The Meridian Anti-Drug Coalition (MADC) is a grass-roots volunteer organization initiated by the executive order of Mayor Tammy de Weerd in January 2004 in response to her concern about the rising rates of drug use in the Treasure Valley. Her determination to prevent substance abuse and unwavering support has enabled the coalition to flourish, expand, and build strong partnerships with like minded organizations and individuals.
Respected for its ability to collaborate and partner with other organizations, the MADC consists of members representing many sectors of the community including parents, students, businesses, educators, law enforcement, city officials, community organizations, healthcare professionals, media, and leaders from the Meridian faith community.
Educating adults and youth about the harmful and costly effects of drug abuse has been a longstanding goal of the coalition. In addition, the MADC is confronting a complex set of factors that contribute to our youth abusing substances. Strategies targeting media messaging, social norms and attitudes, and the accessibility of alcohol, tobacco, marijuana and prescription drugs are being implemented. These interventions are consistently monitored and evaluated to determine their effectiveness, thereby allowing the MADC to sustain successful strategies and improve or replace those deemed less effective.
After more than a decade, excitement and enthusiasm continue to abound as we plan for the future. Opportunities to serve our community are endless and the addition of federal funds provide the MADC with the ability to make positive and lasting changes as well as refine and strengthen itself as a coalition. For now and for the future, the MADC is committed to strengthening our community through substance abuse prevention!
For Additional Information:
To learn more about the Meridian Anti-Drug Coalition, visit the coalition's webpage at www.meridianmadc.org.
You can also contact:
Kendall Nagy, Meridian Police Dept. Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator and MADC Director
Cheryl Mulvihill, Meridian Police Department Anti-Drug Coordinator