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The West Central Mountains of Idaho is a region of rich scenic beauty with a population with a strong work ethic. We value our environment and spend a lot of time outdoors which likely contributes to our residents being some of the healthiest in Idaho. Nevertheless, the use of mind-altering substances is a problem locally.
The Idaho West Central Mountains Youth Advocacy Coalition (YAC) has been operating in the region for over a decade. We work to foster the physical and mental well-being of youth, including preventing youth substance use. Using substances at an early age alters brain development that can cause a multitude of problems during youth and later in life. The younger a person begins using a mind-altering substance, the more likely they are to continue to use them throughout life and to develop a substance use disorder.
There is a 1 in 4 chance of developing a substance use disorder if you use before age 18.
There is a 1 in 25 chance if you don’t use until over age 21.
YAC has partnered with Planet Youth and members of your community to bring a highly
successful evidence-based community collaborative approach to reduce substance use and
promote good mental and physical health in local youth. This is not a quick and dirty solution, but aims to gradually reduce substance use by changing behaviors and environmental conditions that contribute to substance use.
150 W Roseberry Rd, Suite 1B-1
Donnelly, ID 83615
PO Box 1761
McCall, Idaho 83638
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Funding for this project was made possible in part, by GA1RH39585 from U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not reflect the official policies of CDH or HRSA, nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government. Idaho West Central Mountains Youth Advocacy Coalition [September 1st, 2020].