Most young people ages 12 to 17 do not drink. However, in the latest survey (2014), about 2.9 million young people, or about 1 in 9 adolescents reported alcohol use during the past month. This data is supported by SAMHSA (Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration).
Talk with young people early and often about the dangers of underage drinking. With your help, we can make sure young people understand that they do not need to drink to fit in, have fun, or deal with the pressures of growing up. Educate teens by asking… Did you know that most young people aged 12 to 20 do not drink? Or, discuss with them that NOT drinking before age 21 is smart. Why? Because alcohol affects every organ in your body, including your brain. It can have a negative effect on classroom success, on the sports field and damage your relationship with friends and family. Simply put, it’s not smart for lots of reasons.
Underage alcohol use increases the risk of academic failure, illicit drug use, and tobacco use. It can lead to a range of physical consequences, from hangovers to death from alcohol poisoning, suicide, homicide, and traffic crashes. Annually, about 4,700 people under age 21 die from injuries involving underage drinking. Alcohol use can lead to depression and yes, suicidal thoughts and actions. This isn’t the answer. If you find you are in need of support, let us help you “Cont;nue Your Story”. Call 497-9069 or text “start” to 741-741.
Youth in Butte-Silver Bow are hearing the message. In February 2016 during the SAMHSA Prevention Day in Washington DC, Butte-Silver Bow County was nationally recognized for the reduction of alcohol use among 8th, 10th and 12th grade students (grades surveyed through the Montana Prevention Needs Assessment – MPNA). As a community we must continue to work together to build a safe, healthy and drug-free community. Culture is hard to change but the future of our youth depends on it.
Go to 2014 Montana Prevention Needs Assessment County Data – DPHHS Montana.Gov
This and additional information can be found on the SAMHSA: Too Smart To Start webpage.
Shared by: Butte Cares Inc.
INTERNET DANGERS – A presentation so good it’s worth repeating!
Join us May 18 for an incredible presentation by Sergeant Jimm Kilmer about the dangers of the Internet. Research has shown that 82% of online sex crimes against minors begin with the offender using the child’s social networking site to gain information. This presentation addresses the issues and concerns that tech savvy youth may be involved in.
This presentation is at the Emergency Operations Center (drivers license renewal building) at 3615 Wynne Avenue from 6:30-8 p.m.
Have you noticed that your child seems a little down? Or doesn’t want to go to school? Your child may be on the relationship roller coaster, and is being bullied at school.
Join a discussion on April 20, 2016, and learn how to help kids cope with bullying and stop the behavior before it starts. Kerry Weigle, Kennedy school counselor, will speak at the Emergency Operations Center (drivers license renewal building) at 3615 Wynne Avenue from 6:30-8 p.m.
Free and open to everybody.
Raising Great Kids series continues:
RECOGNIZING WARNING SIGNS – February 24, 2016
Laura Cross, LCPC, will present: Initiating conversations with your kids to identify mental health red flags.
Location: EOC Building at 3615 Wynne – South Entrance (Where you renew your drivers license).
Time: 6:30pm to 8:00pm