Welcome to Drug Free Marion County News, a monthly update on Drug Free Marion County events, programs, and trainings, as well as the newest resources and prevention news from trusted sources.


  • Community Happenings
  • Game Day Indianapolis Indians
  • Upcoming DFMC Meetings & Events
  • Education & Training 
  • New Board Member Meet & Greet
    • Daniel Castillo

Community Happenings

Drug Free Marion County has reserved a block of seats on the 3rd baseline at Victory Field for the Indians’ game on Sunday, July 21 at 1:30. Children under 14 receive a free meal, including a hot dog, chips and a drink.

Tickets are $11 each with $5 going directly to support our drug prevention education initiatives and resources including our Parents' Guide to Raising Drug Free Kids and Your GPS to the Teenage Brain.

Purchase Tickets Here!

Drug Free Marion County 2020 Grant Fund Opportunity

Beginning Monday, July 1, 2019 online at you will find an application packet for year 2020 grants from the Marion County Drug-Free Community Fund for services and programs to address problems related to substance abuse in Marion County. Grants will be effective from January 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020.  This fund is comprised of alcohol and drug offender fees collected in Marion County.
The grants are on a one-time only basis with no future funding implied or guaranteed.  Programs must be targeted to serve Marion County residents.  Actual funding is on a reimbursement basis and no advance funding is available.  Proposals receiving amounts less than requested will be required to submit a revised budget. 

To obtain a copy of the Application please go to our website to the Grant & Grantees Section on the bottom of our websites Homepage.

Need Grant Writing Assistance
Drug Free Marion County is offering two technical assistance sessions for 2020 grant applicants. Join us at either or both of the sessions listed below. Staff and grant reviewers will be available to answer questions and provide input on how to submit a better proposal.
Here are the dates, times and locations:
Wednesday, July 10 – 10:30am to 12:30pm in conference room, Marion Co. Public Library – East 38th St. Branch, 5420 E. 38th St.
Friday, July 26 – 11:30am to 1:30pm in 1st floor conference room, Marion Co. Public Health Dept., 3838 N. Rural St.

IMPD North District extended an invitation to participate in the 13th Annual Community Day Event held in Broad Ripple Park, had a great time discussing educating adults and youth about drug prevention. 
(Photo: Brycel & Joseph)

Shalom Health Care Center Back to School Health Fair
3400 Lafayette Rd
July 20, 2019 

13th Annual Dr. Dannee Neal "Back to School" Health Fair!
When we think about our community and all the benefits that
we will bring to the children, youth and adults through this event,
our excitement grows even more.

Upcoming DFMC Meetings
Grants & Community Strategies Meeting
Monday, July 812:00 – 12:30pm
Midtown Community Mental Health
3171 N. Meridian St.
Marion County Prevention Alliance Meeting
Marion County Library Michigan Rd Branch
August 14, 2019
Time: 11:30am
6201 N Michigan Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46268



Drug Recognition Training
Thursday, July 11, 2019
1:30pm - 3:30pm
English Foundation Building Conference Room #7
615 N. Alabama St

Learn about:
  • Drugs, their uses, and different forms
  • How to identify drugs Alcohol in powder form
  • Safe drug disposal Safe needle disposal.
You may also learn about Drug Prevention on our website by reading Parents' Field Guide to raising Drug Free Kids.
In Partnership with:
Central Indiana Community Foundation
Indianapolis of  Public Health & Safety

Come join us for a Panel Discussion 
Topic: Mobile Syringe Exchange 
August 19, 2019
Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department - East District
201 Shadeland Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46219
Please feel free to bring your lunch as our panel of experts
answer all your question.  On the Panel will be:
  • Madison Weintraut, Marion County Public Health Department
  • Major Catherine Cummings, Indpls Metropolitan Police department
  • Pastor David Cederquist, Brookside Community Church
  • Brandon George, Indiana Addictions Issues Coalition

Join us for our Annual Event Celebration of Lives Lost
Drug Free Marion County plans, promotes, implements and coordinates community efforts to prevent and reduce the abuse of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs among youth and adults.


Drug Free Marion County would like to introduce our newest board member: 

Daniel Castillo

Why did you decide to join the board of Drug Free Marion County?

What drug- and alcohol-related issues are of particular concern to you?

What has been the most rewarding experience for you as a member of the board?

What are some of your interests/hobbies when you're not working or volunteering?

I've had the opportunity to attend other DFMC sponsored events over the past few years and found the participants very engaged and supportive of the mission to address substance abuse in our community.  In my past professional life I've supervised an offender population, and served as an educator instructing public safety courses to college undergraduates.  I believe Board participation is another avenue to engage on critical issues I've experienced and studied.

The issue of most concern to me is the casual attitude towards the legalization of marijuana that is sweeping our country.  Our society experienced a similar change many years ago following the end of prohibition.  Now marijuana use seems poised to enter the mainstream and I believe further discussion of marijuana as a gateway to experimentation with other more serious substances must continue.

I am brand new to the board and looking forward to significant positive interaction and a chance to engage with those that benefit from our initiatives.

In my spare time I enjoy reading about foreign policy issues, Australian rules football, and tinkering around on my 1973 FJ40 Toyota Landcruiser. 

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