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Only you can make the decision not to use tobacco, alcohol or drugs. This Web site is designed to give you the facts about tobacco, alcohol and drug use in Columbia. It will also provide you with resources to find factual information about the effects of alcohol and drugs, real stories from teenagers like yourself and answer any questions you might have.

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Cincinnati Warrior Run fights teen suicide

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, suicide is the third leading cause of death in children ages 15-24.

Aiming to raise awareness for mental illness and suicide by partnering with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center to support their Surviving the Teens program, the Warrior Run will be celebrating its sixth year this October.

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ReThink App Prevents Cyberbullying By Making People Think Twice Before Posting Messages

The CDC reports that in a survey conducted among high school students in 2012 and 2013, 14.8 percent claimed to have been bullied online within the last year. The consequences of cyberbullying are real and devastating — research has shown bullying to be a major factor in teen suicide — which is precisely why 15-year-old Trisha Prabhu decided to take action.

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Cellphones Prove To Be Most Dangerous Driving Hazard To Teens

Teenagers still commit speeding violations while at the wheel, but it’s their cellphone conversations and screen-tapping texting that prove to be their most frequent hazardous acts on the road.

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