Youth Substance Abuse Prevention: Talk Early. Talk Often.

kerncaresSubstance abuse often starts early. In Kern County, survey results show 18% of 7th graders, 32% of 9th graders & 39% of 11th graders report using alcohol & other drugs in the past 30 days.

Substance abuse significantly affects a youth’s health and well-being and can happen in many forms including non-medical use of prescription and over-the-counter medications, alcohol, or tobacco as well as natural or synthetic forms of a multitude of other drugs.

During the month of November, Kern Cares will identify resources, support systems and alternatives for youths in our community while raising awareness about the importance of prevention.

    Vaping & the Use of E-Cigarettes in Our Community
    Wednesday, November 5, 8:30AM – 10:30AM
    2000 K Street in Bakersfield
    Vaping and the use of E-cigarettes has become increasingly popular as a perceived aid in smoking cessation and alternative to traditional smoking, especially among youth. In 2013, more than a quarter of a million youth who had never smoked a cigarette used electronic cigarettes. Studies on the health impacts of vape products are in the early stages, but what do we know about them so far?

  • Download PPT Presentation
  • The Stanford School of Medicine online compendium of e-cigarette ads

    Kern County General Collaborative Meeting
    Thursday, November 20, 8:30AM – 10:00AM
    2000 K Street in Bakersfield
    Kern Cares Spotlight presentation from Kern Stop Meth Now on their youth substance abuse prevention/intervention resources and a tour of their website for parents and family advocates.


While November is recognized as Youth Substance Abuse Prevention Month, every day should be about raising substance abuse awareness and connecting families to treatment resources. Please take some time to look through the ideas listed in How to Get Involved with Youth Substance Abuse Prevention to reduce youth substance abuse and support families impacted by addiction.

Learn More About Local Efforts To Build Strong Families & Protect Children

Contact Kern County Network for Children for more information!
Mail: 1300 17th St.
Physical: 1212 18th St.
Bakersfield, CA 93301

Phone: 661-636-4488
Fax: 661-636-4501