Orange County Government, Florida

Drug Free Coalition

Initiatives

Secure Your Meds
Campaign

Seventy percent of children who abuse Prescription Drugs admit to getting them from friend and family, often taken from the home medicine cabinet without the person’s knowledge. Lock Your Meds!

Prescription Take Back Day (DEA)
Campaign

Orange County law enforcement in partnership with the Central Florida Drug Enforcement Administration and local community partners host Prescription Drug Take Back Days in the community for citizens to dispose of unwanted, expired and unused prescription medications for safe disposal.

For more information about DEA’s Prescription Take Back Day and collections sites in Orange County, please go to www.dea.gov.

Meth Prevention

US Department of Justice COPS Methamphetamine Initiative: The grant addresses prevention, training and the remediation of clandestine labs in the rural and urban areas of Orange County.

What Is Meth?

Methamphetamine is a highly addictive stimulant that affects the central nervous system. The drug is made easily in clandestine laboratories with relatively inexpensive over-the-counter ingredients. These factors combine to make methamphetamine a drug with high potential for widespread abuse.

Methamphetamine is commonly known as “speed”, “meth,” “chalk.” In its smoked form, it is often referred to as “ice,” “crystal,” “crank,” and “glass.” It is a white odorless, bitter tasting crystalline powder that easily dissolves in water or alcohol.

Short Term Effects
Of Meth

Loss of appetites and desire to sleep, paranoia, aggressive behavior, or violence, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, muscle twitches and uncontrolled movements are typical, compulsive jaw clenching which causes sore jaw muscles and headaches, bad acne, body sores, elevated breath rate, heart rate and body temperature and convulsions.

Long Term Effects
Of Meth

Tooth decay, psychotic behavior and violence, hallucinations and delusions, homicidal or suicidal thoughts, strokes, heart infections, kidney and liver damage, increase risk of HIV/AIDS, brain damage and death.

Preventing Methamphetamine

Law enforcement cannot solve the Methamphetamine problem by themselves. If you suspect a Meth Lab in your neighborhood, call CRIMELINE at 800-423-TIPS. Your call is anonymous.

Federal Grant

Federal Drug Free Communities Support Program Grant - Work collaboratively with community partners, law enforcement, schools, higher education, faith-based, parents and other community members to develop and implement a comprehensive strategic action plan to reduce alcohol use and other drug use among youth/young adults:

  • Collect statistics and data on use rates, age of initiation and attitudes on youth and young adults’ underage drinking and marijuana use, non-medical use of prescription drugs and other drug use to determine trends and develop education and prevention strategies.
  • Provide parents, adults and community-based agencies with education and training on prevention strategies and resources on alcohol and other drug use among youth/young adults
  • Work with local retailers on training and compliance with Florida law.
  • Work in collaboration with law enforcement to ensure compliance of underage drinking laws, DUI law, and support coordinated drug enforcement details.

Collegiate Grant

Collegiate Success Initiative (CSI) STOP Act Grant - Designed to enhance our campus/community collaborative to address underage drinking issues among the 18-20 year old college students. The campus/community collaborative will:

  • Conduct a needs assessment
  • Develop a comprehensive community action plan
  • Evaluation plan
  • Provide progress reports on evidence-based environmental practices that address the target population

Contact Us

Office for a Drug Free Community
109 E. Church Street, LL
Orlando, FL 32801

Phone: (407) 836-7335
Fax: (407) 836-5391