Promoting healthy choices and positive alternatives to reduce underage drinking
and other drug use
Ohio's new “Tobacco 21” law took effect Oct. 17, raising the age to purchase cigarettes, other tobacco products and alternative nicotine products such as e-cigarettes and vaping products from 18 to 21. It is now also illegal to give such products to others under the age of 21.
Teen Vaping Crisis
According to the American Lung Association, one in four high school students say they have used e-cigarettes in the last 30 days.
Now, the Centers for Disease Control is confirming more than 450 reported cases in 33 states and one U.S. territory of severe lung problems that appear to be associated with vaping. The government agency is now issuing this warning:
"E-cigarette products should never be used by youths, young adults, pregnant women or by adults who do not currently use tobacco products. Adult smokers who are attempting to quit should use evidence -based smoking cessation treatments, including counseling and FDAapproved medications; those who need help quitting tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, should contact their medical provider. Persons who are concerned about harmful effects from e-cigarette products may call their local poison control center at: 1-800-222-1222. CDC will continue to advise and alert the public as more information becomes available."
From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
September 6, 2019
Families are encouraged to discuss this recent health crisis and vaping/e-cigarette usage with their children. BOLD will continue to share information and resources with students, staff, parents and community members. To gain more information and resources, you can visit the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids website.
CareSolace is a care navigation and coordination system that makes it simple and easy for students to get the right help with drug and mental health issues in seconds.
You can visit their website at www.caresolace.com/
Each year, group members participate in a number of activities to spread the principle message of BOLD. These students work with their peers, staff members, parents and other community members to "promote healthy choices and positive alternatives to reduce underage drinking and other drug us." In addition to providing valuable information to groups, students also encourage parents and community members to pledge their support for the group by signing a banner.
- Students promote message at annual NEON/BOLD themed home football game
- Students interact at recess with elementary students several times during the school year, serving as positive role models
- Students help design a “National Drug Facts Week” event each year, including an activity in the Take 5 and Homeroom classes as well as a pledge banner for students to sign
- Students serve as role models and answer questions during a 5th grade DARE class
- Students speak at the DARE graduations
- Students partner with Oakwood members of the National Honor Society to sponsor a Parent’s Night Out event
- Students conduct activities in both a 7th and 8th grade Take 5 class
BOLD members and/or staff representatives have attended a number of parent and community events:
- Fall Sports meeting
- Junior High Open House
- Senior High Open House
- Junior & Senior High parent meeting
- Annual home football game
- Parent Teacher Conference Night
- Band boosters meeting
- Athletic Boosters meeting
- Fine Arts Boosters meeting
- PTO meeting
- Winter sports meeting
- MOM's group meeting
- Board of Education meeting
- Oakwood City Council
- Oakwood Board of Health meeting
According to Start Talking, "conversations are one of the most powerful tools parents can use to connect with — and protect — their kids."
But how do you start talking about tough topics like drug use? Start Talking can help. Visit their website for great conversation starters for every age and parent tips to help with today's challenges.
According to the Ohio Youth-led Prevention Network, the best prevention programs should:
- Provide education on the dangers of underage alcohol and other drug use
- Be Youth-Led as much as possible
- Avoid Scare Tactics
- Be sustainable
- Have positive community support