The trauma prevention program is a variety of educational programs for teens and adults regarding the consequences of high risk activities
The High Risk Adolescent Trauma Prevention Program began in 1979 and has been expanding ever since. The target population of this program is high school students with drug and alcohol problems associated with driving and other high-risk behaviors. The program consists of a partnership of surrounding metropolitan counties (Department of Juvenile Justice, Office of Substance Abuse and other agencies). The program at Shock Trauma includes an on-site tour of the Center along with education about the consequences of drinking, drug use, and driving, and a problem solving session that addresses alternative actions to avoid these situations. The nurses visit several counties and residential schools to present the program to students. Research indicates significant positive changes in attitudes toward drinking and driving, riding with someone who has been drinking, and preventing a friend from driving after drinking. The cost of this program is $60.00.
Staff involved with this program are extremely involved with the community and participate in community health fairs and fire department community days using an educational display. The Shock Trauma Center, through its prevention staff, has membership in the Impaired Driving Coalition and the Underage Drinking Coalition. Staff represent Shock Trauma as guests on local radio and television shows and participate in the annual candlelight vigil for 3D month (national drunk and drugged driving prevention awareness campaign). Members of the staff have also developed two videos, America’s Deadliest Weapon, focusing on the consequences of drinking and driving and a new video focusing on the consequences of marijuana use and driving. Both videos are used for prevention education.
The staff present prevention lectures at ALS re-certification programs to more then 300 paramedics and participate in the orientation of new residents at the Shock Trauma Center. Staff members also teach in a national trauma symposium.
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The Adult Drug and Alcohol Prevention Program is partnered with the judicial system and the Division of Parole and Probation, Drunk Driving Monitor Program (DDMP). Adult DWI offenders are referred to Shock Trauma for an educational experience similar to the teen program. This program occurs monthly on a Saturday morning and has about 40 participants each month. The program has been in existence for 10 years. The cost of this program is $140.00.
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