GRASP Coalition

About Us


The Gloucester Regional Addictive Substance Prevention (GRASP) coalition was formed to reduce the use and abuse of substance in Gloucester County, NJ through prevention education, awareness and advocacy.  Our primary focus is on preventing underage drinking, marijuana use, and the abuse of prescription drugs.

The coalition is a regional coalition in Gloucester County comprised of local businesses, community members, faith based organizations, parents, youth and professionals.  The coalition’s main focus is on the prevention of substance abuse. We also have a youth division, Gloucester Regional Youth Prevention Squad (GRYP), for teens who are interested in participating in our efforts. Whether you live or work in Gloucester County, you are welcome to join us!

The GRASP Coalition’s priority is to bring together like minded individuals with the goal of empowering the community with education, awareness and the implementation of both environmental strategies and policy changes. GRASP has worked to achieve this goal.

Our Funding

The GRASP coalition was founded in January 2012 under a grant from the NJ Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services.

Our Accomplishments

  • Provided 2 buses to bring people to the Fed Up! Rally for a federal response to the opioid epidemic in Washington D. C. in 2014 and contributed to the cost of buses in 2015.
  • Partnered with Mantua Board of Health and Steered Straight, Inc. to hold a town hall meeting on underage drinking in Gloucester County.
  • Partnered with Inspira Health Network and Kennedy Health System to create posters/billboards promoting Rx drug abuse awareness and safe disposal in Gloucester County.
  • Collaborated with two regional coalitions to organize and host a presentation by Kevin Sabet to increase awareness about the dangers of marijuana. Over 150 individuals attended.
  • Advocated for and secured a permanent prescription drug drop box at Newfield Borough Police Department through the Project Medicine Drop.
  • Had safe disposal postcards made and provided them at community events.
  • Collaborated with another regional coalition and a Drug Free Communities coalition on a multi-media campaign including billboards, mall kiosks, newspaper ads and radio spots geared toward the prevention of underage drinking, prescription drug abuse and marijuana use. Ads will be seen around Gloucester County and heard on Rowan Radio 89.7 WGLS-FM through June 2015.
  • Started the “Free to Be Me” Campaign. This campaign focuses on the power of positive influence by highlighting GRYP Squad members who choose to lead a healthy and drug-free lifestyle. The posters should be hung in some Gloucester County elementary schools in fall 2015.
  • Partnered with local liquor stores and engaged youth in several Sticker Shock Campaigns to remind consumers about the consequences of purchasing for those under 21 (see video below).

Our Most Involved Community Partners

The Southwest Council, Inc., The SCRATCH Coalition, Cumberland County Healthy Communities Coalition, Behavioral Crossroads, Steered Straight, Inc., Gloucester County Division of Addiction, Parent-to-Parent, ATSI, Rehab After Work, Youth Services Advisory Council, Williamstown High School, Gateway High School, Pitman High School, Clearview Regional High School, Gloucester County Prosecutors Office, West Deptford Police Department, Mantua Township Police Department, Rowan University Police Department, Newfield Police Department, SERV, School Based Youth Services/ Inspira Health Network, Cumberland, Gloucester, and Salem Family Support Organization and more!

 

For more information on GRASP, please contact Candice Carter at at 856.494.4950 ext. 16 or candice@southwestcouncil.org