Substance abuse

Substance abuse impacts not only individuals, but families, schools, workplaces, and communities. Prevention is designed to educate all people on the risks of substance use, thereby reducing the likelihood of misuse, abuse, and chemical dependency. When people make healthy decisions about the use of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs (ATOD), negative consequences of use are avoided. Additionally, for every dollar invested in Prevention, a savings of up to $10 in treatment can result. Age appropriate and culturally-specific program development and delivery ensures audiences are provided with accurate messages. Risk factors such as poor academic performance, family history, economic deprivation, and exposure to favorable attitudes about substance use can increase the probability that an individual will develop a substance abuse problem. In Prevention, positive messages delivered through education can combat these risk factors, ensuring individuals have the resources and knowledge to prevent harmful choices. Protective factors can be developed through skill-building and may include decision-making skills, improved communication, relationship-building, healthy alternatives, and exposure to positive social norms.

Learn about the abuse issues of specific drugs:

Drug-free Workplace Supervisor Training

Listed below are upcoming Drug-free Workplace Supervisor Training dates. These sessions are available without cost through our comprehensive Prevention grant, and provide information regarding the prevalence of drug and alcohol abuse, the related cost to employers, what constitutes reasonable suspicion of drug or alcohol abuse, the referral of employees who abuse alcohol or other drugs to the Employee Assistance Program (EAP), and more.

Iowa Law (Section 730.5 Private Sector Drug-free Workplace) requires supervisors involved with drug and/or alcohol testing to complete 2 hours of initial training and 1 hour of annual training thereafter; these trainings fulfills these requirements. In addition, any supervisors interested in learning about how a Drug-Free Workplace can benefit your company are encouraged to attend.

INITIAL Drug-free Workplace Supervisor Training
Thursday 10:00 AM to 12:00 noon

Drug-free Workplace Supervisor REFRESHER Training
Thursday 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM

  • February 8, 2018 (Registration Deadline: Monday, February 5 by 4:30 pm)
  • May 10, 2018 (Registration Deadline: Monday, May 7 by 4:30 pm)
  • August 9, 2018 (Registration Deadline: Monday, August 6 by 4:30 pm)
  • November 8, 2018 (Registration Deadline: Monday, November 5 by 4:30 pm)

All sessions will be held at our location on the corner of 5th and Grand: 505 5th Ave, STE 600 Des Moines, Iowa 50309

Please note - you MUST pre-register in order to attend these trainings, as space is limited. You may register for the training by calling Joe McQuerry at (515) 471-2334.

Thank you for your continued support!

12-Hour Drinking Driver Education Classes

505 Fifth Avenue, Suite 600
Des Moines, IA 50309

Day 1) Friday: 5:00-5:30PM Check-in, 5:30-9:30PM Class
Day 2) Saturday 8AM-4:30PM Class, ½ hour designated for lunch- bring your own

  • February 19 & 20
  • March 18 & 19 (Spanish Only)
  • April 15 & 16
  • May 20 & 21
  • June 17 & 18 (Spanish Only)
  • July 15 & 16
  • August 19 & 20
  • September 16 & 17 (Spanish Only)
  • October 21 & 22
  • November 18 & 19
  • December 16 & 17(Spanish Only)

505 Fifth Avenue, Suite 600, Des Moines, IA 50309

PAYMENT OPTIONS: MasterCard, VISA, Cash or Money Order Accepted (By phone or in person)

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