North Coastal Prevention Coalition

NCPC Members

Background:

The North Coastal Prevention Coalition (NCPC) is a non-profit organization that began in 1993 as the Oceanside Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition. NCPC is governed by a 10 member Board of Directors, and has partnered with Vista Community Clinic since 1998 to manage grants and contracts.

Based on data collected from local school surveys, it remains clear that alcohol, marijuana and tobacco are the primary drugs of choice for adolescents. For this reason, NCPC remains committed to changing social norms and policies that contribute to youth access to alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana.

Coalition efforts include the support of “social host” ordinances to reduce underage drinking at home parties, enforcement of regulations to eliminate the sale of drug paraphernalia, and tobacco retail licensing to hold businesses accountable for tobacco sales to minors.

Coalition accomplishments in recent years include:

  • Sponsoring community forums on underage drinking in Carlsbad, Oceanside, and Vista, and creating a DVD that is aired on Time Warner cable.

  • Collaborating with law enforcement in Oceanside and Vista to train officers and inform the public about social host ordinances, which impose penalties for providing alcohol to minors at home parties.Since 2007, two billboards have been placed along the 78 freeway with corresponding media coverage.In addition, information was sent to all Oceanside residents in the July 2007 water bill, and KOCT produced a 9 minute video to inform the public.

  • Sponsoring the annual “420 Remix – A Celebration of Sober and Drug Free Life Choices” event to reclaim April 20 from a ‘marijuana holiday.’In addition to this annual event, NCPC works to eliminate drug paraphernalia and pro-drug items in retail establishments and outdoor street fairs.Over 16 North County street fairs have adopted vendor policies prohibiting the sale of “tobacco products, tobacco/drug paraphernalia or any item that promotes the use of illicit substances.”

  • Facilitating the North Coastal Prevention Youth Coalition, to provide leadership and advocacy training to high school age youth interested in substance abuse prevention.Youth coalition members have spoken at council meetings on various topics, including supporting Oceanside’s smoke free beaches, pier and parks policy.

  • Facilitating the Eastside Neighborhood Association in Oceanside to develop community building and leadership skills among neighborhood residents. ENA organized the first Día del Niño event in 2005, which has grown into an annual tradition bringing over 1,000 residents and children to Joe Balderrama Park.

North Coastal Prevention Coalition’s 25 years of service

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