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TitleTehama County Town Hall Meeting
Place nameCorning High School Cafeteria
Date startThursday, Apr 06 2017 07:00pm (324 Days Ago)
Date endThursday, Apr 06 2017 08:30pm (324 Days Ago)

Tehama County Residents Come Together to Address

Underage Drinking & Prescription Drug Use

Communities Talk:  Town Hall Meetings to Prevent Underage Drinking to be Held

April 4th and 6th in Red Bluff and Corning

WHAT: The Tehama County Drug-Free Community Coalition, in collaboration with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), will hold two Communities Talk: Town Hall Meetings on underage drinking and prescription drug use.  The purpose of these meetings is to raise awareness of the negative impact of youth substance abuse and to discuss possible solutions.  The entire community is invited.

WHEN: The meetings will take place on Tuesday, April 4, and Thursday, April 6, 2017, from 6-7:30 pm.

WHERE: The Town Hall Meeting on April 4th will be held at Red Bluff High School in the Sparta Café, located at 1260 Union Street in Red Bluff.  The meeting on April 6th will be held in the Cafeteria at Corning High School, located at 643 Blackburn Avenue in Corning.

WHO: The meetings will include a panel discussion with state and local experts in law enforcement, medicine and prevention, student presentations, and a period for question and answer.  Panelists will include:

  • Lynne Brown from the Sacramento Office of MADD
  • Officer Lela Martinez, School Resource Officer at Red Bluff High School
  • John Gehrung, Drug & Alcohol Counselor at the Tehama County Health Services Agency
  • Chief Jeremiah Fears and Officer Matthew Hewitt of the Corning Police Department.

WHY: Alcohol continues to be the drug of choice among youth, with 33% of 12th graders reporting having used alcohol in the past 30 days according to the national 2016 Monitoring the Future Survey.  According to the 2015-16 California Healthy Kids Survey, 28% of 11th graders in Tehama County reported having had at least one drink in the last 30 days.  Fifty-two percent had consumed more than a few sips during their lifetime.  Research shows that youth who begin drinking before age 15 are five times more likely to develop alcohol dependence than those who begin drinking at 21.

The estimated annual economic cost of underage drinking in the United States is 24.6 billion.  This figure includes health care costs and other impacts, such as crime, vehicle crashes and loss of productivity.

After alcohol and marijuana, prescription drugs are the third most commonly abused substance by teens.  Local data shows that in 2015, 19% of 11th graders had used prescription painkillers, diet pills or other prescription stimulants.  Like illegal drugs, prescription drugs can be addictive and can lead to serious health problems and even death.  In Tehama County alone, there have been 24 deaths from overdoses from prescription of drugs since October 2016.

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