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PREVENTION SERVICES DEPARTMENT
(Oneida County Prevention Council)

Prevention Program Initiatives

Targets four specific areas, with a focus upon substance abuse prevention throughout Oneida County based on national, state and local data. These areas include underage drinking, use of illegal drugs, prescription drug abuse and the reduction of substance marketing to underage youth.

CFLR’s Prevention Council programs include the Second Step Program, LifeSkills Training Program, Project Toward No Drug Abuse, Youth Empowerment Program and Area College and Community Educator’s for Safe Strategies (ACCESS).

Second Step Program

Research validated curriculum-based violence and substance abuse prevention program for students in kindergarten through eighth grade. This program promotes success in school and teaches skills to promote learning, empathy, emotion management and problem solving.

For more information on the Second Step Program visit www.cfchildren.org. Or, for additional information on The Dignity for All Students Act, please visit www.p12.nysed.gov/dignityact/.

LifeSkills Training Program

Botvin’s LifeSkills Training (LST) is a research validated, curriculum-based substance abuse prevention program proven to reduce the risks of alcohol, tobacco, drug abuse and violence. LST includes programming for students in third through tenth grade. For more information, visit www.lifeskillstraining.com.

Project Toward No Drug Abuse

CFLR, Inc.’s Project Towards No Drug Abuse is an effective, evidence based, drug-abuse prevention program for Oneida County, New York youth, aged 14 to 19, which provides a clear message to students about drugs, alcohol and mental health issues.

There are 12 sessions in the curriculum and includes topics such as how to cope with stress, how to have self-control and how to make good decisions as well as educating them on the social and health consequences of drug misuse.

If you are interested in learning more about Project Towards No Drug Abuse, please call Jodi Warren, Prevention Coordinator, at (315) 768-2643, or email her at jwarren@cflrinc.org.

 

Area College and Community Educators for Safe Strategies (ACCESS)

Coalition of local colleges and community agencies, whose mission is to provide resources to encourage the development of personal safety through increase awareness, healthy choices and responsible attitudes toward alcohol and other drugs.

This coalition consists of representatives from the State of New York Institute of Technology (SUNYIT ), Utica College , Mohawk Valley Community College (MVCC ), Central Region Prevention Resource Center and the Center for Family Life and Recovery, Inc.

For more information or to get involved in the coalition, please contact Jodi Warren, Prevention Coordinator, at (315) 768-2643, or email her at jwarren@cflrinc.org.

Current Trends and Facts

Underage Drinking

CFLR’s Prevention Council aims to reduce binge and heavy drinking among youth aged 16 to 20. Every year, approximately 5,000 youth, under the age of 21, die as a result of underage drinking.

In 2007 and 2011, as many as 35% of all teen drinkers reported binge drinking in the past 30 days. In the 2015 TAP Survey (TAP), binge drinking dropped back down to only 29% of teen drinkers that had five or more drinks within two to three hours in the past month. This is a significant decrease from the last two previous findings.

The New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services reported young people who begin drinking before the age of fifteen are four times more likely to develop alcohol dependence, than those who abstain until the age of twenty one.

Illegal Drug Usage

CFLR’s Prevention Council aims to reduce marijuana use by teens and college students.

Of the teens who smoked marijuana, the percentage who tried it at or before the age of twelve had remained fairly steady up until 2011. While earlier surveys have shown about 28% of users started using marijuana at or before the age of 12, since 2011 (and including the 2015 TAP Survey) the percentage dropped significantly to around 23% of users.

Previous TAP reports have noted a steady increase in the percentage of teens that said during the past year they were offered, sold or given drugs on school property (32% in the 2003 TAP, 39% in the 2007 TAP, and 42% in the 2011 TAP). In the 2015 TAP Survey, the percentage of teens saying this happened at school dropped to the lowest percentage ever – 31%.

Prescription Drug Abuse

CFLR’s Prevention Council aims to reduce access to prescription drugs and abuse by youth aged 16 to 20.

The Office of National Drug Control Policy declared prescription drug abuse as the nation’s fastest growing drug problem, and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention declared it an epidemic.

In the case of heroin, inhalants, methamphetamines, synthetic drugs or other people’s prescriptions, significantly fewer teens indicated that over the past TAP Surveys they ever used any of them. While the drops in terms of these percentages are small, they are each significant statistically. The percentage of teens that reported ever using each of these substances in 2015 (versus past TAP Surveys) is as follows: heroin – 1.6% (versus 5.1% in 2003); inhalants – 4% (versus 9.1% in 1999); methamphetamines – 2.1% (versus 4% in 2003); synthetic drugs – 4.6% (versus 7.1% in 2011); and other people’s prescriptions – 5.6% (versus 8.9% in 2003).

CFLR, Inc. Prevention Council Team

Jodi Warren, Prevention Coordinator, jwarren@cflrinc.org, Phone: (315) 768-2643

Kathy Peters, Compeer/Prevention Specialist, kpeters@cflrinc.org, Phone: (315) 768-2650

Susan Koslosky, Family Peer Advocate, skoslosky@cflrinc.org, Phone: (315) 768-2677

Ambi Daniel, Family Support Navigator, adaniel@cflrinc.org, Phone (315) 768-2665

CFLR, Inc. Prevention Council Partners

CFLR Prevention Council Sponsors

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