By Elizabeth Murphy
May 20, 2014
Nationally, the percentage of marijuana, cigarette and alcohol use among youth historically increases in May, June and July. In fact, during this period, studies show that first-time substance use often happens at graduation parties, proms, weddings, sporting events and other outdoor activities.
According to the Preble County Youth Risk Behavior Survey, 8 percent of middle school students and 20.4 percent of high school students indicated they have a smoked a cigarette. 25.5 percent of middle school students and 63.8 percent of high school students have had at least one drink of alcohol. 5.4 percent of middle school students and almost one-third of high school students have smoked marijuana. When asked whether their parents would approve or disapprove of their choices, more than 76.9 percent of students said their parents would disapprove of cigarette use, 54 percent of all students said their parents would disapprove of the alcohol use, and 84 percent said their parents would disapprove of the marijuana use.
National Prevention Week, supported by the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration, SAMHSA, helps raise awareness about the importance of substance abuse prevention and the promotion of mental health. The Preble County Mental Health & Recovery Board joins SAMHSA to observe National Prevention Week, May 18 – 24. National Prevention Week supports the concept that effective prevention of mental and substance use disorders requires consistent action.
The mission of the Preble County Mental Health & Recovery Board is to ensure that quality mental health & addiction services are available to all. Additionally, a key component of this mission is prevention. Preventive services provide people with the information they need to make good decisions about their health. According to MHRB Executive Director, Kelli Ott, “successful prevention involves many different groups working together, including informed parents, educators, primary care providers, and mental and substance abuse prevention and treatment professionals. “
Keep yourself and your families healthy and safe this summer. Practice prevention and promote mental health and wellness. For more information on National Prevention Week, mental health and substance abuse support, tips on wellness, and more, please visit www.pcmhrb.org. Like us on Facebook and sign the virtual SAMHSA Prevention pledge.