PreventionFIRST! is the leading nonprofit in the Greater Cincinnati area that focuses on the importance of drug prevention. We serve communities throughout the tri-state region. As a trusted prevention resource for 20 years, PreventionFIRST!, has been engaging communities and organizing efforts to collaborate and advocate for policy change as it pertains to preventing substance abuse among young people. Prevention science tells us that bringing all facets of the community together to prevent substance abuse is effective! It involves creating an environment that increases perception of risk and sends a clear no-use message.
While raising public awareness for much needed addiction and treatment solutions to opioid abuse, we also need to remember that teens and young adults do not jump straight to heroin use. The harsh reality is, we need drug prevention now more than ever.
Society has a tendency to take its eyes off the ball until the next drug crisis. Unfortunately, the crisis is now. We need to realize that there will always be the next stronger drug that is even more addictive. NOW is the time for parents of preschoolers to talk about the importance of making good decisions about what we put in our bodies, and for parents to model healthy, low-risk behaviors and continue to have age appropriate conversations about the harmful risks of substance use and abuse. We know we have made a difference by the contributions we have made with many adolescents who did NOT try a drug; and from the contributions our efforts have made among the many communities making local changes.
It’s time to think about how we are monitoring, securing and properly disposing of substances such as alcohol, tobacco, and prescription drugs. It’s time, as Senator Rob Portman, founder of PreventionFIRST!, believes, to “focus on how to help people make the right decisions, so that they can indeed lead a full life.” It’s time for PreventionFIRST!
Please join us in supporting the prevention of substance use through the promotion of healthy lifestyle choices and the prevention of substance abuse.