Stop Access Springfield: Adolescent Substance Use Prevention

Stop Access Springfield works to reduce substance use in the South End, Maple High/Six Corners and Forest Park communities. The coalition works to create positive vital communities and implement city-wide strategies that highlight substance use prevention and move it to a priority status in Springfield. The coalition focuses on collection of underage drinking and other data; community capacity building; public health planning to reduce and prevent substance use; and implementation of these strategies.

The coalition is coordinated by Gándara Center and funded by a grant from the U.S. Office of National Drug Control Policy and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

The Stop Access Coalition invites the participation of all interested residents and organizations of the city of Springfield.

120 Maple St, Suite #305, Springfield, MA; 01104
Contact: Sharon Hall-Smith: at (413) 733-9024 or email to

Click below to see the results of the Prevention Needs Assessment Survey taken by  8th, 10th and 12th graders in the Springfield Public Schools. The Prevention Needs Assessment Survey looks at the influence of family, friends, community, and school on a young person’s life. The Prevention Needs Assessment Survey also identifies the risks that youth are up against such as alcohol, marijuana and other substances, violence, relationships as well as, the positive factors in their lives that protect them from taking part in risky behaviors. “We want to make sure that our young people’s views are heard. We are sharing the results of the youth survey with our whole community so that together, we can find ways to support our teens to make healthy choices,” said Coalition Coordinator Sharon Hall-Smith.

The survey was conducted by the Stop Access Drug Free Communities coalition with support from Springfield Public Schools; Springfield Department of Health and Human Services; Center for Human Development; and Public Health Institute of Western Massachusetts.

2018 Massachusetts Prevention Needs Assessment Survey Results (PNAS)