STORE YOUR FIREARMS AND DRUGS SAFELY OUT OF SIGHT
The rate of adolescent suicide by firearms has increased by 61% over the past 10 years and one in five teens have thoughts of suicide each day. Sadly, unsupervised teen firearm access triples the risk of death by suicide. Providing a barrier to an impulsive action, be it firearms or drugs, is a crucial first step in reducing the permanent results of unintentional suicide. If you haven’t done so already, the Village of South Zanesville Police Department encourages you to take the Ohio AAP Store It Safe Pledge and commit to reversing the trend of irreversible actions and keep the conversation going. You can also visit the Store It Safe page to access educational handouts for yourself, providers, parents, and teens, plus view the online education modules.