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Miami Valley Hospital Teams up with Fairborn High School for Substance Abuse Fair

DAYTON, OHIO (October 14, 2009) – Substance abuse is a topic that cannot be talked about enough with teens, especially when you hear the statistics. By the end of high school, three out of four students will have consumed alcohol. Half will have used an illicit drug before graduating. Teens using drugs or alcohol before operating a motor vehicle will cause over 7,500 deaths in the United States just this year.

This is why Miami Valley Hospital’s Injury Prevention Center and Fairborn High School have teamed up to present a Substance Abuse Fair.  The event will take place Thurs., October 15.

The fair will include a variety of educational booths designed to engage students in a dialogue about substance abuse and the negative impact drugs and alcohol can have on young people.

“The mission of The Injury Prevention Center is to reduce preventable injuries through program development and education,” says Shaun Hamilton, center manager. “Teens often think they are invincible. We hope through education, simulating a mock traffic crash and other hands-on demonstrations, students will see the bad effects of being under the influence of alcohol and drugs.”

Students will be able to try out a DUI simulator.  Hamilton says that this state-of-the-art computer generated simulation imitates the effects of being intoxicated while behind the wheel of a vehicle.

Local law enforcement officers will also be at the fair and will present reality-based scenarios of life in traffic, including demonstrating field sobriety tests.

The Substance Abuse Fair will take place during the school day beginning at 7:20 a.m. and ending at 12:55 p.m.

Fairborn High School is located at 900 E. Dayton-Yellow Springs Road.