We are a community working together to design a drug-free county to prevent underage drinking, the use of illegal drugs, and misuse of prescription medicines. Our partners are unified individuals and organizations from every sector of the community caring about and working together for a safer and healthier Delaware County for everyone. Our vision is that Delaware County youth will grow and thrive in a healthy community designed to be drug-free.
Alcohol remains the substance most widely used by today's teenagers. Despite recent declining rates, seven out of every ten students (69%) have consumed alcohol (more than just a few sips) by the end of high school, and three out of ten (30%) have done so by 8th grade. In fact, over half (54%) of 12th graders and more than one-seventh (13%) of 8th graders in 2012 report having been drunk at least once in their lives. (Monitoring the Future 2012 Overview)
In 2011 in Ohio, 38% of 9th-12th graders reported drinking, with 23.7% reporting binge drinking. And just two years prior to that underage drinking consumed 26.3% of all alcohol sold in Ohio, totaling $979 million in sales.
Illicit drug use among teenagers has continued at high rates, largely due to the popularity of marijuana. Marijuana use by adolescents declined from the late 1990s until the mid-to-late 2000s but has been on the increase since then. The 2013 Partnership Attitude Tracking Study found that one in four teens has misused or abused a prescription drug at least once in their lifetimes–a 33% increase over the past five years. And 13% of teens now report that they have taken the stimulants Ritalin or Adderall when they were not prescribed for them at least once in their lifetimes, with 20% saying they have done so before age 14. Prescription and over-the-counter drugs are among the most commonly abused drugs by 12th graders, after alcohol, marijuana, synthetic marijuana, and tobacco.
An adolescent's perception of the risks associated with substance use is an important determinant of whether he or she engages in substance use. For example, youths who perceive high risk of harm are less likely to use drugs than youths who perceive low risk of harm. For this reason, the 2013-14 YRBS asked respondents about their perceptions of risk in using various substances and asked them how wrong they think their parents and their friends would consider using those substances.
The YRBS asked about usage of heroin, Rx pain killers, attention deficit medications, tobacco, binge drinking, having 1 or 2 drinks a day, marijuana, and prescription drugs. You can see all the results tabulated in the attached image.
The high schoolers perceived the least risk of harm from marijuana (34.9%), having 1 or 2 drinks a day (27.4%), binge drinking (23.5%) and using attention deficit meds non-medically (21.6%). The middle schoolers perceived the least risk of harm from having 1 or 2 drinks a day (15.3%), binge drinking (12.8%), heroin (9.6%), and using Rx painkillers non-medically (9.2%).
The greatest past 30-day use of substances by high schoolers is having 1 or 2 drinks a day (26.2%), binge drinking (16.1%), and marijuana (14.4%). The greatest past 30-day use by middle schoolers is alcohol (3.4%), marijuana (2%), and tobacco (1.4%). In addition, at least once in their lifetimes 11.6% of high schoolers reported using Rx painkillers without a prescription, and 5.4% reported using heroin. At least once in their lifetimes 2.9% of middle schoolers reported using marijuana, and 2.2% reported using Rx painkillers without a prescription.
Providing adolescents with credible, accurate, and age-appropriate information about the harm associated with substance use is a key component in prevention programming. Through its Too Good for Drugs middle school program and Too Good for Violence elementary school program, Recovery & Prevention Resources of Delaware and Morrow Counties reaches over 7,000 students per year with substance abuse prevention. Click here for an enlargement of the graph below.
The YRBS was conducted in April-May of 2013 and in January of 2014 among Delaware County 9th-11th graders. 16% reported binge drinking in the last 30 days, including one-quarter of the juniors • 26% reported drinking in the last 30 days, including 36% of the juniors. Of those who drank, 21% reported having had a drink 10 days or more in their lifetimes • 5% reported having had a drink on school property in the last 30 days • 2.6% reported purchasing from a store • 1.2% reported purchasing at a restaurant, bar, or club • .4% reported purchasing at a public event • 4.3% reported that they gave someone else money to buy for them • 10% reported that someone else gave the alcohol to them • 3.1% reported that they took it from a store or a famly member • 24% reported having their first drink at age 14 or younger (startlingly, kids who start drinking before the age of 14 are 5 times more likely to become dependent on alcohol).
12% reported they had taken a prescription drug without a doctor's prescription • 21% reported using marijuana at least once in their lives, 5% of whom reported using marijuana more than 100 times in their lives, and 14% of whom reported using during the past 30 days. In their lifetimes, another 6.3% reported having used cocaine • 7.5% having used inhalants • 5.4% having used heroine • 4.5% having used methamphetamines • 7.5% having used ecstasy • and 8% having used hallucinogens.
