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Preventing Drug Abuse to Achieve Academic Success
Contributed by reader, Jennifer Elwes
One of the goals of Hispanic League is to help young people achieve their dream of entering higher education. This support can take many forms, but what might not spring to mind is helping them stay free from drugs. For the majority of parents a concern is that your children will be tempted by drugs, but your worries may focus more on the dangers that substance abuse may pose for their physical and mental well-being1. However, when drug use becomes a habit, this can have a significant impact on a teen’s academic performance and the chance of furthering their education.

Drug use among Hispanic students

Drug abuse among young people is an important issue for the Hispanic community, as while rates of illicit drug use are lower for older Hispanic adults than non-Hispanics, they are higher among Hispanic students2. Indeed, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s report on youth health behaviors, Hispanic students in grades 9 to 12 are more likely to have used marijuana, cocaine, hallucinogens, ecstasy, heroin, crystal meth, steroids and prescription drugs not issued to them than non-Hispanic students3. Rates of marijuana and prescription drug use are particularly high, at 48% and 19% respectively, possibly owing to the fact that these substances are more available and seen as safer, though painkillers are just as dangerous and addictive as heroin4. While certain factors make young people more susceptible to take drugs, good parental support and community involvement can protect against substance misuse5, so even if some risk factors are present, drug taking is not inevitable with the right guidance.  

Academic impact of drug use

The physical and mental effects of drug use can take their toll on a student’s academic performance. For instance, using drugs recreationally in the evenings and at weekends impacts on brain function and may prevent a young person from completing their homework satisfactorily. This can also spill over into the school day, as the come down after taking drugs can lead to withdrawal symptoms, and while these vary from one substance to another, they include low energy levels, poor concentration, anxiety and low mood, potentially interfering with their class work. At times these symptoms may be so severe that they need to take a day’s absence from school, which if repeated may cause students to fall behind with their studies. Grades in a previously high achieving student can also slip if they develop an addiction to drugs, as the focus turns to their substance of choice and they lose interest in those areas previously important to them. There is additionally a strong link between substance misuse and dropping out of high school6. Figures show that around 34% of Hispanic pupils do not graduate from high school and while the reasons for this are varied, it is plausible that drug abuse contributes to a proportion of cases, as it does among other communities. Students unable to complete their studies not only miss out on the chance to enter college, but leaving without a high school diploma also places young people at greater risk of developing poor health and a lower life expectancy, owing to the financial implications of having limited qualifications.

Helping your kids to avoid drug use

While you may not find broaching the subject of drugs with your children easy, it is vital you don’t put it off, as the sooner you start the discussion and keep it going, the less likely they are to give into temptation. It might sound early, but experts recommend getting the conversation about drugs going when they are between five and seven years of age7. You can take cues from when drugs might come up such as in a television show, explaining that using drugs other than anything a doctor prescribes can cause harm and lead to bad decisions.  You can adapt your discussions to suit your children’s age, but make sure that you are aware of the facts about drugs so that you are ready to answer any questions your youngsters may have. Once in their teenage years, ask for their views, discuss reasons not to use drugs that they can identify with and discuss how they can resist pressure from their friends to try drugs8.

Besides these conversations, there are other ways that you can help your children resist addictive substances. Firstly, it is important to be a good role model, so even if you don’t use drugs, but you smoke or drink heavily, you should consider adopting healthier habits. Secondly, help your children to develop a good level of self-esteem by listening to them and taking them seriously. This can make them more confident and assertive, so they are more likely to make healthy choices and say “no” when offered drugs. Finally, you can help your kids to develop their hobbies and interests, as unsupervised time that is not devoted to leisure activities increases the risk that teens will turn to drugs. Taking these steps can help your youngsters to stay drug free and achieve their goals.

Sources used:

1 “Drug abuse and addiction,” Cleveland Clinic, accessed October 21 2014

2 “Drug abuse among Hispanics,” US Department of Health and Human Services, accessed October 21 2014

3 “Youth risk behavior surveillance, US 2013,” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, accessed October 21 2014

4 “Treating opiate abuse,” Treatment 4 Addiction, accessed October 21 2014  

5 “Preventing drug use among children and adolescents,” National Institute on Drug Abuse, accessed October 21 2014

6 “America’s dropout crisis: the unrecognized connection to adolescent substance abuse,” The University of Maryland, accessed October 21 2014

7 “Talk with your kids about substance abuse,” University of Rochester, accessed October 21 2014

8 “Help your teen to avoid drugs,” Mayo Clinic, accessed October 21 2014 


Location: 600 Old Hollow Road, Winston-Salem NC 27106
Phone: (336) 767-0760 or Spanish line (336) 924-1485
Hours: 2nd Saturday of the month from 9:00 am- 12:00 pm (walk-ins only)
Languages spoken: Spanish and English
Eligibility: None
Cost: Free
Services: General medicine (no dental), school & sports physicals, men & wommen's clinic, pediatrics, small lab, immunizations, limited free medicine if unable to afford prescriptions. Does not provide x-rays. Does not prescribe or carry narcotic medication. Does not provide prenatal care.

