January 23, 2015
WhoYouWant2Be—a resource of Centerstone, one of the nation's largest not-for-profit providers of community-based mental health and addiction services—is providing schools in Dickson, Maury and Sumner counties with educational classroom posters for National Drug Facts Week (January 26 through February 1). The new poster warns students against tobacco and alcohol use, huffing paint and more, directing them to WhoYouWant2Be.org for more information about the dangers of drug abuse.
According to studies, nearly a quarter of teenagers in Tennessee have been offered, sold or given an illegal substance on school property. Similarly, 20 percent say they have taken a prescription drug that was not prescribed to them by a doctor.
“Those are the kind of the facts we provide with this new poster that will reach hundreds upon hundreds of students,” said Ashleigh Hall, Program Coordinator for Centerstone. “Nearly 2,000 teens die each year by overdosing on prescription drugs. They are often easier to get than street drugs since they can be found in the medicine cabinets of family and friends.”
Students can ask Centerstone experts questions about drug use, bullying, teen pregnancy and more at WhoYouWant2Be.org.
“We all must reach students however we can in order to curb drug and alcohol abuse,” added Hall.
National Drug Facts Week is a national health observance for teens to promote local events that use science from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to shatter the myths about drugs. Celebrating the inquisitive minds of teens by giving them a space to ask questions about drugs, the observance is organized by NIDA, part of the National Institutes of Health. Learn more at teen.drugabuse.gov.
Centerstone, a not-for-profit organization, has provided a wide range of mental health and addiction services to people of all ages for more than 55 years. Through more than 50 facilities and 160 partnership locations across Middle Tennessee, Centerstone serves 50,000 children, adolescents, adults and seniors each year. Centerstone is accredited by CARF International and a member organization of the National Football League’s NFL Life Line. For more information about Centerstone, please call 888-291-4357 or visit http://www.centerstone.org.