Georgia Attorney General and CYAAR Launch Video Contest
Every year since 2014, Georgia’s Attorney General’s office has extended a contest to the state’s high school students to create a video or radio segment encouraging awareness for the issues of addiction and substance abuse. It’s currently that time of year again, but the AG’s office is partnering with another program this year: Kennesaw State’s Center for Young Adult Addiction and Recovery.
CYAAR and the AG’s office are asking students to submit a 30-second video that shows the extent of the effects prescription drug abuse and addiction, specifically opioid drugs. But CYAAR’s involvement isn’t the only big change this year. In addition, students in college and graduate school will now be able to participate, as well as high school students who have always participated. The two organizations thought this would be a great way to get more students involved and to help students of all ages understand the severity of addiction and prescription drug misuse.
For the videos, there will be four categories in which students can win. These include best high school video submission, best college video submission, best high school radio submission, and best college radio submission. The winners will have their submissions aired on TV or radio, depending on their category, and they will also receive a monetary award. The start of the contest was February 1, 2018, and the contest extends through March 15.
Why Is Drug Addiction Education So Important?
Educating both students and adults on the seriousness of drug abuse is important for many reasons, most notably because it could help a person avoid addiction. Those who understand more about the dangers and pitfalls associated with drug use will be less likely to experience them, which is safer and more effective in the long run. After all, it’s always better to prevent a problem than to solve it.
Making sure students and adults are educated about addiction also makes the job of those who hope to prevent these issues easier, as people will educate one another when they are armed with more knowledge. Giving students an incentive to learn about addiction will not only help them but could allow them to help others later on. In addition, their videos will also educate others from a perspective other than those provided by treatment centers like CYAAR or government bodies like the AG’s office.
Georgia’s Prescription Drug Problem
Prescription drug use and abuse is thriving in Georgia. In the specific case of opioid abuse, Georgia ranks 11th nationally in terms of the most prescription opioid overdoses (GeorgiaGov). 29 Georgia counties also have a higher overdose rate than the United States in general. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, alprazolam is also highly abused in the Atlanta area, along with other prescription drugs in the benzodiazepine category.
Get Help Today for Your Substance Use Disorder
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