Substance Use Disorder Prevention Programs

The San Joaquin County Office of Education’s (SJCOE) Division of Comprehensive Health and Medicaid Services offers programs that provide primary prevention services designed to build youth leadership skills and develop awareness within the community. The Substance Use Disorder Prevention (SUDP) serves to fight substance abuse through education and advocacy by youth leaders at local middle and high schools.

The San Joaquin County Behavioral Health Services Contracts with the San Joaquin County Office of Education to provide the primary prevention services for substance use disorders (SUD). These include strategies, programs, and services to reduce direct and indirect adverse personal, social, health, and economic consequences resulting from problematic alcohol and other drug availability, manufacture, distribution promotions, sales, and use. The SJCOE collaborates with San Joaquin County school districts to incorporate the substance use prevention curriculum, parenting classes, activities, and coordinate the annual town hall.

For more information regarding these programs and services, please contact Nora Hana at or (209) 468-9089.

Friday Night Live

Friday Night Live is an extracurricular club at local high schools that provides students with a place to identify issues within their communities related to substance use and collaborate on advocacy awareness projects. Students have opportunities to work with their local government representatives to spread awareness of the harms of underage drinking, tobacco use, vaping, gambling disorders, and other substance use disorders.

Club Live

Club Live is a branch of Friday Night Live that allows students at local middle schools to participate in community-wide activities that promote understanding of substance use and its consequences.

Drop the Drugs

Drop the Drugs is a national program through the United States Drug Enforcement Administration that places drop-off boxes across the county for individuals to anonymously and safely dispose of drugs, including expired prescription medications, non-prescription drugs, and others. In collaboration with San Joaquin County Public Works, the program raises awareness of these safe drop-off sites, manages and maintains the boxes, and explores new potential locations that would be most beneficial to the community.

The Parent Project

The Parent Project develops parent-training programs for parents raising difficult or out-of-control children. Its mission is to provide highly effective programs that are affordable for every parent. Parents and caregivers have the opportunity to participate in this free, award-winning program throughout the school year.