About Us

Community – The Anti-Drug (CTAD) is a community organization comprised of parents, local government, school officials, clergy and healthcare providers. The mission of this coalition is to reduce the use of alcohol, marijuana, and other drugs among youth in Bannockburn, Deerfield, Highland Park, Highwood, and Riverwoods.

Read our 2016 Annual Report to learn more about our people, programs, opportunities and accomplishments.

2016 Annual Report Cover


Established in 2009 as Parents – The Anti-Drug (PTAD), the coalition expanded to include a variety of community representatives and became CTAD in 2015. With increased capacity from the new membership, CTAD builds on the initial work of PTAD while broadening the scope and reach of activities.

Through generous funding from the Healthcare Foundation of Highland Park and other foundations listed on our Partners page, CTAD acquired an Executive Director in 2016 and Coalition Coordinator in 2017 to coordinate the efforts of our many partner organizations and individual members.

To create a safe, healthy, and drug-free community, CTAD strives to:

  • Decrease access to alcohol and marijuana
  • Increase communication among students, parents and community members
  • Provide community awareness on substance abuse education programs in the school and community
  • Improve student social-emotional wellness through increased student engagement

In addition to distributing information, such as monthly parent newsletters and the annual Access Awareness Campaign, CTAD’s member organizations review and recommend consistent school policies, local ordinances, and resources across each community to ensure a comprehensive approach that supports our youth from all angles.