Drug Abuse Among Youth
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) announced
it latest upcoming satellite teleconference "Preventing Drug Abuse Among
teleconference will feature three proven community-based, family strengthening,
and school-based initiatives that are being implemented to empower young
people to avoid drug use.
Life Skills Training Program is a universal
classroom program designed by Dr. Gilbert Botvin, Cornell University Medical
Center, to address a wide range of risk and protective factors by teaching
general personal and social skills in combination with drug resistance
skills and normative education. This program has been extensively studied
over the past 16 years and results indicate that the approach can reduce
tobacco, alcohol, and marijuana use by 59 to 75 percent. Life Skills Training
Program is currently operating in schools in New York City.
Strengthening Families Program is a selective
prevention program. This multicomponent, family-focused program provides
prevention programming for 6- to 10- year-old children of substance abusers.
The program began as an effort to help substance-abusing parents improve
their parenting skills and reduce their children's risk factors. The program
has been culturally modified and found effective through independent evaluation
with African-American, Asian/Pacific Islander, and Hispanic families. The
teleconference will highlight the Strengthening Families Program in Denver,
Bernardino Communities Against Drugs, Inc.,
a coalition of community and school groups that has successfully mobilized
and attacked their local drug problem, will also be featured.
Barry McCaffrey, Director, Office of National Drug Control Policy, will
provide introductory comments for a panel featuring Shay Bilchik, Administrator,
OJJDP; Dr. Alan L. Leshner, Director of the National Institute for Drug
Abuse; and leaders from the above highlighted programs. Mathea
a noted drug abuse policy analyst, is expected to participate on the panel.
The viewing audience will have ample opportunity to interact throughout
broadcast through their telephones questions and comments.
The Juvenile Justice Teleconference
For More information, please contact:
Jenny McWilliams at 859-622-6671
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