National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week: Raising awareness, promoting prevention –
By Patricia Beech –
The Adams County Regional Medical Center in conjunction with the Adams County Sheriff’s Office observed National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week by visiting all four county schools to speak with students about the dangers of substance abuse.
ACRMC representative Stephanie Sparks, R.N., and Sheriff Kimmy Rogers on Friday, Jan. 26 addressed sixth grade students at Peebles Elementary.
Sparks spoke about the different kinds of drugs young people might encounter and she read several testimonials from former drug users whose addictions wreaked havoc in their families and communities.
Sparks says she asked to head up the program for ACRMC.
“I thought the hospital needed to be involved in this program, involved with the community, and involved in teaching our kids,” she says. “Prevention is where it’s at – that’s the best way to tackle the drug problem – we all recognize how important it is to get the message out there.”
Sheriff Rogers spoke to students about different types of addiction and the toll they take on addicts, their families, and communities.
“It’s important that we continue reaching out to these kids,” he says. “All the work being done by people here in Adams County is making a big difference in these kids’ lives.”
National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week is a national health observance for youth that was launched in 2010 by scientists at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). Its purpose is to encourage educational events in communities so teens can learn what science has discovered about drug and alcohol use and addiction.