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This binge drinking prevention infographic from the University of Illinois at Chicago visually explains the difference between binge drinking and heavy drinking, along with the potential dangers of both. This information is highly valuable to teens who are oftentimes peer pressured into drinking.
New SAMHSA document available "Talking with Your College-Bound Young Adult about Alcohol" Please click here to access the document and additional resoruces.
Partnership for Drug-Free Kids released "Marijuana Talk Kit: What you need to know to talk with your teen about marijuana". This is an excellent resource to learn about the impact of marijanua and how to have a conversation with your teen about marijuana use. Please click here to access the document.
40 Developmental Assets for Adolescents: Search Institute has identified the following building blocks of healthy development—known as Developmental Assets—that help young children grow up healthy, caring, and responsible. Here are some other useful links:
Power of Parents is one of three programs in MADD’s underage drinking prevention initiative, including Power of You(th) and Power of Community. Power of You(th) was designed to empower teens to take a stand and influence their peers against underage drinking or riding in a car with someone who has been drinking. And Power of Community utilizes environmental strategies to reshape community attitudes to discourage adults from providing alcohol to underage youth and encouraging support for efforts to enforce the minimum drinking age. Combined, the three programs work together for total community mobilization to prevent and reduce underage drinking.
A GfK Roper Youth Report showed that 74 percent of kids (8-17) said their parents are the leading influence on their decisions about drinking. Parental influence is the most important factor in helping keep teens safe. That’s why MADD began an underage drinking prevention initiative, beginning with a community-based parent program, Power of Parents, developed and launched with the national sponsorship of Nationwide Insurance. MADD has partnered with Dr. Robert Turrisi from Pennsylvania State University and adapted his handbook model to reach parents of high school students. The parent handbook is the cornerstone of this community-based program and is available free to communities through the website and through 20-minute parent workshops facilitated by trained MADD staff and volunteers.
The goals of MADD’s parent program are to influence parenting behavior to prevent underage drinking, maintain the 21 minimum drinking age law in all 50 states and engage new supporters to carry on MADD’s lifesaving work.
If you are intrested in this free presentation please contact Diane Catherwood at 215-230-8218 ext. 3185
Good communication between parents and children is the foundation of strong family relationships. Developing good communication skills helps parents catch problems early, support positive behavior, and stay aware of what is happening in their children’s lives.
Adolescents’ drug use, as well as their treatment needs, differ from those of adults. Teens abuse different substances, experience different consequences, and are less likely to seek treatment on their own because they may not want or think they need help. Parents can work with health care professionals to find appropriate treatment, but they may be unaware that the teen is using drugs and needs help. According to the 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (PDF - 3.16 MB) , only 10 percent of 12- to 17-year-olds needing substance abuse treatments receive any services. Click here to read more
DEA has produced several useful booklets to provide parents, caregivers and educators useful information on illicit drugs and drugs of abuse, the harmful consequences of teen use of illicit drugs and drugs of abuse and drug trends. These publications are in pdf format and can be downloaded here.
A teachable moment is an unplanned event during the day that adults can use as a learning opportunity for kids. A teachable moment can happen almost anywhere; chances are, many of the valuable lessons you learned as a child were not consciously taught at all. Rather, they were learned in the midst of casual moments of “real life” -- shopping in the supermarket, walking through a mall, setting the table for dinner, strolling outdoors, or driving to the store, playing games, and coloring with mom or dad. Here are some websites to help you get the information you need to start those teachable moments:
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