Prevention begins with awareness achieved through community outreach and education, media campaigns, and speaking events.
Prevention continues with building skills and providing support achieved through implementing evidence-based programs, prevention counseling, advocacy, broad-based coalition building, alcohol and drug-free activities, and cultural competency.
Prevention is most effective when we change community conditions that contribute to underage drinking and drug use. We achieve this by reducing access to alcohol and illegal dugs through community partnerships and initiatives, policy change, and enforcement.

Riverhead Community Awareness Program, Inc. (CAP) is a non-profit community-based organization founded in 1979 by volunteers to address growing problems caused by alcohol and other drugs within the Riverhead schools and community. Today, CAP is the major provider of drug and alcohol prevention, counseling and community coalition services in the Riverhead Central School District and community.

In the News

Riverhead CAP to Host 7th Annual Bowling Bonanza Fundraiser on Thursday, March 21st | 01/10/2019

Riverhead CAP will be hosting our 7th Annual Bowling Bonanza Fundraiser on Thursday, March 21, 2019 at the All Star in Riverhead. This is a great opportunity for community members
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Riverhead Community Coalition Receives Second Consecutive National Substance Abuse Prevention Award | 11/16/2018

Riverhead Community Coalition for Safe and Drug-Free Youth has received the 2018 Coalition of Excellence Award for Intermediate Outcomes from CADCA (Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America), the nation’s leading substance
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Two Medication Take Back Events Scheduled in October | 10/16/2018

The Riverhead Community Coalition for Safe and Drug-Free Youth has two medication take back events scheduled in October for community members to safely dispose of their expired, unwanted and unused
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Riverhead Community Awareness Program, Inc. (CAP) does not charge for our services, but we depend on the generous support from our friends and neighbors to meet the growing need for drug and alcohol prevention and school-based counseling programs in the Riverhead community. Please consider making a donation by clicking on the button below. Thank you.
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Since 1982, CAP Volunteers have provided the CAP Drug and Alcohol Prevention Education Program (Life Skills) for 5th and 6th grade  students at Pulaski Street Elementary School. CAP currently needs adult Volunteers to help teach our Pulaski Street School Drug and Alcohol Prevention Program. No experience is necessary! Free education and training provided.

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