Bethany Baptist Church Medical Clinic


Location: Kernersville
PHONE:  201 921 1956 
FAX:   336 464 2578
Contact: Anamaria (Annie) Rendon
Express Communication Therapy  provides speech language pathology services to children from 0 to 21 years of age in the Piedmont area of North Carolina. We primarily specialize in bilingualism (bilingual certification (TSSLD)), articulation therapy, apraxia and language delay with children that are proficient in English and Spanish.

Bilingual Speech and Language Pathologist 


Location: 2135 New Walkertown Road, Winston-Salem NC 27101
Phone: (336) 723-7904
Hours: For regular patients who have already met eligibility criteria- clinic hours are Monday - Thursday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
By Appointment only. Not a walk-in clinic. If approved, patients are given an identification card and a medical record number that they should bring on every visit. When you call to make an appointment, please have your medical record number with you so the scheduler can help you faster.

Community Care Center


Location: 1419 Waughtown Street, Winston-Salem NC 27107
Phone: (336) 650-1095 (only answered during clinic hours)
Hours: 1st and 2nd Saturday of each month 10:00 am- 2:00 pm. Appointments are available one month in advance. Walk-ins welcome.
Languages spoken: English and Spanish
Eligibility: must be uninsured, Forsyth County residents preferred
Cost: Free
Services: Chronic condition care, some acute care, physicals, primary care, pharmacy samples, and lab (select tests only).

Community Mosque Clinic


Location: 1200 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Winston-Salem NC 27101
Phone: (336) 713-9800
Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 am-5:00 pm (by appointment only). After 5:00 pm appointments are available on Monday & Wednesday for established patients. No walk-ins.
Languages spoken: English and Spanish (others as needed)
Eligibility: Accepts a variety of health insurance plans, including Medicare and Medicaid. Provide proof of income for reduced cost.
Cost: Free or sliding scale (Forsyth County residents only) and insurance. Financial counseling available for uninsured and un-employed.
Services: Chronic condition care, acute care, physicals, immunizations, primary care, some health education, pharmacy, lab, and x-ray.

Downtown Health Plaza


Location: 799 North Highland Avenue, Winston-Salem NC 27101
Phone: (336) 703-3100
Hours: Monday, Tuesday & Thursday: 8:30 am - 3:45 pm
Wednesday: 9:30 am- 6:45 pm
Friday: 8:30 am- 11:45 am
Appointments only for Family Planning and WIC. Walk-ins accepted for HIV/STD clinic and childhood immunizations.
Languages spoken: English and Spanish (others as needed)
Eligibility: None
Cost: Many services are free. There are fees for Foreign Travel Immunizations and TB tests. Family Planning Clinic payment options include sliding-fee scale, Medicaid, and some insurance plans. There is a fee for flu shots (no cost to those on Medicaid and Medicare if they bring card)
Services: HIV/STD clinic, family planning clinic, WIC program, childhood and adult immunizations, woman wise.

Forsyth County Department of Public Health



Location: 639 South Green Street, Winston-Salem NC 27101
Phone: (336) 722-8379
Hours: Wednesdays 6:00- 7:00 pm from September through May. Doors Open at 5:30 and close at 7 pm. Walk-ins only. Appointments not available.
Languages spoken: English and Spanish
Eligibility: None
Cost: Free
Services: Chronic condition care, physicals, pregnancy tests, primary care, and pharmacy samples. Health and diabetes education. No narcotics prescribed. Does not provide prenatal care or immunizations. On site help with free medications if eligible.

Green Street United Methodist Church Clinic


Location: 501 Cleveland Avenue, Suite 4, Winston-Salem NC 27101
Phone: (336) 723-6565
Hours: Monday - Friday: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm. Links patients with a doctor for primary care and specialist services. Program works with local hospitals for special procedures and hospitalizations. Volunteer doctors participate in program.
Languages spoken: English and Spanish
Eligibility: Must be uninsured, provide proof of low income status and be a resident of Forsyth, Davie, or Stokes County for 3 months or more.
Cost: small co-pay for services. No insurance.
Call for enrollment information.

