What is a coalition?

The Community Anti-Drug Coalitions America defines coalitions as a formal arrangement for collaboration among groups or sectors of a community, in which each group retains its identity but all agree to work together toward the common goal of a safe, healthy and drug-free community.

What are our core values?


Drug Free Sarasota is a coalition striving to increase community awareness of the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse.


How do we do it?

We make every effort to promote population-level change by implementing each of the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America’s “Seven Strategies for Community Change” which are to:

Provide Information:
Educational presentations, workshops or seminars, and data or media presentations (e.g., Public Service Announcements (PSAs), brochures, town halls, forums, web communication).

Enhance Skills: 
Workshops, seminars, or activities designed to increase the skills of participants, members, and staff (e.g., training and technical assistance, parenting classes, strategic planning retreats, model programs in schools).

Provide Support: 
Creating opportunities for participation in activities that reduce risk or enhance protection (e.g., providing alternative activities, mentoring, referrals for service, support groups, youth clubs, parenting groups, Alcoholics or Narcotics Anonymous).

Enhance Access/Reduce Barriers: 
Improving systems/processes to increase the ease, ability, and opportunity to utilize those systems and services (e.g., access to treatment, childcare, assuring transportation, housing, education, safety, and cultural sensitivity) in prevention initiatives.  

Reduce Access/Enhance Barriers:
Improving systems/processes to decrease the ease, ability, and opportunity for youth to access substances (e.g., raising the price of single-serve cans of alcohol, implementing retail alcohol/tobacco compliance checks).

Change Consequences (incentives/disincentives): 
Increasing or decreasing the probability of a specific behavior that reduces risk or enhances protection by altering the consequences for performing that behavior (e.g., increasing public recognition for deserved behavior, individual and business rewards,  taxes, citations, and fines; revocation/loss of privileges).

Change Physical Design: 
Changing the physical design or structure of the environment to reduce risk or enhance protection (e.g., re-routing foot/car traffic, modifying landscapes, improving lighting, decreasing outlet density, product placement, installing cameras). 

Modify/Change Policies:
Formal and informal change in written procedures, by-laws, proclamations, rules, or laws (e.g., workplace initiatives, law enforcement procedures and practices, public policy actions, systems change within the government, communities and organizations).  

NOTE: Drug Free Sarasota is a Drug Free Communities (DFC) Grantee and a recipient of Substance Abuse and Prevention (SAPT) grant funding.  The coalition cannot use state or federal funding for lobbying purposes. 

Who are We:

Drug Free Sarasota Coalition Staff

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Laura Carson
Florida Department of Health
Sarasota County Health & Human Services


To Be Announced
Director of Prevention
First Step of Sarasota. Inc.
Prevention Coalition Director
Drug Free Sarasota

1750 17th Street
Building G
Sarasota, Fl.  34234
O. 941.366.5333 ext. 5102

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Nathan L. Scott III, B.A., CCPP
Child Welfare Policy Coordinator
Florida Department of Health
Sarasota County Health & Human Services

Family Safety Alliance
2200 Ringling Blvd., Ste 207, Sarasota, FL 34237
Office: 941-861-2578
Cell: 941-526-8463

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Drug Free Sarasota
1750 17th Street Building G 
Sarasota, FL 34234941.552.2078 ext 1411