Series to focus on substance abuse among youths

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Youth Wellness Initiative

John Underwood Focus Group Schedule

Tuesday

9:15 to 10:45 a.m. Steamboat Springs Middle School student body

2 to 3:30 p.m. Health and Human Services, Yampa Valley Medical Center Conference Room

5:30 to 8 p.m. Parent Academy, Steamboat Springs High School

Wednesday

12:30 to 2 p.m. Law enforcement, legal/judicial, Citizen's Hall

3:45 to 5 p.m. District coaches/extracurricular sponsors, Steamboat Springs High School

6 to 7:30 p.m. General community, Steamboat Springs High School

Thursday

8:25 to 11:05 a.m. Steamboat Springs High School student body

12:45 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. Hayden High School students and parents

6 to 7:30 p.m. Youth recreation, Citizen's Hall

Friday

Noon to 2 p.m. General community, Citizen's Hall

— Alcohol and drugs can make middle school and high school quickly pass by without students realizing their full athletic, academic and social potential, Grand Futures Prevention Coalition Director Colleen Lyon said.

To educate the community about youth substance abuse, American Athletic Institute founder John Underwood will visit Steamboat Springs next week to share findings from his research on the effects of alcohol and marijuana on the minds, bodies, social activity and athletic performance of youths.

"We're really trying to get athletes and students to think about what they're doing off the field and out of school that can potentially ruin what they're trying to do on the field and in the future," Lyon said.

Constituencies including students and parents, coaches and teachers, and law enforcement and human services all have a role to play in building a culture that supports healthy lifestyles for youth, Lyon said.

"The idea behind hosting a series, with focus groups targeting different groups of the community, is we've found the most positive results happen when the community unites and all groups of stakeholders take responsibility," Lyon said.

The series is part of a collaborative effort by Grand Futures, the Yampa Valley Community Foundation, Steamboat Springs School District, Steamboat Springs Police Department, the Youth Wellness Initiative and Parent Academy.

Alcohol abuse is of high concern in Routt County, where adult and juvenile alcohol-related arrests are 200 percent higher than the state average, Lyon said. The recent divergence in youth drinking behaviors also is unsettling, she said.

"These students are either binge-drinking or abstaining," Lyon said. "There's much fewer reports of students who are using drugs or alcohol moderately."

Comments

Airtime 6 years, 7 months ago

Obviously a serious issue is finally being address with the youth of our community. There has been so much discussion about the drugs and alcohol damaging our community. Where towns want to discuss eliminating their police force, and parents of our kids want to promote social drinking and drug use as a norm. Look at some info -

The oil well incident - two teenagers killed (alcohol - drugs suspected - what did the coroners report say?)

"Overdoses" A "suspected" known dealer in the town of Oak Creek with the initials of R. C.

Suicide - an individual in a downward spiral with the initials of D.C. A young man with signifcant challenges in life who was introduced to a vicious drug that ended up taking his life.

Traffic Accidents - D. T. off of the Phippsburg bridge fatality. A young man trying to get back on track and lost his life in a TA.
(see coroner's report for toxicology results).

One of the most prominent figures in our community who sponsor a large event during the summer was challenged with their son using illegal drugs.

A 23 year old female with a Heroin OD.

A 19 year old male who died of a Heroin OD in the City of Steamboat.

A local law enforcement officer's kid in Hayden crashed in California Park with several kids in the car and ended up Flight for Lifeing several to Denver.

Vehicular Homicide Steamboat Lake - CMC student did one year in county jail for the Alcohol related driving offense. This is not to mention the best friend that did not make it.

This list can go on and on and on...........

Time frame - continuosly for the past several years. Does it matter if it was all last week, NO. One a year in this community is too much.

People dont want the cops to do anything and then when a horrific event occurs they ask WHY?? Well how about because of the drug and alcohol problem that is running us over like a freight train that nobody sees. Open our eyes.

Rehab, enforcement and self accountabilty for you and your children are steps to take.

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