Copper Corridor Substance Abuse Coalition

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This is a Drug Free Communities (DFS) funded community coalition, whose goals are to lower substance use in youth.

Substance include alcohol, marijuana, and prescription drugs (Opiates)

Through partnering with different sectors of the local communities, schools, police, fire departments, the legal system, hospitals, and local business partners, the Copper Coalition holds and supports events throughout the year to raise awareness of the dangers of drug abuse by teens and support the community efforts to reduce substance abuse.

Any concerned community member can join, and there are currently over 20 coalition members.

The Copper Corridor

Superior, Kearny, Hayden, Winkelman, Dudleyville, Mammoth, San Manuel, and Oracle
  • In Pinal County, the average age of youth starting to drink alcohol and use drugs is 12
  • More than 60% of 10 and 12th graders say it's easy to get alcohol and drugs
  • 38% of 8th graders in the Copper Corridor report using marijuana
  • Partnerships with local community members and agencies
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For more information contact:

Julie Craig

Real Stories

Testimonials from just a few of our valuable program participants, educators, and community members.

As part of Prevention Week (May 15-20,2020)  several of our Coalition staff are interviewing people in the community regarding youth substance abuse.    Today, Leo Ventresca,  Prevention Coordinator in Bullhead City, AZ speaks with Ronny Jones, a Peer Support Specialist.  Ronny shared with Leo his story of drug abuse at a young age, and the things he feels may help youth stay away from substance abuse in the future.   For…

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- Prevention Week Story #2

As part of Prevention Week, the communities team has been interviewing members of the community to hear how substance abuse has affected them. Here is one families story.

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- Prevention Week Stories

The Copper Corridor Community Substance Abuse Coalition recently reported the results of a survey of community members to help them focus their efforts. The surveys took responses from Adult and Youth community members in the Globe and Superior area in March and April of 2019. Arizona Youth Partnership Coalition Coordinator Bridget Penate was excited to see the results of the survey to focus the work of the Coalition on items…

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- Survey reveals community perceptions on substance abuse, underage drinking in Copper Corridor Julie Glass

This was an eye opener for me. I knew what was going to happen in the Mock DUI, but my heart sank once I seen all the kids in their makeup and staged. Just seeing the whole process that goes is amazing and how hard everyone works to help the victims. I am sooooo thankful for the hard work that Fire Fighters, Police, EMTs and Air Evac and everyone else…

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- Copper Corridor partners for Mock DUI at Superior High School Bridget Penate, Coalition Coordinator
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