There is no greater resource and asset in our community than our children.
As parents, they are our everything. They add a new sense of purpose and meaning to our lives. And as a community, children are the future. The quality of their lives today have a very good chance of impacting how Camas and Washougal will look into the future and beyond.
As important as our children are, their lives are also fragile. Even with the best parenting, they can go off track and make bad decisions that can have lasting impacts.
Drug and alcohol use are two of the triggers that have the potential to take a child off course. Studies show that children who abuse drugs and alcohol are at higher risk of committing crimes, developing addictions, dropping out of school, engaging in risky behaviors, and being seriously injured or killed.
As profiled in an article in today’s Post-Record, in an effort to address the issue of youth substance abuse, a new state program is being implemented at the local level. It aims to address those issues and steer young people, who might otherwise be at risk, in the right direction.
A Washougal-based coalition was funded and formed in May 2012, and is part of the state division of Behavioral Heath and Recovery’s “Prevention Redesign Initiative.” It’s a community-focused approach to preventing substance abuse in Washington state.