Tuesday May 21 2-5 p.m.

COVID-19 Effects on Behavioral Health and Substance Use

Families are still experiencing long-term negative side effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Studies suggest many people increased their use of alcohol and other substances during the pandemic, especially people with clinical anxiety and depression and those experiencing COVID-19-related stress.

Find out about substance use recovery support programs and other services that can help those who are struggling with addiction in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tuesday June 18 2-5 p.m.

Spotting Substance Use and Risk Factors in Adolescents

Adolescence is the time when most kids initiate substance use, establish regular patterns of use, and start to experience consequences. Luckily, there are telltale signs that can help you realize what is happening before it’s too late.

Find out about the actions you can take as a parent or caregiver to reduce the likelihood that your teen will initiate substance use or use in risky ways, or to determine if they are already using.

Tuesday July 23 2-5 p.m.

Supporting Loved Ones Touched by Substance Use Disorders

While there is no one-size-fits-all solution for helping a family member who is drinking too much or using drugs, family support can play a significant role in helping a loved one recover.

Find out how you can play a central part in getting your family member the help they need If you suspect they are experiencing a substance use disorder.

Tuesday August 20 2-5 p.m.

Medication Misuse

Misuse of medications, both prescription and over the counter, means taking a medication in a manner or dose other than prescribed or taking someone else’s prescription. Medication misuse can have serious medical consequences.

Find out how early identification of medication misuse and early intervention may prevent the problem from turning into an addiction.

This program was made possible by Grant Number 5H79TI085753-01 from SAMHSA. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the author and do not necessarily represent the official views of SAMHSA. Funding was made possible through a collaboration with the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services and the Ohio Commission on Minority Health.

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