Approximately

1 out of 5 adolescents

has a diagnosable mental health disorder, and nearly

one third show symptoms of depression.

* HHS


Today's marijuana is 25% stronger & more potent than that of the 70's & 80's . drugabuse.gov


Marijuana is the #1 reason teens are in treatment. ONDCP


​1 in 6 teens who start using marijuana in adolescence become addicted. NIH.gov


Youth use of tobacco products in any form is unsafe, irrespective of whether it is smoked, smokeless, or electronic. If cigarette smoking continues at the current rate among youth in this country, 5.6 million of today's Americans younger than 18 will die early from a smoking-related illness. That's about 1 of every 13 Americans aged 17 years or younger alive today..

Legalization of marijuana for adults with certain medical conditions and/or for recreational use in some states has created a perception among kids  (and adults) that is is not harmful. It is important that parents keep talking to their kids about the harmful effects.

Empowering our youth to live safe, drug and alcohol free lives through family and community partnership.




Recent studies show that 75% of teenagers seeing photos on social networks of other teens smoking weed or drinking encourages them to party in the same way. Teens who have come across these kinds of photos online are 4 times more likely to have used marijuana and more than 3 times more likely to have consumed alcohol. Social media has also begun to desensitize children at a younger age as well — 90% of these kids saw their peers in these photos online before they were even 16 years old.

BINGE DRINKING

defined as drinking 4 or 5 (or more) drinks in a couple of hours.


•1 in 7 teens binge drinks. Only 1 in 100 parents believes their child binge drinks. SAMHSA

90% of alcohol that teens drink is via binge drinking.

​•Teens who start drinking before the age of 15 are 5x more likely to have a chemical     dependency later in life. NIAAA

​•Among 12th grade students, 32% report riding in a car driven by someone who was "high" or had been using drugs or alcohol. 2016 D226 IYS

Talk. They Hear You link

Kick start lifesaving conversations about DRUG-FREE living.
Operation Prevention is an initiative brought to you by the DEA and Discovery Education to educate middle and high school students about the true impacts of prescription opioid misuse and heroin use.

 ​​​HAVING TOUGH CONVERSATIONS WITH KIDS ABOUT ALCOHOL?

12 ounces of beer (about 5% alcohol)
8 ounces of malt liquor – beer with a high alcohol content (about 7% alcohol)
5 ounces of table wine (about 12% alcohol)
1.5 ounces (a “shot”) of liquor, like gin, rum, vodka, tequila, or whiskey (about 40% alcohol)
No level of drinking is safe or legal for anyone under age 21, but unfortunately many teens drink—and they often drink multiple drinks, which is very dangerous.

Teens use marijuana for different reasons, which may include:

*to relax

*to have fun

*to fit in

*to experiment

*to try something new

Some teens see it as not dangerous and easy to get - maybe even easier than alcohol.

drug-free.org


https://drugfree.org/article/prevention-tips-for-every-age/

https://drugfree.org/article/how-to-talk-about-marijuana/

​https://drugfree.org/article/start-talking/

​​​​Start talking before they start using.

Communication and Parental Monitoring is a ​prevention strategy that starts at home.

​​Many people are surprised to learn what counts as a drink. The amount of liquid in your glass, can, or bottle is not necessarily equal to how much alcohol is in your drink. A standard drink is:


​​​​​alcohol

prescription drugs

Parents are the #1 reason

children choose not to drink.

Winning the Fight Against the World’s Leading Cause of Preventable Death

marijuana


Many parents worry about their teen's exposure to alcohol and other drugs. There is a common belief that some drug use is normal or a rite of passage for teens. This is a myth. For teens, the healthiest decision is to not use any alcohol, tobacco, marijuana or other drugs. This website will help parents keep their kids drug free.

more helpful resources

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Marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug in the United States by teens as well as adults. Recent public discussions about medical marijuana and the public debate over the drug’s legal status is leading to a reduced perception of harm among young people. In addition, some teens believe marijuana cannot be harmful because it is “natural.”11 But not all natural plant substances are good for you—tobacco, cocaine, and heroin also come from plants.


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