Presentation on theme: "SUBSTANCE ABUSE: FROM PROBLEMS TO SOLUTIONS OPERATION: MEDICINE CABINET Detective Gregg Mehling Lorain County Drug Task Force Nancy Pommerening Drug Awareness."— Presentation transcript:
SUBSTANCE ABUSE: FROM PROBLEMS TO SOLUTIONS OPERATION: MEDICINE CABINET Detective Gregg Mehling Lorain County Drug Task Force Nancy Pommerening Drug Awareness & Prevention Inc.
…TO A PREVENTION SPECIALIST Our mission is to lessen the demand for illicit drugs through education and prevention strategies.
DRUG ABUSE $193 BILLION A YEAR IN THE U.S.A. Societal Costs Courts, Jails, Police Dangerous streets Child neglect Domestic violence Lost Productivity Medical Costs Emergency Room Overdose Rehab treatment
DRUG ABUSE IN THE WORK PLACE INDUSTRY COSTS: $165 BILLION A YEAR IN THE U.S.A. Source: The Drug Testing Network ABSENTEEISM ACCIDENTS THEFT HEALTH CARE INCREASED WORKERS’ COMP LOSS OF PRODUCTIVITY
IN THE WORK PLACE 84% Employers who drug tested new hires 39% Randomly tested employees who were hired 73% Tested workers when drug use was suspected 58% Required testing after accidents on the job. 2006 survey - Society for Human Resource Management
SOLUTIONS: WHAT WORKS IN PREVENTION? SAMHCSAP - Key strategies: 1. Information Dissemination 2. Prevention Education 3. Alternatives 4. Community-based Process 5. Problem I.D. and Referral 6. Environmental Strategies
PREVENTION EDUCATION Preventing Drug Abuse in Children and Adolescents In School If possible, school-based prevention programs should be integrated into the school’s academic program…* * Preventing Drug Abuse among Children and Adolescents U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health
BRAIN POWER BY THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON DRUG ABUSE * Multi-Media * K-12 Science Curriculum