Linn County S.T.A.N.D. Students Create ENDS Prevention Posters

Linn Together, in collaboration with the Linn County Public Health Department Tobacco Prevention Program and Linn County S.T.A.N.D. (Students Taking Action Not Drinking) created a media campaign to raise awareness among youth about the harms related to electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS). The artwork for the three posters (artist interpretations) was hand-drawn by Linn County S.T.A.N.D. students.

Vapes, vape pens, and electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) are just a few of the many different types of Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS). In Linn County, the increase in popularity of ENDS use among youth is alarming. This is concerning as emerging research suggests that e-cigarette use may lead to initiation of the use of conventional cigarettes*.

The campaign was funded through a grant from Samaritan Health Services and donations made to Linn County S.T.A.N.D. in memory of Marie Louise “Scotte” Mascotte. If you would like posters for your agency or business please contact Shannon Snair at Linn County Alcohol and Drug at 541-967-3819 or by email at ssnair@co.linn.or.us.

*U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. E-Cigarette Use Among Youth and Young Adults. A Report of the Surgeon General. Atlanta, GA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office on Smoking and Health 2016.

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Many young people think prescription drugs are safer than illegal drugs because they are prescribed by a physician, dispensed by a pharmacist, and manufactured by pharmaceutical companies. According to the 2013 Monitoring the Future study, prescription drugs are the second-most abused category of drugs, after marijuana. Kids who learn about the dangers of drug use early and often are less likely to develop addiction than those who do not receive these critical messages at home.

Let your child know you appreciate their questions and you’re glad he/she feels they can talk to you. Here are some talking points to consider discussing with your child:

  • Prescription drugs are only legal for the person for whom it’s prescribed.
  • Prescription drugs can be extremely dangerous when they are used by someone else or even used in a way they were not prescribed. They can even be life-threatening if they are used in certain amounts or combined with alcohol or another drug.
  • Abuse of prescription drugs can be just as addictive and dangerous (even fatal) as the abuse of illegal street drugs. In fact, some of those “hardcore” illegal street drugs are made of the same ingredients as prescription drugs. For instance, heroin and oxycodone are both opioids derived from a common root: poppy.

Remember, it is adults’ responsibility to dispose of prescription drugs safely. See Linn County Medication Drop Boxes for safe, local drop-off sites.

Download the Parent Talk Kit for more ideas on talking to your kids about prescription drug misuse.

Adapted from The Partnership for drugfree.org and SAMHSA