The Swanton Area Community Coalition (SACC) is starting a community campaign late this month. They are looking area residents’ knowledge about substance abuse.
SACC is concerned with the growing substance abuse trends in the community. These trends impact the community and its youth each and every day. When community members are informed they are empowered to raise awareness and create real change.
The biggest trends include the effects of alcohol and underage drinking, the new medical marijuana laws and underage use, the growing youth vaping epidemic, as well as medication safety and the opioid crisis.
SACC is working to help those in the Swanton area know more about these issues. For example, there are apps that deliver alcohol and some teens have taken advantage of this because checking for a valid ID does not always occur.
The largest growing trend is e-cigarettes or vaping. JUUL is one of the main culprits in the youth vaping epidemic. The JUUL device’s small, inconspicuous size and various flavors makes the device appealing to a much younger audience but, what many people don’t know is that the e-liquid used in these devices often contain nicotine. One “pod” of e-liquid can contain the same amount of nicotine as a whole pack of cigarettes. This makes vaping highly addictive and can put youth at risk of altering their brain development.
The most alarming trend is the opioid epidemic. On average, 115 Americans die each day due to the opioid epidemic. Studies show 21-29 percent of patients prescribed opioids for chronic pain misuse the.
Based on recent statistics, Americans are more likely to overdose from opioids than to get in a car accident. The misuse of opioids including prescription pain relievers, heroin, and synthetic opioids such as fentanyl is a national crisis.
SACC also wants people to know that in the world of medication safety, applications are being developed to help caregivers manage their patient’s medications. These apps allow the caregiver to input information such as, what the medication looks like, how often it is taken, and the dosage. The apps will remind the user of when to administer the medication and some will even connect to a pharmacy to allow the user to refill prescriptions with ease.
Swanton Middle School students have been working hard to create a door hanger full of good information that will be distributed throughout the community.
Anyone who would like to know more for the new year can search Swanton Area Community Coalition on Facebook or check out their Instagram @sacc_seed. On these social networks you can learn and win – by participating in our online polls you will be entered to win a raffle prize.