The San Juan College Social Norms & Alcohol Prevention Program (SNAPP) recently hosted two informational forums, regarding issues of Underage Drinking and the Misuse & Abuse of Prescription Painkillers.
SNAPP, a grant funded program housed in the Student Activities Department, aims to promote healthy lifestyles free from alcohol, tobacco and other drug use. They work closely with Student Activities and community organizations to educate San Juan College (SJC) students on the consequences of unsafe, excessive drinking practices, as well as the risks of providing alcohol to minors.
The primary goals of the informational forums were to provide education and prevention. “The forums also provided a chance to inform the community and students about the serious risks associated with underage drinking and misuse of prescription painkillers,” says Nileta Pioche, director of the SJC SNAPP Program.
“The forums were designed to raise community awareness, deliver prevention messages and present collected data to community members, public officials, prevention professionals, parents, educators, students and youth,” continues Pioche.
The first session presented local and statewide underage drinking data and the risks associated when underage youth consume alcohol. The second session included information about local and statewide data on the misuse and abuse of prescription painkillers.
Students were encouraged to attend as part of the SJC Welcome Back Week. The free sessions were held in the San Juan College Henderson Fine Arts Center Performance Hall. The forums also marked the kick-off of the academic year for other prevention activities that SNAPP will host.
For more information, contact the San Juan College Social Norms & Alcohol Prevention Program at 505-566-3294.