Health Care Access


Location: 4386 Shattalon Drive, Winston-Salem, NC 27106
Phone: (336) 924-1552
Hours: 1st, 3rd, and 5th Monday nights of each month from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Languages spoken: English and Spanish
Eligibility: None
Cost: Free
Services: Physical exams, eye exams, sports physicals, and sick visits. Does not offer laboratory services, radiology services, gynecology and obstetric care. 

Old Town Baptist Church


Location: 1342 Westgate Center Drive, Winston-Salem NC 27103
Phone: (336) 760-3680
Hours: Monday - Friday 9 am- 5pm
Languages spoken: English and Spanish
Eligibility: None
Cost: Free
Medical services: Free pregnancy tests, by appointment only
Additional services: Free parenting classes. Each meeting earns vouchers to be used towards free diapers, clothing, and infant toys. Free child-care (call for available dates and times).

Salem Pregnancy Center


Location: 3009 Waughtown Street, Winston-Salem NC 27107
Phone: (336) 293-8730
Hours: Monday & Wednesday from 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm; Tuesday & Thursday from 9:00 am- 1:00 pm; Call for extended hours
Languages spoken: English and Limited Spanish
Eligibility: None
Cost: $25 per appointment. Lab is extra but discounted.
Services: Adult general medicine. Prenatal and well child. No pharmacy on site.

Southside United Health and Wellness Center


Location: 2001 Today's Woman Avenue, Winston-Salem NC 27105
Phone: (336) 722-1818
Hours: Monday - Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm. Evening hours by appointment. Appointments available, walk-ins accepted Tuesday 12:30 pm and Friday 8:00 pm.
Languages spoken: English and Spanish
Eligibility: Must live in 27105 zip code and must provide proof of income for sliding fee scale
Cost: Medicaid and private insurance accepted. Financial assistance is available for uninsured, must provide income documentation.
Services: Free pregnancy test (Monday 3 - 4:30 pm) OB/GYN care, IUD insertion, ultrasound, and laboratory testing.

Today's Woman Health and Wellness Center



Location: 710 North Trade Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Phone: None
Hours: For medical services the hours are as follows: Monday and Thursday from 7:00 am - 9:00 am
Languages spoken: English and some Spanish
Eligibility: Must be 18 years of age or older
Cost: Free
Services: Chronic condition care, acute care, physicals, immunizations, primary care, and pharmacy.

Winston-Salem Rescue Mission



NorthPoint Dental Care
Dr. Paula A. Henao
7842 North Point Blvd
Winston-Salem, NC 27106
(336) 759-0651
Hours: Monday to Thursday 8:00 am- 5:00 pm

Dental Healthcare Resources



Location: 501 Cleveland Avenue, Winston-Salem NC 27102
Phone: (336) 631-2330
Hours: Monday 8:00 am - 7:00 pm; Tuesday - Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Cost: Medicaid & Health Choice and Carolina access
Eligibility: All ages

Cleveland Avenue Dental & Eye Center of Baptist Hospital



Location: 2100 Silas Creek Parkway, Winston-Salem NC 27103 Synder Hall
Phone: (336) 734-7550
Hours: Varies depending on semester (call for appointment)
Cost: Services usually cost between $10 - $40
Note: Must attend a screening appointment prior to dental services

Forsyth Tech Dental Clinic



The dental crisis fund- meets emergency dental needs of children 5-18 years of age in Stokes county
Phone: (336) 593-5370

Healthy Carolinians


Location: 177 Clay Flynt Rd. Kernersville, NC 27284
Phone: (336) 996-7600
Languages spoken: English and Spanish
Cost: Free
Note: Dirección de correo electrónico: Fermin Bocanegra Services: LOVE IN ACTION In addition to our spiritual emphasis, we demonstrate our love to our fellow man though the following free dental services, community and home orientation, referral and basic necessities such as food, clothing, furniture, cars, and personal items. 

Iglesia Cristiana Wesleyana


Location: 2041 Silas Creek Parkway, Winston-Salem NC 27103
Phone: (336) 777-1272
Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 am- 5:00 pm
Cost: Accepts Medicaid and Health Choice

Medicaid Dental Center


Location: Clinics- 1718 N. Trade Street, Winston-Salem and 2606 New Walkertown Road, Winston-Salem
Registration: 1710 N. Trade Street, Winston-Salem NC
Note: Transportation is provided every 4th Thursday to New Walkertown Road Clinic- must arrive by 6:45 am
Phone: (336) 723-1848 EXT # 123
Hours: 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month. Must be registered before becoming a patient.
Accepts: Ages 18 years of age and over. Free.
Services: Extractions only.

