Health district hosts live discussion on youth drug and alcohol use

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TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) — It's National Drug and Alcohol Awareness Week, and the South Central Public Health District held an event to answer questions about the dangers.

The week-long event helps get out facts about drug and alcohol, and how they affect kids and teenagers. South Central held a live Facebook event, where people could ask questions on things such as meth addiction, vaping and cigarette usage.

The regional prevention coordinator for the health district tells KMVT that teen drinking is a big problem, and one that they are working on addressing.

“Actually 1 in 3 teens in Idaho drink, and more than 30 percent report binge drinking in the last 30 days. So it definitely is an issue, especially in our rural and Hispanic populations,” said Julie O’Mera.

O'Mera explained that in our region 22 percent of Hispanic kids have reported riding in a car, with someone under the influence of alcohol, and she also explained that the health district is working on offering programs to help those addicted to alcohol.

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