ICAN’s Youth Program Chandler Coalition on Youth Substance Abuse Educates Local Community About New Drug of Choice

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ICAN’s youth program, the Chandler Coalition on Youth Substance Abuse, is working to educate the local community about a new drug of choice among kids called Spice.

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The Chandler Coalition on Youth Substance Abuse has identified Spice as a danger to the Chandler community and is working to raise awareness of this growing danger.

ICAN’s youth program the Chandler Coalition on Youth Substance Abuse is working to educate the local community about a new drug of choice among kids called Spice.

'Spice' is an herbal and synthetic mix gaining widespread popularity among youth as a legal alternative to marijuana. Spice looks and feels like marijuana, has similar side effects, and is used in much the same way. Spice is extremely accessible and is considered a significant health issue across the nation, with over 17 states enacting a ban.

“Spice is a relatively unknown yet dangerous drug that is growing in popularity with today’s youth,” said Ixtchell Ledesma, Program Director at ICAN. “The Chandler Coalition on Youth Substance Abuse has identified Spice as a danger to the Chandler community and is working to raise awareness of this growing danger.”

The Chandler Coalition on Youth Substance Abuse’s mission is to prevent youth substance abuse in the Chandler community. Their vision is that Chandler will be a safe and healthy drug-free community where opportunities exist for youth to achieve their full potential.

The Chandler Coalition on Youth Substance Abuse, formerly known as the ICAN-Task Force on Underage Drinking, began in 2006 with ICAN as the founder. In 2007, the ICAN-Task Force changed its name to the Chandler Coalition on Youth Substance Abuse to create further community change on the laws and norms on underage drinking.

ICAN provides over nine nationally recognized programs proven effective to develop the core social competencies among youth that prevent substance abuse, gang violence, and juvenile delinquency. These programs have attained model status ratings with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and are demonstrated to be cost effective in preventing the future need for behavioral health and correctional services.

Contact ICAN today for more information about their youth programs or call (480) 821-4207.

About ICAN
ICAN provides free, comprehensive out of school time programs that empower local youth to be productive, self-confident and responsible citizens. Our prevention programs are developed specifically to help the kids and families in our community with their challenges, their goals, and their unique needs. Risk factors facing our community include substance abuse and violence, delinquency, gang involvement, and a myriad of family structure challenges, including extreme poverty. ICAN understands the community’s immediate needs and has created research-based programs designed to reduce the risks that greatly influence their daily lives. Our programs are free, high-quality, and facilitated by devoted and qualified staff at our nationally accredited agency.

Learn more about ICAN’s youth programs at http://icanaz.org.

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