Make Your After-Prom Fun and Safe with the Unison Health PROMposal!_copy
Published: February 20, 2018
Do Your Part to Make After-Prom Safe and Successful!
For high school students, spring is a time to celebrate, with graduations, proms, and so much more. But with all that celebrating, it’s also a time to be more careful than ever. Two-thirds of all alcohol-related deaths involving high school students occur between April and June. That’s a statistic we can do something about, but it’s going to take everyone working together — students, parents, and schools — to make spring a safer, better experience for high school students throughout Northwest Ohio.
A big part of that work involves taking an active role in the prevention of alcohol and substance abuse throughout the season. By the end of high school, nearly three-fourths of students have consumed alcohol (more than a few sips), and events such as prom and graduation make alcohol use even more prominent.
In addition, every day approximately 2,500 students across the country use prescription drugs to get high for the first time. As long as opioids continue to be overprescribed for minor pains like wisdom teeth or sprained ankles, everyone needs to continue to pull together to prevent this very serious problem.
Parents’ Guide to a Safer Prom and Graduation Season
What can parents do to help ensure your teenager enjoys a prom and graduation season free of alcohol- and substance-related accidents and injuries? Our prevention experts offer these tips for a safer springtime!
Communicate. Take some time to talk to your kids, and understand the challenges they face where drugs and alcohol are concerned. Do they know kids who use drugs or alcohol? Do they understand the risks involved in substance use — including the serious dangers associated with prescription medications? It might not be the most comfortable conversation in the world, but it’s the first step in knowing what your teens (or pre-teens) are up against.
Establish a Plan. “My parents will kill me!” That thought keeps too many young people from calling their parents, and the consequences can be much worse than a stern talking-to. Let your kids know that if they find themselves in a situation where they need a safe, sober ride home, they shouldn’t be afraid to call you. Let them know you’ll be there — no questions asked. (At least not right away.)
Lead by Example. Pledge your support by agreeing not to drive under the influence. Kids learn by what they see, and your guidance can go a long way to help prevent unsafe situations in the future.
Make Your After-Prom Fun and Safe with the Unison Health PROMposal!
Imagine what your After-Prom Committee could do with an extra $1,000!
Once again, Unison Health, BCSN, and the Mental Health & Recovery Service Board of Lucas County are giving away a one-time, $1,000 stipend for their 2018 After-Prom Event. And it’s super-easy for Lucas County students to get involved!
Submit a 30-second video telling us:
- What your committee is doing to create a drug- and alcohol-free After-Prom Event
- Why it’s important to have a sober After-Prom Event
- How you’ll use the $1,000 to further your efforts to create an exciting event
Then upload your video to Unison Health’s Twitter page: @UnisonHealthTol — if it’s not tagged, we won’t be able to see it.
The deadline to enter is March 12, and the winner will be announced March 16. Only one video per school, please. This contest is open to students at Lucas County high schools only!
For more details, including a complete set of rules, click the link at the bottom of the page.
Unison Health: Partners in Prevention with Northwest Ohio Families
Unison Health is proud to be part of this community, and we offer a wide range of behavioral health and substance abuse treatment services for adolescents and adults alike. To learn more, browse our services or call 419-214-HOPE today!