About a third of high school seniors across the country report using an illicit drug sometime in the past year, and more than ten percent report non-medical use of a narcotic painkiller. A 2012 assessment showed 54% of respondents were either unaware or did not think prescription drug abuse is a problem in Clermont County. While drugs can put a teenager’s health and life in jeopardy, many teens are not aware of the risks. Even for those teens who do not abuse drugs, many have friends or family who do, and they are often looking for ways to help them.
“National Drug Facts Week” (NDFW) is a week-long health observance, organized by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National Institutes of Health, takes place Monday, January 26th through Sunday, February 1st. NDFW celebrates the inquisitive minds of teens by giving them a space to learn about drugs and to get scientific answers from experts through activities.
You can learn more at National Drug Facts Week on NIDA’s website at http://teens.drugabuse.gov/ and you can learn about facts about our community at http://www.cdc.gov/HealthyYouth/yrbs/state_district_comparisons.htm and/or http://oas.samhsa.gov/statesList.cfm.
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