What is Oneida County Doing to Reduce Teen Drug Abuse and How Can You Help?

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

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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

banner-know-newKnow! Primary Goals and Objectives:

  • 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

 

logo-parents-who-host-largeParents Who Host: Don’t be A Party to Teenage Drinking.

  • 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/

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Contact Us

Oneida County Health Department
100 West Keenan Street
Rhinelander, WI 54501
Hours: 8:00am - 4:30pm Mon-Fri

Telephone (715) 369-6111
Fax (715) 369-6112

ochd@co.oneida.wi.us

To report a public health emergency or to report a notifiable disease after hours, please contact dispatch at 715-361-5100.

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Hotlines

Mental Health Hotline - Mental Health Crisis? Forest, Vilas and Oneida County call 1-888-299-1188.

Smoking Cessation - Break free of cigarettes. Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW.

Disaster Distress Line - Stress, anxiety, and other depression are common after a disaster. Call 1-800-985-5990 or visit the Disaster Distress Line to talk.

Wisconsin First Step – Information on services for children and youth with special needs, their families and providers. Call 1-800-642-7837 to speak with a parent specialist.

Maternal and Child Health Hotline – Call 1-800-722-2295 for information on BadgerCare Plus, WIC, HealthCheck, maternal depression, Prenatal Care Coordination, family planning, developmental screenings, and more.