Substance Use Advisory Commission

Working to reduce drug use

The Substance Use Advisory Commission advocates for a healthy community by promoting best practices for the prevention, intervention, and treatment of alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use.

Interested in Serving?

If you would like to be considered for service on the Substance Use Advisory Commission, please complete the online interest form.


The second Wednesday of each month.

The next commission meeting will be held on August 11 at noon. 

This will be a virtual meeting and the public is invited to attend. Join us on Zoom! 


All meetings will be held using Zoom, a free video-conferencing software. No in-person meetings will be held until further notice. 

The public can join the meeting on Zoom or via phone at 1-646-558-8656 with the Webinar ID 829 8484 0906


View agendas on BoardDocs

Public Participation

To schedule an appearance before the Commission, contact city staff liaison, Aracelys Torrez, at 919-996-5740.




Raleigh Pathways Center
900 S. Wilmington Street
Raleigh, NC 27601

Mailing Address:
Human Relations
P.O. Box 590
Raleigh, NC 27602




Our Purpose

The Raleigh City Council created the commission as an advisory body in June 1990. The creation of the commission helped solidify the city's commitment to a permanent and vigorous effort to eliminate substance abuse.

The Substance Use Advisory Commission advocates for a healthy community by promoting best practices for the prevention, intervention and treatment of substance use.

The commission's activities include an annual pill drop-off, which allows you to drop off your unneeded or expired prescription and over-the-counter pills. Dropping off your medication helps prevent its abuse, theft, and illegal sale. Disposing of it this way also helps keep our water supply safe.

Our Focus

together against substance abuse
  • Implement community education initiatives
  • Partner to reduce substance misuse
  • Reduce stigma
  • Advise City Council on current trends in substance use


Substance Use Advisory Commission Members
Eliott Palmer
Serving: 2nd Term,
6/7/2019 - 6/6/2021
Donald McDonald
Serving: 2nd Term,
7/18/2018 - 7/17/2020
Susan Foster
Serving: 1st Term,
4/4/2018 - 4/3/2020
F. Lynn Williams
Serving: 1st Term,
9/4/2019 - 9/3/2021
Pam Katchuk
Serving: 1st Term,
1/17/2018 - 1/6/2020
Tracy Freeman
Serving: 1st Term,
12/4/2019 - 12/3/2021
Ryan Johnston
Serving: 1st Term,
9/4/2019 - 9/3/2021
Ricardo Young
Serving: 1st Term,
12/5/2018 - 12/4/2020