Mieux vaut prévenir que guérir
French proverb: It's better to prevent than to heal.
•To create and implement early education geared initially to youth ages 11 and older, on prevention of substance abuse.
•To empower youth, their families and the community with age appropriate education to make healthy life decisions based on scientific knowledge and evidence based studies.
•To create and implement programs, events, materials and other educational tools that can be used in school systems and other educational venues to teach substance abuse prevention at an early age--beginning locally and expanding nationally and globally.
•To use social media, presentations, lectures, professional teaching seminars and other resources to impart this information.
•To organize a Central Coast Alliance for Substance Free Youth.
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Drug/Alcohol Prevention Messages Work!
In 2013, 72.6 percent of youths aged 12-17 reported having seen or heard drug or alcohol prevention messages from sources outside of school, which was lower than in 2002 (83.2 percent) and in 2012 (75.9 percent).
The percentage of school-enrolled youths reporting that they had seen or heard prevention messages at school also declined during this period, from 78.8 percent in 2002 to 73.5 percent.
The prevalence of past month illicit drug use in 2013 was lower among youths who reported having such exposure to prevention messages compared with youths who did not have such exposure.
Results from the 2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Summary of National Findings U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality (SAMSHA)