Substance Abuse Prevention
Drug Overdose Prevention Program
Southeast Idaho Public Health has partnered with the Idaho Office of Drug Policy and the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare’s Division of Public Health. This partnership focuses on Idaho’s issues concerning both licit prescription opioid pain relievers and illicit sources such as heroin.
National trends on opioid misuse and overdose have skyrocketed since 2000. In Idaho, 3.9% of individuals twelve years and older report nonmedical use of prescription pain relievers (2013-2014). Statistics from 2013 show that one Idaho citizen died every 39 hours due to prescription, over-the-counter, or illicit, drug overdose. Although it is currently difficult to pinpoint the specific role of opioids, we do know that, in Idaho, pharmacy dispensing of opioid medications rose 48% between 2000 and 2009. Heroin use and overdose have also risen sharply in recent years. In addition, national studies have found that prescription medications, including opioids, are the second-most abused drugs after marijuana.
Opioid misuse and overdose affects everyone regardless of age or socioeconomic status. Idaho is not exempt from the burden of nonmedical use or overdose related to opioids. Therefore, the Idaho Office of Drug Policy and the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare’s Public Health Division sought and received funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to convene statewide stakeholders to work collaboratively on powerful strategies to address this serious, life-threatening issue.
Opioids are extremely addictive, and like many other drugs, the composition and mode of use may evolve over time. For more information, please visit: https://odp.idaho.gov/ or contact Traci Lambson at 208-478-6316.
Partnership for Success Grant
Southeastern Idaho Public Health has collaborated with the Office of Drug Policy to fulfill the Partnership for Success (PFS) grant. The goal of implementing the PFS grant is to prevent underage drinking, and methamphetamine use using evidence-based prevention programs and practices.
Over 38% of Idaho students, aged 12 to 18 drank alcohol in their lifetimes, 14.7% drank and 6.8% binge drank in the past thirty days8. Among those that reported drinking alcohol, nearly 15% reported drinking ten or more drinks within a couple of hours in the past thirty days.
Law enforcement agencies are also overburdened by crime related to methamphetamine and consequences of meth use are affecting Idahoans at an escalating rate. The meth-related drug/narcotic arrest rate in 2017 was 2.1 per 1,000 population, which increased by 249% since 2008. Although only 0.9% of Idahoans reported using meth in the past year, 34% of drug/narcotic arrests in Idaho were meth-related.
This program focuses on preventing underage drinking and methamphetamine use among youth using a number evidence-based prevention programs and strategies including but not limited to:
Be the Parents Media Campaign. Be the Parents is a multimedia campaign designed to equip parents and caregivers with strategies and resources to help prevent their children from drinking alcohol. Through the website, parents have access to educational materials regarding he effects of alcohol on the developing brain, information about how to talk to their children about underage drinking, information about how to help children find their passion, and links to local resources and professional help.
Strengthening Families Program (SFP) Strengthening Families Program is a family-based program that has been shown to improve parenting skills and family relationships, reduce problem behaviors, reduce delinquency and substance use in children, and improve social competencies and school performance. It is a recognized evidence-based program that has been rigorously studied over the course of several decades. In Idaho, prevention providers have been implementing SFP for several years. Using submitted survey data from these grantees, providers in Idaho saw a large and significant improvement in consistent discipline, inductive reasoning, anger management, involving children in family activities, substance use rules and consequences, and negative and positive parent-child affective quality. The program also significantly improved drug health impact perceptions of parents.
Drug Impairment Training for Educational Professionals helps school resource officers, counselors, teachers, and other staff identify impaired youth. Being able to recognize the signs and symptoms of alcohol and/or other drug impairment in students can 1) prevent an impaired student from driving away from campus and 2) serve as an intervention tool in order to provide resources and refer on to treatment if necessary.
LifeSkills Training Program LifeSkills Training is a classroom-based universal prevention program designed to prevent adolescent tobacco, alcohol, marijuana use, and violence. LST contains 30 sessions to be taught over three years (15, 10, and 5 sessions). Three major program components teach students: (1) personal self-management skills, (2) social skills, and (3) information and resistance skills specifically related to drug use.
For information, contact Chessie Meyer at 208-478-6300 or firstname.lastname@example.org