The REGION 5 PREVENTION RESOURCE CENTER (PRC) is a program of the Alcohol & Drug Abuse Council of Deep East Texas (ADAC) and the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS). Our focus is threefold:
- To collect relevant data on underage drinking, marijuana abuse, prescription drug abuse and other drugs and to assess the need for prevention services in Region 5.
- To liaise with schools, public health, local & state governmental agencies, coalitions, and community organizations to raise public awareness, and to coordinate prevention preparedness.
- To educate retailers concerning the sale of tobacco to minors and encourage compliance to Texas tobacco laws.
Region 5 consists of 15 counties: Angelina, Hardin, Houston, Jasper, Jefferson, Nacogdoches, Newton, Orange, Polk, Sabine, San Augustine, San Jacinto, Shelby, Trinity and Tyler. Through coordinated working relationships within our region we are able to build a REGIONAL NEEDS ASSESSMENT that can then be used in the formulation and implementation of evidence-based approaches that will lead to effective and sustainable reductions in alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use and abuse, and an overall improvement in public health and welfare.
As we continue in the development of each years’ Regional Needs Assessment, we are seeking to expand our understanding of the problems, resources, and readiness within our region in order to address needs and discover existing gaps in services. This is made possible through the participation of agencies and organizations within our region and across the state. In addition, we provide presentations further detailing the work of the PRC and highlighting what research is revealing as emerging trends in drug, tobacco, and alcohol use and abuse.
Check out our RNA for 2016: