Preventing tobacco, marijuana, opioid and other substance use among youth requires a collaborative approach that addresses a range of risk and protective factors. Substance use disorders directly affect millions of people every year, causing motor vehicle crashes, crimes, injuries, reduced quality of life, impaired health, and far too many deaths. Consistent prevention messages must be present from early childhood through young adulthood and be reinforced by multiple messengers at home, at school, and in the community.
Understanding Substance Use
Substance abuse refers to the harmful or hazardous use of psychoactive substances, including alcohol and illicit drugs. Psychoactive substance use can lead to dependence syndrome – a cluster of behavioral, cognitive, and physiological phenomena that develop after repeated substance use and that typically include a strong desire to take the drug, difficulties in controlling its use, persisting in its use despite harmful consequences, a higher priority given to drug use than to other activities and obligations, increased tolerance, and sometimes a physical withdrawal state.
Grant County Prevention Network
- The Network is made up of a diverse group of community and county partners dedicated to substance use youth prevention. A key goal is to work on prevention strategies that support and reach all local youth.
- Meetings are scheduled quarterly.