Tuesday, May 9th
Opioid Misuse and Overdose Prevention
Only 1% of Wethersfield youth reported using prescription drugs not for medical purposes. While rates among Wethersfield youth are low, public health data indicate that young adults and adults are at risk of experiencing an opioid overdose.
Wednesday, May 10th
Illicit Drug Use and Youth Cannabis Use
- 5% of Wethersfield youth grades 9-12 reported using marijuana in the past month.
- Only 84% of Wethersfield youth grades 7-12 report having clear family rules around marijuana/THC.
- Legal for adults doesn’t mean safe for teens.
Thursday, May 11th
Underage Drinking and Alcohol Misuse Prevention
Alcohol is the most frequently used substance in Wethersfield youths’ lifetimes (15.4% in grades 7-12), and the most frequently used substance in the past month (7.5%). Ease of access to substances has been shown to have a significant relationship with youth substance use. Only 62% of youth believe accessing alcohol is very hard or sort of hard, these numbers decrease as youth get older, send a clear message by locking up alcohol and other drugs in your home.
Friday, May 12th
Mental Health and Suicide Prevention
- 27% of Wethersfield youth grades 7-12 reported feeling anxious always or almost always in the past year.
- 9.5% of youth reported having considered attempting suicide in the past year. Everyone can take action to help prevent suicide.
- If you or someone you know exhibits any of the signs seek help as soon as possible by contacting a mental health professional at 2-1-1 or calling the Suicide & Crisis Lifeline at 9-8-8.
Saturday, May 13th
Youth Tobacco Use
(E-cigarettes and Vaping)
13% of Wethersfield youth grades 9-12 reported ever using vape products with nicotine. Youth report getting vape products most frequently from friends or peers, followed by the store. Many who use vape products perceive it to be a “safer” alternative to cigarettes, however, e-cigarettes often contain various harmful chemicals.