Substance use often starts early. In Kern County, survey results show 18% of 7th graders, 32% of 9th graders & 39% of 11th graders report using alcohol and other drugs in the past 30 days. Because their brains are still developing, these youth are at greater risk of becoming addicted faster, longer and stronger.
During the month of November, Kern Cares will highlight the nature of drug/alcohol abuse and addiction in youth — how it develops, what it looks like, and why it can have such a powerful hold — and the role that prevention plays in increasing our youth’s chances of living long, healthy, and productive lives.
To help put a spotlight on how substance abuse awareness promotes safe and healthy communities, Kern Cares invites you to attend the Kern County Network for Children General Collaborative Meeting on November 21 at 8:30 am at the Larry E. Reider Education Center located at 2000 K Street for a presentation on helping youth avoid the dangers of substance abuse and programs to help connect families with prevention information by Kern Stop Meth Now.
- Drug Facts
- Is Your Teen Using
- A Parent’s Guide to Meth
- Warning Signs: Is Your Child Using Meth?
- Prescription Drug Dangers
- Addressing Peer Pressure
- Teen Stress – Helping Your Teen Cope
- How to Start a Conversation with your Teen about Drugs & Alcohol
- Dangers to Children Living at Meth Labs
- Kern Stop Meth Now
Find more resources…
Learn More About Local Efforts To Build Strong Families & Protect Children
- Kern Cares Make A Difference Gallery
- Kern Cares Articles
- 2013 Kern County Report Card
- Kern Cares 2013/2014 Calendar
- Parenting Resources
- Kern County Service Provider Resource Guide
- Family Resource Center Service Matrix 2012
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