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Prevention Staff

STAY COOL: Ask a Prevention Specialist

Wood County Educational Service Center
1867 N. Research Dr.
Bowling Green, OH 43402

Call us at (419) 354-9010, or e-mail us at:

If you have been impacted by the use or abuse of alcohol or other drugs, there is help available all over Wood County.

You are not alone. There are many individuals nationwide who have a problem or know someone who has a problem with alcohol. You can always make a difference in your life or the life of someone else; choose the right path into the NEW COOL.

Organizations and Centers:

  • NAMI Wood County
    • Telephone:(419) 352-0626 or The Link 1(800)472-9411
  • Wood County Educational Service Center
    • Telephone:(419) 354-9010
  • Children’s Resource Center
    • Telephone: (419) 352-7588 or 1(888) 466-KIDS
  • Unison Health
    • Telephone:(419) 352-4624
  • Harbor Wood County
    • Telephone:(419) 352-5387 Perrysburg (419) 872-2419

Law Enforcement

For All

  • ADAPAO (Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Association of Ohio)
    • ADAPAO is a not-for-profit, membership-based association that serves as the voice of alcohol, tobacco and other drug prevention in Ohio. 
    • The mission of CADCA (Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America) is to strengthen the capacity of community coalitions to create and maintain safe, healthy and drug-free communities globally.  This is accomplished by providing technical assistance and training, public policy advocacy, media strategies and marketing programs, training and special events.
  • Prevention Action Alliance
  • The Partnership at
    • The Partnership at helps parents prevent, intervene and find treatment for their children.
  • FACE Project
    • FACE is a national non-profit organization that supports sensible alcohol policies and practices through the development of messages, strategies and  training designed to create public awareness and action on alcohol issues. (Description taken from FACE Web site).
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness
    • NAMI is a grass roots organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness. 
  •  NIDA- National Institute of Drug Abuse
    • Information for parents, teachers and students.
  • Nine Zero
    • Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Prevention Resources for Teachers, Students, Community Organizations, Counties and Advocates.
  • Adolescent Substance Abuse Knowledge Base
    • A very basic, straightforward website for parents/guardians with facts and up to date statistics from different national studies. The main page has links to different topics related to drug use, including current statistics, signs of drug use, symptoms of specific drugs, myths about alcohol, identifying drugs, tips for talking with teens, knowing how and when to seek help, and various links to outside resources. By clicking on any of the topics, the information opens up at the bottom of the page. The layout of the site is very simple, almost boring in its simplicity, but it’s this aspect that makes the information easily accessible to parents/guardians.
  • Al-Anon/Alateen
    • Designed for individuals that are affected by someone else’s drinking, the Al-Anon & Alateen website is designed to link people to groups and resources for the purpose of providing support and help. The site states a clear definition of the purpose, the philosophical base of the program, and the steps involved in coping with the problem. There are questionnaires to determine if the program will be appropriate and beneficial to the individual and information for finding a meeting in the area. The website is easy to navigate and basic in content. The program itself, like Alcoholics Anonymous, can be a very effective resource for recovery, but due to its connection with God, it certainly isn’t for everyone.
  • Alcoholics Anonymous
    • The Alcoholic Anonymous website provides a substantial amount of information about the program in an organized, simple format. There are online brochures, FAQs, historical timelines, sitemaps, categorical links, and a site search which all help define the program, dispel misperceptions, address concerns, and help link people to services. This is another valuable website and resource. 
  • Addictions Intervention, Inc.
    • Very good resource for receiving professional assistance when planning to conduct an intervention. The website is simple, very straightforward. There are links and banners nearly every paragraph of every page with a toll-free number to receive assistance. There could be more information provided regarding the process of delivering services, the concerns of self-determination, etc. but the web site certainly provides a good overview and a good starting point for someone considering this as a possibility.
  • Drug Rehab
    • This website is designed to link individuals seeking treatment for alcohol and/or drug addiction with treatment facilities in close proximity. The site is aimed at parents/guardians, but could be useful for any adults working with teens. The information is categorized by specific topics and substances, and each link has a substantial amount of detail. The downfall of the site is that there is no effort to define the organization or program behind the services, and nothing to describe how the services work. The information is great, but there is no description of how the service came into being or how they are funded. The information is all general, and other than a phone number, the viewer has no way of knowing any details pertaining to the treatment process.
  • Focus Adolescent Services
    • In terms of informational content, Focus Adolescent Services covers a wide array of topics that affect adolescents, including some that rarely get discussed such as attachment disorders, body image, grief, self-injury, running away, teen dating violence, etc. All of these links are organized alphabetically from top to bottom on the left side of the page which makes them easily accessible.
  • U.S. Surgeon General
    • Unlike the other websites, this is a printable fact guide which gives a basic overview of underage drinking in the United States. It is designed for adults and uses current studies and facts to define and clarify the problem. It is designed very well, it is easy to read, has good visual aides, and covers a lot of information in a small space. Because it can be printed and handed out, it is a very valuable tool for informing any adults that might benefit from the knowledge.

