In the battle against drug and alcohol abuse, Revere CARES has had an overwhelmingly positive influence. The coalition, led by community members and organizations in Revere and is part of the MGH Center for Community Health Improvement, educates teens in the city about substance abuse. Because of the efforts of this program, binge drinking among high school students in Revere dropped 39 % between 1999 and 2009.

As a result of the advocacy that Revere CARES has done, the Revere Fire Department has become the first in the country that is allowed to carry NARCAN on their apparatus. NARCAN is an internasal spray that reverses the effects of an opiate overdose.