PACCs across North Carolina have the support they need to succeed in their efforts to reduce substance abuse in their communities.
To identify the ways and means for state and community partners to collaboratively nurture and support communities as they mobilize for change to reduce substance abuse.
It is important to note that coordinated and comprehensive efforts to address any problem lead to positive results. Across the state of North Carolina, there have been numerous initiatives to address substance abuse prevention in our local communities. These initiatives have spawned from neighborhood association members sitting at a kitchen table concerned about what’s happening in the schools, to mothers losing their children from drunk driving incidents, youth sharing their prescription meds at a party, or administrators worrying about binge drinking on college campuses. All of these scenarios
highlight community members who are concerned about the conditions that lead to increased problems with alcohol and drug abuse.
As these members came together to execute specific action steps toward achieving solutions, groups were created. Numerous diverse groups across our state affiliate themselves with networks or unions that assist in addressing social conditions that are related to substance abuse in local communities. Either through grant awards, county earmarks, or just concerned citizens, “united” groups have been formed.
Bringing these groups together to network, share ideas and combine efforts is important to prevent duplication and to leverage resources to address identified community concerns. Thus, the concept of a PACC was actualized. PACC is uniting Partnerships, Alliances, Coalitions and Collaboratives across the state that have a common goal of addressing substance abuse prevention. It is not a membership organization, but a combined effort to “identify the ways and means for state and community partners to collaboratively nurture and support communities as they mobilize for change to reduce substance abuse”.
For more information about NC PACCs, download our brochure. PACC – Brochure