El Paso County Public Health South Closed on Monday, Nov. 28
El Paso County Public Health South (6436 S. U.S. Highway 85-87) will be closed Monday, Nov. 28 for repairs.
Millions of Americans suffer from substance misuse, which includes underage drinking, alcohol dependency, non-medical use of prescription drugs, abuse of over-the-counter medications, and illicit drug use.
Substance misuse prevention work has become even more critical as America faces an opioid epidemic, as well as the increasing availability of drugs like marijuana.
One of the aims of El Paso County Public Health is preventing and reducing substance misuse, particularly in youth. Preventing youth substance misuse not only averts tragic outcomes; it allows youth to grow into their full potential and lead happy, healthy lives.
Most parents have heard of the potent synthetic opioid, fentanyl. Drug Enforcement Administrator Anne Milgram has noted that fentanyl can be found across the United States, is highly addictive and is increasingly being mixed with other drugs in powder and pill form in order to increase addiction.
Recently, “rainbow” fentanyl has been found throughout the U.S. Made to look like colorful candies or pills, the drugs are potentially deadly.
It is important for youth to understand that any pill purchased illicitly may contain deadly fentanyl. Prescription drugs, heroin, methamphetamine and other street drugs also continue to pose a risk of overdose and long-term harm to young people.
Consider the following facts:
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services:
Teens’ brains are in a constant state of development, and studies have shown that full brain development is not complete until age 25. Marijuana can have a negative effect on their brain’s development and result in impaired cognitive function. It’s important to help youth understand the risks of marijuana use.
Learn more about how marijuana affects the brain:
Fountain Valley Communities That Care (FV-CTC)—convened by El Paso County Public Health since 2017—is an active community-led coalition working to prevent youth substance misuse and promote the healthy development of young people. FV-CTC utilizes the Communities That Care (CTC) model, a widely recognized model that guides communities through a proven five-phase change process for community-level prevention.
The Fountain Valley is part of a statewide CTC effort that seeks to promote healthy youth development, improve outcomes, and reduce problem behaviors among youth through achieving the following objectives:
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Talk to youth about marijuana to help them better understand the risks.