Candor Health Education launches free online game to provide kids with drug and alcohol prevention tools

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HINSDALE, Ill., March 16, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Candor Health Education, a non-profit organization that provides drug, alcohol and sexuality education to Illinois students in grades 4-8, launched a free, kid-friendly online game to provide teens and tweens with tools to make healthy choices about drugs and alcohol. Called “Pixelton Adventures”, the game features Minecraft-style platforming, allowing users to choose their own avatar and navigate through a series of daily decisions, challenges and pressures, such as navigating friendships, balancing the final week and managing extracurricular activities. With seven different episodes, Pixelton Adventures is free for students, but is also available free for parents and teachers to use in drug and alcohol prevention conversations.

Pixelton’s launch coincides with National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week, March 21-27, 2022. According to data published in November 2021 by the Centers for Disease Control, drug overdose deaths in United States surpassed 100,000 in 12 months for the first time. The number of overdose deaths increased by 29%, from 78,056 between April 2019April 2020, to 100,306 in the following 12 months. According to the National Center for Drug Abuse, 70% of people who try an illegal drug before age 13 will develop a substance abuse disorder.

Experts agree that education and prevention are key to reversing the trend.

“It’s never too early to start conversations with kids about drugs, alcohol and the harm they can inflict,” says Katie Gallagher, Director of Education, Candor Health Education. “We hope Pixelton will provide students with a fun way to reflect on how they will handle situations and challenges that could lead to drug and alcohol use.

A young person’s brain changes rapidly during adolescence. During this time, the connections between neurons strengthen and those that are not used disappear. Chemical changes in the brain caused by drugs interfere with this process and can increase the likelihood of developing an addiction.

For more information about any of Candor’s health education programs, visit www.candorhealthed.org or call Katie Gallagher630-325-1900.

SOURCE Franchise Health Education

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