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AAA Hosts Drug Abuse Prevention Event

  Posted on April 15, 2014

Did you know that most teens who abuse pain killers get them from friends or family? Many teens access prescription medications from bathroom medicine cabinets.

Every day, more than 2000 kids use a prescription drug to get high for the first time. Medicine abuse is an epidemic affecting families and teenagers across the country.

A new effort is underway across Ohio to prevent drug abuse among Ohio’s most vulnerable citizens – our children. Governor John R. Kasich and First Lady Karen W. Kasich have launched Start Talking! to give parents, grandparents, guardians, educators, and community leaders the tools to start the conversation with Ohio’s youth about the importance of living healthy, drug-free lives.

A majority of substance-free adolescents credit their parents for the decision not to use illegal substances. Likewise, grandparents often play an influential role in the lives of their grandchildren, and can have similar influence. Start Talking! is inspired by research that shows youth are up to 50 percent less likely to use drugs when parents and adults talk with them about substance use and abuse.

The Ohio District 5 Area Agency on Aging, Inc. will host a Start Talking! youth drug abuse prevention event on Tuesday, April 22, at 10:00 a.m. Parents, grandparents, and guardians are encouraged to attend this informative session focused on why prescription drug abuse is on the rise, and what we can do to increase the chance that the children in our lives make the choice to be drug-free. Discussions will be facilitated by representatives from CACY (Community Action for Capable Youth), Ontario Local Schools, and UMADAOP (Mansfield Urban Minority Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Outreach Program).

The Area Agency on Aging is located at 2131 Park Avenue West in the Hawkins Corner building in Ontario. For more information, please contact Amy Rose at the Area Agency on Aging, at 419-522-5612 x1163 or