Coming November 14th 6:00 pm at Bluffton High School (registration begins at 5:30 pm) an important forum about and for the youth in our communities. OUR YOUTH’S #1 PUBLIC HEALTH ISSUE is underage drinking and other substance use/abuse by teens. This affects our youth, families, communities and the Nation. It is a significant public health concern.
Featured speakers include Dr. Lindsay Squeglia on the effects of alcohol and marijuana on the teen brain development; Dr. Wendy Bell on medical marijuana myths and; Michelle Nienhius, M.P.H. on the SC student drug survey.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND? EVERYONE IN OUR COMMUNITY SHOULD ATTEND.
PLEASE BE THERE!
The LowCountry Alliance for Healthy Youth (LCAHY) of Bluffton High School have joined forces with other teens and health advocates across the United States to participate in National Prevention Week May 15th -May 21st. National Prevention Week (NPW), developed by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMSHA) established an annual health observance dedicated to increasing public awareness of, and action around, substance abuse and mental health issues. The purpose of National Prevention Week is to answer questions and encourage a widespread national and community conversation about mental and/or substance use disorders. This is an important public health concern as the Center for Disease Control maintains that by 2020 mental and substance use disorders will surpass all physical diseases as a major cause of disability world-wide. The theme this year is “Strong as One, Stronger Together”. The LCAHY of Bluffton High will partake in a variety of activities this month to create an awareness for mental health month.
Low Country Alliance for Healthy Youth (LCAHY) of Bluffton High School have joined forces with other teens and scientists across the United States as part of “National Drug & Alcohol Facts WeekSM” (NDAFW). During this week-long national health observance, beginning January 25th, students have organized to “Shatter the Myths” on drugs and alcohol.
Mayor Sulka and LCAHY Bluffton High students launched this initiative during morning announcements today. The proclamation, first read by Mayor Sulka at the January Council meeting, acknowledges the importance of the community joining in the student’s efforts during National Drug Facts Week.
As part of the NDAFW celebration, the LCAHY of Bluffton High School met weekly to develop this inaugural initiative. The group will host a trivia game, “Shattering the Myths” around alcohol and other drugs, at half-time during the varsity basketball game on January 29. Students will daily educate students at Bluffton High School by presenting facts and video clips regarding the dangers of drugs and alcohol. Informational posters will be placed throughout the school. Furthermore, drug fact education will be incorporated throughout the year via the Beaufort County Character Education Program presented during advisor sessions at Bluffton High.
According to the National Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS), 41 percent of high school across the country report using marijuana during their life, less than 10 percent report non-medical use of a narcotic painkiller, and 35 percent reported using alcohol in the past 30 days. While drugs can put a teenager’s health and life in jeopardy, many teens are not aware of the risks. Even for those teens who do not abuse drugs, many have friends or family who do, and they are often looking for ways to help them. This information may also be useful to student athletes that undergo random drug testing throughout the year.
“We want teens to have the opportunity to learn what science has taught us about drug abuse, alcohol, and addiction,” said Laura Pirkey, group’s advisor. There are so many myths about drugs and alcohol cluttering our popular culture. National Drug & Alcohol Facts WeekSM is for teens to get honest answers about drugs so they can make good, informed decisions for themselves and share accurate information with friends.”
About the LCAHY of Bluffton High School:
The Low Country Alliance for Healthy Youth of Bluffton High School is a youth driven initiative of the Low Country Alliance for Healthy Youth, a community prevention coalition, serving the Towns of Bluffton and Hilton Head. The LCAHY of Bluffton will serve as a model for Youth Initiatives that will organize at public and private high schools. For more information visit http://www.lcahealthyyouth.com/.