February is Teen Dating Violence and Awareness Month
What You Can Do?
Talk to teens about the importance of developing healthy, respectful relationships.
Unhealthy relationships can start early and last a lifetime. Teens often think some behaviors, like teasing and name calling, are a "normal" part of a relationship. However, these behaviors can become abusive and develop into more serious forms of violence. That is why adults need to talk to teens now about the importance of developing healthy, respectful relationships.
Dating violence can have a negative effect on health throughout life. Victims of teen dating violence are more likely to experience symptoms of depression and anxiety. They might also engage in unhealthy behaviors, such as using tobacco, drugs, and alcohol. Teens who are victims in high school are at higher risk for victimization during college.
National Teen Dating Violence Helpline is 1-866-331-9474
Connecticut’s Regional Action Councils
to hold Opiates Forums!!!
Learn more about the
risks of using heroin and other drugs.
Today’s Heroin Epidemic - More people at risk,
Heroin use has increased across the US among men and women,
most age groups, and all income levels. Some of the greatest increases occurred
in demographic groups with historically low rates of heroin use: women, the
privately insured, and people with higher incomes. Not only are people using
heroin, they are also abusing multiple other substances, especially cocaine and
prescription opioid painkillers. As heroin use has increased, so have
heroin-related overdose deaths. Between 2002 and 2013, the rate of
heroin-related overdose deaths nearly quadrupled, and more than 8,200 people
died in 2013. States play a central role in prevention, treatment, and recovery
efforts for this growing epidemic. Heroin use is increasing, and so are
heroin-related overdose deaths.
How is heroin harmful?
Heroin is an illegal, highly addictive opioid
A heroin overdose can cause slow and shallow
breathing, coma, and death.
People often use heroin along with other drugs
or alcohol. This practice is especially dangerous because it increases the risk
Heroin is typically injected but is also smoked
or snorted. When people inject heroin, they are at risk of serious, long-term
viral infections such as HIV, Hepatitis C, and Hepatitis B, as well as
bacterial infections of the skin, bloodstream, and heart.
Who is most at risk of heroin addiction?
People who are addicted to prescription opioid
People who are addicted to cocaine
People without insurance or enrolled in Medicaid
People who are addicted to marijuana and alcohol
People living in a large metropolitan area
18 to 25 year old
Heroin use more than doubled among young adults ages
18–25 in the past decade.
More than 9 in 10 people who used heroin also used at
least one other drug.
45% of people who used heroin were also addicted to
prescription opioid painkillers.
In most instances, heroin addiction usually begins with a preliminary addiction to some sort of opioid pain pill, such as oxycodone, methadone, morphine and fentanyl, according to officials.
The transition from pills to heroin occurs for various reasons— usually cost, accessibility or the desire to achieve a better high. More options for taking heroin, besides shooting up with a needle, make the drug more appealing to a broader range of people. Users can now smoke it, swallow it or snort it.
Please join us for one of these very informative and important forums!
A list of forums to be posted soon at www.ctprevention.org