Public Awareness Campaign
Alcohol abuse remains the number-one drug problem among youth.
Alcohol is often overlooked locally and statewide in the nation's efforts to prevent use of tobacco and other illicit drugs. Alcohol also tends to be viewed as more "socially acceptable" drug and as a result is more frequently abused.
Alcohol can damage growing brains & bodies and can lead to harmful or dangerous choices.
An Alcohol Awareness Campaign is focused on raising the public's awareness regarding issues related to alcohol use and various levels of abuse.
Distracted driving is any activity that could divert a person's attention away from the primary task of driving. All distractions endanger driver, passenger, and bystander safety.
Texting while driving is one of the most dangerous distractions because text messaging requires visual, manual, and cognitive attention from the driver.
Most drivers do not realize that "5" seconds is the average time your eyes are off the road while texting. When traveling at 55mph, that's enough time to cover the length of a football field blindfolded.
A Distracted Driving Campaign is focused on raising the public's awareness regarding issues related to using mobile devices while driving a motor vehicle.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has classified prescription drug abuse as an epidemic. While there has been a marked decrease in the use of some illegal drugs like cocaine, data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) show that nearly one-third of people aged 12 and over who used drugs for the first time in 2009 began by using a prescription drug non-medically. Some individuals who misuse prescription drugs, particularly teens, believe these substances are safer than illicit drugs because they are prescribed by a healthcare professional and dispensed by a pharmacist. Addressing the prescription drug abuse epidemic is not only a top priority for public health, it will also help build stronger communities and allow those with substance abuse disorders to lead healthier, more productive lives.
It is estimated that close to 5 million Americans regularly use marijuana. In the last 2 decades, surveys reveal that use of marijuana among the younger population of school and college students has widely increased. Recent data indicates the average age when marijuana is used is 18 years. The majority of individuals who use marijuana are also frequent users of alcohol and other illicit drugs. Marijuana is the ultimate social gateway drug to harder narcotics. The most common side effects of marijuana are cognitive deficits. Short term use has been associated with memory defects, mental clouding and confusion.
Most people today know that smoking is bad for your health. But most people do not really understand just how dangerous smoking really is? Tobacco contains nicotine, a highly addictive drug that makes it difficult for smokers to kick the habit. Tobacco products also contain many poisonous and harmful substances that cause disease and premature death. Did you know that out of a group of 1000 smokers (age 30), that a full quarter of them (250!) will die of smoking-related illnesses prior to completing middle age, an additional quarter will die prematurely from smoking-related illnesses shortly after retirement age, and another large group will develop debilitating chronic illnesses as a result of their smoking?
Bullying can happen anywhere and to anyone. Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose. Bullying can affect you in many ways. You may lose sleep or feel sick. You may want to skip school. You may even be thinking about suicide. If you are feeling hopeless or helpless or know someone that is, please
Domestic Abuse, also known as domestic violence, spousal abuse, battering, family violence, and intimate partner violence is a pattern of behavior which involves the abuse by one partner against another in an intimate relationship such as marriage, cohabitation, dating or within the family. Domestic violence can take many forms, including physical aggression or assault (hitting, kicking, biting, shoving, restraining, slapping, throwing objects, battery), or threats thereof; sexual abuse; emotional abuse; controlling or domineering; intimidation; stalking; passive/covert abuse (e.g., neglect); and economic deprivation. Males as well as females may be victims of domestic violence, and females as well as males can be the perpetrators.
Suicide takes the lives of nearly 30,000 Americans every year. There are an estimated 8 to 25 attempted suicides to 1 completion. Suicide is the 11th leading cause of death in the U.S. (homicide is 15th) (CDC). According to the Violent Death Reporting System, in 2004 73% of suicides also tested positive for at least one substance (alcohol, cocaine, heroin or marijuana). Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death for 15- to 24-year-old Americans. (CDC). Over 50% of all suicides are completed with a firearm. An average of one person dies by suicide every 16.2 minutes (CDC, AAS). Suicide can be prevented through education and public awareness.
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