2015-10-27 / Front Page

November 3rd Forum At Owen YMCA To Address Drug, Prescription Drug Abuse

Staff Report

Drug abuse in Indiana has been declining over the past decade for every substance except pipe tobacco and prescription drugs, according to data in the 2015 KIDS COUNT® in Indiana Data Book. But experts know there are still far too many young people in Indiana who turn to drugs for a variety of reasons. They also know teens don’t have to look any further than a medicine cabinet to find their next high.

Data in the 2015 KIDS COUNT® in Indiana Data Book shows that while overall drug use has dropped among teens, use of prescription drugs did not. And new numbers from the Indiana Prevention Resource Council show one in seven high school students in western Indiana (14.5 percent) used a drug other than alcohol or tobacco in the last month. In that same time period, 4.3 percent of high school students in the West region used prescription drugs that weren’t prescribed to them.

In an effort to address drug use among teens, the Indiana Youth Institute (IYI) is working with its community partners to host two forums during one week to help those who work with youth learn more about drug trends, treatment and impact in western Indiana.

The first free forum will be on Tuesday, November 3 from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Owen County Family YMCA in Spencer. The Owen County prosecutor and deputy prosecutor will speak, focusing on drug trends and the legal repercussions young people could face by being involved with drugs.

Then on Thursday, November 5, IYI and its partners will host another free forum in the Exhibit Hall at the Clay County Fairgrounds, 6656 North State Road 59 in Brazil from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. This event will feature Tami Watson, a detective with the Indiana State Police. She will discuss the impact of abuse and misuse of prescription drugs can have on an entire community.

The event in Clay County is made possible through the collaborative efforts of the Purdue Extension Office in Clay County, Hamilton Center, YMCA of Clay County, Clay County Department of Child Services, Step Ahead/Literacy Council, Clay Community Schools, and the IYI.

The event in Owen County is made possible by the collaborative efforts of the Owen County Family YMCA, Middle Way House, Spencer-Owen Community Schools, Centerstone, and the IYI.

Youth Worker Cafés are designed to bring together local youth workers to build relationships and inspire collaborations that will benefit children. Both events and lunches are free, but please RSVP for either by going to www.iyi.org/YWC. If you have trouble with the link, contact IYI Statewide Outreach Manager Debbie Jones at djones@iyi.org. For more information on the Youth Worker Cafés, contact IYI West Central Indiana Outreach Manager Katie McGaughey at kmcgaughey@iyi.org.

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