(BEDFORD) – This year will mark the 20th Anniversary of Lawrence County Safe Night, Saturday, June 8th at the Lawrence County Fairgrounds.
The Safe Night was organized by Hoosier Uplands to promote an alcohol and drug-free community.
Children will leave with a bag that contains information on how to live alcohol, drug as well as the tobacco-free environment.
The event is free of charge, and fireworks will conclude the evening around 10 p.m.
Celebrations will be on hand with their bouncy house and there will be a tye-dye t-shirts station, inflatable’s, face painting, balloon animals and stage entertainment.
In addition to the activities, there will be free hot dogs, ice cream, slushies, and popcorn.
There will be many giveaways which include: Urban Air, Big Splash, Louisville Bats, Cincinnati Reds, State Park Passes, Indiana Caverns, Tumbleweed, Indianapolis Zoo, John Lowery Pool and much more.
The purpose of Safe Night is to allow children to have fun and entertainment without consuming alcohol or drugs and to live a life tobacco free.
Statistics show that experimenting with these; normally begin about grade 6, and progresses throughout their high school years.
Peer pressure, trauma-related events, and other social issues contribute to early alcohol and drug use.
Statistics show that 86 percent of teenagers know someone who smokes, drinks, or does drugs during the school day.
Alcohol in the U.S. teen’s abuse of alcohol more than an illicit drug. And alcohol use causes the most harm. Teen alcohol abuse is responsible each year for nearly 200,000 emergency room visits, 4,300 deaths among kids under 21.
- 68% of 12th graders have tried alcohol
- 37.4% of 12th graders drank in the last month
- 23.5% of 10th graders drank in the previous month
Among high schoolers within the month were surveyed:
- 35% drank some alcohol
- 21% binge drank ( consuming an excessive amount)
- 22% rode in someone’s car who been drinking
- 10% drove after drinking
Nearly a quarter of American high schoolers use at least one type of illicit drug. According to a high school use survey from the National Institute of Drug Abuse, the next popular drugs in high schools – especially among 12th graders are:
- Opioid painkillers
- Synthetic marijuana
- Cough medicine
- Ecstasy (MDMA)
The consequences of addiction include brain abnormalities, slowed thinking, and impaired learning and memory. It also depletes the brain of certain chemicals like dopamine and serotonin, sending high schoolers into prolonged depression and leaving them susceptible to more destructive behaviors.
For more information on Lawrence County Safe Night, you can go to facebook page: Lawrence County Safe Night 2019, or call Hoosier Uplands at 812-849-4447.
Information and statistics provided by therecovervillage.com