Ingram/Schwarga Factors that contribute to drug and alcohol abuse among Currituck County youth

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1 Ingram/Schwarga 5 Home environment 5 Ready availability of drugs in high school (w/other students) 3 Lack of constructive activities not a lot to do 1 Being cool/peer Pressure 1 Physical abuse/sexual abuse 0 Bullying by others that leads to drug use 0 Home life mom & dad do it 0 Anger/Use to feel better reduce drug and alcohol use among 5 Youth center or facility for to go during unstructured time (Summer/after school/weekends) North/South 5 Approach county commissioners with needs for 4 Peer-to-peer encouragement to approach adult that can help 3 Drug-test more often 3 Turn (administrator/sro) radios off or vey low so as not to alert students 3 Faith-based component. Teach core values to help. 2 More tournaments to keep busy/fundraiser 1 More summer activities 1 More counselors to talk to 0 Host dances on weekends. Host a place that is centrally located. 0 Look at where county funds go for entertainment. Economic impact. 0 Incentives to help approach adults to alert them of drugs/alcohol 0 Drug dog to come into schools more often 0 Acknowledge where the activities are. Get to a place that is in the center of the county. Look at where the are. Target areas with : ex: movie theater, YMCA, recreation facilities 0 Law that states that cannot buy over the counter medications 0 Open gyms for when we do not have games 0 Youth centers with drug and alcohol education outside of school 0 Build rapport with people that can identify that need help. 0 Safe place/safe person separate of school 0 Multiple facilities located at various locations in the county 0 Outdoor movie on football field

2 Stiles/Cox 5 Easy access to drugs 5 Lack of educated drug enforcement officers (not utilizing it) 3 Lack of parental guidance 2 Parent & Kids more shared activities 1 Not enough things for kids to do (community resources) 0 Too much free time 0 More serious consequences 0 Peer pressure 0 Need more law enforcement officers to be visible reduce drug and alcohol use among 6 Training and education and involvement of parents, community members, children, and law enforcement 6 Surprise drug search with dogs (more often) 4 More drug education 3 More community activities for ( center) 2 Stronger consequences including drug rehabilitation and support of the court system 2 Smoke (sensitive) alarms in bathrooms 1 More exposure of and interaction with the resource officers 0 Community watches 0 School clubs 0 More random drug testing

3 Leigh/Dozier 3 Belong and being accepted 3 Not questioning children 2 Scheduled family time 1 Poor parental role models 1 Depression 1 Boredom 1 Curiosity 1 Unsupervised children 0 Education reduce drug and alcohol use among 3 Alternative school 2 Clubs, church groups, family reading schools 2 Pay attention to the good 2 Increasing school resource officer 2 Helping kids find a focus what helps them keep the focus 0 Ask who, what, why, where (Check: go where they say they will be), train (parenting skills) 0 Define family time (compromise with children what do they want to do) 0 Health education (schools) 0 Stop sacrificing children and what works for the BUDGET

4 Hill/Natole 3 Stress 2 Lack of respect/positive fear of parents 2 Lack of love and supervision 1 Abuse 1 Movies/music/commercials 1 Role models celebrities not portraying 1 Lack of enforcement of the laws that exist 0 Being pressured 0 To be included 0 Lack of education 0 In your face (disrespectful ) reduce drug and alcohol use among 3 Check ID 2 No community center 2 Lack of discipline, empathy for others, basic manners 2 Open communication between parents and children 1 Provide more family activities in the community and within the family 1 Kid talk about peer pressure 1 Understand financial stress 1 Beef up enforcement 1 PBS in the community, not just the schools 1 Good news paper 0 More activities for kids 0 Parents trying to be a friend instead of a parent 0 Provide activities at least 1 time a month for kids/parents 0 Schools provide volunteer opportunities in the community

5 Stretar/Snider 9 Environment (family, friends, neighborhood) 6 Peer pressure (fun/cool) 6 Stress/Family problems 6 Internet/TV/Media 6 Low self-esteem 1 Instant gratification/boredom 0 Family problems 0 Boredom 0 Fun at parties 0 Poor role models (parents, friends, siblings) 0 Single parent homes/divorce 0 Economy/stress 0 Gangs 0 Be cool/ in crowd 0 Accessibility reduce drug and alcohol use among 6 Parental responsibility time/awareness 4 Talk/listen communication (Trusting relationships/don t judge) 3 Encouragement early intervention praise make sure kids know they re loved 3 Rec center pool (county-wide) 2 Counseling for stress 2 Limit cell pones/computers increase positive activities (church, sports, music, 4-H, scouts) 2 Other supportive adults 1 TV blocks/monitor 1 Parent/child education appropriate parent expectations 0 Just say now 0 After-school activities 0 Parents should be good role models 0 Parents should be aware of drug education in schools (early education) 0 Do not judge

6 Asper/Walsh 4 Home life examples by parents lack of role models poor supervision 3 Lack of supervision of available activities including school 2 Lack of alternatives for entertainment large county distance 2 Low self-esteem 1 Lack of morals everywhere 1 Lack of clubs/activities other than sports 1 Summertime free time without activities 0 Peers 0 Boredom 0 Lack of concern/intervention by teachers/teachers setting a bad example 0 Nobody is perfect & need community support reduce drug and alcohol use among 5 Youth center 4 County sponsored counseling services help line 4 Lack of accessibility to community activities (i.e. need lights at night and supervision, follow through with facilities expand usage and supervision, allow fishing off pier boat ramp) 3 Peer mentors or resources to talk to, tutoring 2 Dream Team Expand 1 Educational intervention 1 Challenge school system for more clubs/activities/increase SOS program participation 0 Stricter punishment 0 Supervision at skate park 0 Intramural sports program at school 0 Science Moyock 0 Church outreach Educate parents about resources 0 County sponsored parenting classes 0 Community listings for jobs (i.e. Local TV channel) 0 Public transportation

7 Martz/Kight 8 Lack of outlets for kids to spend time 5 Lack of parental involvement and public supervision 4 Lack of supervision 3 Drugs are very easily obtained 2 Lack of information and education (re: dangers and consequences0 2 Lack of proper family structures and values 2 Peer pressure 1 More access to prescription drugs 1 Media 0 Low self-esteem 0 Poor communication with family members reduce drug and alcohol use among 9 Combination community center/recreation center/pool (family oriented center focusing on all ages/generations) 6 Anonymous tip-lines 5 Educate teachers in engaging with parents and students: show empathy and work as helper not condemner 5 Big Brother/Big Sister 2 Parent education 1 Teen challenge and technology classes A safe place for those addicted 0 Tutoring 0 Movie night 0 Educate parents and inform them about using prescription drugs from home and making them not accessible 0 Ways to educate parents about not giving cash to kids 0 Media blitzes 0 Youth peer counseling 0 Scared Straight

8 Ellis/Puryear 6 Lack of supervision 4 Peer pressure 3 Lack of after-school activities 2 Parents as friends poor role models 1 Availability 0 Transportation issues 0 Lack of connections at home 0 Lack of parental respect 0 Rite of passage 0 Media glamour 0 Resources not utilized reduce drug and alcohol use among 6 Parent Tx group 5 Reward for doing the right thing 5 More arts programs i.e. Little Theater 4 Recruitment for programs 2 Advertise success 1 Celebrity 1 HS Summer camps 1 Dances 0 Clubs 0 Boys and Girls Club

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