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Drug free week

Posted: October 25, 2017 - 1:04am

Dear Editor:

During Red Ribbon Week (October 23-31), members of the Drug Free Coalition of Columbia County would like to invite everyone to get involved in the community commitment to help our children and teens lead drug-free lives.

What can you do? Talk to your children.

Parents are the primary influencers in a child's life. Teens whose parents encourage their children to wait until they are 21 to drink are 42 percent more likely not to drink than other teens.

Wear a red ribbon this week or tie one on your car. Let everyone know you support a drug-free life!

Know the truth. Most teens in Columbia County don't drink - 83 percent of high school students report they have not had a drink in the past 30 days (Source: 2016 Georgia High School Survey).

The numbers have been dropping for several years, which is good news.

Still, teens who drink are taking a great risk. Those who start drinking as a teen are five to seven times more likely to develop a problem with alcohol or other drugs than people who wait until they are 21 to drink alcohol. Alcohol changes the way young brains develop.

Drinking during this critical growth period can lead to lifelong damage in brain function, particularly as it relates to memory, motor skills (ability to move) and coordination.

If you would like to get involved in the effort to help children make healthy choices, please join the Drug Free Community Coalition of Columbia County by contacting Shannon Stoddard at sstoddard@connectcolumbia.org. You can make a difference!

 

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