Freshman Influences on Youth Forums

Our two Milford high schools hold these annual, two-hour programs in November. They are mandatory for all freshman and at least one parent per family. Five speakers present on topics related to alcohol and substance use.  If a student does not attend, he/she is required to write an essay on the topics presented.

Senior University Forums

These three-hour programs for high school seniors take place each May. They include a series of speakers who rotate among groups of seniors. Topics focus on the many transitions youth face moving from high school to college and work. Speakers also discuss the transition from adolescence and parental supervision to young adulthood laden with independent decisions and challenges.

Training for Intervention Procedures (TIPS) Program

MPC has two certified TIPS trainers. They provide four-hour courses to local merchants on responsible beverage (alcohol) service and how to identify fake IDs.


The MPC has sponsored presentations that covered topics on substance abuse, bullying, internet safety, and a variety of other prevention topics to youth, parents and the community.

Liquor Retailer Forums

The MPC works with the Milford Police department to sponsor and to facilitate annual Liquor Retail Forums that provide an overview of current liquor laws, and issues related to the purchase of alcohol by youth under the age of 21.

Permanent Med Drop Box

The Milford Prevention Council has partnered with the Milford Police Department to establish a permanent MedReturn drug collection program in order to reduce the supply of drugs that can potentially harm teens and adults. The collection site is open 24 hours/ day 7 days/ week at the Milford Police DepartmentDrugs can be dropped off with no questions  asked. Accepted Medications include prescriptions, prescription patches, prescription medications, prescription ointments, over the counter medications, prescription vitamins, prescription nutritional supplements, prescription samples, and medications for pets.


Our billboard campaign has focused on messaging about underage alcohol use and prescription drugs.  We utilize statistics from our student surveys for some messaging, and facts about substances on other billboards.  We also have a student school contest annually, asking students to design some messaging, and the winners of the contest have their designs transformed into a billboard, and they are recognized at our annual meeting.


Change the Script: Watch Milford Opioid Prevention Campaign Video Below.


66% decrease in lifetime alcohol use among 7th, 9th and 11th graders*


4% of Milford youth report ever having misused OTC meds to get high*


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82% of youth report that their families have clear rules that discourage drinking or using drugs**


61% of youth feel that adults see teenagers as valuable, important members of the community**

Drug Take-Back Days

Our Drug Take-Back Day events provide a safe and responsible way to dispose of prescription drugs. Any citizen can “drive-thru” to drop off unwanted, unused or outdated medications. MPC volunteers staff our events. We distribute brochures to citizens to educate them on the potential for misuse of medications.

Superhero 5K and Family Day

MPC partners with the Woodruff Family YMCA to host an annual Superhero 5k and Family Day. Hundreds of kids and parents come from the greater Milford area to have fun and celebrate good health. The event creates awareness and raises money for each agency.

Ride for Hope Charity Motorcycle Ride

This annual motorcycle ride fundraiser helps raise awareness and support for MPC. The ride spans more than 50 miles and attracts riders from miles around to enjoy food and camaraderie. Learn more at www.rideforhope.org.

Volunteer for MPC

All adults and kids are welcome to volunteer for MPC. Host a fundraiser in your school or business. Help staff our events in the community.

Enforcement Activities

MPC partners with local and state law enforcement to implement compliance check programs. The programs focus on local tobacco and alcohol retailers. Our goal is to target high-risk underage drinking and substance use. Data show that these programs can reduce drinking and driving, overdoses and alcohol poisoning.

Social Marketing Strategies

We actively engage in social media! It is a proven strategy to change attitudes and behaviors. Our social marketing efforts increase awareness of our programs and recruit new volunteers. We also look to improve community and social norms against youth substance use.

Student Survey and Community Needs Assessment

Evaluation is a critical part of our approach to reducing youth substance use. MPC commits to measure how effective all of our initiatives are. This data guides how we create programs in the future. It allows us to change or eliminate efforts that are not effective. This approach ensures progress towards our long-term goals. It helps us sustain a diverse, active coalition and decrease youth substance use in our community.


30-day use rates for alcohol are 24% below national averages, 21% below state*


30-day use rates for marijuana are 11% below national averages, 9% below state averages*

*Milford Prevention Council bi-annual survey data, 2009-2017
**Milford Youth Survey 2017


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Milford Prevention Council
70 W. River Street, Milford, CT 06460
Call us at: 203.783.6676
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