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Underage substance use, whether it be marijuana, alcohol, or another drug can be a barrier to children leading healthy and fulfilled lives and transitionally successfully into adulthood.
April is National Alcohol Awareness month. The good news is that the rate of teen alcohol use has declined since the mid-1970s, however teens still drink alcohol more than they use any other substance. In fact, teen alcohol use kills 4,300 people each year – more than all illegal drugs combined. WHY?
As you may know, YSB has four school-based Chemical Health Specialists working to prevent and reduce youth substance use in each of the school districts they are contracted to work in throughout the school year.
In addition to individual and/or student group support, here are some highlights taking place in our local schools:
In ISD 833 (South Washington County), the Specialist has developed an informational display on the dangers of underage alcohol use for high school students to view throughout the month of April.
The Specialist in ISD 622 (North St. Paul/Maplewood/Oakdale) is organizing a door decorating contest for middle school students where the content is focused on the consequences of alcohol use.