January 22-27, 2019 is the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week. Huron County Public Health (HCPH) is encouraging youth, parents, teachers, and other adults to participate this week by becoming educated on the facts surrounding substance abuse.
When surveyed during the 2017 Community Health Assessment, 11% of Huron County’s youth had used marijuana at least once in the past 30 days, and 5% had used medications that were not prescribed for them or took more than prescribed to get high at some time in their life. The NIDA has found that substance abuse at a young age can have harmful effects on brain functioning and development, and can lead youth to act out, do poorly in school, and put them at increased risk for other harmful behaviors.
HCPH encourages parents to talk to their children about the importance of being substance-free. By talking to children about the dangers of alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use, parents can reduce their child’s chance of ever starting to use these harmful substance. One resource available to parents is the Ohio Department of Health’s Start Talking program. This program gives parents tips, tools, and facts to help initiate those important conversations early on. More information about this program can be found at starttalking.ohio.gov.
Knowing the facts about drugs and alcohol is an important first step in preventing substance abuse. For more information visit www.HuronCoHealth.com.