New Philadelphia, Ohio – Two groups are teaming up to educate the community on the best practices for drug use prevention.

The Tuscarawas County Anti-Drug Coalition is partnering with Personal & Family Counseling Services to offer a series of free prevention education trainings to Tuscarawas County schools, community agencies and youth service organizations. 

Tuscarawas County ADC Coordinator Jodi Salvo says their goal is to strengthen the community by equipping people with proven prevention tools.

“By promoting the use of effective evidence-based prevention programs throughout the county we will be building our prevention capacity to provide information, education, and skill development among our youth to make healthy, drug-free decisions,” she says. 

Trainings are held at the PFCS office at 1433 5th Street NW in New Philadelphia, and include:  

Botvin’s LifeSkills - Feb. 14th and 15th from 9 to to 4 p.m. 

  • Participants will receive a comprehensive, dynamic and developmentally appropriate substance abuse and violence prevention program designed for upper elementary school students. This highly effective curriculum has been proven to help increase self-esteem, develop healthy attitudes, and improve students’ knowledge of essential life skills – all of which promote healthy and positive personal development. 

Strengthening Families - Feb. 21st and 22nd from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

  • This training program is a family skills training intervention that provides life skills for children, parents and families. It is designed for higher-risk families with children. 

Keepin’ It REAL - March 14th and 15th from 9 to 4:30 p.m. 

  • This training is a scientifically proven, effective substance use prevention and social and emotional competency enhancing program designed to focus on the competencies linked to preventing substance use and abuse. 

All trainings are free, and CEUs are available upon completion. These programs are possible through support from the Prevention Action Alliance and funding from the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services. 

To register, visit For more information contact Jodi Salvo at or 330-440-7320.