During the teenage years, there is often pressure among youth to try drugs. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), alcohol is one of the most widely used drug substances in the world, while marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug among youth in the United States. While it appears illicit drug use among youth has declined, abuse of prescription drugs, like pain relievers, is increasing. Moreover, methamphetamine, cocaine, and other dangerous drugs, including synthetic designer drugs, are creating increased concerns and fears for parents.
To help educate youth, families and citizens about the dangers of drugs, the Methamphetamine Education and Drug Awareness (MEADA) Coalition of McLeod County, MN was developed. This service collaborative includes McLeod County schools, public health, social services, court services, police and sheriff departments, parents, students, medical providers and service organizations.
MEADA offers free drug and alcohol presentations throughout McLeod County and is an excellent resource for drug and alcohol information, as well as prevention and intervention services. As a resource to parents, MEADA has developed a free parenting and prevention newsletter. Below you find links to their current and past issues:
For more information about MEADA, contact Susan Suemnick at 320-864-1277, visit the MEADA website or contact your local law enforcement agency.