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Substance Abuse Prevention Grant - 2021/12/07 NEWS RELEASE December 7,2021 MASON COUNTY COMMISSIONERS 411 NORTH 5TH ST SHELTON,WA 98584 TO: KMAS,KRXY, SHELTON-MASON COUNTY JOURNAL,THE OLYMPIAN, SHELTON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE,NORTH MASON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE,CITY OF SHELTON,ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL,THE SUN RE: Substance Abuse Prevention Grant The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention- Drug Free Communities (DFC) Support Program has given Mason County Public Health a$77,673 per year for five years. Main deliverables include: 1. Establish and strengthen collaboration among communities,public and private non-profit agencies, as well as federal, state, local, and tribal governments to support the efforts of community coalitions working to prevent and reduce substance abuse among youth(individuals 18 years of age and younger). 2. Reduce substance abuse among youth and, over time,reduce substance abuse among adults by addressing the factors in a community that increases the risk of substance abuse and promoting the factors that minimize the risk of substance abuse. The grant will fund a .5FTE Coalition Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator that will focus on community activities and strategies that include Improving community knowledge regarding patters of youth substance use, Knowledge of coalition efforts to address youth substance use in All of Mason County, Increase the capacity of local agencies and/or organizations to address youth substance use and Increase intergovernmental cooperation, coordination, and collaboration to change the conditions that impact youth substance use. Substance use is a global public health issue affecting individuals, families, and communities. Recent data indicate that 70,630 lives were lost to drug overdose in the United States in 2019. Further, provisional data indicate approximately 81,230 drug overdose deaths occurred in the United States in the 12-months ending in May 2020, with these deaths being driven largely by synthetic opioids, cocaine, and methamphetamines. These changes represent a worsening of the drug overdose epidemic during the COVID- 19 pandemic and the largest Page 4 of 56 number of drug overdoses for a 12-month period ever recorded. These troubling data underline the need to implement primary prevention strategies designed to prevent substance use before it begins—for instance,by implementing programs,policies, and practices to prevent initiation of substance use among youth. Prevention of initiation of and use of substances among youth is particularly important given that substance use during childhood and adolescence is associated with negative impacts on brain physiology, engagement in risky behaviors, and increased risk for harmful substance use and overdose later in life. Recent data from CDC's Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) show that more than 29% of high school students consumed alcohol, with almost 14% of high school students engaging in binge drinking. Tobacco use also remains common,with nearly 7 of every 100 middle school students (6.7%) and about 24 of every 100 high school students (23.6%)reporting current use of a tobacco product,mainly driven by e-cigarette use. Additionally, approximately 21.7%reported current marijuana use and 7.2%reported current prescription opioid misuse. For more information or questions please call our office at 360-427-9670 ext. 400. Ifl � - R ndy Neat erlin Sharon Trask Kevin Shu Chair Commissioner Commissioner