Drug abuse is a public health epidemic and Ohio is not immune. Use of illegal substances and misuse of prescription medications are both to blame for disability and/or early death among our youth.
Start Talking! is a new effort aimed at preventing drug abuse among Ohio’s most vulnerable citizens – our children. The majority of substance-free adolescents credit parents for the decision not to use illegal substances. Likewise, teachers and other authority figures can have a similar influence on youth and their decision-making.