January 26, 2015 is the start of the National Drug Fact Awareness Week.
You can test your current knowledge of Drugs Use and Brain Health at: http://teens.drugabuse.gov/sites/default/files/brain_addiction_quiz.pdf
The Oneida County Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse (AODA) Coalition is looking for concerned community members to help parents and students become more aware of the consequences of drug abuse and how it damages the human brain. During the last five years, the Oneida Co. AODA Coalition has been promoting prevention strategies to reduce under-age drinking of alcohol and prescription drug abuse.
The Oneida Co. AODA Coalition is currently promoting the KNOW! Campaign in area schools and are trying to get parents of middle school students to become more aware of the dangers of drugs and alcohol by signing up for KNOW! parent tip sheets. For more information on the KNOW! Project, go to: https://www.drugfreeactionalliance.org/know/parent-tip-sign-up
- To increase parental awareness that their children are at risk;
- To reinforce the knowledge that parental actions make a difference;
- To enhance and increase communication between parents and their children about substance use; and
- To empower parents with simple and effective parenting strategies proven to prevent substance use.
The Oneida County AODA Coalition has been very active in recent years on increasing awareness of parent’s responsibilities when hosting parties for minors by promoting the Parents Who Host campaign. More information on this campaign can be found at: https://www.drugfreeactionalliance.org/parents-who-host
- A public awareness program educating communities and parents about the health and safety risks of serving alcohol at teen parties.
- The programtakes place at state and local levels, concentrating on celebratory times for youth, such as homecoming, holidays, prom, graduation and other times when underage drinking parties are prevalent.
- This program encourages parents and the ENTIRE community to send a unified message that teen alcohol consumption is unhealthy, unsafe and unacceptable.
You are welcome to join the Oneida County AODA Coalition by contacting the Oneida County Health Department at 715-369-6111. Our next meeting is February 23rd at 12:30pm – 2pm at the Oneida County Health Department 2nd floor conference room.
You can review past agendas and meeting notes at: http://oneidacountypublichealth.org/priority-alcohol-and-other-substance-use-and-addiction/