Alcohol and other drugs are biggest threat to the health and safety of teens in South Kingstown — and in communities across Rhode Island — and research shows that the most effective way to prevent and reduce teen substance use is when the entire community works together.
Here are some ways you can help protect SK kids from the dangers of underage drinking and illicit drug use.
Join us. Everyone has a part to play.
Suggestions for All SK Residents
Drug Take-Back Program
Take the National Drug IQ Challenge: Knowledge is the Key to Prevention
The more we know about the effects of alcohol and drugs on teens, the better. Educate yourself. Take the National Drug IQ Challenge. Shatter the myths that surround alcohol and drugs:It’s one way that every SK resident can help protect our teens from the risk of substance use.
SK Cares: Volunteer to Help SK Students
SK CARES brings in over 370 volunteers annually who spend over 100 hours per day in SK schools. You can volunteer to assist in classrooms, help kids with homework, mentor or E-mentor, or advise high school students about career path decisions — all the while giving our kids the emotional support and healthy decision-making skills they need to keep themselves healthy and safe. For more information, go to SKCares.org.
Become a SKPP Volunteer or Member
There’s plenty of work to do and you can help. Whether you attend a SKPP Community Forum, volunteer to help at one of our events, choose to become a committee member representing your sector of the community or just submit your ideas about how to better protect SK youth from the risks of alcohol and drug use, we’d love to hear from you. Contact us at SK Prevention.
Suggestions for SK Businesses and Organizations
Develop Alcohol and Drug-Free Workplace Policies
By developing, promoting and enforcing drug-free workplace policies, you not only protect your employees and business, you also send a message to the community at large. For assistance in developing such policies, check out the step-by-step guide offered by the U.S. Department of Labor or contact SKPP.
Require Responsible Beverage Service Training
If your business or organization sells or serves alcohol, Responsible Beverage Service (RBS) training programs give owners, managers, and staff of establishments that serve alcohol knowledge and skills to help them serve alcohol responsibly and fulfill the legal requirements of alcohol service. To schedule RBS training, contact SKPP.
Promote National Prevention Week
National Prevention Week is a SAMHSA-supported annual health observance dedicated to increasing public awareness of, and action around, substance abuse and mental health issues. National Prevention Week 2015 will take place May 17-23, 2015. To learn more about how you can get involved, from planning a community event to participating in the “I Choose” Project, explore the National Prevention Week website.
Host a Brown Bag Conversation
Make your employees or members more aware of the risks associated with underage alcohol and drug use. Schedule a presentation and facilitated discussion by contacting SKPP.
Co-Sponsor a SK Prevention Event
Lend your business or organization’s name to prevention efforts in SK. Help to send a clear message to the community that you support efforts to protect SK kids from the risks of alcohol and drugs. For more information about how you can sponsor or co-sponsor an event, contact SKPP.