Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention, (ASAP) Coalition began in 1986 as a grassroots coalition to address the increase of adolescent substance abuse in Rapid City, South Dakota and the surrounding communities in Pennington County.
Since ASAP has adolescents as the main focus, ASAP works closely with the Rapid City Area School District (13,000 youth) and three private schools (1000 youth), as well as three institutions of higher learning that serve about 1500 students ages 18-21 (about 40% of the 3900 students on these campuses).
The intent of ASAP is to provide prevention education to the community of Rapid City concerning alcohol, tobacco, & drug use and abuse. Alcohol and tobacco are the most widely abused drugs followed by marijuana and meth.
ASAP has coordinated prevention activities for over 26 years and now serves as the Mayor’s Anti-Drug Task Force. Over the years many town hall meetings, Mayor’s Summit, and forums have been used to gather information and assess the community’s needs. Through collaboration, ASAP and its partners provide student leadership trainings and conferences, adult community trainings, and community-wide media campaigns to impact social norms, all with the goal to delay the onset of substance use and reduce the abuse of alcohol, drugs, and tobacco at all ages.
The coalition is respected and known by many as the only local organization strictly dedicated to adolescent and young adult substance abuse prevention. We are committed to creating and supporting our community where people value and welcome youth in an environment that encourages them to be drug-free and healthy. However, when youth are experiencing problems due to use, they will have resources available for assistance.