Research shows that the lower the perceived risk of a substance, the more likely to follow is increased use of that substance. The 9th-11th graders indicated the levels of risk perceived by themselves and how wrong they perceive their friends and parents would feel using the substance is. Respondents perceived that there is no or slight risk most frequently for use of marijuana (35%), having one or two drinks of alcohol a day (27%), and binge drinking (24%). 22% found no or slight risk of using Rx attention deficit medicines not prescribed to them, and 19% found no or slight risk of using Rx medicines in general not prescribed to them, while no or slight risk in use was reported for smoking one pack a day (14%) and using heroin (10%).
The 9th-11th graders also had significantly increased perceptions that their friends would think misusing substances is less wrong than their parents would. Regarding marijuana use, 35% said their friends--as opposed to 14% who said their parents--would feel its use is not at all or a little bit wrong. 26% said their friends would find it not at all or a little bit wrong to have one or two drinks of alcohol a day as opposed to 15% for parents. For misusing prescriptions medicines, including pain killers and attention deficit meds, 22% responded that their friends would feel it is not at all or a little bit wrong as opposed to 12% for parents.
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For a copy of the 2013 Delaware County Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS), 9th - 11th Grades click here
For a copy of the 2013 Delaware County Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS), 6th - 8th Grades click here
is an effort being championed by Gov. John Kasich and First Lady Karen Kasich, aimed at preventing drug abuse among our children. Under Gov. Kasich’s leadership, and in partnership with the Ohio General Assembly and other statewide officeholders, Ohio has made it a priority to attack our state’s drug problem. This new youth drug prevention initiative encourages Ohioans to embrace programs focused at raising awareness and encouraging conversation to stop drug abuse before it starts. Know! Parent Tips and TEACHable Moments are two of the spotlighted programs as part of the Start Talking! initiative. To get signed up for Know! Parent Tips, Know! TEACHable Moments or for more information on Start Talking!, please visit starttalking.ohio.gov.
Time to Act | It's never easy for parents when they suspect or when they know their child is using an illegal substance. This website uses narrative and videos to help parents in the first steps. How do I look for signs? What are the risk factors? What do I need to know? It also helps parents prepare to have those difficult conversations. What questions should I ask? What do I do with the information I receive? A blog is available to connect with other parents. This is an excellent website for the person who doesn’t know where to begin.
Drug Free Action Alliance | A statewide organization that delivers up-to-date information/news and develops initiatives that serve the immediate needs of those working to prevent substance abuse throughout Ohio and beyond.
DrugFree.Org | This website provides a wealth of information about prevention, intervention, treatment, and recovery. Includes a toll free helpline for parents.
GetSmartAboutDrugs | Parents and caregivers also need to find out the facts about drugs, drug use and drug abuse. DEA’s parent website, GetSmartAboutDrugs.com, was developed to provide valuable drug education information for parents and caregivers to help identify their child’s drug use, drug paraphernalia, warning signs of abuse, and the harmful side effects of the most commonly abused drugs. The site features several DEA publications that are downloadable, including Drugs of Abuse, and Prescription for Disaster: How Teens Abuse Medicine. The site includes a video on how to keep your family safe from prescription and over-the-counter drugs.
NIDA for Teens | This site has tons of great stuff—stories, blogs, myth-busting, brain games, free downloads, and more. Plus, you'll find honest, comprehensive info on how different drugs can impact the human brain and body, and how you can help a friend who might be at risk.
Following a Town Hall Meeting in April of 2006 to reduce underage drinking in Delaware County, the next month the Delaware County Underage Drinking Coalition was formed. The overall structure of the coalition was developed. For the first time, the Youth Risk Behavior Survey was administered in county middle and high schools by the Delaware-Morrow Mental Health and Recovery Services Board. Coalition activities included a Red Ribbon Rally, a Parents Who Host, Lose the Most Campaign, alcohol compliance checks by the Delaware City Police Department, the first strategic planning process, and completion of a community assessment identifying two overall community goals to reduce youth alcohol use.
In 2007 the name was changed to the Drug-Free Delaware Coalition, and By-Laws were created. 2008 saw the formalization of policies and procedures and the creation of acting committees under the Coalition. In 2009 the Coalition succeeded in securing a federal Drug Free Communities Support Grant in the amount of $625,000 over 5 years.
