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Officials: Public education key to curbing abuse

September 28, 2013

As the heroin task force continues to look for avenues to curb the use of heroin among all county residents, many members of the group suggested that educating the entire public was key to them bein......

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Sep-28-13 10:05 AM

The suggestions/ideas are on target and Substance Abuse Prevention Professionals these are known as "Environmental Strategies". SA education needs to begin in Elementary school and continue yearly using Evidence Based Prevention Programs. Reaching the 'community' is always lack of funding for media, ad campaigns, etc. In addition there is public apathy such as a Movie Theaters will not be putting Drug Prevention as part of their daily showings unless you PAY for it. Substance Abuse Prevention is poorly funded in most states and reaching the community you need people who are passionate within each community i.e. the Gate Keepers to bring the message to THEIR community in whatever medium they can access be it Church, Parents promoting in their child's after school programs, increasing funding so ALL school children hear the message beginning in Elementary through High school and Community Strategies but funding is always the stumbling block so finding creative alternatives is

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