The Frenchtown Community Coalition (FCC) is an underage substance abuse prevention coalition located in Frenchtown, MT. Since being established in 2008, the goals of the coalition are to strengthen community collaboration in support of local efforts to prevent youth substance use. Through extensive youth engagement and collaboration between community sector representatives, the FCC will work to reduce risk factors and promote protective factors for the youth of Frenchtown.
To build and maintain a supportive environment for collaborative and proactive work to help prevent substance abuse and risk behaviors, including but not limited to alcohol and marijuana, and grow healthy and resilient children in the Frenchtown Community.
Through assessment, evaluation, and our current work in the community, FCC has identified the primary substance use problems among Frenchtown youth to be alcohol and marijuana. Youth self-reported (2018 MPNA) starting the following at age 14 or younger: 18% reported first smoking marijuana; 32% drank more than one or two sips of alcohol for the first time; and 7% drank alcohol at least one or two times per month. Additionally, 63% of students reported they have easy access to alcohol and 59% said marijuana is easy
to get (MPNA 2018).