“Far too many young people are unable to grow and thrive because of substance use. And far too many precious lives are being taken from us as a result of drug overdoses, leaving families devastated and heartbroken. Substance use can also lead to lower academic achievement and a variety of physical and emotional consequences, and it is crucial that America’s youth learn and understand the risks connected with it. Youth substance use can be prevented — and with dedicated, collective effort across our communities, we can ensure more Americans live long, productive lives. During National Youth Substance Use and Substance Use Disorder Prevention Month, we come together in common purpose to unite behind this important mission.”
Read the rest of the proclamation by the President of the United States of America, here.
We believe that youth play a vital role in the creation of healthy communities and that any full-scale prevention organization must allow youth to be part of the solution. Here, you will find videos, articles, and other resources that will help lead you to healthy decisions!
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Know the facts to help prevent the use.
This lesson, developed in partnership with Scholastic, provides scientific information about four major areas of the brain and what they do. Students learn how common drugs—such as marijuana, alcohol, and cocaine—affect different areas of the brain. The student article also discusses the chemical changes in the brain that can lead to drug addiction and overdoses.
Know the truth behind prescription drug abuse. Prescription drug abuse is when someone takes a medication that was prescribed for someone else or takes their own prescription in a way not intended by a doctor or for a different reason—like to get high.
Marijuana is a mixture of the dried and shredded leaves, stems, seeds, and flowers of Cannabis sativa—the hemp plant. The mixture can be green, brown, or gray. Stronger forms of the drug include sinsemilla (sin-seh-me-yah), hashish (hash for short), and extracts including hash oil, shatter, wax, and budder.
Did you know: When teens drink, alcohol affects their brains in the short-term– but repeated drinking can also impact it down the road, especially as their brains grow and develop.