National Prevention Week

By: Muriel Bailey Email
By: Muriel Bailey Email

When it comes to substance abuse, their focus is prevention.

"Making the choice not to do it is easy for adults to say 'just say no' but when it comes to our children the stress and pressure put on them by their peers to say yes it's not as easy to say no," said Beth Ford.

The Dothan Houston County Substance Abuse Partnership visits schools and local groups.
But they say education can start at home and the earlier the better.

"Starting before they reach the third grade, because most smokers will start, it has been proven already by 5th grade these children are starting to smoke," said Tobacco prevention Manager Judy Guiller.

"Give them real reasons not just because i said so, but because it's harmful to your health and it helps make your future choices difficult to obtain," explained Ford.

They also suggest, when faced with peer pressure students shouldn't be afraid to use real reasons.

"If I'm caught I don't get to play football anymore, I get kicked off the team, my parents are gonna kill me, my car gets taken away," added Ford.

When it comes to prevention, counselors say parents your words can sometimes play a major role.

"Don't be afraid to answer questions, if they ask you, did you do it when you were young, be honest with them because they're going to respect your answers a whole lot more if they know you're being honest," said Ford.

National Prevention Week lasts through may 18th.

National Prevention Week also covers suicide prevention and mental health.

Statistics from a recent national survey on drug use, show the rates of marijuana use by youth and young adults are on the rise.

If you'd like to have the prevention project speak to a group or if you just want more information give the partnership a call at 334-699-2813.

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