Tualatin Together was originally created by a group of concerned parents in 1990. Tualatin High School had just opened and there was a notable increase in the awareness of substance abuse amongst the youth in the community. As a drug-free community coalition, Tualatin Together formed formal collaborative arrangements among groups and organizations within the community to prevent and reduce youth substance use, including prescription drug abuse and tobacco use, within the community.
In 2014, Tualatin Together was awarded a five-year Drug-Free Communities (DFC) award. TT was awarded a second and final five-year award from the DFC in 2019. The DFC program has been a central, bipartisan component of our nation’s demand reduction strategy since its passage in 1998 because it recognizes that the drug issue must be dealt with in every home town in America. In order for a Drug-Free Communities Coalition to be successful at reducing youth drug, alcohol, and tobacco use over time, it must have widespread community involvement. The sectors of the coalition required by the DFC are listed below.