The Warwick Valley Central School District invites parents, guardians, and community members to “Drugs: Things You Should Know” on Tuesday, April 25, at 6:00 p.m., in the Warwick Valley High School Auditorium.
Leading the presentation will be School and Community Outreach Coordinator for New York State Police Troop F, Trooper Vedder.
The goal of the presentation is to provide adults with the tools they need to effectively address substance abuse issues in the lives of those they care about.
The first in a series of presentations at WVCSD
“Drugs: Things You Should Know” marks the first of a series of presentations hosted by the Warwick Valley Central School District to help combat the opioid epidemic in Orange County.
The Warwick Valley High School Drug Prevention Coalition is a group of teachers and administrators who are committed to educating students about the dangers of substance abuse and promoting healthy behaviors as part of the school culture.
The group is working to reduce substance abuse among adolescents, and to prevent initiation into all drug use by encouraging wise and healthy choices.
Important facts – did you know?
- 3 times more Orange County Residents died of heroin or pain medication overdoses than in any other county in New York State in 2014
- Between 1999 and 2010, the sales of prescription painkillers increased 4 times
- Enough prescription painkillers were prescribed in 2010 to medicate every American adult around the clock for a month
- Prescription painkillers killed more Americans in 2014 than any other drug
- The biggest abusers of prescription drugs are young adults ages 18-25
- 90% of prescription drug addictions start in the teenage years
- 70% of teens who abuse prescription drugs get them free from friends and relatives
- 73% of teens say it’s easy to get prescription drugs from their parents’ medicine cabinets
- 1 in 6 teenagers admit to taking prescription drugs to get high or change their mood
- 40% of high school seniors do not think it’s harmful to try heroin once or twice
- 30% of high school seniors say that heroin is easy to obtain. 13% of 8th graders agree
- Only 14% of teens said their parents talked to them about prescription drug abuse
- 20% of parents think they don’t have any influence on whether their child uses drugs
- Teens who consistently learn about the risks of drugs from their parents are up to 50% less likely to use drugs than those who don’t
Don’t miss this important presentation!