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Prevention Presents: Dispelling Myths

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Dispelling Myths with Harbor Prevention
Donna Bacon, M.Ed., LSC
Prevention Education Specialist

 

January 25th – 31st is National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week. Since 2010, this annual observance links students with scientists and other experts to counteract the myths about drugs and alcohol that teens get from the internet, TV, movies, music, or from friends.

NIDA (the National Institute on Drug Abuse) and NIAAA (the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism) work hand in hand on this prevention initiative that is sponsored by a number of government agencies, including the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP).  “We are not powerless when it comes to drug and alcohol use among young people. We know that preventing substance use before it begins is the most cost-effective approach to reduce substance use and its consequences,” said ONDCP Director Michael Botticelli. “By raising awareness and educating young people and their families, we can help reduce drug use and the number of people affected by substance use disorders.”

Harbor Prevention is dedicated to dispelling the Myths about drug and alcohol abuse every day, not just one week out of the year.  Education is the key to our teens and young adults being able to make safer, healthier choices.  Beginning in elementary school, our students learn about decision-making, influences, self-control and self-value, are given age-appropriate information about tobacco, alcohol, marijuana, energy drinks and other drugs, and learn how they can best deal with the different pressures they will face all their lives.  The earlier we start teaching our kids how to face life challenges with confidence and awareness, the brighter their futures can be.     

Prevention education is not limited to youth, although that is the best time to start. Of course, Harbor has that covered, too. In response to the ever-growing abuse of prescription drugs and heroin related-deaths, Harbor Prevention is a part of the HOPE Initiative (Heroin & Opiate Prevention Education) – our team provides hour-long presentations for ANY group that would be interested in providing this information to their members or employees.  Check out HOPE’s latest video at:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HAGkPCBnobU

Along with our youth curriculums and HOPE, Harbor also provides the WISE program for senior citizens (Wellness Initiative for Senior Education).  Our over 55 groups are taught how to be confident and take responsibility for their own health and wellness, and are made aware of how drugs/alcohol can interfere with prescription medications.

For more information about any of the services mentioned or to have Prevention, HOPE, or WISE visit your location, please contact Dee Washington, Manager, Prevention Education at 419.475.4449. 

 

 

http://www.nih.gov/news-events/news-releases/expanded-national-drug-alcohol-facts-week-begins-january-25

https://teens.drugabuse.gov/quiz/national-drug-facts-week/take-iq-challenge/2015

http://www.thenewsherald.com/articles/2016/01/20/life/doc569ff1b0a09de122363329.txt

 

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