Youth Substance Use Prevention
We all want young people to be healthy and have a bright future, but drug and alcohol misuse can jeopardize that bright future. Rather than treated like the health issue that it is, however, drug and alcohol use is often overlooked or ignored. Misuse of and addiction to alcohol and drugs blunt the potential of too many young people, with prevalence rates for substance use comparatively higher among youth than other public health conditions such as obesity, depression, and bullying. Like these public health problems, youth substance use can be reduced and oftentimes prevented through a public health approach. Georgians for a Healthy Future, together with the Georgia Council on Substance Abuse, is advocating for the expanded use of Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (known as SBIRT) to help prevent youth substance use disorders and keep Georgia's youth on a healthy path. Learn more about this effort on this page. If your organization would like to become involved with our coalition, learn more by visiting our coalition page.