Partnership for Drug-Free Communities

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Who We Are

Partnership for Drug-Free Communities is a community-based coalition addressing substance use in Madison, St. Clair and the surrounding Illinois counties. It brings together organizations and individuals to assess local drug trends, and create a comprehensive strategic plan to address local issues. All sectors of the community are welcome to participate in the coalition and its meetings. Partnership for Drug-Free Communities was formed in 2016 when the Drug-Free Coalitions of Madison County (est. 2006) and the Madison County Heroin Task Force merged.

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P.O. Box 148 Maryville, Illinois 62062

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Coalition Meetings

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Partnership for Drug-Free Communities will be hosting its next Zoom meeting on Wednesday, January 27, 2021 from 10:00 am – 11:30 am.  The presentation topic will be Fentanyl.   Ryan Lawyer, Demand Reduction Coordinator, US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), St. Louis Division, will be the presenter. 


This meeting is open to the public.  This meeting will be recorded.  To join the meeting go to


Meeting ID: 994 7239 9055

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2021 Meeting Dates

  • Wednesday, January 27
  • Wednesday, February 24
  • Wednesday, March 24
  • Wednesday, April 28
  • Wednesday, May 26
  • Wednesday, June 23


Our members work together to address rapidly changing drug trends in Madison, St. Clair and the surrounding Illinois counties.  Members of the Partnership for Drug-Free Communities are connected to a network of hardworking partners who are dedicated to addressing a spectrum of issues—youth drug prevention, drug poisoning prevention, treatment and recovery, and law enforcement initiatives.  Becoming a member means you will be linked to over 300 coalition members representing 100+ local healthcare organizations, first responders, parents, treatment and recovery specialists, businesses, schools and others.  You will be involved in a respected organization that assesses local drug trends, and creates comprehensive strategies to address issues.

How to Join:

Visitors are welcome to attend coalition meetings, and receive meeting notices and other coalition emails.  For more information or to be added to the email list, go to and provide your contact information. Your email address will not be shared with any outside organizations or individuals.  To join as an active, voting member, please complete the following application.

Partnership for Drug-Free Communities Bylaws

Meet our team

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee is made up of four (4) elected officers, leaders of the work groups and committees, and at-large members.

Jessica Duft


Janice Rushing

Vice Chair

Karen Tilashalski

Corresponding Secretary

Denise Strehlow

Recording Secretary


Education & Prevention Work Group (EPWG)

Working to increase resource information through evidence-based youth education, advertising medication disposal locations to the public, and sharing substance use updates to interested groups.  Activities include presentations, print materials and website resources.

This group typically meets monthly by Zoom. Contact for meeting details.


Law Enforcement Work Group (LEWG)

Working towards the maintenance of consistent enforcement, evidence collection, education, and laws.  Activities include addressing processes and procedures within the justice system.

This group typically meets the 3rd Wednesday of the month by Zoom.  For more information regarding this work group, contact its chairperson at


Metro-East Recovery Council (MERC)

MERC works to provide support, education, training, resources, and other recovery services to individuals and families seeking or maintaining recovery.  MERC recognizes that there are multiple pathways to recovery, and seeks to increase opportunities for individuals to engage in services that meet their specific needs.


The group meets on the 3rd Thursday of each month from 9:00 am-10:00 am.  For more information regarding MERC, contact or go to check MERC’s Facebook page.


Family Support Network

A warm line staffed by volunteers, the Family Support Network was developed through a partnership between Amare, NFP and the Metro-East Recovery Council (MERC). Volunteers with lived experience (either personal or family) are available to provide empathy, support, resources, and educational materials to family members or friends who have concerns regarding a loved one’s alcohol or drug use. Note that the volunteers are not counselors and do not provide counseling services.


To talk with a warm line volunteer, call 314-669-1184.

Find out more information about education and prevention.