Q. What resources are available to individuals in need of immediate assistance?
A. ** If in need of immediate medical attention call 911. If you (or a family member) are in a time of substance abuse related crisis, please see the resource list below.
24 - Hour Crisis Support and Information Hotlines
• Nationwide Children’s Hospital (ages 17 and under): 614-722-1800
The psychiatric crisis lines are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to address the growing need of mental health and substance abuse crisis services for youth and adolescents.
• Netcare Access (ages 18 and above): 614-276-CARE (2273), or 888-276-2273
Franklin County adults, 18 years of age or older, can continue to seek psychiatric crisis care at Netcare Access. Netcare Access provides 24-hour mental health and substance abuse crisis intervention, stabilization and assessment.
• SAMHSA's National Helpline
Also known as, the Treatment Referral Routing Service, this Helpline provides 24-hour free and confidential treatment referral and information about mental and/or substance use disorders, prevention, and recovery in English and Spanish.
• National Suicide Prevention Hotline
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is the United States based suicide prevention network of 161 crisis centers, that provides a 24/7, toll-free hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. After dialing 1-800-273-TALK (8255), the caller is routed to their nearest crisis center to receive immediate counseling and local mental health referrals. The Lifeline supports people who call for themselves or someone they care about.
The following resources are available to parents and students seeking opiate and other drug and alcohol abuse prevention and school based services information.
• Dublin City Schools Website
The website contains a wide base of information and resources on drug prevention and substance use support.
• Contact Your Child’s School Counseling Department
School Counselors and Substance Use Counselors provide student support, intervention services and resources to students and families. Please contact your child’s school and ask to speak with a school counselor.
• District Substance Use Counselor
GeorgiAnn Diniaco, PhD, LICDC-S
614-764-5950 extension: 8155
• Confidential School Hotline To Report an Issue or Concern
Public School Works: 1-866-LISTEN2ME (547-8362)
Q. What prevention programs do we have in schools?
A. We have prevention and awareness programming embedded into our curriculum at all levels.
Currently our elementary staff as well as our guidance and health curriculum target improving academic and social-emotional learning to address risk factors for drug abuse, such as early aggression, and academic failure. Elementary prevention education focuses on the following skills: self-control; emotional awareness; communication; social problem-solving; and academic support.
Prevention strategies for middle and high school students focus on implementing academic and social competence with the following skills: study habits and academic support; communication; peer relationships; self-efficacy and assertiveness, drug resistance skills; reinforcement of anti-drug attitudes; and strengthening of personal commitments against drug abuse. Middle school and high school students may choose to be a part of the prevention programs Dublin Teen Institute or the Dublin Youth Council. Both programs provide a voice to youth interested in making an impact within our schools and community regarding the prevention of underage drinking and other drug use initiatives. These groups develop life skills and initiate youth-driven projects, retreats, educational trainings, and programs to combat underage drinking and other drug use including the misuse of prescription drugs.
Recently, we added additional capacity with the hiring of School based Clinical Substance Use Specialist Melanie Toth. She along with GeorgiAnn Diniaco serve students throughout our District. In addition, we work closely with a variety of other local agencies to support student and family needs. We have been partnering with Parents Encouraging Responsible Choices (PERC) and the Dublin A.C.T. Coalition for many years to raise awareness of substance use and abuse issues in our community.
Q. Does the pressure students feel contribute to self-medication and what can educators and parents do to ease this pressure?
A. Students feel pressure in many different ways for many different things…unfortunately, self-medicating with non-prescribe medication or other substances is extremely dangerous yet has been used as a coping strategy for some students. As a district we have numerous initiatives in place to assist our staff, students and families how to deal with stress in healthy ways.
Q. Does addiction to drugs and alcohol have any gender-based tendencies?
A. Addiction has no barriers. One needs to look at the whole child and investigate the strengths and risk factors for each child. Youth most at risk are ones that started drinking or using before the age of 15. Youth who have used marijuana before the age of 17 are four times more likely to develop an opioid addiction. Delaying the onset of the first drink or substance is always considered an important prevention strategy.
Q. What is the Street Smart program and how do I get involved?
A. Operation Street Smart is an education program presented by undercover narcotics officers to provide parents, educators and our community with the information necessary to recognize the influences of the drug culture on our youth, familiarize them with commonly used drugs and to better prepare the audience with strategies to help our youth make the right choices. Dublin is hosting the next Operation Street Smart program, Thursday, April 27, 2017 at Dublin Coffman High School.
Q. Where do students obtain drugs?
A. Students obtain both prescription and illegal drugs in a wide variety of ways. There is no singular supply line or method of obtaining illicit substances.
Q. Can drug cartels be stopped?
A. The battle with drug cartels is much bigger than any single community. Law enforcement agencies at all levels are engaged in trying to limit the flow of illegal contraband.
Q. Does Dublin City Schools drug test students?
A. Students who participate in extracurricular activities and have violated the code of conduct may be subject to random drug testing.