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What is the
Community Cares Challenge?

The Community Cares Challenge provides you the opportunity to become a Community Cares Champion!

Champions will complete three guided modules to learn more about preventing substance misuse. Each module takes you through facts, videos, links, and graphics to help you understand what substance misuse means to you and how you can prevent it.

Community Cares Champions are informed, empowered, and dedicated to making their neighborhoods better by reducing risks of substance misuse in themselves and others. Complete all three modules and quizzes to earn your Community Cares Champion certificate. Certificates may be printed with your name and include valuable coupons for White County vendors.

But the biggest reward of all is knowing that you are a knowledgeable champion fighting substance use disorder in your community!

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Am I in danger
of substance
mis-use
?

How can
I know??

When a person uses illegal
drugs, or prescription drugs
incorrectly, it's called
substance misuse. If
substance misuse continues,
it could develop into
substance use disorder,
or SUD for short.

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Some people are at greater
risk than others of
developing SUD. Even
then, nobody can know
for sure if occasional
substance misuse will
lead to future substance
use disorder.

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facts about teen substance
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It's not always easy to see
the risks for substance
misuse.

Some of the circumstances
that may increase your risk
for substance misuse include:

A family history of
parental substance abuse

History of traumatic
events

Family rejection of
your sexual identity

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People at risk for substance
misuse may already be
experiencing difficulties like:

Mental health issues

Impulsive or risk-taking
behavior

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Feelings of not being good
enough can be risk factors,
and often look like:

Poor Self-esteem

Lack of school
connectedness

Low academic achievement

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Tell me the facts!

Do you feel as if you know your
friends and peers? Following are
some facts that may surprise you.
It is possible that a peer that
you are close with may have
substance abuse disorder.

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Nearly one in seven
teens say they have
used prescription
medicine at least
once in their
lifetime to get
high.

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11.1 million people
reported misusing
prescription painkillers
in 2017.

Learn More Here

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Marijuana smoke deposits
four times more tar in
the lungs and contains
50 to 70 percent more
cancer causing substances
than tobacco.

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Chronic Marijuana use
has been linked with
depression, anxiety, and
an increased risk in
schizophrenia in some cases.

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15% of high school
students reported having
ever used select illicit or
injection drugs (i.e.
cocaine, inhalants, heroin,
methamphetamines,
hallucinogens, or ecstasy)

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Students who report ever using
prescription drugs without a doctor’s
prescription are more likely than other
students to have been the victim of
physical or sexual dating violence.
Learn More Here

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There's a weird kid
in my homeroom.
Does he do drugs?

Maybe -
but maybe not!

There's no typical "look"
of someone that might be
doing drugs or struggling
with substance use disorder.

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to get more information
about warning signs.

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There are warning signs
that might indicate
substance abuse, but
everyone is different.

Some students are at a
higher risk of substance
use disorder due to
genetics, age of first
use, and socioeconomic
circumstances.

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Mental health challenges
can also attribute
to substance use disorder.

Teenagers are more
vulnerable to addiction
because teen brains
are still developing.

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Being “weird” is not
a warning sign or
precursor to
substance use.

You may never even
know that the
“normal-looking”
kid next to you is
struggling with
substance use.

Click image for link to full
infographic with more details.

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Are you worried that someone you know
might be struggling with substance use?

Some resources that might help:

Talk to your school counselor
or another trusted adult.

Article:
Early Warning Signs of Teen Substance Use

SAMHSA National Hotline - 1-800-662-4357

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I want to help
fight Substance
Use Disorder
!

What can
I do??

If you or someone you know
needs to talk to someone
right away, call 988. If you
are in physical danger, call
911.

Spread the word and you
may save a life!

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Learn the Three Main Principles
of Fighting Substance Use Disorder

FIRST: Know that you can help someone in danger of
death by overdose with Aaron’s Law. Learn more with
these resources:

Aaron's Law video 1

Aaron's Law video 2

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SECOND:
Be aware of your
language. Using drugs is not
a joke, so take it seriously and
avoid stigma. Substance Use
Disorder is a mental health
disorder that may become a
crisis.

THIRD:
No matter what they
say, your friend can’t control
opioid use, and you can’t help
them alone. Get help. If you
don’t have a trusted adult, call
the Mental Health Crisis Line
at 988.

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MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS LINE: DIAL 988

Be A Champion!

Don’t take prescription
drugs for fun, and dispose
of your prescriptions
carefully.

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Be sure to involve a
trusted adult in all of
your medical decisions.

Don’t share medicines,
because different people
react to medications
differently.

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Be A Champion!

Volunteer with a student
leadership board, like the
White County United Way
Junior Board, to help guide
decisions that impact
substance use disorders in
your community.

WhiteCountyUnitedWay.org/
studentboard

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Be A Champion!

Find out more about training
to become a first responder,
EMT, or mental health care
worker.

What is a Mental Health
Counselor?


How to Become and EMT

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Be A Champion!

If you have experience with
substance use disorder,
consider becoming a peer
coach after graduation to
assist people entering
recovery.

Peer Support Network

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Be A Champion!

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