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Drug Free Paulding

Drug Free Paulding is a community coalition working together to prevent substance misuse by youth and create a community that is purposefully DRUG FREE!
Drug Free Paulding, a division of the Family Alliance of Paulding, Inc., is a Drug Free communities grantee.

The funding comes from The Executive Office of the President, Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP).

Our Mission:
The mission of Drug Free Paulding is to prevent drug abuse by Paulding County youth utilizing a coalition of strategic partners employing environmental and individual level strategies to create a community that is purposefully drug-free.

For more information about Drug Free Paulding or to find out about attending coalition meetings, please contact:

Rachel Reimer – Project Assistant:

For More information about our youth coalition, please contact:

Amanda Watkins-Youth Coordinator:

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Data can be used to mislead readers. To ensure the scientific findings in an article are reliable, at the very least make sure the article is from a trustworthy website (such as a .gov or .edu), the data has been peer reviewed, and sources are sited at the end of the article. Check out more here

Your brain is the last major organ to completely develop and is particularly susceptible to drugs and alcohol during your teen years, because ages 12-25 are one of the most critical periods of brain development. (National Institutes of Health) Check out more from The National Institutes Of Health

There is a lot of confusion and controversy about Marijuana. Teens need to know that it is never safe or legal for them. Just because it is being used medically doesn’t mean it is safe recreationally. Check out more from

Vapes produce an aerosol. This means that the chemicals in the vape juice and from the heating element are suspended in small droplets that deposit in your mouth, esophagus, and lungs. Any aerosol that someone who vapes breathes out can then affect the friends around them as well. Check out more from the CDC or you can check out more from the Center On Addiction

Nicotine is extracted from tobacco leaves. It is very addictive because it creates good feelings due to the release adrenaline and Dopamine in the brain. Dopamine is the “reward” chemical for the brain that tells you to do that again. Check out more from

Nicotine, Benzene, Lead, Ethylene Glycol and other dangerous chemicals are found in e-juice/JUUL pods. Breathing in these chemicals lead to cancer, heart disease, and lung disease…just like Cigarettes. Check out more from the CDC

Addiction is a pediatric onset disease. This means it starts when you are young. 90% of adults with substance use disorder admit to starting to misuse drugs (alcohol, tobacco, marijuana) before age 18. Check out more from the Journal of Pediatric Health Care

A 2018 Georgia Public Health Department Study of 500,000 Georgia teens found 63.8% of teens who vaped began smoking cigarettes within 6 months. Check out more from the Georgia Dept of Public Health

A study that looked at marijuana use over a 30-year period found that reduction in IQ for those who smoked pot heavily prior to age 18 was most pronounced: an average of eight points. This is enough to have a significant, negative impact upon your life. Consider that people with an IQ of 110 have an average net worth of $71,000 and individuals with an IQ of 120 have an average net worth of $128,000. Make the best choice to WIN for your Life. Check out more from

December 20, 2019: federal legislation made it illegal for anyone under 21 to purchase or use tobacco, cigarettes, chewing tobacco, e-cigarettes, JUUL, or any vape products. Check out more from the FDA