You don't need a lecture. But you might need some resources. Remember, you are not alone. Please ask your parents or a trusted adult when you need help or support. They will be glad you confided in them, and you'll feel relieved to share your concerns with someone who cares.
March 22-26, 2021 is National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week (#NDAFW). We have curated the following resources to share important health facts with our community:
MONDAY, 3/22: Vaping Facts
TUESDAY, 3/23: Opioid Facts
WEDNESDAY, 3/24: Marijuana Facts
THURSDAY, 3/25: Alcohol Facts
FRIDAY, 3/26: Drug Misuse and Addiction
If you attend school in the Webster Central School District and you're concerned about the heath or safety of yourself or another student, please use the 24/7 anonymous Safe School Helpline to report threats of violence, depression and illegal activity that could harm kids in our schools. Or call 911 in an emergency.
Safe School Helpline - call: 800-418-6423 ext.359 or text: 66746 then type TIPS
VAPING & SMOKING
Nicotine, THC, weed & cigarettes are all addictive and harm your health, especially when you are under 25 years old. Learn about the health consequences. To get help, talk to your doctor, a trusted adult, or visit one of these sites that help teens quit: teen.smokefree.gov or This Is Quitting.
Actually, NOT everyone does it. You can avoid a lot of embarrassing (and dangerous) situations just by saying "no thanks". In NY, there are legal consequences for minors having, drinking or lying about their age to obtain alcohol. Minors drinking even a small amount and driving risk losing their drivers license for up to a year, and for larger amounts they may face adult DWI laws, including jail time.
Misusing prescription drugs can be the beginning of a long struggle with addiction. Misuse includes:
taking a medication for any reason other than why it was prescribed, taking more than prescribed, and taking someone else’s medication. It can risk school, work, friendships, family, addiction and even overdose. Don't share your meds, don't take pills from friends, and talk to your doctor or a trusted adult if you or someone you know is misusing medication.
You deserve to feel safe and happy in your relationship. If things don't feel right, talk to a parent, teacher or a Love is Respect Peer Advocate by texting loveis to 1-866-331-9474 or by calling 1-866-331-9474.
Care for your mental health just like your physical health. Recognize the signs that indicate you may need help, and don't be shy about asking for it, even if you have to ask more than one person or more than one time. You or your family can call 1-800-662-HELP (4357) to find treatment options near you.
Depression can lead to thoughts of suicide. Please call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255 and check out this page of resources if you have these thoughts. Challenges can be overcome, please ask for help.