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How Teens Say No

How Teens Say No

How Teens Say No A: In So Many Ways While our local survey data shows most of our students make...
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60 Second Conversation Starter: Approve or Disapprove

60 Second Conversation Starter: Approve or Disapprove

60 Second Conversation Starter: Approve or Disapprove Parent/Peer Approval Strong Influence A teen's #1 influence in their decision not to drink or...
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Prom & Post-Prom

Prom & Post-Prom

Prom & Post-Prom Tips & Templates for Parents In our community, DHS & HPHS students are fortunate to have two...
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Keeping Teens Safe at Parties & After Prom

Keeping Teens Safe at Parties & After Prom

Keeping Teens Safe at Parties & After Prom by Officer Rheanna Hall, DHS School Resource Officer With prom season quickly...
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A 60 Second Conversation Starter

A 60 Second Conversation Starter

A 60 Second Conversation Starter Continuing the Conversation with an Older Teen While most DHS & HPHS students perceive that...
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Shining a Light on the Dark Web

Shining a Light on the Dark Web

Shining a Light on the Dark Web Program Resources Did you miss last month's informative parent program on ways to...
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Prepared for the Unexpected

Prepared for the Unexpected

Prepared for the Unexpected   The majority of teens in our communities choose to be drug free. This public service...
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Drugged Driving

Drugged Driving

Drugged Driving By Lou Jogmen, Chief of Police, City of Highland Park Fast Facts:Clinical studies have shown that marijuana significantly...
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60 Second Conversation Starter

60 Second Conversation Starter

60 Second Conversation Starter Speaking from the Heart Valentine's season is the perfect time to tell your child how much they...
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The Choice is Yours

The Choice is Yours

The Choice is Yours Parents and friends influence teens' decisions, but ultimately the choice to stay drug-free is theirs. This...
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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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