A Dynamic Partnership Greets the New Year

Monday, January 4th, 2016

High_School_Senior_Classroom_by_David_ShankbonePhoenix House Florida, in partnership with the Hillsborough County Anti-Drug Alliance, has provided Hillsborough County School Resource Officers with a new curriculum entitled Safe, Smart and Successful in High School. Created to help school resource officers learn new ways to handle alcohol and drug abuse among adolescents, the tool kit includes lesson plans, interactive student activities, fact sheets, a resource guide, and up-to-date videos about underage drinking and the devastating effects of driving while under the influence. Phoenix House’s sponsorship subsidized the costs of the educational materials and the December 21st training session for resource officers.

“With teen use of marijuana in Hillsborough County at an all-time high of 11.2 percent, our goal is to help kids understand the risks associated with that behavior,” said Clinical Director Sonya Bufe, Outpatient Services at Phoenix House. She noted that 93 percent of the adolescents they counsel use marijuana as their primary drug and a majority of them mix marijuana with alcohol, over-the-counter cold medications containing the cough suppressant, DXM, and prescription pills. She added, “Equally important, many of the prescription medications the students are using come from friends and family members, and also their parents’ and/or their grandparents’ medicine cabinets. Keep your medicine cabinet locked!”

The Derek Jeter Center at Phoenix House in Tampa and the Brandon Outpatient Center provide outpatient and intensive outpatient programs (IOP) for teens and their families. Incorporating a strong family component, the programs provide services for teens with both substance abuse and co-occurring behavioral health issues.

If someone you love is struggling with a drug or alcohol problem, call 1 888 671 9392.  We’re ready and able to help!

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