The mission of the Prevention Resource Center 5 is to serve as a central data repository for region 5 and become a resource for organizations, coalitions, and agencies throughout the 15 counties of the region.
The goal is to strengthen collaborations, increase awareness and serve as a resource focused on developing a sustainable infrastructure to support the creation, storage, visualization and exchange of local, regional, and statewide data.
To achieve this mission, PRC5 aims to enhance data sharing by identifying, collecting, interpreting, and analyzing data specific to behavioral health statistics, trends, and service gaps.
The center focuses on developing data products highlighting local, regional, and statewide trends which are available through social media, email blasts, and data newsletters.
- Excessive drinking is responsible for more than 4,300 deaths among underage youth each year, and cost the U.S. $24 billion in economic costs in 2010.
- Although drinking by persons under the age of 21 is illegal, people aged 12 to 20 years drink 11% of all alcohol consumed in the United States.4 More than 90% of this alcohol is consumed in the form of binge drinks.
- On average, underage drinkers consume more drinks per drinking occasion than adult drinkers.
- In 2010, there were approximately 189,000 emergency rooms visits by persons under age 21 for injuries and other conditions linked to alcohol.
- More than 1,600 teens begin abusing prescription drugs each day.
- Many kids mistakenly believe prescription drugs are safer to abuse than illegal street drugs.
- After marijuana and alcohol, the most common drugs teens are misusing or abusing are prescription medications.
- 12-17-year-olds abuse prescription drugs more than ecstasy, heroin, crack/cocaine and methamphetamines combined.
- Two-thirds of people 12 and older (68%) who have abused prescription pain relievers within the past year say they got them from a friend or relative.
- The most commonly abused prescription drugs are pain medications, sleeping pills, anti-anxiety medications and stimulants (used to treat attention deficit/hyperactivity disorders).
- Almost 1 in every 4 teens in America say they have misused or abused a prescription drug.
2. Drug addiction and abuse cost the American taxpayers an average of $484 billion each year. This number includes lost job wages, healthcare costs, crime, traffic accidents and associated costs of the criminal justice system.
3. Drug addiction and abuse can be linked to at least ½ of all major crimes committed in the United States, as roughly half of those taken into custody for violent offenses, such as assault or homicide, were under the influence at the time