Committing over 20 organizations to support Drug-Free Delaware, the Coalition developed representation from all required 12 sectors of the community, including youth, schools, law enforcement agencies, parents, youth-serving organizations, businesses, health care professionals, media, government agencies, religious entities, community service organizations, and substance abuse agencies. Recovery & Prevention Resources of Delaware and Morrow Counties took on responsibility as fiscal agent.
The Coalition developed a strategic five-year plan to move forward in its mission to mobilize community resources and local partnerships. The concept was to create a healthy environment by advocating for and supporting prevention and intervention efforts targeting alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use and abuse. The Coalition also developed a vision that Delaware County youth will grow and thrive in a healthy community designed to be drug-free.
While much of our work gets done by many volunteers located all over Delaware County, our office is at Recovery & Prevention Resources.
We'd love to hear from you or have you drop in for a visit.
This website was developed in part under grant number SP015726 from the Office of National Drug Control Policy and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The views, policies, and opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of ONDCP, SAMHSA or HHS.
Following the discontinuation of the medication disposal drop-box at Buehler's at the request of the Ohio State Board of Pharmacy, Drug-Free Delaware and Delaware County Sheriff Russ Martin teamed up to request that the Board of Pharmacy address the need for more customer-friendly, yet still secure, medication disposal drop-boxes. We requested that rules allow for law enforcement controlled drop-boxes to be placed in pharmacies. Click here to read the Sheriff's letter that presents a concise rationale for action. And click here to read the response from the Board of Pharmacy. The Board of Pharmacy, as a result of our advocacy efforts, recently approved an addition to their drug take back rules that would permit drop-boxes in pharmacies upon the publishing of the DEA's new rules that would specifically allow that practice. And most recently our advocacy efforts have resulted in a letter from the Ohio Congressional delegation headed by Senator Rob Portman to the federal Office of Management and Budget that urges the DEA to expedite it's rulemaking in order to prevent the further abuse of prescription drug medication in Ohio and the rest of the United States. Click here to read the letter.
Drop-off Box Locations:
Delaware Police, 70 N. Union St., Delaware, OH 43015
Delaware County Jail, 844 US Hwy 42 North, Delaware, OH 43015
Genoa Township Police Department, 7049 Big Walnut Rd., Galena, OH 43021
Shawnee Hills Police Department, 40 W. Reindeer Dr., Shawnee Hills, OH 43065
Click here to download a pdf version of our flyer for safe disposal of unused medications.
Drug-Free Delaware now has two portable prescription drug drop boxes for use at events to collect unneeded or unused medications from attendees. Due to laws and regulations, the collection activity must be conducted with law enforcement. The mobile drop boxes will make their debut on October 31 at the Council for Older Adults' Senior Health and Safety Fair at 800 Cheshire Road, Delaware. If you have an event where you'd like to use one or both of the drop boxes, please contact Julie Krupp at 740-369-6811.
A recent report released by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) shows that underage binge alcohol use rates vary extensively throughout the United States. Binge drinking in this study is defined as consuming five or more drinks at the same time or within a couple of hours of each other on at least one day in the past 30 days. Nationally, 15.9% of all persons aged 12 to 20 were binge alcohol users in the 30 days prior to being surveyed. In terms of regions, the SAMHSA report found that of the 16 sub-state regions with the highest rates of underage binge alcohol use, five were in the Northeast, five were in the South, five were in the Midwest, and one was in the West.
For more information about this report, click here.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 1 in 5 high school students smoke cigarettes: nearly 23 percent. More than 90 percent of those are using combustible tobacco products, such as cigarettes, cigars, hookahs and pipes.
The CDC’s National Youth and Tobacco Survey (NYTS) found that in 2013, 22.9 percent of high school students and 6.5 percent of middle school students reported using a tobacco product within the last 30 days. Nearly half of high school students and 17.7 percent of middle school students said they used a tobacco product at least once in their lifetime. The survey also found that 12.6 percent of high school students say they currently use two or more tobacco products.
Among all high school students, 4.5 percent reported using e-cigarettes within the last 30 days and 1.1 percent of middle school students reported using e-cigarettes in the last 30 days.
Cigarettes were the most popular tobacco product used by white and Hispanic high school students — 14 percent and 13.4 percent respectively — and cigars were close behind, with 11.4 percent and 12.1 percent.
Cigar use was more prevalent than cigarette use for other races. Use among black high school students was nearly 50 percent higher than cigarette use and more than twice as high among black middle school students. Cigars are unregulated by the FDA and taxed at a lower rate. Some cigars are made with fruit and candy flavors prohibited in cigarettes and sold in small quantities, making them available to youth at a low price.
