Talk. They Hear You.

October 3, 2013

The greatest influence on young people’s decisions to begin drinking or doing other drugs is the world they live in, including family, friends, schools, and the community environment. PARENTS, you should know that the greatest influences on teens decision to be free from using alcohol or other drugs is YOU. (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The […]

Summertime: A Risky Time for Teens

June 20, 2013

Teens tend to have more free time in the summer and there is a strong correlation between free time and risk-taking among teens. This could mean rock and bridge jumping in rivers or lakes, extreme watersports, or off-road activities out at Greenhorn. It could also mean the temptation to experiment with alcohol, marijuana or sexual […]

National Prevention Week: May 12-18, 2013

April 30, 2013

Summer is a season filled with celebrations and recreational activities where substance use and abuse can happen, such as graduation parties, proms, weddings, sporting events, and outdoor activities. National Prevention Week is timed to allow schools to take part in a prevention-themed event before the school year ends, raising awareness in students of all ages. […]

Social Norms: Highlighting the Positive

April 14, 2013

Social norms are the expectations and beliefs we hold around what is acceptable–for youth, families, individuals, and the community as a whole. Our perceptions about youth, their beliefs about each other, and what data and science tell us about youth behaviors are important factors when working to reduce youth substance use and promote overall health […]

Arm Them With the Truth

January 17, 2013

There’s a battle going on, in our world, for our teenagers futures… so we arm them with the truth: MOST of them don’t use drugs and alcohol. The numbers overwhelmingly support this truth. THE STATS TELL US: . . . that more than 60% of Nevada County teens report NOT smoking marijuana in the past […]

Prevention Efforts Show Success: Decline in Young Adult Nonmedical Prescription Drug Use

January 17, 2013

The number of people ages 18 to 25 who used prescription drugs for nonmedical purposes in the past month declined from 2.0 million in 2010 to 1.7 million in 2011 (14.3 percent decrease), according to SAMHSA’s 2011 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). “These findings show that national efforts to address the problem […]