services

NorthCarolinaSAM is pleased to have affiliates in North Carolina. We’ll share more information about them soon.

Drug Free Action Alliance

Mission: Leading the way in promoting healthy lives through the prevention of substance abuse and related problems.


Marcie Seidel, OCPS I, executive director,

Tony Coder, assistant director,


Ocean State Prevention Alliance

Mission: The Ocean State Prevention Alliance (OSPA) is a coalition of prevention specialists and mental health professionals committed to reducing the negative impact marijuana has on Rhode Island communities, especially among youth. We also aim to reduce the negative impact marijuana legislation is likely to have on our state.

OSPA advocates for policies, practices and community programs that protect youth from the harmful effects of marijuana. OSPA also is working to address the unintended consequences of current marijuana laws in Rhode Island. Contact

Nancy DeNuccio,


Prevention Works

Website: Contact: Lori Augustyniak, Mission, Vision: Prevention Works! is a statewide coalition of community prevention coalitions. Our vision is that all communities in Vermont are healthy, safe and thriving. We seek to create and lead advocates to work collaboratively on policy, practice and attitudes that promote prevention, health and wellness with one voice. We coordinate statewide efforts to:

  • Promote prevention health and wellness to policymakers and communities
  • Build local and statewide capacity for prevention advocacy
  • Establish sustainable funding for prevention, health and wellness

Vermont Drug Statistics:

SAM Vermont News & Information

Washington Association for Substance Abuse and Violence Prevention (WASAVP)

Website: Look for the WASAVP blog here.

Contact: Derek Franklin, WASAVP Vice President,

Mission: The mission of WASAVP is to unite prevention advocates in Washington state to create environments supporting safe and healthy communities through prevention of substance abuse and violence.

In support of its mission, WASAVP commits to:


    • Advocate on behalf of the statewide prevention community


    • Encourage mobilization of communities for prevention activities and strategies


    • Sustain and expand investment in prevention for local communities


    • Support an inclusive continuum of prevention strategies


    • Foster collaboration among prevention organizations


    • Promote sustainability for prevention programs


    • Encourage collaboration among funding sources


    • Influence public policy to support prevention


Washington Drug Statistics

Summary: Marijuana in Washington Washington State Drug Abuse Statistics Washington Drug Control Update

SAM Washington News & Information

WisconsinSAM is pleased to have affiliates in Wisconisn.

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