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The Substance Use Disorder Prevention program at the Missoula City-County Health Department collaborates to prevent substance abuse in Missoula County through outreach to youth, parents, and the general community, as well as the coordination of coalitions that organize and implement county-wide projects to promote positive healthy choices for young people, provide early childhood support, and carry out environmental strategies to prevent substance misuse and abuse.

Coalitions

The following coalitions are coordinated by the Substance Abuse Prevention program:

Missoula Underage Substance Abuse Prevention (MUSAP) – MUSAP is a workgroup of key community partners addressing underage substance use through collaboration and the use of best practices to create a local environment where youth can make healthy decisions and thrive. Their focus is to reduce rates of drinking and tobacco use, as well as other harmful substances, among youth. They  ultimately envision a thriving Missoula County where individuals and families feel supported by their community and are empowered to make choices that positively impact their health around substances.

Missoula Prescription Drug (Rx) Task Force – The Missoula Prescription Drug (Rx) Task Force is a collaborative group, working to reduce and prevent medication and opioid misuse, abuse, and overdose in Missoula County.

Healthy Start Missoula – Healthy Start Missoula is the local Best Beginnings affiliate and is part of a statewide Best Beginnings initiative under the authority of the State Best Beginnings Advisory Council.  Healthy Start Missoula is a coalition of early childhood service providers in Missoula County. Healthy Start provides outreach to parents on various topics and available programs in Missoula such as respite care, high-quality childcare, parenting classes, and home visiting programs in an effort to
increase the well-being of families with young children. They also organize events and programs to increase awareness and support around current issues and programs impacting families with young children.

Community Training and Events

The Substance Use Disorder Prevention program conducts workshops and presentations on Chronic Pain Self-Management, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), Medication Safety, Substance Use and Decision Making, Media Literacy, Local Substance Use Data, and more. We also hold several community conversations and other events throughout the year to raise awareness around important issues in prevention and facilitate networking opportunities between our community partners.