Tips, new drugs trends, and how to talk to youth about substance use and mental health.
Partnerships for Success Grant funded gathering data for 18-25 year olds who live in Rhode Island at least part of the year. This is the first time in Rhode Island that we have gathered data for this population.
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Communities become safer and healthier when its members work together to help keep teens substance-free and promote wellbeing.
When the various sectors of a community get involved in prevention, they can actually create an environment where teens are much more likely to remain drug-free. Evidence shows that teen substance use decrease when community sectors each play a special role.
Words Matter - Terms to Use and Avoid When Talking About Addiction
This web page offers background information and tips for providers to keep in mind while using person-first language, as well as terms to avoid to reduce stigma and negative bias when discussing addiction. Although some language that may be considered stigmatizing is commonly used within social communities of people who struggle with substance use disorders (SUDs), clinicians can show leadership in how language can destigmatize the disease of addiction.
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What Community Members Can Do
Check out the following evidence-based practices recommended for different community sectors.
Parents learn the risks and talk about them often with their teens.
Teens get smart about drugs and promote safe, healthy lifestyles to their peers.
Schools teach about drugs and healthy decision-making in a drug-free environment and provide substance use counseling services to students when needed.
Coaches promote programs like VAASA — peer leadership program in which high school varsity athletes pledge to remain alcohol and drug free. The athletes are trained to address younger students as positive role models.
Mental Health Professionals help to educate the community about risks, signs and symptoms of addiction through bulletins and community forums.
Pediatric Offices screen for drug use disorders as part of a physical exam. Counsel your teen and tween patients about the risks and harms associated with alcohol and marijuana use.
Businesses hire youth, co-sponsor prevention programs, and maintain a zero-tolerance policy in the workplace. Liquor stores and tobacco retailers check IDs. All those who serve alcohol are required to complete the Responsible Beverage Service training, please contact SPC regional coalition about these trainings.
Youth Organizations and Faith Communities offer youth programs, co-sponsor prevention programs, and promote prevention among their members.
Law Enforcement use Best Practices for enforcing substance use laws and ordinances, serve as a school resource, and train Drug Recognition Experts (DREs).
Town Government enacts and funds the enforcement of ordinances and policies known to reduce and prevent underage substance.
Help Prevent Rx Drug Misuse
Dispose of Rx Medicines Safely. Use the MedReturn dropboxes in Southern Providence County located at local police departments, the RI State Police Barracks and all 24-hour CVS Pharmacies. Dispose of unused and expired prescription patches, prescription medications, over-the-counter medications and samples — including pet medications. It’s just too risky to leave them hanging around. Free, anonymous, no questions asked.