State officials including Ohio Gov. John Kasich, Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor, Attorney General Mike DeWine and Ohio legislative leaders recently sent letters to all school superintendents in Ohio to share tools and information with teachers, counselors and parents in an effort to fight the deadly opioid epidemic.
Kids who hear about the dangers of drugs from trusted adults are up to 50 percent less likely to use. Mentors at summer camps, or band and sport camps, can support Ohio’s youth in making healthy choices. Camp leaders can lead a Start Talking! discussion and share the facts about the dangers of alcohol, illegal drugs and the misuse of prescription medications.
While there is absolutely nothing wrong with teens experiencing a little boredom, too much time on their hands with “nothing to do” can lead to trouble, like experimenting with alcohol and drugs or engaging in other risky behaviors.
Randy Williams got hooked on pain medication after suffering an injury at age 17. The 2003 Dublin Coffman High School graduate eventually turned to heroin and struggled with a dangerous addiction before dedicating himself to recovery.
The Putnam County Educational Service Center teamed with the state to introduce a multi-pronged anti-drug campaign to educate about the dangers of drug abuse. Start Talking! is one of the programs being used.