Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition of Ontario County

A Community Forum on the Heroin Epidemic


2017 Medication Drop Off Schedule for Ontario County

Drop off your outdated, unwanted, or unused prescription medication for proper disposal at the Canandaigua Wegmans (345 Eastern Blvd) on April 29th from 10AM-2PM, or at Richmond Town Hall (8690 Main St. Honeoye) on May 20th from 9AM-noon.


Journey Through Loss: A Support Group

If you’ve been affected by the death or loss of relationship with a loved one due to addiction or mental health challenges, this group may provide the support you need. Join us on January 11th, 2017 from 7-8:30PM at Wood Library in Canandaigua (3rd floor) for open enrollment.  


Locations of Medication Drop Boxes

For more information about the Medication Take Back Program, please contact the Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition of Ontario County at (585) 396-4554.


Call for Volunteers: Substance Abuse Coalition of Ontario County

For more information about volunteering with the Substance Abuse Coalition of Ontario County, please contact Petrea Rae: (585) 396-4554


Our mission is to collaboratively engage, inform, and unite our communities in the reduction of substance abuse through prevention efforts.

Our vision: Substance abuse free Ontario County

Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition is a community coalition that meets regularly to implement strategies to reduce medication and heroin abuses. In addition, this coalition presents educational forums regarding the heroin epidemic and helps to organize community take-back days of unwanted medications. The coalition has installed medication drop boxes in Canandaigua, Farmington, Victor and Geneva.

For details about the Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition of Ontario County, please go to our website at the following link:

What Prevention Coalition is Doing

The coalition members will be working through a 4 year strategic prevention framework focused on heroin, opiates and prescription drug misuse in the 12-25 age population. We have surveyed approximately 2,000 youth in this age range to determine what the reality is within Ontario County. These assessments are done through surveys (paper and electronic), focus groups, and community interviews. The coalition has also held community and school-based forums to address and inform the public on substance abuse issues.  Attendance for these events has totaled about 3,000. The coalition meets monthly and breaks into work groups to create prevention efforts throughout Ontario County.

We are working on the following strategies:

-Restricting availability of prescription drugs at home through education and communication

-Support of take back programs

-Social marketing around perception of risk for heroin and prescription drugs

Why It Matters

There is a heroin, opiates, and prescription drug misuse epidemic that needs to be addressed.

How to Get Involved

-Attend Coalition Meetings held at 4pm on the 3rd Wednesday of each month (Wood Library, Canandaigua).

-Join our email newsletter by contacting us or signing up with a coalition member today.

-Attend upcoming events.

-Let us know your ideas and thoughts regarding substance abuse in our county.

-Keep up to date by visiting our Facebook Page

Public Service Announcement:

Medicine Cabinet PSA: MedCabinetPSA ;15

Prom Dress PSA: Prom PSA Final

Graduation PSA:  Grad PSA Final

Thank you to the IB Film students of Canandaigua Academy for creating these PSAs for the coalition.

If you have any further questions regarding this coalition, please contact the coalition coordinator: Petrea Rae at (716)474-6287 or

Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition Website: