Our Mission

To increase the health of Evanston youth by preventing alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use through community-level strategies.


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Because the city of Evanston was a dry community from 1873 until the early 1970s, the legalization of alcohol in 1972 – and the subsequent opening of the city’s first liquor store in 1984 – proved to be a substantial transition. In order to help deal with the issues ensuing from this shift, The Evanston Substance Abuse Prevention Council (ESAPC) was formed in 1984, following a round table discussion hosted by the Evanston Mental Health Board.  The council’s purpose is to collaborate, coordinate and encourage groups who are working on prevention issues by providing a forum for networking and disseminating information about substance abuse and relevant policy issues.