Teen alcohol and drug abuse remains a major public health concern. It increases the risk of injury, violence, sexually transmitted infection and other diseases.
According to the 2011 High School Youth Risk Behavior Survey, 35 percent of Kentucky high school students had drank alcohol during the 30 prior to the survey. Further, 37 percent had used marijuana at least once in their life.
Another survey revealed that 8 percent of 12- to 17-year-olds in Kentucky had used pain relievers for nonmedical reasons during the year prior to the survey.
The Lincoln Trail District Health Department focuses on preventing alcohol and drug abuse among youth by working with community partners to educate young people about the dangers.
We partner with Communicare’s regional prevention center and are active in a number of coalitions throughout the region. We continually work directly with teens, school guidance counselors and family resource centers. We also support and help coordinate events that promote an alcohol- and drug-free environment for teens such as Project Graduation.