Information Dissemination

RED RIBBON CAMPAIGN

The BCADAD has led the annual Red Ribbon prevention campaign annually since 1990. The purpose is to increase public awareness of the nature and extent of the drug problem and the need for the community to clearly communicate its disapproval. Most schools actively participate and create their own Red Ribbon celebrations and educational campaigns. Business and government agencies as well engage in the campaign with Beaufort County Government's annual Red Ribbon Door decorating competition being one example.

 NEW FADS IN TEEN ALCOHOL USE

PEEL it! Spark it! Spyke it!  This interactive workshop designed for (ADULTS ONLY) will explore new trends in underage alcohol use.  Current information on teen alcohol use will be presented, along with a review of emerging products. Participants will analyze a variety of products and examine advertisers’ role in marketing alcoholic beverages to youth. Participants will be able to:

  • Understand the scope of underage drinking both locally and nationally
  • Examine the role of the environment on underage alcohol use
  • Identify new trends in underage alcohol use

MED ED.

Medicine Education, also referred to as “Med Ed.” is a presentation designed with an emphasis on over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription medications for mature adults and the elderly.  Participants will be introduced to: some of the adverse effects associated with combining medicines and alcohol, the importance of not sharing medicines, taking medicines as prescribed, how to safely discard unused medicines, and how to be their own advocate when going to the doctor in knowing what questions to ask. (1 hour)

 WHAT'S MISSING FROM THE MEDICINE CABINET? A look at Generation Rx (Rx and OTC abuse)

There is an increasing trend in the number of youth who are using OTC and Rx meds as their drug of choice.  Youth see these medicines as “safe”, affordable and easily accessible.  When asked where they get these drugs, majority report buying them or stealing them from friends or relatives, and often without their knowledge.   Through education, we can reduce teen access and increase knowledge about the perceived risks with regard to both prescription and over-the-counter medicines.  (45-60 min). Participants will be able to:

  • Understand the scope of medicine abuse
  • Examine the role society plays in medication use
  • Discuss proper methods to safeguard and dispose these products