Branch County SATF

Member Information                                          Why Do We Care?

Our Substance Abuse Task Force (SATF) is chaired by the Branch County Sheriff Department and Coordinated by Pines Behavioral Health. Additional membership includes representatives from all area police departments, the Branch County Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the Department of Human Services, clergy, Branch County Commissioners, Court Probation/Parole, the Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Public Health Department and other community members at large.






Illegal or illicit drug use is an all-too-common problem that affects not only teens but people of all ages. Despite the fact that it is against the law to use marijuana, cocaine, and other similar drugs, people start using drugs as a way to have fun, escape problems, or fit in. In most cases, they do not intend to become addicted to the substances that they are using. In fact, in some cases, they may feel that there is little risk when using certain types of substances, such as prescription drugs. Yet even prescription drugs can be abused and become a source of addiction. Unfortunately, for some people, the illegal use of drugs can become a problem that is not only difficult to break but also carries long-term negative consequences, physically, socially, and legally.  Coming together as a community to provide awareness, education and other prevention efforts are just one way we can all do our part to make a difference in creating a healthier Branch County.

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