Saturday, July 22, 2017

Alcohol abuse among teens down 11-fold in Yekaterinburg

Yekaterinburg deputy head Mikhail Matveev announced last Friday that reported instances of alcohol abuse among Yekaterinburg-area teenagers has declined by 11 times so far in 2014.

The announcement came during a meeting of Yekaterinburg's coordinating council on the prevention of drug abuse, other addictions and HIV/AIDS. During the meeting, Matveev mentioned the dynamics of drug morbidity of adolescents before reviewing the results of drug tests taken from students by the Yekaterinburg Department of Education, according to Ekburg.ru.

The Department of Education obtained consent to test 41,291 students, approximately 96.5 percent of the city's student population, for alcohol and other psychoactive substances.

"The number of received consents to participate in the testing of parents and students is increasing every year, which may indicate the effectiveness of the work of organizing the testing of minors and increasing awareness of parents in understanding the importance of this event as a necessary component of prevention of addictions," Department of Education head Eugenia Umnikova, Ekburg.ru reports.

The results indicated that the presence of students affected by alcohol or other drugs at Yekaterinburg schools decreased to 5.7 cases per 100,000 students, an eleven-time decrease over 2013's data. Some officials said the rate of drug or alcohol-affected students is down because of the Department of Education's recent string of outreach sessions.

Since last year, the Department of Education has conducted a total of 1,214 informational sessions, open to both students and parents, on the dangers of drugs and alcohol, according to Ekburg.ru.