This week TSD Health Professionals were in TSD Middle Schools promoting National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week. This is a national health observance event for teens that uses the National Institute of Drugs and Alcohol facts to shatter the myths about drugs. The event is held nationally January 25th-31st, 2016.
An assembly was held on Tuesday, January 26 at Bill Reed Middle School for each grade level to learn about the harmful effects of drugs and alcohol. Jessica Shiveley, Social Worker, and Quincey Holmquist, Nurse, shared national and state statistics about student drug and alcohol use. An emphasis of the presentation was on underaged drinking, marijuana and prescription pill use. “We hope that the students learned impactful information on the effects of substance abuse and that they felt empowered to live above the influence in choosing their own path,” Shiveley and Holmquist said.
Students were also informed of the Safe2Tell app and website available through the state of Colorado. This is a free app that “provides young people a way to report any threatening behaviors or activities endangering themselves or someone they know, in a way that keeps them safe and anonymous (Safe2TellCo, 2016). “Safe2Tell is an important and great resource for students because it’s anonymous, yet, provides immediate support.”
For more information on National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week check out NIDA for Teens.