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

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

Aug
16
Thu
Strengthening Families Program Facilitator Training @ TBD
Aug 16 @ 9:00 am – Aug 17 @ 4:00 pm
Aug
29
Wed
Protect Your Family From the Opioid Crisis @ Edgewater Community Library
Aug 29 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Protect Your Family From the Opioid Crisis @ Edgewater Community Library | Edgewater | Maryland | United States

Protect Your Family From the Opioid Crisis

Join us as we explore ways you can protect your family from an opioid addiction. We will also recommend resources to use if a loved one needs help to overcome their addiction.

Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/protect-your-family-from-the-opioid-crisis-edgewater-library-registration-44642640339

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

Oct
12
Fri
NLASA Meeting @ Eastern District Police Station
Oct 12 @ 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