Did you know…
- Over 30% of Arenac County 9th and 11th grade students reported riding in a vehicle driven by someone who had been drinking one or more times during the past 30 days.
- 45% of Arenac County 7th graders had rode in a car driven by someone who had been drinking one or more times in the past 30 days
- 15% of Arenac County 11th grade students drove a car or other vehicle when they had been drinking alcohol one or more times in the past 30 days. (Statistical information obtained from www.miphy.com)
In 2009, there were 35 alcohol related traffic crashes in Arenac County. Of those 35 crashes, 5 were fatal, all 5 were between the ages of 16-24 years old. (Statistical information obtained from www.michigantrafficfacts.org)
- The cost of underage drinking in Arenac County is an estimated $932,584 annually. (2005 PIRE and projected U.S. Census data)
The Arenac Drug and Alcohol Containment Task Force deals with four core measures: alcohol, tobacco, marijuana and prescription drugs.
What are the common misconceptions about prescription drug abuse?
There’s a reason that prescription drugs are intended to be taken under the direction of a doctor: if used improperly they can be dangerous. Teens are making the decision to abuse prescription medicines based on misinformation. In fact, many people think that abusing prescription drugs is safer than abusing illicit drugs such as heroin. As the facts will tell you, prescription drugs can have dangerous short- and long-term health consequences when used incorrectly or by someone other than for whom they were intended.
Find out about what we do and what you can do to help reduce the consumption of alcohol and related problems experienced by youth throughout Arenac County.