Substance Abuse Resources
We are extremely grateful to the family of Ray Jones, a bright, protective young man whose life was tragically cut short by just one experiment with an illegal substance. Thank you for being his voice.
As a community, protecting our children is our most important job.
Currently, substance abuse is one of the greatest threats they experience. We've assembled the information on this page to equip parents, caregivers, and caring adults to protect children from the vicious cycle of substance abuse.
Please scroll down to access a variety of resources: a podcast episode, a public information session recording, links to local agencies, resources, upcoming events, FAQ, and more. If you have questions or if you would like to suggest additional resources, please email us.
By working together, Avon, we can protect our young people and help them thrive.
September 13, 2023
Avon High School Auditorium (Door 33)
Join us on Wednesday, September 13, to learn more about how you can play a potentially life-saving role benefitting the young people in your sphere of influence.
Justin Lauria is a Law Enforcement Officer and Drug Impairment Detection Expert. He will headline a community workshop jointly hosted by Hendricks County Health Department and Avon Schools. He'll provide an informative presentation designed to equip parents and caring adults to watch out for the young people in their lives.
Episode 054: Real Talk about Students and Substance Abuse
The substance abuse epidemic isn't only happening somewhere else or on the evening news. It is affecting young people in our community. Dr. Wyndham talks with substance abuse, mental wellness, and law enforcement experts about how we can protect and care for young people.
Avon Schools hosted this session at Avon Middle School North on May 18, 2023. It featured subject matter experts from the community, and the goal was to equip parents/caregivers and caring adults with the information and resources they need to be aware of substance abuse facts and to know what to look for in kids' behaviors so they can identify warning signs and intervene effectively. Thank you to all the attendees and partner agencies who participated.
The slides from the pre- and post-event loop are below.
This book is designed to provide you with a tried and true action plan to address your teen’s substance abuse behavior.
Mind Matters invites young teens to take a scientific journey to learn about the brain’s complex responses to specific drugs.
The author draws on personal insights to reveal how drugs work, the dangerous hold they can take on the brain, and the surprising way to combat today's epidemic of addiction.
The DEA has found that, of the fentanyl-laced fake prescription pills analyzed in 2022, six out of ten now contain a potentially lethal dose of fentanyl.
On Our Minds is a student-led and student-produced podcast about the biggest mental health challenges young people face.
Strengthen your detective skills as a parent by searching this teen’s room for clues that might indicate drug or alcohol use.
Chase Cotten, Krista Fay, and Sam Leahy join Superintendent Dr. Scott Wyndham with the goal of equipping caring adults to help young people.
Understand how the brain works when someone is in despair, learn how not to make matters worse, and discover tools to connect with a kid to help them heal.
The Sesame Workshop provides resources and support for families struggling with a parent’s addiction.
A renowned neurologist provides a revolutionary look at the brains of teenagers, dispelling myths and offering practical advice for teens, parents and teachers.
The authors provide twelve key strategies that foster healthy brain development, leading to calmer, happier children.
'This is Normal' is a podcast where young people talk about their own mental health challenges -- and how they got through them.
Uniquely Better Life is a podcast hosted by The Willow Center in Brownsburg, Indiana, featuring real-life stories of hope and recovery in the areas of mental health and addiction.
This book teaches you how to fortify and maintain your mental health, even in the most trying of times.
Learn signs of substance abuse, common hiding places for opioids, risk factors, ways to protect suspected opioid abusers, and more.
Naloxone — also known as Narcan — is a medication designed to reverse an opioid overdose during an emergency situation. Consider carrying a dose with you so you have the ability to save someone’s life.
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