Alcoholism & Drug Abuse

Drug & Alcohol Prevention Municipal Alliance

The purpose of the Maplewood/ South Orange Municipal Alliance is to Prevent Alcoholism and Drug Abuse. Municipal Alliances are a program funded by state of New Jersey under the Governor’s Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse. The Municipal Alliance local ordinance was issued in 1990 in Maplewood (Chapter 10, Ord. #1832)

The mission of the state Municipal Alliance is to be "A mechanism for implementing policies to reduce alcoholism and drug abuse (and) support appropriate county and municipal-based alcohol and drug abuse education and public awareness activities" (N.J.S.A. 26-BB-7a). The goal of the Municipal Alliance is "To provide successful prevention programs and public awareness activities, using environmental strategies [to make community wide changes]."

The vision of the Maplewood/ South Orange Municipal Alliance envisions a community that promtoes wellness, and the mental, social and physical health of its community members, by fostering an environment that is free of misuse and abuse of alcohol, marijuana/ vaping and other illicit drugs.

The mission of the Maplewood/ South Orange Municipal Alliance is to:

  1. Organize and coordinate efforts involving schools, law enforcement, business groups and other community organizations for the purpose of reducing alcoholism and drug abuse.
  2. Develop, in cooperation with the South Orange Maplewood School District (SOMSD) comprehensive and effective programs to combat alcoholism and drug abuse in grades Kindergarten through 12.
  3. Develop, in cooperation with the South Orange Maplewood School District (SOMSD), procedures for the intervention of students abusing alcohol and drugs.
  4. Develop comprehensive alcohol and drug abuse prevention programs which involve education, support, and outreach efforts for parents in Maplewood/ South Orange.
  5. Develop comprehensive community awareness programs dealing with alcoholism and drug abuse.
  6. Work with local government to develop and enforce local ordinances that support the control of alcohol consumption and the sale of tobacco/ vaping or other illicit products to minors.