Wednesday & Thursday, May 23-24—POULTNEY, BRANDON—Youth substance abuse is a concern in Rutland County. Here are some grim statistics: In Rutland County, 43 percent of young adults binge-drank in the last 30 days; 44 percent of young adults used marijuana in the last 30 days; and 12 percent of young adults used prescription stimulants for non-medical purposes in the past year (2016 Vermont Young Adult Survey). Also, 10 percent of high school students had drunk alcohol before the age of 13 and 9 percent of high school students had ever misused a prescription stimulant or pain reliever (2015 Youth Risk Behavior Survey). Families and community members ask these questions time and again: Why do teens love risk taking, including using alcohol and drugs? How do addictive drugs change the adolescent brain?
Michael Nerney, an expert on substance abuse prevention and education, will be speaking on teen substance abuse issues Wednesday, May 23, 6-8 p.m. in the Withey East Room at Green Mountain College, and Thursday, May 24, 7-9 p.m. at the Brandon Inn.
Tickets are not required for the events but people are asked
to sign up in advance by going to the eventbrite web pages:
Tickets are not required for the events but people are asked to sign up in
advance by going to the eventbrite web pages: