Community Conversation: Preventing Teen Rx Misuse

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Click here for a summary and full event notes.

Click here to view video of the event.

The Brattleboro Area Prevention Coalition (BAPC) and Brattleboro Union High School (BUHS) partnered to hold a “Community Conversation on Preventing Teen Prescription Drug Misuse” on the evening of April 29th in the BUHS Multi-Purpose Room. The event was co-hosted with members of the BUHS’s ATI 802 Above the Influence Club.

This was the 4th Community Conversation held by BAPC and BUHS since 2008. Underage drinking had been be focus of the three prior Community Conversations. The decision to hold a conversation on teen prescription drug misuse is in response to the 2013 Youth Risk Behavior Survey which reported that 1 in 5 BUHS students have misused a stimulant and/or pain reliever/ opiate in their lifetime; with 1 in 10 stating they have done so in the past thirty days.

 BAPC was thrilled to have nearly 50 people attend from our community and joined in the conversation – including teens, parents, law enforcement, school staff, service providers, and medical providers. The Community Conversation was a great opportunity for youth and adults to work on the issue of teen prescription drug misuse including what messages teens are receiving, how teens are perceiving medication misuse, and what reasons teens are misusing medication. Together groups generated interesting discussions and developed solid, creative action steps.

Special thanks to Maria Dominguez for filming the event which will be shown on BCTV and available on their website for streaming starting June 9th. BAPC will also have the video and written summary of the conversations on our website at www.brattleboroareapreventioncoalition.org

The event would not have been possible without BUHS staff Maryanne Kinney and Linda Heimerdinger; and ATI 802 members Nancy Young, Olivia Wright, Alexa Wainwright, Rebecca Freeman, and Carie Davis. BAPC wants to thank everyone involved in making the Community Conversation a success!

A workgroup of teens and adults will be created late summer/early fall to develop and implement strategies based on the information gathered from the conversation. Contact BAPC at 802-257-2175 if you are interested in taking an active role in helping to prevent teen prescription drug misuse in our community


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