As it stated in In less populous counties, substance abuse and suicide prevention could go away entirely.
Budget cuts at the state legislature have begun, and those cuts will affect programs that work to prevent substance abuse and other health related concerns.Last week, the Joint Appropriations Committee voted to reduce by $2.1 million the budget of the Wyoming Department of Health Substance Abuse and Suicide Prevention Program for fiscal year 2017-18.The Prevention Management Organization of Wyoming says that cost-benefit analysis research for alcohol, tobacco, and drug prevention found that benefits of substance abuse prevention outweighed costs by at least a 2:1 ratio, with cost savings coming from reduced demand for health and social services, more productive employees, improved health, and safer neighborhoods for our families and children.The $2.1 million budget cut approved by the Joint Appropriations Committee represents a 40% budget cut for these services, most of which will be felt at a community level in the form of community prevention positions being eliminated, and money for community strategies to reduce suicide, underage drinking, impaired driving, and prescription drug abuse will be cut.
referring to As Iceland leads Europe in most statistics regarding teen drug use, it seems as though the U.S. isn’t the only country that’s failed to follow the Nordic country’s example.
Currently, about 38.3 percent of tenth graders in America reported using alcohol in the past year, a number that jumps to 55.6 percent by 12th grade.
Twenty years ago, 42 percent of Icelandic teens aged 15-16 reported being drunk in the past 30 days.
When it comes to stopping teens from drinking, smoking and using other drugs, the small Nordic nation is doing better than basically every other nation—and no one is paying attention.
Daily smoking rates for tenth graders is actually less than two percent, however teen marijuana use is about the same as it was in the early 1990s.
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