Detection and Prevention
Injury prevention has become a large part of trauma care. Educating yourself about ways to safely avoid or manage car crashes, violence, falls, biking accidents and other injuries is a great way to prevent injury.
The Injury Prevention Center
From impaired driving to hands-on drug education classes, the Injury Prevention Center offers informational classes on a variety of topics relevant in today’s society.
Drive ALIVE is the Injury Prevention Center’s longest-running program. Drive ALIVE features a team of health, medical and law enforcement professionals who have experienced firsthand the tragic aftermath caused by impaired driving. In each class, the Drive ALIVE team gives an in-depth look at the real consequences of driving while impaired and irresponsible driving practices.
- The goal of Drive ALIVE is to educate and provide awareness to juveniles about reckless behavior behind the wheel of a car. The classes include:
- Tour of the CareFlight area
- Testimony of a brain injury survivor
- Tour of the Level I Shaw Emergency and Trauma Center
- Presentation by an Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper about legal implications of traffic offenses
- Visit to the Miami Valley Hospital Rehabilitation Unit
The Montgomery County Juvenile Court refers convicted teens to Drive ALIVE as part of their sentencing. The program meets weekly for four weeks. Each class is two-and-a-half hours in length. Participants must attend all four sessions in sequence and complete all assignments to receive credit.
It’s clear that Drive ALIVE is making a difference for teens that participate in the program. Research on the Drive ALIVE program has found that juvenile driving offenders were 50 percent less likely to have a driving-related offense in the six-month period following completion of the Drive ALIVE program than those offenders who did not participate in Drive ALIVE.
Operation: Street Smart
Operation: Street Smart is an intense, four-hour presentation providing up-to-the-minute information on youth drug use.
Presented by undercover detectives from the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department, the program provides current information on narcotic trends, paraphernalia, psychological effects and drug terminology.
Operation: Street Smart includes a showcase of actual designer street drugs. Under police supervision, audience members examine the drugs for a hands-on experience. Traditional drugs such as marijuana, cocaine, crack and heroin, in addition to today’s popular drugs such as methamphetamines (crystal meth), ecstasy, date rape drugs and prescription drugs are discussed.
The objectives of Operation: Street Smart are:
- To discuss the characteristics of rave culture and the drug ecstasy
- To identify drugs associated with date rape
- To describe the physiological effects of drug abuse
- To recognize current trends in the use of narcotics and other drug abuses
- To understand the challenges law enforcement faces regarding drug manufacturing and importation
The program is especially beneficial for parents, school counselors, teachers, juvenile probation officers, youth ministers and others who have daily contact with youth or young adults.
Operation: Street Smart is a collaborative program sponsored by the Injury Prevention Center and the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine.
Violence Prevention Coalition
The Injury Prevention Center is part of the Violence Prevention Coalition, a group of community agencies at the forefront of violence prevention in Montgomery County.
The Violence Prevention Coalition is currently focusing on the following initiatives:
- Hope in the Valley – this program educates at-risk youth about preventing violence and reversing bad habits. This program is in partnership with the Montgomery County Juvenile Courts system.
- Male Intervention Program - this pilot program operates through the schools. Similar to Mahogany’s Child for women, the male intervention program focuses on healthy behaviors and emphasizes the importance of early disease detection.
Health and Safety Fair
The Injury Prevention Center offers a Health and Safety Fair to local schools. This interactive fair is designed to educate students about the dangers of underage drinking and alcohol abuse.
The Injury Prevention Center’s driving simulator is a part of this event. The driving simulator offers intense driver training to students in need of additional driving education. The simulator is also used in studies to evaluate the effectiveness of simulation training.