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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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Exercise Those Lungs… Together!

Exercise Those Lungs… Together!

Exercise Those Lungs... Together! In honor of Lung Cancer Awareness Month, you can enjoy time with your child while exercising...
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What is in Vape “Juice”?

What is in Vape “Juice”?

What is in Vape "Juice"? Teens Staying Drug-Free Most teens are concerned about their health and what they put into...
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Retail Marijuana Update: November

Retail Marijuana Update: November

Retail Marijuana Update News from Our Local Communities In a continuing effort to safeguard its youth, the Bannockburn board of...
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Vaping Associated Lung Injury (EVALI) Latest from the CDC

Vaping Associated Lung Injury (EVALI) Latest from the CDC

Vaping Associated Lung Injury (EVALI) Latest from the CDC The multistate outbreak of vaping-related lung illnesses now has a name:...
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Parents on the Same Page: Sound Advice from One of our Own

Parents on the Same Page: Sound Advice from One of our Own

Parents on the Same Page Sound Advice from One of our Own My husband and I successfully guided our oldest...
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Two Truths about Marijuana

Two Truths about Marijuana

Two Truths about Marijuana A new awareness campaign created by CTAD will launch next month at DHS & HPHS to...
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Why Health Experts are Baffled The Latest on Vaping-Related Lung Illnesses

Why Health Experts are Baffled The Latest on Vaping-Related Lung Illnesses

Why Health Experts are Baffled The Latest on Vaping-Related Lung Illnesses As the vaping epidemic grows, so does the mystery...
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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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