Local Officials Sign Proclamation to Help Combat Youth Drug Abuse

Through their continual local work, the Saving Our Students Youth Coalition of Anderson County has partnered with local officials to help sign a proclamation to encourage all citizens to be aware of teen medicine abuse, to talk to teenagers about the dangers from medicine abuse, and to safeguard home medicine cabinets as part of National Medicine Abuse Awareness Month.

The coalition has begun a community campaign to raise awareness for the need to properly secure over-the-counter and prescription medications. This awareness initiative targets parents, grandparents and caregivers.

According to Operation UNITE of southeastern Kentucky, “The majority of youth, who experiment with prescription drugs for the first time, obtain these drugs from family members or a friend’s family member without consent – making that person an ‘Accidental Dealer.’ This is particularly worrisome, especially since the average age of first-time drug use in southern and eastern Kentucky is age 11.”

With that fact in mind, the S.O.S. Youth Coalition members are focusing its local work in October on educating the public about the dangers of prescription and over-the-counter medication abuse for youth of all ages.  They encourage parents, grandparents, and caregivers to talk about medicine abuse with adolescents.  The Coalition members want to also mobilize teachers, law enforcement officials, retailers, doctors and other healthcare providers for taking action regarding the potential harmful effects of prescription, cough medication, and other over-the-counter medicines.

When the Youth Coalition asked for support in their work from government officials, Anderson County Judge Executive Orbrey Gritton and City of Lawrenceburg Mayor Robert “Sandy” Goodlett gladly signed a city and county proclamation declaring October as National Medicine Abuse Awareness Month locally.  Signing of the proclamation was witnessed by S.O.S. Youth Coalition officers, President Payton Serafini and Vice-President Jael Cobb.

-Written by Donna Crain Drury

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