Community – The Anti-Drug Organization

Community – The Anti-Drug (CTAD) is a community organization comprised of parents, local government, school officials, clergy and hcommunity-the-anti-drug-logo-1-2ealthcare providers.

Link to the CTAD website:  Community – The Anti Drug

The mission of this coalition is to reduce the use and abuse of alcohol, marijuana, and other drugs among our students and young adults in Bannockburn, Deerfield, Highland Park, Highwood, and Riverwoods.

The Coalition is a volunteer-led organization that seeks to build and sustain a strong foundation that through education, prevention and intervention strategies creates a safe, healthy, and drug-free community.

Established in 2009 as Parents – The Anti-Drug (PTAD), the coalition expanded to include a variety of community representatives and became CTAD in 2015. With increased capacity from the new membership, CTAD builds on the initial work of PTAD while broadening the scope and reach of activities.

Through generous funding from the Healthcare Foundation of Highland Park and other foundations listed on our Partners page, CTAD acquired an Executive Director in 2016 to coordinate the efforts of the many partner organizations and individual involved residents.

To create a safe, healthy, and drug-free community, CTAD ‘s goals are to:

  • Decrease access to alcohol and marijuana
  • Increase communication among students, parents and community members
  • Provide community awareness on substance abuse education programs in the school and community
  • Improve student social-emotional wellness through increased student engagement

In addition to distributing information, such as monthly parent newsletters and the annual Access Awareness Campaign, CTAD’s member organizations review and recommend consistent school policies, local ordinances, and available resources across each community to ensure a comprehensive approach that supports our youth from all angles.