We are committed to prevention and wellness!
Alcohol and other drug abuse can erode the health and safety of communities. This is why effective prevention services are vital for Monroe. When we prevent early use of alcohol and other drugs, we also prevent the far reaching and high costs of substance abuse and addiction. These costs include:
- Child abuse and neglect;
- Other forms of violence;
- Unemployment and poverty;
- Crime; and
- Avoidable medical care.
Children and teens who use alcohol and other drugs are at higher risk than adultsfor developing short and long-term physical, developmental, and emotional problems. This is because their brains are still developing, and are more sensitive than adults to the effects of drug abuse. Children who use alcohol and other drugs are more likely to:
- Develop addiction.
- Fail in school.
- Engage in risky sexual behavior.
- Be seriously or fatally injured.
- Have depressive feelings or thoughts of suicide.
Children can also be harmed when their parents or caregivers have substance use disorders. The 2007 National Survey on Drug Use and Health found that 8.3 million children in the U.S. lives with at least one parent who abuses or is dependent on alcohol or an illicit drug. These children are at increased risk for abuse or neglect, as well as physical, academic, social and emotional problems.
Formed in July, 2013, our Monroe Community Coalition is a grassroots volunteer organization dedicated to improving our community’s health and wellness. We do this by reducing risk factors and enhancing protective factors associated with underage drinking and other substance use.
Our first year in the community has been focused on growing strong roots for the Coalition. Our next year will focus on branching out.
Our valued members include a mix of caring people and agencies, including representatives from: Monroe Public Schools, Housing Hope, Cocoon House, Monroe Police Department, Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints, Monroe Pastor’s Association, the YMCA, SeaMar Behavioral Health, Take the Next Step, Compass Health, parents, youth and many others.