Own the Upside is an initiative of the Drug Free Coalition partnership of Hardee, Highlands, and Polk counties in Florida. We were founded on a single idea: celebrate the positives!


       Unfortunately, we've become accustomed to believing only the discouraging news, or the negatives we see and hear on television and in popular music lyrics. We tend to forget there are some incredibly encouraging positives for us to celebrate ... what we call, the "Upside."


       Data collected through the Florida Youth Substance Abuse Survey (FYSAS) tells us that most of our kids don't engage in risky behaviors. Attitudes about abuse are shaped well before our children reach adulthood. We can impact their future now by supporting and investing in prevention programs and services that reduce access, identify risky behaviors, change community attitudes towards alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use, and empower youth to make positive healthy choices. Let's make it a point to focus on rewarding positive behaviors that will continue to inspire our youth to make smart and healthy decisions.

About Us


  • The coalition for teens by teens, educating and empowering teens to make healthy decisions and take action against alcohol, tobacco, and drug use

StandUP Polk

  • A group of concerned citizens, law enforcement, key community and business leaders working as the Coalition for a Drug-Free Polk to bring about positive change for Polk

InnerAct Alliance

  • Formerly the Drug Prevention Resource Center, provides substance abuse prevention to the Hardee, Highlands and Polk County communities 

Learn More About Some of Our Organizations that Strive for A Drug Free Community. 

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