East Cleveland Bridges of Hope
16200 Euclid Ave.,
East Cleveland, Ohio 44112
Their mission is to address factors in the community which increase substance abuse and promote factors that decrease substance abuse through a large substance abuse and crime reduction strategy in East Cleveland focused on environment changes , education , community linkage and a media campaign.
To create a safe, clean and drug free community free of negative environment influences that works together to provide support and education for youth which will encourage healthy , substance free lives .
How to get involved with ECBoH...
There are many ways that a resident of East Cleveland or someone like you can get involved with the East Cleveland Bridges of Hope Coalition. The Coalition and several of our coalition member’s organizations are in need of volunteers like yourself who are concerned about the safety and security of our city.
Facts About ECBoH...
They contributed to a heightened awareness of the dangers of marijuana,tobacco, and alcohol use among 6th through 12th graders, by conducting our Annual “Teen Summit” at Shaw High school. Every year ECBOH focuses on HOPE (Health, Opportunity, Prevention, and Empowerment) Pre- and post-surveys indicated a heightened awareness of the aforementioned dangers of marijuana as a “bridge drug”. Since their existence 1450 teens, 100 vendors, and over 300 volunteers have participated in their summits. They have seen a decrease in teens smoking cigarettes but continue to see an increase in marijuana usage among teens in East Cleveland.
Largely as a result of our efforts (acting as liaison and pressure group to state legislators in Columbus, OH and City Council members in East Cleveland, a “Single Sales Cigar\Cigarette” ordinance was passed in East Cleveland City Council on May 27, 2009, resulting in an effort to focus on matters of policies, education, and enforcement. The Alcohol/Tobacco Retail Sales Task Force targets illegal sales of tobacco and alcohol products to youth under age youth, which is currently going on in many retail establishments in East Cleveland. ECBOH ATOD (Alchol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs task force implemented a Youth Compliance check program in November of 2012 with the City of East Cleveland Police department.
They have partnered with the Drug Enforcement Administration and its national efforts along with the East Cleveland Police Department, and community partners by supporting the Annual DEA National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. Since 2010 ECBOH has been working with the DEA in the City of East Cleveland we started out collecting over 100 pounds of expired prescription drugs.This past April 2014 we collected 30 pounds of expired prescription drugs which has decrease tremendously Prescription drug abuse has vaulted to the top of the list as the number one drug abuse problem among certain segments of our youth population. We also have receive a permanent drug drop box for the East Cleveland Police Department which will arrive sometime between October/November 2014.