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CEASe Monthly Meetings

CEASe meets the first Thursday of every month from 11:45AM to 1:00PM in the Scott Memorial Hospital conference room. Contact Coordinator Lori Croasdell at or call 812-820-0620 for more information.

EMPOWER is a youth driven coalition that includes participation from both Scott County school districts. Founded by Scott County youth who have a desire to improve our community’s prevention work, they believe that with the right tools, healthy, safe, drug-free lives can be encouraged. Their mission is to: Align youth with their community to create a powerful impact through prevention, health improvement and positive relationships.

Our youth have represented Scott County’s prevention efforts in front of state and national audiences. EMPOWER recently presented at the 2nd Annual South Central Opioid Summit in Bloomington, Indiana. Members have also traveled to National Harbor, MD for CADCA’s National Leadership Forum and to Orlando, FL for the Mid-Year Training.

All Scott County youth, ages 12-18, are welcome to participate. Meetings are held the third Monday of every month at 5:45 pm at the LifeLong Learning Center, 1092 W. Community Way, Scottsburg.

Contact Melinda Lowry, Drug Free Communities Youth Coordinator, at or (812) 595-6213 for more information.

By investing in the next generation, we will see positive outcomes in drug prevention in Scott County. EMPOWER is part of the Scott County Drug Free Communities (DFC) Support Program initiative.

Drug Free Communities Support Program

The Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program is a federal grant through the Office of National Drug Control Policy and SAMHSA. The DFC grant for Scott County was secured in October of 2016. The funding is to provide support, guidance and facilitation of the Strategic Prevention Framework model within the CEASe coalition.   

The Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program (1)

DFC Year 1 Accomplishments

  • Evidence-based Prevention Curricula taught in all public schools impacting grades 3-12
  • New Alternative Youth Activities in heart of Austin’s highest substance misuse area – Weekly youth mentoring & activities with transportation provided
  • 50 Medical, Dental & Law Enforcement professionals trained in INSPECT—Indiana’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) from 2015 to 2018
  • 898,633 community-wide prevention education campaign reaches (radio, print, email, and social media)
  • New Student Drug Screening Policy implemented in both County high schools

Early Outcomes

  • Scott County 9th Graders self-reported use within the last 30 days dropped
  • Data from the Indiana Youth Survey administered annually to 6th through 12th graders by the Indiana Prevention Resource Center

Early Indicators