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ROCMND Regional Prevention Coordinator strives to change community conditions that contribute to alcohol, tobacco, and other Drug (ATOD) related problems. We engage community members, local organizations, public agencies, youth, the media, among others, in our efforts. We provide technical assistance, training, and information around ATOD to communities in Northeastern Oklahoma. We focus on environmental strategies that will affect the whole population such as local and statewide policies that reduce ATOD abuse and misuse for underage persons as well as across the lifespan..

 

Tragic health, social, and economic problems result from the use of alcohol by youth in Oklahoma. Underage drinking is a causal factor in a host of serious problems, including homicide, suicide, traumatic injury, drowning, burns, violent and property crime, high risk sex, fetal alcohol syndrome, alcohol poisoning, and need for treatment for alcohol abuse and dependence.

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A community is a group of people who have identified common interests and act together to achieve them.  The community gains their personal and social identity by sharing mutual beliefs, which develops the community‚Äôs norms or what they consider acceptable behavior in their community.

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Prescription drug abuse is a growing problem in Oklahoma which leads the nation in abuse of this very dangerous issue. Youth and young adults are the fasting growing segment of the population abusing prescription drugs. The majority of teens who abuse prescription drugs get them easily and for free, primarily from friends and relatives.

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