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.


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.


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.


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.

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Northern Lights Events

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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

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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

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

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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

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

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