The Catoosa Prevention Initiative (CaPI) is a community movement dedicated to helping teens and children avoid problems related to underage drinking and prescription drug abuse and misuse in people ages 12 - 25. CaPI wants all children to grow to be happy and healthy adults free from alcohol and drug addictions. We work to educate parents, teens, children, and all community members how to prevent kids from becoming involved with alcohol and prescription drug abuse and misuse. CaPI collaborates with all sectors of the community - from schools to businesses to law enforcement and more in between - to make a strong wall of help for our children.
Do you need help?
For Immediate Emergency Help, dial 911 on your phone.
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For 24-hour help from SAMHSA (Substance and Mental Health Services Administration), dial the toll-free number below.
Getting help can take some time and work. DON'T GIVE UP!
Be the Wall Social Marketing Campaign
"Be the Wall" Social Marketing Campaign is publicized
throughout the area through billboards, television, radio,
websites, newspapers, facebook, twitter, schools, public
offices, and area events. Hear or read the phrase, and you've
got the basic steps of under-age alcohol prevention - "Be the
Wall between Teens and Alcohol. Be firm. Be clear. Be
consistent." For more information visit www.BetheWall.org.
For a larger "Be the Wall" campaign map, click here.
If you have a passion for youth and would like to volunteer your time and join us in our projects, we have room for YOU! Perhaps you've seen first-hand the devastation alcohol and prescription drug abuse can have on a youth, who becomes an adult, and then a family. Take your passion, empathy, frustration, anger, or concern, and use that energy toward educating our community in the steps to the prevention of alcohol and prescription drug abuse.
According to The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), 1/2 of alcoholics are addicted by age 21, and 2/3 are addicted by age 25 (click here for more information), and each day, 2500 youth (12 - 17 years old) abuse pain relievers for the first time (Prescription for Danger, Office of National Drug Control Policy, Executive Office of the President, January 2008); therefore, we need to work early. We need to work NOW.
If you would like to help,please click.
MIXING ALCOHOL AND THE TEEN BRAIN - A RECIPE FOR SUCCESS?
Read the latest science on the teen brain and alcohol. This is the information that often wins over the skeptic. There is strong evidence that binge drinking as a teen can lead to real problems in life.
PRESCRIPTION DRUG ABUSE AND YOUNG PEOPLE
Among kids aged 12 and up, nearly 1/3 of kids who used drugs for the first time began by using a prescription drug for non medical reasons. (Prescription for Danger, Office of National Drug Control Policy, Executive Office of the President, January 2008).
“Since 1999, unintentional overdose deaths from prescription opioid pain relievers have quadrupled in the United States and now outnumber the deaths of cocaine and heroin combined. The abuse of prescription medication is a public health issue that is having catastrophic consequences on our nation – particularly our youth.” (Dr. Regina Benjamin, United States Surgeon General. Speech content. April 10, 2012. National Rx Drug Abuse Summit.)
What can you do about it? Click the link "prescription drug abuse prevention" to be encouraged and find out how you can make a difference!
Prescription drug abuse - It's NOT what the Doctor ordered!