Teen Exposure to Drug Prevention Declines
"The University of Michigan's Monitoring the Future study (MTF) - the largest survey on teen drug abuse tracking over 46,000 8th, 10th and 12th graders- found a huge falloff in teen's recalled exposure to drug abuse prevention messages over the past seven years. The new data from the MTF study has been released at a time when teens themselves report finding the drug prevention messages to be effective"
The above statement came from a recent article published by the Partnership at Drugfree.org. The survey shows that from 2003 to today, teen exposure to drug prevention messages has declined dramatically.
Most states and the federal government are making budget cuts due to the economy. Support for prevention programs like the state grants portion of Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Program has been cut out of the 2011 budget. While the teen drug epidemic continues to rise, funding for programs is declining. However, according to the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America for every $1 that goes to prevention the community saves $10 in treatment costs.
I believe it is time for communities to take back their teens and begin grassroots efforts to prevent teen drug abuse and addiction. Here at the Addiction Coalition that is exactly what we are trying to do. We currently have a pilot drug prevention program at Cornerstone School in Woodlawn that is reaching 6-8th graders once a week. Also, our Youth Advisory Council, which consists of 10th-12th graders, wants to start Addiction Coalition Chapters at each of their schools. I believe that with the help from the community and teen involvement we can get the drug prevention message back in Birmingham schools.
We cannot do this alone we need your help! We are currently looking for mentors to volunteer their time once a week during lunch at Cornerstone School. If you are interested, please contact us.