ASAP’s mission is to prevent and reduce substance abuse and related costs in Hancock County, Iowa.
To be successful, we focus on youth — and on encouraging our entire community to look out for their interests, too.
Why young people? Because they’re our country’s future. And because they’re especially vulnerable to addiction as their brains develop — changes that don’t end until around age 25. Youth are also more susceptible to environmental forces that encourage substance use and abuse — everything from non-stop, digital media to old-fashioned peer pressure.
- Reduce access to, and social acceptance of, the use of alcohol, marijuana, tobacco, and other drugs (including prescription drugs) in our county.
- Raise awareness about the harms caused by adolescent substance use.
- Provide resources that inspire everyone to reach for something other than a substance.
Established in 2014, Allies for Substance Abuse Prevention is a coalition rooted in decades of effective efforts to prevent and reduce the harms of substance abuse in communities throughout Hancock County. ASAP emerged from the efforts of the Hancock County Wellness Coalition and came to fruition after completing a mentorship with the Garner Asset Program (GAP).
ASAP is working to make young people and our communities more knowledgeable about the risks and long-term effects of substance abuse. — We work to ensure Hancock County remains a wonderful place to live; a place where people are encouraged and equipped to reach for excellence.