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October is Youth Substance Use Prevention and Substance Misuse Prevention Month

Many adults who have a substance use disorder started using substances in their teenage years. In fact, Kansas teens aged 15 - 17 represented 69% of drug - related deaths 2017 - 2021. There are many factors such as family history, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), youth homelessness, mental health problems, parental separation, incarceration of a family member and more that are associated with youth substance use disorder.

It is important that health care providers offer education to younger patients and their families, review safe prescribing practices and consider alternative treatments to substance misuse where appropriate. If necessary, these providers can conduct universal substance use screening for adolescents and connect them with treatment.

Social Media Graphics and Messages

Post 1

English: Alcohol, vaping, prescription drugs and other substances are extremely addictive and can cause lasting damages to your brain and body. Reach out for help. Call 1-800-662-4357 or text 988 or find a local treatment provider:

Spanish: El alcohol, el vapeo, los medicamentos recetados y otras sustancias son extremadamente adictivos y pueden causar daños duraderos en el cerebro y el cuerpo. Busque ayuda. Llame al 1-800-662-4357 o envíe un mensaje de texto al 988 o busque un proveedor de tratamiento local en:

Post 2

English: Join us in working to prevent youth substance use and misuse by learning how you can help: "Talk. They Hear You." ® Campaign

Spanish: Únase a nosotros en la labor de prevenir el consumo y abuso de sustancias entre los jóvenes, aprendiendo cómo puede ayudar en: Campaña "Hable. Ellos escuchan."

Post 3

English: Your life matters; don't allow substance use and misuse take it away.

Spanish: Tu vida importa, no permitas que el consumo y el abuso de sustancias te la quiten.

Post 4

English: Many adults who have a substance use disorder started using substances in their adolescent years. Supporting youth is the best way to invest in a prosperous future.

Spanish: Muchos adultos que padecen un trastorno por consumo de sustancias comenzaron a consumir sustancias en la adolescencia. Apoyar a la juventud es la mejor manera de invertir en un futuro próspero.

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