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15 Percent Of Students Say They Have Tried Drugs
Updated August 10, 2016 8:44 AM
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(SALEM) - The face of adolescent drug use is constantly changing, creating new challenges for adults trying to keep young people on the right path.

Data compiled in the 2016 KIDS COUNT® in Indiana Data Book shows that 15 percent of high school students in southeast Indiana say they've tried a drug other than alcohol or tobacco in the past month.

Despite the fact that this is the second lowest rate in Indiana, there is still more work to be done to keep young people away from illegal and dangerous substances. The Indiana Youth Institute (IYI) and Washington County Family YMCA are teaming up to empower youth workers, parents, educators and other caring adults with information on how to reach young people and work to lower that rate even further.

The event will run from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Wednesday, August 17 at Cobblestone Hotel and Suites, 1015 East Hackberry Street in Salem.

Lori Croasdell is the coordinator for CEASe of Scott County. She will discuss substance abuse trends in Washington County and the highly addictive drugs that are prevalent in communities around the area. She also will speak to attendees about the effects these substances have on teens, how adults can know if someone is under the influence and how to get help to those who need it.

As part of IYI's Youth Worker Café program, the forum and lunch are free, but reservations are required. RSVP by going to If you have trouble, contact IYI Statewide Outreach Manager Debbie Jones at

Youth Worker Cafés are designed to bring together local youth workers to build relationships and inspire collaborations that will benefit children. For more information on the Youth Worker Café, contact IYI Southeast Indiana Outreach Manager Sarah Broady at

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