MASON COUNTY — The Mason County Prevention Coalition (formerly Anti-Drug Coalition) is urging local parents and teenagers to learn the facts about drug abuse and prevention during National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week, Jan. 25-31.
Brittni Kaylor, coordinator for the local coalition, said although the week mostly centers around teens and schools, there is a lot of important information available to everyone about what teens are doing, as well as facts on how drugs affect the brain and body.
The theme for the week is “Shatter the Myths,” and is sponsored by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). It uses science to show exactly what happens to the brain and body when a variety of drugs are entered.
Locally, Kaylor said the county has two Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) chapters, at both Hannan and Point Pleasant high schools. She added while Hannan has been active for several years, Point Pleasant is a newer group, but both reach out to students and promote good decisions.
“They are a voice for teens,” Kaylor stated.
The Hannan SADD chapter will be holding an event in early February to coincide with the drug fact week. “Prevention Day” at Hannan will not only focus on drug prevention, but on other topics important to teens today, such as bullying and dwarfism, Kaylor said.
The local coordinator stated SADD’s mission is to empower young people to successfully confront the risks and pressures that challenge them. SADD chapters are student-operated and foster a sense of belonging, as well as promote lifelong resiliency, leadership and advocacy skills.
Kaylor said teens and adults can visit the National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week website at http://teens.drugabuse.gov/national-drug-facts-week. There, people can not only read about the special week, but find drug facts, blogs, downloads and videos. There is also an educator section with lessons, activities and teaching guides.
The Mason County Prevention Coalition holds regular meetings that are open to the public. For more information, contact Kaylor at firstname.lastname@example.org or 304-675-3050.
Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing who lives in Mason County.