January 22-28 is National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week sponsored by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). This week is dedicated to helping counteract the myths about drugs and alcohol that youth receive from the internet, social media, television, movies, music and friends. The more that adults and youth can learn about the reality and facts of substance use, the better decisions we can make for ourselves and the more support we can offer our loved ones. For more information about National Drug Facts Week and about alcohol and other drugs, visit the the Antigo Public Library which is displaying information and handouts for adults, youth and families through the end of January. As well, go to www.drugabuse.gov and www.drugfree.org for more specific information about substance use and where to go for help.
In honor of National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week, Langlade County Action Alliance is hosting a free drug awareness event for families on Tuesday, January 30 from 6:00 – 7:30 pm at the Antigo Public Library. Lieutenant Dan Bauknecht of the Langlade County Sheriff’s Department and Stephanie Thiede, Public Health Nurse with the Langlade County Health Department, will be presenting information on the following topics:
- What types of drugs are commonly used and abused by youth in Langlade County?
- What are the typical warning signs of substance use?
- What are some common items used by youth to hide drugs or drug paraphernalia?
- Where can we go to get help as a family?
The presentation will also include time for families to tour the “In Plain Sight” bedroom where everyday products will be displayed that could be used to disguise drugs and paraphernalia. For more information about the drug awareness event, please contact the Langlade County Health Department at (715) 627-6250.