Our country, state, and entire St. Louis region are in the midst of the worst drug epidemic in history. Leaders in law enforcement know that it’s impossible to “arrest our way out” of this problem. And substance use treatment providers all agree that there is no way to “treat our way out” of it. Once addiction sets in, it is terribly difficult—and terribly expensive—for sufferers to find long-term recovery.
When we cannot “arrest our way out” or “treat our way out,” it becomes clear that the way forward must include a greater effort to prevent addiction before it starts.
Drug misuse prevention begins with conversations at home. We know that starting these conversations can be difficult and uncomfortable. It can be easy for adults to assume that kids know all they need to know about making healthy choices. Talk About It and NCADA are dedicated to giving families the encouragement, resources, and tools to have these life-changing discussions.
Talk About It is proudly brought to you by NCADA, a local community health agency working to reduce or prevent the harms of alcohol and other drug use through education, intervention, and advocacy. For more information visit visit ncada-stl.org or call (314) 962-3456.