RESOURCES FOR YOUR COMMUNITY
A goal of the Be Under Your Own Influence campaign is to create a safe environment for students that provides alternative activities from underage substance use. In order to promote the campaign Kathleen Kelly, Professor of Marketing, Colorado State University, worked with middle school and high school students to develop messaging and print materials that are appealing to them. In coordination with the Be Under Your Own Influence campaign and their Prevention Resource Centers, schools will be able to utilize these materials.
Members of our schools and communities are working to help local youth be under their own influence. We talked with Be Under Your Own Influence campaign members about efforts that are underway to prevent underage substance use.
Jessica Howard, MACSAPP, Prevention Program Director, works directly with middle school and high school focus groups in order to understand teen’s perceptions of drugs and alcohol. She says the Be Under Your Own Influence Campaign works because it was created by youth, for youth.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
Read and listen to the following tips and resources for information on how you and your community can help youth make positive and healthy choices.
PARENTS AND COMMUNITIES
It starts with you! Talk with your children about a healthy lifestyle, making healthy choices, and why it is important to stay away from dangerous substances. Simply hearing about the negative effects of drugs and alcohol from an adult they look up to, decreases the risk of underage substance misuse.
Real change happens when there is an effort to collaborate throughout a community; one of the best ways to do this is through the education system. Schools can encourage students to be under their own influence by providing a platform for young people. Create posters, videos, or even clubs to get students involved.
Jamie Myers, Executive Director, Prevention Consultants of Missouri, is working to create awareness through a campaign to place prescription dropboxes throughout our local communities. Through the use of dropboxes, medicine can be properly disposed of, preventing substances from getting into the wrong hands.
Pill Pods are small lockable devices that you can use to lock up prescription medication. Statistics demonstrate that a greater availability and less perception of harm show a greater risk for prescription drug misuse. Prescription drugs can become addictive and dangerous, even with the best of intentions.
TIPS FOR TALKING WITH KIDS
Click on any of the following links for tips on talking with your kids about making positive and healthy choices.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
Click on any of the following links for additional resources.
- To learn more about opioids, visit JustThinkTwice.com.
- To learn more about drugs, visit DrugFreeWorld.org.
- For the latest scientific information on drugs, visit DrugAbuse.gov.
- For more information on how your community can work with youth to promote positive change, visit Youth.gov.
- For a listing of safe places to dispose of your prescription medications in Missouri, visit dmh.mo.gov.
- For more information on prescription drug misuse, and the ways various members of your community can help
address this problem, visit MedicineAbuseProject.org.
- For more information on prescription drug misuse in Missouri, visit dmh.mo.gov.