A Youth Alcohol and Drug prevention program that got started last school year has received funding to continue. County Supervisors today approved using $40,000 of Alcohol Education Program Funds to support the Athlete Committed Program throughout Nevada County High Schools. Nevada County Interim Public Health Officer Jill Blake says the Athlete Committed program got started last year and offers insights, education and strategies around such issues as alcohol and drug abuse, hazing, obesity, sportsmanship, and healthy habits.
Supervisor Dan Miller says he for one recognizes the need to have an effective youth alcohol and drug prevention program in place.
A 2013 California Healthy Kids Survey shows that 9th grade students in western Nevada County self reported that 36 percent were using Alcohol, 23 percent were using Marijuana and 9 percent were using prescription pain killers. A survey of 11th Graders revealed alcohol use had increased to 61 percent, Marijuana use to 41 percent and 18 percent of the self reporting students were using prescription pain killers.
Blake says the Athlete Committed program is not just for athletes, its for all students.
Alcohol Education Program Funds come from a special fee attached to traffic violations.