Stephen Hill – A Journey To Recovery – Parent/Student Presentation – November 27th 7:00-8:30 pm at South Side High School

Stephen Hill had everything going for him growing up: a loving family, lots of friends, and he excelled in school – especially sports. Elevated to play on the junior varsity lacrosse team in 8th grade, Stephen was introduced to drugs and alcohol by older peers. He started drinking and smoking his freshman year of high school, and his life quickly spiraled out of control. Before long, he was addicted to prescription painkillers and heroin. The American opioid epidemic has taken the lives of many and destroyed even more. At the height of Stephen’s addiction, it seemed as if it were just a matter of time before he ended up just another deadly statistic. After a decade of substance abuse, multiple failed attempts at treatment, and numerous arrests, Stephen was finally able to achieve long-term sobriety. His story of hope and recovery will leave readers inspired and with a better understanding of addiction and recovery. Stephen is now living out his passion Speaking Sobriety to teens, parents, and teachers at schools and community events all over the country.=

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Youth Coalition Members Help Spread Our Prevention Messages at Eat Shop Rock

On Sunday, September 30th, youth coalition members participated in East, Shop, Rock. This was an all day event attended by many community members of all ages. Important prevention information was distributed and everyone wore the “Live Drug Free T-Shirt”. It is important for our community to join forces with us to combat drug and alcohol use especially with our youth!

Rockville Centre Coalition Members Speak Out Against Legalizing Recreational Marijuana in New York State

Project Coordinator Quoted in Newsday while advocating against legalizing recreational marijuana in New York

On Thursday, September 27th, the Coalition Project Coordinator, along with Coalition Sector Members, attended one of two listening sessions on Long Island to advocate against the Legalization of Recreational Marijuana in New York State.This listening session took place at Hofstra University and all attendees were permitted to speak for two minutes. Attendees opposed to this legislation included medical professionals, parents, youth in recovery, educators and members of transportation organizations. The future of our Youth will be in great jeopardy if this law passes. A second listening session is scheduled for October 16th at 6:00 pm in Suffolk County. We are urging everyone to join our efforts and register to attend this listening session. Please register using this link:


Representatives from Rockville Centre are headed to Orlando, Florida to join nearly 2,000 substance use prevention and treatment specialists from around the world for CADCA’s (Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America) 17th annual Mid-Year Training Institute. Ruthanne McCormack, Project Coordinator, will be attending the conference, along with Coalition Sector members from the Rockville Centre Police Department, Commissioner James Vafeades and Detective Nicholas DeLuca.

The week-long training, held at the Gaylord Palms, will teach participants how to address one of our nation’s biggest public health challenges – drug use. CADCA’s Mid-Year Training Institute is a one-of-a-kind intensive training opportunity, offering more than 95 ninety-minute and half-day courses geared towards helping participants find solutions to their community’s toughest substance use problems.

“The Mid-Year is a unique professional development opportunity for coalition leaders and key community stakeholders to learn about the latest research and effective strategies that will directly help them in their critical work of preventing substance use and misuse” said Pat Castillo, Director, National Coalition Institute and Vice President of Training Operations. “After four days of intensive training, leaders will return to their communities with new knowledge, skills, strategies, along with new ways to add to their existing roadmaps to continue to create environments where youth thrive – healthy and drug.”

The Rockville Centre Coalition for Youth has as its principal mission the reduction of substance abuse, with a primary focus on reducing youth substance abuse. Its mission is to plan and implement strategies to prevent and reduce youth substance use and its associated consequences.

CADCA’s Mid-Year will cover a wide range of topics – everything from how to prevent prescription drug abuse and reduce heroin use to how to create tobacco-free environments, reduce impaired driving and develop policies to reduce marijuana use, synthetic drug use and underage drinking.

The coalition has recently positively impacted the community by placing a billboard outlining the harmful effects of electronic cigarettes, or vaping. The Billboard can be seen near the Recreation Center in a high traffic location. This Billboard, a collaborative effort by many members of the Coalition, is the latest initiative to encourage a drug-free lifestyle and was designed to grab the attention of both youth and their parents.
The coalition representatives will hear from several federal leaders, including Deputy Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy Jim Carroll, and Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Frances Harding.

Some coalition youth members will participate in CADCA’s Youth Leadership sessions and training events to help them become strong community leaders and change agents. The youth groups that are members of the Rockville Centre Coalition for Youth are: The RVC Youth Council, Inc., South Side Leos Club, SADD, Youth Decide, Dynamic Youth Community, as well as many other youths in Rockville Centre. Our youth members have attended Leadership Trainings and are actively involved in our prevention initiatives.

CADCA’s Mid-Year Training Institute will take place at the Gaylord Palms in Orlando, Florida, July 15 – 19, 2018. Visit the Mid-Year site for details about training sessions, speakers and special events at

The Rockville Centre Coalition for Youth was formed in August 2014 by two key community groups with strong records of preventing teen substance abuse. Our coalition has the resources it needs to continue operating with our membership and structures in-tact for the long-term. The Rockville Centre Coalition for Youth has made a lasting impact on our community that will successfully continue to provide information and raise awareness regarding the dangers of youth substance use and abuse.

The mission of CADCA (Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America) is to strengthen the capacity of community coalitions to create and maintain safe, healthy and drug-free communities globally. This is accomplished by providing technical assistance and training, public policy advocacy, media strategies and marketing programs, training and special events.