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CCSAPP plans events throughout October

Oct. 07, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- The Cabell County Substance Abuse Prevention Partnership (CCSAPP) is planning some events in recognition of National Substance Abuse Prevention Month, which is October.

The organization plans to address youth substance abuse prevention during the month to promote a safe and healthy community.

An underage drinking town hall is planned from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, at the St. Mary's Conference Room. The town hall will address policy issues contributing to youth access of alcohol. Community members will have an opportunity to voice their opinions and discuss solutions.

In addition to town halls, CCSAPP also plans to host Project Sticker Shock events with local middle and high school students. Project Sticker Shock is a message from youth to adults to refrain from providing alcohol to anyone under 21. Students place stickers on cases and bottles of alcohol in convenience stores. Students also will plan activities and wear red items to promote living a drug-free life during Red Ribbon Week, which is Oct. 23 through Oct. 31.

October is also National Medicine Abuse Prevention Month, which targets the abuse of prescription and over-the-counter drugs.

Survey results released last week by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) indicate a downturn in prescription drug abuse among young adults in the United States.

According to the 2011 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, the number of people aged 18 to 25 who used prescription drugs for non-medical purposes in the past month declined 14 percent -- from 2 million in 2010 to 1.7 million in 2011. Non-medical use of prescription drugs remained unchanged among youth aged 12 to 17 and adults aged 26 or older.

"Although some of the figures have remained the same, the decrease among young adults is a sign that we are making strides in our substance abuse prevention efforts," Lynn Ormiston, CCSAPP program coordinator, said in a release. "National Substance Abuse Prevention Month is good for our community and the entire nation. It showcases the solutions we work toward every day."

For more information about National Substance Abuse Prevention Month, visit www.whitehouse.gov/ondcp. For more information about the Cabell County Substance Abuse Prevention Partnership, email ccsapp@unitedwayrivercities.org or call 304-523-8929.