Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition (SAPCA)

Page updated on May 10, 2021 at 10:42 AM

SAPCA Launches Video Series to Encourage Youth to Be Alcohol Free

May 2021 Video Series

check out SAPCA's may 2021 newsletter.


Register for YouthFest

Join teens and young adults virtually on May 22 to connect, break down stigma about mental health and remind each other that we are not alone. Participants will receive supplies to decorate and make their own Affirmation Jar while discussing various topics related to mental health. Click here to register. 


Register for Building and Sustaining Resiliency: Tools for Uncertain Times

The Suicide Prevention Alliance of Northern Virginia (SPAN) is hosting a virtual public forum on May 24 from 6 - 7:30 p.m. This event will feature a panel discussion between youth and community members discussing how to thrive during COVID-19. Click here to register.

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Who We Are

Resource Spotlight: Preventing Youth Substance Use and Misuse

Supporting Positive Youth Development

Announcements and Community Events  

Interested in volunteering with SAPCA? Contact Emma Beall at if you would like to volunteer.

Do you know that SAPCA is on Facebook and Twitter? Click here to like us on Facebook and here to follow us on Twitter.

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FDA warns about serious problems with high doses of the allergy medicine diphenhydramine (Benadryl) 

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning that taking higher than recommended doses of the common over-the-counter (OTC) allergy medicine diphenhydramine (Benadryl) can lead to serious heart problems, seizures, coma, or even death. There are several reports of teenagers ending up in emergency rooms or dying after participating in the “Benadryl Challenge” encouraged in videos posted on the social media application TikTok.

parent support line 

Learn about the important role parents and other caring adults play in preventing substance use

Become a Member of SAPCA

View a summary of the latest results from the Profile of Student Life Survey (Developmental Assets) conducted in 2019. The full report can be found here.

Check out this spotlight of our 2019 Project Sticker Shock!

During this annual event, teams of youth and adults place bright warning stickers on multi-packs of beer and other alcohol products in Alexandria stores

E-Cigarettes & JUUL: What Schools and Parents Should Know


Learn more about Virginia's new Tobacco 21 legislation, effective July 1, 2019!



Click here to learn what retailers need to know about Tobacco 21.

Nationwide, less than a quarter of high school seniors report drinking alcohol -- and in Alexandria, that number is lower. Learn more about this Trend To Get Behind:

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Learn more about Virginia Drinking Laws here.

Interested in learning more about opioids?  

This website features information about opioids, what opioid addiction “looks like,” where to get help across the region,  how to sign up for a REVIVE! class and locations to safely dispose of unused or expired opioid medications.

SAPCA 2017 Annual Report

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Do you know that SAPCA is on Facebook and Twitter? Click here to like us on Facebook and  here to follow us on Twitter.