Rescue Mission Dental Clinic



Location: 710 North Trade Street, Winston-Salem NC 27101
Phone: None
Hours: Hours for the dental clinic are as follows: 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month from 6:30 am - 9:00 am.
Languages spoken: English and some Spanish
Eligibility: Must be 18 years of age or older
Cost: Free
Services: Contact Winston-Salem Rescue Mission for more detailed information.

Winston-Salem Rescue Mission


  • J. Mark Oliver, DDS, PA. Winston-Salem, NC --- (336) 724-5054
  • Smile Starters, Winston-Salem, NC --- (336) 777-1272
  • Kenneth R. Russell, DDS, PA. Winston-Salem, NC --- (336) 768-7940
  • Taylor, Laurel, E., Winston-Salem, NC --- (336) 765-1881
  • Stowe, Robert, P., Winston-Salem, NC --- (336) 765-1881
  • Jeffries, Perry, L., Winston-Salem, NC --- (336) 748-0033
  • Ballinger, Christopher, N., Winston-Salem, NC --- (336) 721-7921
  • Ballinger, Nermin, J., Winston-Salem, NC --- (336) 721-7921
  • Steinbecker, Jason, M., Winston-Salem, NC --- (336) 765-1881
  • Nguyen, T. Yen, Winston-Salem, NC --- (336) 245-2690
  • Geer, Andrew, C., Winston-Salem, NC --- (336) 922-2542
  • Heath, David, R., Walkertown, NC --- (336) 727-0077
  • Miller Jr., David, E., Winston-Salem, NC --- (336) 765-1881
  • Teague II, Sidney, C., Winston-Salem, NC --- (336) 765-6315
  • Wooten, Bobby, G., Winston-Salem, NC --- (336) 768-7495

Dentists Accepting Medicaid
General Dentist/s

  • Peoples III, Carl, E., Winston-Salem, NC --- (336) 765-5374
  • Bailey, Paul, H., Winston-Salem, NC --- (336) 765-5374

Oral Surgeon/s


  • Black Jr., Joel, A., PA. Winston-Salem, NC --- (336) 760-9952

Pediatric Dentist

Addiction Recovery Care Association (ARCA)
Location: 1931 Union Cross Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27107
Phone: (336) 1877-615-2722
Hours: Referrals accepted 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Services: Substance abuse and detoxification treatment
Cost: Call for insurance information

Mental Health and Substance Abuse



To register, contact Mariela Maldonado via e-mail at or call (919) 865-5066.
For more information, contact Isidora Del Campo via e-mail at or call (336) 608-9729.

Autism Society of North Carolina


Location: 4045 University Parkway, Winston-Salem NC 27106
Phone: 1-888-581-9988
Hours: 24 hours a day 7 days a week
Cost: Accept Medicaid. Financial assistance available.
Services: Mental health and substance abuse treatment. Development disability services provided.



Location: Winston-Salem Office 7820 North Point Blvd, Winston-Salem, NC 27106
Phone: (336) 448-2291
Eligibility: Any county resident who is currently enrolled or eligible for Medicaid, HealthChoice, Medicare and any private insurance carriers may apply for assistance.
Services: Community support team consists of intensive community-based mental health and substance abuse rehabilitative services and support delivered in a team approach.

Home of Second Chances

Location: 1509 South Hawthorne Road, Winston-Salem NC 27103
Phone: (336)768- 3880
Hours: Monday - Friday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Cost: Accept Medicaid. Financial assistance available.
Services: Mental health treatment

Mental Health Association

Location: 725 North Highland Avenue, Winston-Salem NC 27101
Phone: (336) 607-8523
Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Accepts: All patients with or without insurance
Services: Mental health and substance abuse treatment

Daymark Recovery Services

Phone: (336) 722-8173
Police- Non-emergency
Phone: (336) 773-7700
Forsyth County Domestic Violence Center
Phone: (336) 779-6563
Baby Love/ Maternity Care
Phone: (336) 703-3200

Family Services


AIDS Care Services
Phone: (336)777-0116
Legal Aid
Phone: (866) 219-5262
Disabled American Veterans
Phone: (336) 631-5481
Food Stamps/DSS
Phone: (336) 703-3400
Winston-Salem Industries for the Blind
Phone: (336) 759-0551
Senior Services
Phone: (336) 725-0907 or help line (336) 724-2040

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