“One effective strategy for reducing tobacco use among youth is raising the price,” said Brian King Ph.D., a Senior Scientific Advisor with CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health. “The Food and Drug Administration’s new youth-focused media campaign, “The Real Cost,” is also expected to lead to reductions in youth tobacco use.”
Cigarette smoking is the leading preventable cause of disease and death in the United States, killing more than 480,000 Americans each year. For every death, there are about 32 Americans living with a smoking-related disease. Besides the human cost, smoking takes a toll on our economy, costing more than $289 billion a year (including at least $133 billion in direct medical care for adults and more than $156 billion in lost productivity).
Courtesy of Drug Free Action Alliance
Drug-Free Delaware has completed analyses of the subtance abuse prevention efforts at Delaware City Schools, Olentangy Local Schools, and Big Walnut School District by looking at the scope, intent and potential impact of their school based prevention programs, policies, and practices. With school cooperation, the analyses offer recommendations on how to modify and improve school based policies, programs, and practices to be more effective.
In cooperation with law enforcement agencies, Drug-Free Delaware supports medication disposal drop-boxes at the Delaware County Sheriff's Office, Delaware City Police, Genoa Township Police, Shawnee Hills Police, and the Sunbury Police Department. From inception in April, 2013, through August, 2014, the various jurisdictions collected 1,200 pounds of disposed medications.
21 actions to create changes in policy, program, and practice, including 12 for general ATOD, 5 for illegagl use of prescription drugs, and 4 for underage drinking. Just since October 2012, 9 actions to create community change, including 8 for general ATOD and 1 for underage drinking • 1,083,509 media impressions, demonstrating ability of the Coalition to create and change community conversations around its priorities, including 361,000 general ATOD impressions, 376,123 illegal use of pescription drugs impressions, and 543,401 underage drinking impressions.
Hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash, in-kind, and volunteer goods and time, demonstrating the Coalition's ability to mobilize resources to address its priorities. Resources have included $483,647 overall, with $359,034 in-kind, $121,952 in volunteer time, and $2,660 in cash. Tens of thousands of hours by thousands of people have provided numerous services, demonstrating the Coalition's ability to impact individual behaviors.
97 unique instances of services provided (36 capacity building services aimed at increasing the capacity of others to impact individuals, and 61 preventative services aimed at directly changing individual behaviors). 8,573 people gave a total of 30,698 hours of service for capacity building and preventative services, including 5,050 people giving 24,168 hours to general ATOD work, 472 people giving 264 hours to reduce the use of illegal prescription drugs, and 3,051 people giving 6,266 hours to reduce underage drinking.
We are from all sectors of Delaware county, caring and working together for a safer and healthier environment for everyone. We'd love to have YOU join us!
Click here to meet all our Coalition members.
We work closely with law enforcement and recognize our prescription drug drop box partners.
A Crime Prevention Officer with the Delaware City Police Department, Rita is a long time resident committed to substance abuse prevention and has been a police officer in Delaware for 24 years. She received the Crime Prevention Practitioner of the Year Award in 2013 from the Ohio Crime Prevention Association and effectively brings skills in public safety and criminal justice to the coalition, believing that a community working together can make a real difference. “Sometimes we get discouraged looking at the enormity of the world’s problems, and we feel helpless; but taking small steps in our own community is the best way to encourage changes on a larger scale,” she says.
Steering Committee members must also serve on one of the other committees. They are responsible for processes that support and develop the overall organization of the Coalition. The committee meets monthly to hear reports from other committees, discuss issues vital to coalition operations, and decide on matters to be brought before the full coalition.
Develops evaluation tools and oversees the ongoing evaluation of coalition progress towards goals. The evaluation process identifies whether priorities need to shift.
Responsible for marketing, education, and awareness activities.
Responsible for addressing issues related to access and enforcement in regard to alcohol, tobacco and other drugs.
As an Ohio Certified Prevention Specialist II, Julie has over 16 years of experience in prevention work. Also the Prevention & Education Coordinator at Recovery & Prevention Resources, over the past 9 years Julie has expanded her expertise in community coalition work. She obtained her B.S. from Wright State University in Rehabilitation Services and has worked in Delaware nearly 12 years. Julie's expertise is in understanding coalitions, networking across the community, empowering others to make things happen, and organizing and leading retreats and other youth activities. She has assisted with prevention efforts at the state level, but more than anything else loves working in Delaware County.
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