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Local Concerns Require Local Solutions.

Fairfield CARES Community Coalition brings together a wide array of local residents to help address the issues of youth and young adult substance use and mental health wellness. We initiate programs that address youth mental health and that provide guidance for positive wellness outcomes. We do this by applying best practice and proven effective strategies. While our target audience is youth and their parents, we also focus on the community environment, such as ensuring alcohol and vape retailers check IDs and do not sell to youth.

Our Priorities

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Through the work of the Fairfield CARES Coalition, the 7th-12th grade alcohol use has declined from 38% in 2008 to 21% in 2019.



More than 50 teens joined the Fairfield CARES Youth Committee to help peers know the risks of substance use, including vaping.

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Since June 2022, Fairfield CARES has trained 81 people to  use Narcan, the antidote for an opioid overdose.

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Fairfield CARES has helped reduce the youth marijuana use rate from 18% in 2008 to 11% in 2019.

Our Initiatives

There is still a lot of work we need to do and
we can do so much more with your support!


Building drug & alcohol resiliency skills in youth – “choosing not to use”

Provide education on fentanyl and counterfeit pills

Provide resources to teens who want to quit vaping

Provide training to alcohol beverage servers to check IDs & spot fake ones

Provide resources to parents on parenting skills, today’s cannabis, impact of alcohol on the teen brain & more 

Support Fairfield Police Department’s compliance checks of tobacco & alcohol retailers

Promote safe storage and disposal of medications

Provide mental health resources to teens

Advocate to prevent youth cannabis/marijuana use

Conduct Narcan trainings so more people can save lives

Build capacity to collect data on youth substance use & mental health wellness

Conduct Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) suicide prevention  so more people can help the distressed

Fairfield CARES is not yet a 501c3 organization. Positive Directions, a non-profit organization, is our fiscal agent for this fundraising effort, so your donation will be tax deductible.



Prevent Underage Drinking

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 Your funding will support a Fairfield CARES’ campaign targeted at parents aimed at the message, “It’s not okay to provide alcohol to my teen” in order to foster better communication between parents and to discourage underage drinking. 

Change Perception of Harm

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With your funds, Fairfield CARES will be able to attack this misperception head on.  Working with youth, the Coalition will develop a campaign aimed at providing the facts and dispelling the myths of cannabis/marijuana use

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