Municipal Drug and Alcohol Alliance

Mission Statement

The Mission of the Plumsted Alliance is to promote the health and wellbeing of the residents of Plumsted Township through the reduction or elimination of alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use.  The Alliance will achieve this through an ongoing process of community involvement, collaborations, education, public awareness activities, sharing of resources and delivery of quality programs.


The Municipal Alliance Program is administered through the Governors Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse under the Department of the Treasury.  Our Alliance functions through Alcohol and Drug Services at the Ocean County Health Department.

Municipal Alliances are established by municipal ordinance and engage residents, local government and law enforcement officials, schools, nonprofit organizations, the faith community, parents, youth, and other allies in efforts to prevent alcoholism and drug abuse in communities throughout New Jersey.

The Council receives funding to administer the program from the Drug Enforcement Demand Reduction Fund (DEDR) established to collect fines from individuals who are assessed such when convicted of a drug offense.  County and Municipal Alliance award recipients are required to match the Council grants with a cash-match of 25% of the award and 75% in-kind-services.  This matching requirement is unique in the country and has the effect of doubling the impact of the Council grants to total nearly $20 million per year in programs and activities.

County grant awards fund municipal Alliances, which plan for and develop evidenced-based and community level prevention strategies, to target substance abuse in their communities.   

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Information Regarding Opioids

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What Are the Signs of Having a Problem With Drugs?

From the National Institute on Drug Abuse

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Addiction can happen at any age, but it usually starts when a person is young. It’s the result of changes in the brain that can come from drug use. Addiction affects
how people think and what they do. But what exactly are the signs? First, it’s important to know that there is no “type” of person who becomes addicted.
People can face addiction no matter (video)  where they’re from, what they look like, or how much money they have.
One important sign of addiction is that a person continues to use drugs even though it’s harming their life: physical health, performance at school or work, or
relationships. They feel like they can’t stop using drugs, no matter what happens. Other signs can include:
  • Hanging out with different friends than usual.
  • Not caring about their appearance.
  • Getting lower grades in school.
  • Missing classes or skipping school.
  • Losing interest in their favorite activities.
  • Getting in trouble in school or with the law.
  • Having different eating or sleeping habits.
  • Having more problems with family members and friends.
To address addiction, talk to a medical professional. For more information, see NIDA’s free resource, Step by Step Guides to Finding Treatment for Drug Use Disorders.” 
Find Help Near You
Use the SAMHSA Treatment Locator to find substance use or other
mental health services in your area. If you are in an emergency situation,
this toll-free, 24-hour hotline can help you get through this diffcult time:
call 1-800-273-TALK, or visit the Suicide Prevention Lifeline . We also
have step by step guides on what to do to help yourself, a friend or a
family member.