Did You Know?

  • Substance abuse prevention has long outgrown Just Say No, scare tactics, and DARE. It is a positive, proactive and science-based approach to community health.
  • 90% of addictions start in the teen years before the age of 18, and a half before 15.
  • The Parent Factor: kids to learn about the risks of drugs from parents are up to 50% less likely to use drugs.
  • Parents who intervene early with their child’s drug or alcohol use can significantly reduce the likelihood they will suffer long-term negative consequences. Get help at (503)742–5335.
  • You may think that letting your teens and their friends drink at home is a safety precaution. In reality, social hosting puts everyone at risk and sends the wrong message to youth.
  • Teen drinking parties-supervised or other supervised – encourage binge drinking, which is associated with sexual assault, alcohol poisoning, and drunk driving.
  • The adolescent brain is not fully developed until age 25 and is more vulnerable to the effects of drugs and alcohol. The part of the brain to develop last is the prefrontal cortex, responsible for decision-making and moderated social behavior.
  • Adult vs. youth use. Adults who use marijuana or alcohol should know the unique risks of early use and protect kids from exposure to the substances in the home.
  • Lock it up! 25% of teens who use alcohol get it from a parent or other family member. Another 15% take it from their home or someone else’s.
  • Everybody is NOT doing it. Almost 70% of Oregon city’s 11th graders did not drink in the past month. Most kids make great choices!

Youth Substance Abuse has a cascade effect:
  • Poor school performance
  • Social problems
  • Depression
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Violence
  • Impaired brain development
PREVENTION also has a cascade effect:
  • Reductions in Crime
  • Depression
  • Drug abuse
  • Academic failure
  • Increases in Public health
  • Graduation rates
  • Economic productivity
  • Community cohesion