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Heart to Heart Talks

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Latest Study on Vaping

Latest Study on Vaping

Latest Study on Vaping Increased Risk of Chronic Lung Disease A recent study published in the American Journal of Preventive...
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Navigating Teens’ Perceptions

Navigating Teens’ Perceptions

Navigating Teens' Perceptions A 60 Second Conversation Starter Now that retail marijuana is legal at the state level for those...
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EVALI Update

EVALI Update

EVALI Update Every Thursday, the CDC publishes the latest numbers on the cases of EVALI (E-cigarette & Vaping Associated Lung...
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Marijuana Advertising

Marijuana Advertising

Marijuana Advertising Start the Dialogue with your Teen While the new marijuana law prohibits using the image of the marijuana...
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The Retail Marijuana Law

The Retail Marijuana Law

The Retail Marijuana Law Below are some details of the new marijuana law that you might not know - and...
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Retail Marijuana Update – December 2019

Retail Marijuana Update – December 2019

Retail Marijuana Update News from Our Local Communities On November 4, the Deerfield Village Board opted to regulate the sale...
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Marijuana & Its Four Forms

Marijuana & Its Four Forms

Marijuana & Its Four Forms CTAD is an evidence-based resource for parents/guardians who want to know more about the new...
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Local Response to Vaping Crisis

Local Response to Vaping Crisis

Local Response to Vaping Crisis and the Latest from the CDC & Mayo Clinic Out of concern for our youth,...
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Parent Tip: Every parent faces issues with their children. Remember that you are not alone. Most importantly, start talking, keep talking, listen and take action.

10 Things You Can Do

  1. Discuss the risks associated with drug and alcohol use.
  2. Talk with your children about your values regarding drug and alcohol use and establish clear no use rules.
  3. Keep track of alcohol in your home and make sure teens can’t access it.
  4. Keep prescription drugs locked or hidden from children or teens. Dispose of unused or expired drugs.
  5. Connect with other families to keep our teens safe.
  6. Model appropriate behavior.
  7. Establish safety mechanisms if your child is in an unsafe situation.
  8. Praise your children for the positive choices and things they do.
  9. Try to eat meals together as a family as much as possible.
  10. Stay aware of your children’s grades, activities, and friendships

When to Intervene?

If you’ve discovered that your child is drinking or doing drugs, the first thing you need to do is take a deep breath. You are not in this alone – there are many people who can and will help you. Start by talking with people you know, such as family members, friends, teachers, school counselors, sports team coaches, clergy, and your doctor. All of these people, along with many others, can help you get focused and determine what to do.

You can never be too safe or intervene too early – even if you believe your teen is just “experimenting”. Casual or experimental use can quickly turn into abuse, dependence or addiction; leading to accidents, legal trouble, and serious health problems. If you are at all concerned about your child – you can and should intervene.

Visit the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids for a parent checklist with information and videos to help guide you through the steps above.

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