We're all aware that in order to protect the health of the world from the COVID-19 pandemic, schools and businesses have been closed, and individuals have been asked to stay at home. For some families, this mandated time at home has allowed them to spend more unscheduled time together, enjoying crafting, baking and exercising. For others, this time has caused severe financial and emotional strain. Whatever stress we are all feeling in these times, the ongoing pressure puts children’s physical and mental health directly in the crosshairs. Research on toxic stress by the Centers for Disease Control and Kaiser Permanente shows that chronic stress in childhood can have life-long health consequences. The current pandemic reminds us that we as advocates, educators and public policy makers need to do everything we can to strengthen families and prioritize children as never before. Whatever circumstances we find ourselves in, the future will be brighter if we protect our youth.
Children with high levels of chronic stress are 7 to 10 times more likely to develop a Substance Use Disorder.
During this time, SafeLaunch continues to educate families about adolescent brain development to ensure that parents understand the great risk of early exposure to alcohol and other drugs. And, as soon as travel restrictions are lifted, the SafeLaunch National Prevention Association will launch a new advocacy campaign to give legislators the scientific knowledge they need to ensure that our children are safe from drugs when they return to school.
Donations in any amount are appreciated. Even if you can’t contribute monetarily, we sincerely thank you for doing your part to protect our youth by sharing this information with the people in your community.