BOW Drug/Alcohol Action Committee
605A Orange Center Road, Orange, CT 06477
- Parent Survey
- Legislative Updates
- Mission Statement
- Who We Are
- Resources and Links
- Coordinator's Corner
- Did You Know?
- Sixth-Grade DARE Essays
We are a dedicated committee of volunteers, community leaders and concerned citizens from Bethany, Orange, and Woodbridge whose mission is to reduce underage drinking and substance abuse by promoting awareness through educational programs and outreach, working in collaboration with our schools, other community organizations, businesses and local government agencies.
Who We Are
Joni Nordstrom, our part-time, paid coordinator, serves as our voice to the residents of our town, as well as our neighbors in Bethany and Woodbridge, as we strive to bring a "drug-free" message to the entire BOW region. Joni is continuing the long tradition of leadership in the Town of Orange and has been instrumental in changing the committee name to BOWDAAC (Bethany, Orange, Woodbridge Drug/Alcohol Action Committee) to include the towns of Bethany and Woodbridge. We are proud of our grass-roots committee who make a strong and visible presence in our schools and our community through numerous activities that we sponsor and support. ODAAC (now BOWDAAC) was at the forefront of the smoke-free campaign as well as statewide initiatives to combat underage drinking in our community. Much of our funding is made possible through the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, in addition to other grants that our committee actively seeks out. The committee is rounded out by police officers, counselors, parents, teachers and students. We take seriously our oath to serve, and we welcome your input.
BOWDAAC offers educational series on tobacco, alcohol and other drugs, and serves as a community resource for materials such as videotapes and pamphlets and as a speakers' bureau. Please contact us if you would like assistance in developing or presenting a Prevention program.
Resources and Links
The Connecticut Coalition to Stop Underage Drinking
30 Arbor Street
Hartford, CT 06106
Connecticut Communities for Drug Free Youth
PO Box 217
New Canaan, CT 06840
Wheeler Prevention and Wellness Center
334 Farmington Avenue
Plainville, CT 06062
Bridges - A Community Support System
605A Orange Center Road
Orange, CT 06477
South Central Connecticut Regional Action Council
230 Ashmun Street
New Haven, CT 06511
One Long Wharf Drive, Suite 10
New Haven, CT 06511
Birmingham Group Health Service
Valley Substance Abuse Action Council
111 New Haven Ave
Derby, CT 06418
ODAAC supports the development and implementation of a BOE policy designed to outline a scenario for the use of drug-sniffing dogs at the schools. Having a clear policy in place strengthens the concept of a “drug-free” school, and further enhances the importance of drug prevention, education and deterrence. Amity has historically shown itself to be a visionary school system with regard to the important message of healthy decision-making. Amity has already successfully:
employed a Breathalyzer policy, resulting in 100% incident free dances,
instituted a full-time SRO who serves as a valuable resource for awareness, teaching and, prevention;
created an Advisory period designed to develop critical relationships and keep kids from “falling through the cracks”
and now, the Board has an opportunity to add another layer of protection to reduce risky behaviors of teenagers, by utilizing the vital resources of a drug-sniffing dog.
Drug dogs provide a powerful incentive to keep our schools drug-free. It is a pro-active policy to reinforce our Zero Tolerance principle, and one that ODAAC supports.
Did You Know?
Myths and Facts about Underage Drinking
How Teens Say "No" to Underage Drinking
Are you UP for the challenge? For more information, go to www.Utakeitback.org
Today’s youth experience a different drinking environment than when we were young. Think about the following list of What Has Changed, and use these facts as “jumping off points” to start conversations with your own children. Remember the key is two-fold: frank and frequent discussions will send the message that you’re there for them, and that the discussions are on-going.
What Has Changed in A Generation: