Prevention Programs

DFC, Volunteers for Youth’s federally funded Drug Free Communities (DFC) Support Project, works to reduce substance abuse among our youth, with a particular emphasis on underage drinking and prescription drug misuse. The 10-year project focus is to eliminate factors in the Oologah community that increase the risk, and promote the elements that minimize substance abuse. The youth-serving programs offered by Volunteers for Youth are an ideal setting for putting these protective factors in place and our DFC goals are interwoven throughout each of our projects. We work within the Oologah Community Coalition, a local coalition, on this project. Coalition members represent twelve sectors of the community standing in solidarity with the DFC project as we combat substance abuse issues among youth.

Dawn Holland Caitlin Turpel

Click here to read a DFC Success Story!

2015_gtg_logo_RGB-01 HLP The TSET Healthy Living Program is a community-based grant. The HLP works to prevent and reduce tobacco use and obesity across Oklahoma. Work is targeted to places where it can make the most impact on our health:
-Cities and governments
-Community organizations and institutions (including faith-based, nonprofits, senior centers, child care, food banks and farmers markets)
The TSET Board of Directors awarded 50 community-based grants to organizations like Volunteers for Youth. These organizations serve 63 counties. The five-year grant cycle began July 1, 2015.
As a Healthy Living Program grantee, Volunteers for Youth works on sustainable changes to make our communities healthier. We strive to:
– Prevent and reduce tobacco use
– Increase physical activity
– Improve nutrition
If you have questions or want to partner with us please contact any of our HLP Staff :
Amber Brassfield Jody Reiss Alyson Short

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About PFS The Partnership for Success grant comes from the Cherokee Nation. With these funds, PFS, addresses the significant issues surrounding prescription drugs and the effect on 12-25 year olds in Rogers County. Strategies were identified after a complete community assessment approved by Cherokee Nation and the Healthy Community Partnership. Past successes in reducing problems associated with prescription medications include working with Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics to place five drug disposal boxes in Rogers County, reducing the chance for non- medical use of narcotics. New Oklahoma legislation allows non-medical personnel, law enforcement, and family members to purchase and administer Naloxone, an overdose reversal medication, through a nasal mist. Our strategies include information and training on Naloxone to reduce the number of accidental overdoses and allow time for emergency medical interventions in these cases. For any questions please contact : Amy Graham

Prescription drug abuse is Oklahoma’s fastest growing drug problem.

If you or a loved one need help with drug dependence or addiction, in Oklahoma, call 211 for a treatment referral near you.

Signs of prescription drug misuse/abuse:

By Mayo Clinic Staff

The most commonly abused prescription drugs are:

  • Opioids, such as oxycodone (Oxycontin, Roxicodone) and those containing hydrocodone (Vicodin, Lortab, Norco), used to treat pain
  • Anti-anxiety medications and sedatives, such as alprazolam (Xanax) and diazepam (Valium), and hypnotics, such as zolpidem (Ambien), used to treat anxiety and sleep disorders
  • Stimulants, such as methylphenidate (Ritalin, Concerta, others), dextroamphetamine and amphetamine (Adderall XR) and dextroamphetamine (Dexedrine), used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and certain sleep disorder.

Opioid overdose – If you suspect an opioid overdose call 911 immediately!

Due to their effect on the part of the brain which regulates breathing, opioids in high doses can cause respiratory depression and death. An opioid overdose can be identified by a combination of three signs and symptoms referred to as the “opioid overdose triad”. The symptoms of the triad are:

  • pinpoint pupils
  • unconsciousness
  • respiratory depression.

Combining opioids with alcohol and sedative medication increases the risk of respiratory depression and death, and combinations of opioids, alcohol and sedatives are often are often present in fatal drug overdoses.

Signs and symptoms of prescription drug abuse
Opioid painkillers Sedatives and anti-anxiety medications Stimulants
Constipation Drowsiness Reduced appetite
Nausea Confusion Agitation
Feeling high (euphoria) Unsteady walking High body temperature
Slowed breathing rate Slurred speech Insomnia
Drowsiness Poor concentration High blood pressure
Confusion Dizziness Irregular heartbeat
Poor coordination Problems with memory Anxiety
Increased pain with higher doses Slowed breathing Paranoia


Other signs include:

  • Stealing, forging or selling prescriptions
  • Taking higher doses than prescribed
  • Excessive mood swings or hostility
  • Increase or decrease in sleep
  • Poor decision-making
  • Appearing to be high, unusually energetic or revved up, or sedated
  • Continually “losing” prescriptions, so more prescriptions must be written
  • Seeking prescriptions from more than one doctor