Substance Abuse Prevention and Control

Prevention Monthly Briefing

August 2021 | Issue #7
Prevention Monthly Briefing

Team/Person of the Month! Prevention Coalitions!

Kudos to LA Drug Alcohol Policy Alliance (LA DAPA) members for making its voices heard at the LA City Council hearing of June 30th regarding the Restaurant Beverage Program (RBP). The ordinance intends to give restaurants a set of conditions, including a conditional use permit (CUP) approval by the city to sell alcohol. Initially, the RBP’s CUP was granted without public input. With consistent messaging and comments from LA DAPA, the RBP ordinance was amended and allowance for more local control by each council district was provided. During this summer, LA DAPA members made a difference by compiling data and commenting on the specifics of the amendments and on how alcohol serving practices impact communities in the City of Los Angeles. To join this effort or any other exciting LA DAPA initiative, email:

SAPC Issues, Training & Resources

COVID-19 Update: A modified LA County Health Officer Order, effective Saturday, July 17th, reinstated indoor masking requirements for everyone, regardless of vaccination status. These new requirements are based on rapidly increasing community transmission of COVID-19, with cases up ninefold since the state of California reopened on June 15. On June 15, the day of the full reopening, the County saw 210 cases and in recent days, Public Health has reported as many as 1,902 new daily COVID-19 cases, the highest numbers we have seen since February 2021. Public Health continues to offer vaccinations with same-day, on-site registration at County-run vaccination sites. Please visit for more information.

SAPC kick-off 2nd Meth Free LA County Media Campaign: The first Meth Free LAC Media campaign was created in February 2020 to help address the meth epidemic in LA County. With the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbating current conditions, a second more targeted Meth Prevention Campaign was launched last month to reach those most at risk and their support system/allies of family and friends. On Monday, July 19th, a webinar for providers was held to assist Prevention network to learn about the social media assets from this campaign and how to, step-by-step, integrate them into your own prevention efforts. Please visit the campaign’s website at: and (Spanish).

Parks Parks After Dark (PAD) is back! LA County Parks, Board of Supervisors, Department of Arts and Culture, Probation, Public Social Services Departments, and SAPC are excited to welcome back this popular and FREE community program this summer at 33 County parks. LA County Parks will be hosting Friday night movies, arts and health workshops, and Saturday night concerts. For an event schedule and location of PAD near you, click here:

CADCA Prevention Training: CADCA’s four-day boot camp training is a condensed version of its National Coalition Academy, covering:
  • The public health model and prevention science
  • Coalition work
  • CADCA’s Seven Strategies for Community Change
  • All elements of the Strategic Prevention Framework
Questions? Email Sean Moore:
1-800-54-CADCA ext. 268
Day 1 & 2: September 8 and 9, 2021 10am-5pm EDT
Day 3 & 4: September 22 and 23, 2021 10am-5pm EDT
Register at

Alcohol And Other Drugs News Headlines:

Adolescent Marijuana, Alcohol use held Steady during COVID-19 Pandemic:

Cannabis use may be associated with Suicidality in Youth:

Drug overdose deaths in 2020 hit highest number ever recorded, CDC data shows:

SPA Coalition News (EPS)

Agency News (CPS, APS)

Upcoming Events and Deadlines:

August 30th is International Overdose Awareness Day and an opportunity to remember loved ones lost to overdose. OD is preventable and more can be done to save lives. Check the new SAPC drug overdose data report here

September - National Recovery Month - A national observance held every September to educate Americans that substance use treatment and mental health services can enable those with mental and substance use disorders to live healthy and rewarding lives. Now in its 32nd year, Recovery Month celebrates the gains made by those living in recovery. For ideas and promotional materials, see: National Recovery Month
Public Health has made reasonable efforts to provide accurate translation. However, no computerized translation is perfect and is not intended to replace traditional translation methods. If questions arise concerning the accuracy of the information, please refer to the English edition of the website, which is the official version.
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