Youth Substance Use Prevention 

Youth Substance Use Prevention

Partnerships for Success  

Preventing youth substance use is a community wide effort! The partnerships for success grant (PFS) supports locally led projects to prevent youth use of alcohol, marijuana, and methamphetamines in the six Southwest District Health counties. In addition to focusing on the reduction of substance use among youth, SWDH prioritizes serving rural and frontier regions, Hispanic and Latinx populations, and Veterans and their families. The goals of the funding are to utilize partnerships to make environmental and policy changes that address community specific needs, as well as to support the implementation of evidence-based substance use prevention programs.

On this page, you’ll find resources and tools that you can use to support young people in making the choice to be substance free.  You’ll also find information about projects that the PFS grant is currently working on or has supported in the past.

Parent Resources

If you’re a community member who is interested in partnering on a project to prevent youth substance use in your community, please contact the Partnerships for Success project coordinator Tara Woodward at

If you are interested in requesting prescription drug disposal pouches, prescription lockboxes, or other substance use prevention materials, please submit a request here.

  • Distribution of Prescription Drug Disposal Pouches and Medication Lockboxes
  • Be the Parents campaign and educational information dissemination
  • Youth Mental Health Screening and Referrals
  • Caldwell Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council Sticker Shock Campaign
  • Botvin Lifeskills for Parents Community Classes
  • DITEP Trainings
  • Tall Cop Says Stop “High in Plain Sight” Drug Trends Presentation
  • Outlast ID Campaign
  • “How to Talk to Adolescents About Substance Use” Training
  • Positive Action for Parents
  • Planet Youth – Community Initiatives
  • Professional Development for Youth-Serving Professionals
  • Environmental lighting and safety projects

These projects are supported and made possible through a subgrant from the Idaho Office of Drug Policy and is administered through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). SWDH also works closely with the Region 3 Behavioral Health Board to support the regional behavioral health needs.

While youth substance use has declined over the years, there is still work to be done to bring those numbers down further. We know this because in 2019, youth in western Idaho reported that:

  • 2% have had at least 1 drink of alcohol
  • 19% used marijuana
  • 5% misused prescription drugs
  • 3% used a vape pen or e-cigarette
  • .7% used methamphetamines

Underage Alcohol Consumption:

Youth most often report drinking alcohol at home (54%), and getting alcohol from a friend (35%), or family member (29%) for free.


Youth report smoking (82%), vaporizing (34%), or dabbing (36%) marijuana. They most often get it for free from a friend or family member (43%). Others report buying it (30%) or taking it (13%) from a family member or friend.


Youth who misused prescriptions most often used them at home (63%), and either were given (22%), or took them (20%) from a family member or friend. 25% reported getting them “some other way”.

Risk Factors for Substance Use:

14.9% of youth reported that they felt depressed in the last 30 days, and 17% considered suicide in the past year.

Parents are one of the strongest protective factors against youth substance use. But youth reported that in the past 12 months, only 55.3% had spoken with their parents/caregivers about the dangers of tobacco, alcohol, or drug use.

*Data from the 2019, Idaho Healthy Youth Survey. Survey respondents are high school students (8th grade, 10th grade, and 12th grade), and lived in Health District 3 and 4.