May 14, 2013
Monday was the start of National Prevention Week, and Albemarle County is taking aim at how to tackle the issues facing young adults with lunchtime forums.
The first discussion centered on binge drinking at college. A group of police, social workers and educators discussed the ways to prevent binge drinking and its effects by pointing out the conversations parents have with their children.
"The conversation needs to be ongoing," said SPF-SIG Project Director Carol Smith. "It's not a conversation you have just one time. It's something that you're constantly talking with your kids or young adults in your life, whether you're a teacher or counselor, using teachable moments."
"All of these topics are things that we are directly related to," says June Jenkins, program director for Safe Schools/Healthy Students. "Whether or not it's a high percentage of tobacco use, we have students that report on our survey that they have thoughts of suicide, so there are topics that are relevant with our community and what we face with our young people."
Prevention Week continues today with a discussion on prescription drug abuse. That meeting will take place at the Albemarle County Office Building on Fifth Street.
Lunches are provided, but you must resgister by clicking on the link below.