Northern Lights Against Substance Abuse

Lighting the Way to Prevent Substance Abuse since 2011

Our Mission

The Northern Lights Against Substance Abuse unites community members in Northern Anne Arundel County to reduce alcohol and drug abuse among youth and young adults through collaborative efforts using evidence based strategies.

Our Vision

Youth and young adults in Northern Anne Arundel County are free from alcohol and drug abuse.

Our Goals

  • Decrease underage drinking & Binge Drinking
  • Educate parents, youth, and community members about the negative consequences of underage drinking
  • Support law enforcement
  • Bring prevention awareness through community events

Click here to view our 2016 Community Needs Assessment!

Prevention Strategies


Compliance Checks

A compliance check is a strategy used by Police Officers to catch liquor retail establishments in the act of serving alcohol to underage youth by sending an underage cadet in the establishment to purchase alcohol. Citations are issued immediately to non-compliant establishments.

Results

Goal: Increase compliance checks of the Northern area retail establishments from 10% to 25%.

Outcome: 56 compliance checks – 156/56 (36% were checked)


Police saturation and party patrols

A saturation patrol is a police tactic wherein a large number of officers are concentrated into a small geographic area during a targeted time period.

A party patrol is the targeting of open parties in residential settings that are unlicensed taverns and/or outdoor areas with a history of attracting underage drinkers.

Results

Goal: Raise from zero to four hours per month

Outcome: 25 hours per month-total of 154.5 hours


Police Training
AA County Police Officers are offered training through the National Alcohol Enforcement Training Center in the areas of underage party dispersal, current Alcohol & Marijuana Laws, citation writing pertaining to youth alcohol offenses, adults serving minors, and innovative enforcement techniques.

(TAM) Training
TAM (Techniques in Alcohol Management) provides training to employees of retail establishments on False Identification detection, knowledge on the importance of checking ID’s, and the laws associated with serving a minor.

Results

Goal: Subsidize training for 100 employees of liquor establishments

Outcomes: 38 NLASA area participants


Media Advocacy
Local media outlets are used to distribute important information on current coalition prevention strategies, events, and meetings.


Northern Lights Events

Jun
21
Thu
Free Opioid Overdose Response Training @ AACo Department of Health
Jun 21 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Free Opioid Overdose Response Training @ AACo Department of Health | Annapolis | Maryland | United States

The Anne Arundel County Department of Health’s Adult Addiction Program is offering FREE training to community members on the use of intranasal naloxone to reverse an opioid overdose and prevent death. Trainees will receive a free naloxone nasal kit to administer to victims of opioid overdose.

Classes are Scheduled for:

  • Thursday, March 15, 2018 – 10:00 a.m. – noon
  • Thursday, April 12, 2018 – 10:00 a.m. – noon
  • Tuesday, May 8, 2018 – 10:00 a.m. – noon
  • Thursday, June 21, 2018 – 10:00 a.m. – noon

Classes will be located at 3 Harry S. Truman Pkwy, Annapolis, Maryland 21401 (Front Entrance), 10 AM to 12 PM.

To register, call the Naloxone Training Line at 410-222-1937, Monday through Friday between 8:00 AM and 4:30 PM.

Jun
30
Sat
Pathways Family Wellness Workshop @ Pathways
Jun 30 @ 8:30 pm – Jul 1 @ 1:00 am
Pathways Family Wellness Workshop @ Pathways | Annapolis | Maryland | United States

Pathways Family Wellness Workshop

The Pathways Family Wellness Workshop is a therapeutic and educational program for family members of adults or adolescents struggling with substance abuse. Through a combination of group therapy, learning sessions, and personal growth opportunities, participants will:

  • Gain facts and understanding about addiction disease and substance abuse, as well as relapse prevention strategies.
  • Examine stages of recovery for family members.
  • Develop effective skills for communication, coping and boundary-setting.
  • Participate in adventure therapy to increase self-awareness and behavioral changes that are important to the recovery process.
  • Develop supportive relationships with other participating families

Breakfast & lunch are provided.

Jul
13
Fri
NLASA Meeting @ Eastern District Police Station
Jul 13 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
NLASA Meeting @ Eastern District Police Station | Pasadena | Maryland | United States

Monthly NLASA Meeting

Aug
10
Fri
NLASA Meeting @ Eastern District Police Station
Aug 10 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
NLASA Meeting @ Eastern District Police Station | Pasadena | Maryland | United States

Monthly NLASA Meeting

Sep
14
Fri
NLASA Meeting @ Eastern District Police Station
Sep 14 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
NLASA Meeting @ Eastern District Police Station | Pasadena | Maryland | United States

Monthly NLASA Meeting

Areas We Serve


Contact Northern Lights

Click Here To Contact Us

nlasa@preventsubstanceabuse.org

410-349-7128

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Our Team

Local Evaluator – Christina Grey, MS
MSPF Coordinator -Pam Luby
Coalition Chair – Denise Williams

Northern Lights Against Substance Abuse Coalition is fiscally managed and staffed by Chesapeake Center for Youth Development, a local non-profit organization whose focus is improving the lives of youth.


 Our Members Include

AA County Board of License Commissioners
AA County Community Action Agency
AA County Department of Health
AA County Executive’s Office of Constituent Services
AA County Partnership for Children, Youth and Families

AA County Police Department
AA County Public Schools
Anne Arundel Community College
AA County State’s Attorney’s Office
ADEPT Behavioral Treatment

Baltimore Washington Medical Center
Chesapeake Center for Youth Development
Community Residents
Department of Juvenile Services
Housing Commission of AA County
Light of the World Family Ministries

Maryland State Licensed Beverage Association
Maryland Transportation Safety Office
National Alcohol Enforcement Training Center
Pathways Treatment Facility
The IMPACT Society
Transforming the Community