Thank you GSA for being ambassadors in the field of substance use prevention!!!
- You are leading a culture shift among your peers. Team Medford asks that you continue to be loud and proud, continue to speak about the harms of substance use, but also the HOPE and the help that people struggling with addiction have.
Here are highlights from the great projects that were shared the night of the event with the underlying thread of substance use effecting families and communities as a whole.
Billboard displayed on 93 with the assistance of Mayor Burke’s Office
Success Through Struggle Video
Info graphics- Signs and Symptoms of Alcohol and other drug use & coping strategies and alternative activities
Newsletter with original poetry from students at Medford High School
o talk to your children early and often about the risks of drug and alcohol use,
o set rules and expectations for the family,
o discuss the pressure that youth might receive from friends to experiment and how to respond
o and, where appropriate, about family histories of substance use
It is also important for parents, community leaders and other adults in the community to know that while any young person can be vulnerable to prescription drug or any other substance misuse, most young people in our community are making good decision about substance use.
Please remind family and friends on the importance of not allowing easy access to substances in the home. Always properly secure, monitor, and dispose of prescription medications.
Stigma is one of the leading barriers to the effective prevention, treatment and recovery of substance use.
If we continue to openly and honestly discuss the risks and realities of substance use and abuse we will engage in the solutions that will allow us to get ahead of the issues that our youth, families, and communities struggle with.