The SUDDs Coalition first began in 2008 when youth from several Downriver communities came together to address the high rate of underage drinking and tobacco use. It was first called the Stop Underage Drinking Downriver Coalition, but now is called the Stop Underage Drinking/Drugs (SUDDs).
The coalition is a grantee of the Drug Free Communities (DFC) grant. This grant allows prevention services to be offered to 13 Downriver cities. These areas include: North Allen Park, Southgate, Melvindale, Wyandotte, Rockwood, Riverview, River Rouge, Grosse Isle, Gibraltar, Woodhaven, Brownstown Township, Flat Rock, and Trenton.
The goals of the SUDDs Coalition are to reduce underage drinking, youth access to tobacco and prescription drugs, and to increase community collaboration in the Downriver area.
The SUDDs Coalition consists of community members from local schools, law enforcement agencies, city government, faith based organizations, businesses, and civic groups. The SUDDs Coalition is supported by The Guidance Center and funded through the Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority and the Drug Free Communities (DFC) Support Program.
The mission of the SUDDS Coalition is to prevent underage drinking and drug use in the Downriver community.
Our vision is for a community free of underage drinking and drugs in which its members are knowledgeable about the consequences of their use.