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Learn How to Use an Indicator Reporting Program to Reduce Alcohol and Drug Problems in Your Community


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Join Together announces the release of the 2005 edition of our popular publication, How do we know we are making a difference? A community alcohol, tobacco, and drug indicators handbook. Since the handbook was first released in 1997, thousands of community leaders have developed indicator reporting programs to identify their most important local substance use problems, boost fundraising efforts, focus community prevention and treatment strategies, and measure the impact of new policies and programs.

The 2005 Edition points readers to the latest data sources for an expanded and updated menu of indicators, and demonstrates how to translate this information into a powerful local story.

The new companion website,, includes links to the most up-to-date resources, new stories about how communities are using indicator reporting programs, and a learning community.

“We hope this handbook and website,, will inspire community leaders to make regular indicator reporting a part of their community's strategy to reduce and prevent the harms from substance use,” says David Rosenbloom, Director of Join Together.

To order your free copy of How do we know we are making a difference? A community alcohol, tobacco, and drug indicators handbook, visit

For more information, contact Sarah Guckenburg or Susan Aromaa at 617-437-1500 or

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