51% of St. Johns County High School Students Have Used Alcohol, 33% Have Used Illicit Drugs – Program Highlights Warning Signs

A program in St. Johns County, Florida, called ‘Hidden in Plain Sight’, is educating parents on preventing substance misuse and addiction among young people. The Prevention Coalition of St. Johns County showcased the program, which teaches parents how everyday items like umbrellas, markers, and car keys can indicate substance misuse. The program, which started in May, uses a cargo trailer staged as a child’s bedroom to demonstrate potential indicators of risky behaviors or mental health issues. It also educates kids on safe driving by simulating alcohol and drug levels with goggles. According to the coalition, about 51% of St. Johns County high school students have used alcohol, and 33% have used illicit drugs.

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