Putting the Pieces Together
Addiction is a disease with huge human and monetary costs in every aspect of our society. But it is also a preventable and treatable disease. Preventing young people from using substances at an early age pays huge dividends on many fronts, including avoiding delinquency, violence, and the criminal justice system, as well as delaying sexual activity. Preventing early substance use also significantly reduces the odds of developing life-long addiction problems.
The Prevention Council has worked for over 30 years to give young people the skills to choose healthy behaviors, provide families with the tools to foster positive child development, help communities build family-friendly environments, and help schools build supportive climates for students.
Mike Nerney Presents, "How to Help Teens Thrive during Changes" - 11/7/13
Prevention Council Launches Toga True Campaign - 10/9/13
Hookahs are considered by health experts to be the most dangerous and addictive forms of smoking available. Dr. John Spangler, director of tobacco-intervention programs and professor of family medicine at Wake University School of Medicine, likened hookahs to “cigarettes on steroids.” Click here for more details.
Synthetic Marijuana Factsheet
Use of synthetic marijuana, also called herbal incense, is on the rise. Side effects include vomiting, elevated heart rate and blood pressure, numbness and tingling, severe agitation, hallucinations, and psychotic episodes. Visit our News page to see local news stories on this topic, or click this link for the full factsheet.
Watch our 1-866 UNDER21 PSA
The Shenendehowa Community Coaltion and the Saratoga Partnership for Prevention worked together to produce this 15-second public service announcement that aired at movie theaters throughout the Capital Region during Spring 2010. View PSA here.