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Buckeye-based Way Out West Coalition was one of 112 community coalitions honored during a graduation ceremony at Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America’s National Leadership Forum near Washington, D.C., in early February.

The coalitions received a graduation certificate for completing CADCA’s National Coalition Academy, a rigorous training program designed to increase the effectiveness of community drug prevention leaders.

“We are so proud of our coalition for investing the time and resources to take advantage of the best community coalition training in the world,” said Larry Tracey, WOW Coalition executive director.

“To graduate from this year-long intensive course is no small feat and WOW Coalition is more prepared today to be an effective, sustainable coalition because of this training. We look forward to applying our knowledge and strategies to ensure the youth in our community live drug free.”

The results from the Wow Coalition’s 2018 Community Views Survey indicated its work on perceived risks of youth substance use in the community is headed in the right direction, with 80 percent of adults acknowledging that alcohol was just as risky for youth as other substances, 65 percent reporting the same for youth marijuana use and 87 percent reporting the same for prescription drug misuse.

Likewise, the results indicated that 61 percent of caregivers in Buckeye are having frequent conversations with their children about the risks of substance use and resistance strategies (24.9 percent higher than the state aggregate) and 70.8 percent are having frequent conversations about effective coping skills and stress management with their children.

The WOW Coalition is a prevention association that promotes safe and healthy choices and responds to problems caused by alcohol, marijuana and Rx abuse by implementing strategies to prevent and reduce youth substance use.  For additional information visit or email