For Youth

For Parents

  • Above the Influence
  • Alcohol Watch Dog
  • The Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth
  • Double ARC
    • Double ARC provides consultation and staff development opportunities so that educators, health care providers, and professionals in the judicial and social service arenas are equipped to support children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. 
  • The Parent Project
    • This multi-week evening course is a parent training program designed for parents of adolescents who act out (those often referred to with the labels of oppositional defiant, or conduct disorder). Topics include reducing family conflict and arguing, improving school performance and attendance, identifying and intervening with alcohol and other drug abuse, interceding with negative peer associations (including inappropriate dating relationships up to and including gang involvement) and helping parents to set effective applicable limits.
  • Parents Empowered 
    • is a media and education campaign funded by the Utah Legislature designed to prevent and reduce underage drinking in Utah by providing parents and guardians with information about the harmful effects of alcohol on the developing teen brain, along with proven skills for preventing underage alcohol use. 
  • Partnership to End Addiction
    • This site provides support for parents, including how to tell if your child is using alcohol or other drugs.
  • Parents Who Host Lose the Most Public Service Announcement
  • Prevention Action Alliance
    • Prevention Action Alliance is a statewide, private non-profit prevention agency that educates key leaders on the problems facing their communities and provides the resources needed to take action.
  • We Don't Serve Teens
    • This website provides parents and others with tools and information to reduce teen drinking and related harm.

For Teachers

Free ATOD videos/clips available online:

    • full video or video clip
    • advanced search options, where you can search for just movies with teaching resources as well as by copyright year
    • It is confirmed that the website is mentioned on the Eastwood website
    • you can watch preview clips of different ATOD movies. Some clips are as long as 5 minutes. It is helpful to watch the clips before ordering movies.
    • Toledo Lucas County Public Library. You can request movies online, and then go pick them up at your preferred location. There are many recent HRM movies available such as: “Huffing-- the latest facts about inhalant abuse” “Tobacco and death [video recording] : perfect together” There are also AIMS Multimedia movies available such as: “Alcohol and human physiology” “Tobacco.”
  • Wood County Library
    • Wood County District Public Library system. You can request movies online, and then pick up at your preferred location. There are a few HRM movies available such as: “Underage drinking know the facts, know the risks” “Getting stupid how drugs damage your brain.”

Expect Respect

You have a right to be respected in a dating relationship. You have a right to speak. You have a right to be heard. You have a right to say no.

If you are being disrespected or feel controlled by the person you are dating, you are not alone., and we are here to help you.

We offer the Expect Respect class in all high schools in Wood County. We also offer support groups upon request. If you need support, and would like to talk about your dating relationship, please contact Rebecca Wachter-Parker at, or 419-308-9096.