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Alcohol and Drug Prevention Resources

Underage drinking and substance use are issues that have a negative effect on Connecticut youth with 30% of students reporting they drank alcohol within the last 30 days, 20% of students reporting they smoked marijuana in the last 30 days, and 12% of students reporting they misused prescription drugs at least once in their life.

The perception of harm of smoking marijuana, underage drinking, and using prescription medications to get high is decreasing as myths of these substances cloud the mind of our young people.

The Governor’s Prevention Partnership presents nine free youth infographics available for download to help dispel the myths that surround underage drinking, marijuana use, and prescription drug misuse. These infographics are to be used as a resource when educating our youth, parents, and communities of the effects drugs and alcohol can have on our young people. 

  • A common myth of underage drinking is that if it is legal when you are 21, it must not be harmful. We know that the truth is that the human brain is not fully developed until a person’s mid-twenties. Take a look at how alcohol can effect a person’s brain development and function.

  • What’s a BAC? This infographic provides the everyday facts about a person’s blood alcohol content. Learn what affects a person’s BAC and how it can impair a person’s behavior.

  • Alcohol is the number one substance abused by Connecticut youth. Learn the truths about underage drinking and the physical, mental, and social consequences. Remember: Not everyone is doing it!

  • Energy drinks contain large amounts of caffeine and sugar and are the drink of choice among many young people. A common behavior is mixing alcohol with energy drinks. Learn about the risks and consequences associated with mixing these two liquids.

  • Although cigarette smoking has decreased significantly among Connecticut youth, the use of electronic cigarettes and vaping devices continues to increase at an alarming rate. Overall, current use among high school students is 14.7%, with usage increasing with age from 11.1% among those 15 years-old and younger to 20.8% among students 18 years-old and older. This is especially concerning because studies have shown that this type of nicotine use by teens increases their risk of also using combustible tobacco as youths and as young adults.

  • The Partnership for Drug Free Kids produced this guide to help people understand what vaping is, its appeal to youth and what research has to say about both the risks and unknowns, due to the lack of long-term vaping studies. The guide also offers advice on what to say when talking with your child about vaping.

  • CT has experienced a rise in K2 exposure throughout the State. “K2” or “Spice” is a form of synthetic marijuana. The Center on Addictions definition of synthetic marijuana states that it is a mixture of industrial chemicals intended to mimic the effects of THC, the naturally occurring active compound found in marijuana. The chemicals are sprayed on bits of dried plant material, packaged in colorful wrappers, nicknamed “poison packets,” and sold under the guise of potpourri and herbal incense in local convenience stores, smoke shops and even online. Synthetic marijuana use can lead to side effects like rapid heart rate, vomiting, agitation and hallucinations.

  • Many youth believe that smoking marijuana isn’t harmful. 42.1% of Connecticut’s high school students report smoking marijuana at least once in their life. The perception of harm continues to decrease. Learn about the truth and impact of using marijuana.

  • Using a prescription medication when it is not prescribed to you is just as dangerous as using an illegal drug. Learn about prescription drug abuse and the impact it can have on young people.

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